I do like my aerial shots when on a plane. Flying round the Highlands and Islands is probably the best, as a) the planes are wee so you can get a window seat, and b) they tend not to fly very high, so you can get “that” snap. Loganair Saab 340’s are the workhorse, and you need to be careful on seat choice. Seat 2 is great, except there are some huge propellers in the way for most angles. Seat 3 is a no no – no window!. Seat 4 to about 7 tend to have a lots of wing in the way, and seats 8-12 have views that are affected badly by turbine wash (ie the warm exhaust from the turbo prop engines that blurs a shot). Oh there is no Seat 1….
So what to do, for that great “from above” shot. After many years of experimentation, I’ve settled on a seat as far back in the aircraft as possible – I tend to ask for seat 12 – and then shoot franticly as the plane banks. Thats how I got this almost satellite view shot of the Churchill Barrier just after taking off from Kirkwall on a trip to Inverness (above), and this shot of Beauly and the Beauly Firth (below) on a final approach to Inverness Airport.