Finally bugged my pilot friend long enough to get his night certifications up to date, and decided to try out taking a few sunset and night shots over the city. The flight was surprisingly smooth. I was expecting a bumpy ride with the evening winds, but it turned out great. I think the bike ride home was way more bumpy. Haven't done a lot of night riding in a while, and some of these New Jersey potholes popped me out of my seat a few times.
We did a few circles around mid and downtown. Flight lasted about an hour. I filled up my 32 GB card with some golden hour and blue hour shots, so now I have a ton of development work to do. I had to stick with very high ISO settings when it got dark, and my F4.0 lens was not that fast, so hopefully the pictures aren't too noisy. Here are a few I've done so far.
Flying over Newark Airport was pretty cool. Planes were coming in for landing to the left of us, and below and to the right of us, planes were taking off.
It was still light out, but dark enough to where all the building lights started coming on.
Added some filters to these. I like the way they turned out.
I'll link these to the full resolution pictures once I'm done going through the rest. Register, and you'll get an email notification once the gallery is complete. I think I'll have at least a few keepers. Towards the end of the trip, while flying back up the Hudson River to turn west towards Teterboro Airport, I put my camera down and just enjoyed the view. It's always nice to get away from everything every once in a while.
Full Gallery is done and located here. Comments are always welcome!