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From-air Pictures: Dirty Windows  
User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

Every window I have ever sat next to on a plane was dirty or had many little scratches on it. Even if the window was clean, the acrylic layer on the inside was usually discolored (probably due to long exposure to sun light), and gave my photos a very gray tint, or flattens the colors.

How do photographers on A.net accomplish to take such good air-to-air shots out of these crappy windows?

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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

There's an element of luck with how clean the window is, but I always have something with me to try and clean the inside of the window. Try and have something interesting in the background with plenty of colour. That seems to help. For example:

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You also need to process the images bearing in mind they are going to be rather flat, ie lacking contrast and compensate for that.


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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

In the northern hemisphere, we are getting into the season of deicing which adds another filmy discoloration to the windows.

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