15 July 2016

The one time I wish I had my DSLR with me…

I took a risk this time and went to India without my DSLR. I never missed it. The iPhone was enough to capture all the moments for me – some 350 or so of them. That was like 50 good shots per day!! Then we went to the Blue Ridge Mountains and I had thrown in the DSLR in the car. It came back with me without even being touched once. The iPhone was enough.I was starting to wonder whether the investment was wise…

Then yesterday, I really really wished I had the camera with me. I was cruising down I-25 from Denver to Colorado Springs for a meeting when I saw signs of Air Force Academy. Soon, I could see the big building near the mountains – which I assumed is the academy. A little further down, there was a sign for Scenic Overlook. I figured it was one of those spots from where you could see nature in its full splendor. I glanced at my watch – at best I had about 10 minutes to spare. I figured that on my way back, I would stop by and take a few pictures.

A few minutes later, I could see the exit for the Scenic Overlook. There were quite a few cars and people visible there. And yet, there was nothing that scenic on that side. Unless you count the gorgeous Colorado mountains running along the highway. Curiosity got the better of me and I took the exit and pulled over.

Boy, am I glad that I did it. Casually, looking into the distance, I could see nothing but the mountains. And then I looked up in the sky as everybody was doing. That was when I noticed tens of planes doing all sorts of acrobatics and many many more small creatures slowly floating by. A little concentrated look and I realized people practicing parachuting and paragliding from planes and getting trained to land safely in the mountain jungles. That is also when I noticed the runway and the steady stream of various kinds of planes taking off and landing.

The iPhone did not do much of a justice to spot those small objects in the sky. You can see a plane in this one in the distance. There is one parachuter I could detect in this picture. Look to the last peak on your left and look about 2 o’clock from there.

I saw other people bring out their zoom lenses. For once, I wish I had my DSLR with me…

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Posted July 15, 2016 by Rajib Roy in category "Travelogs

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