I arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, this morning, and just wanted to share a photograph I made from the cockpit as we descended eastwards over the Hengduan Mountains into Chengdu. These mountains form the easternmost end of the Tibetan Plateau, and the highest peak – Gongga Shan – rises to over 7,500 metres (24,700 feet). This image was made this morning around 08:30 Chinese time (00:30 UTC) as we descended through an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet. I don’t make many images from the cockpit: the curved glass of the windshield and windows often distorts the image, and reflections can also be a problem. Contrast is frequently reduced by atmospheric effects, and many views – while spectacular to look at – would benefit photographically from the presence of a foreground and a middle ground. However this morning I succeeded in making an image which seemed to do some justice to what I could see with my eyes.
As ever, click on the image to enlarge.