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Lexington From 2,000 Feet

June 22, 2006 by Janet Worne  
Filed under Behind the Photo, Web/Camera Tech

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Lexington from 2,000 feet is an eye-opening site. When you drive by a new development under construction, you see a sign. Beyond that, you get a glimpse of freshly scraped earth and the skeletal beginnings of houses and businesses. But you never really see the scope of what is being done until you see it from the air.

Yesterday I rented an airplane and flew over some construction sites around Lexington and Versailles. I’m always conflicted about taking aerial photographs. The view is great and it’s fun, but it always leaves me a bit queasy. So, I took my Dramamine and packed a plastic bag with my gear.

It was beautiful weather and my pilot, Dan, was a master at maneuvering the plane into just the right position to get the pictures I needed. I always ask for a plane with overhead wings and a window that will open. The open window makes better pictures and had the added benefit of keeping the cabin tolerably cool on a hot day.

The photo above is of new developments South of Hamburg Place. The road that is running along the left is I-75 and the view is looking North toward the shopping area. I shot it on a wide-angle zoom set at 17mm. The ISO was 400, the aperture was set to f/4.5 and the shutter speed was at 3,000th of a second.

Not much green space left, is there?

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