Flight from Kyoto to Ohio, Winter 2013 Edition
Mt. Fuji looking a bit bland, but at least it was visible this time -- Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 cropped — 1/2500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Mt. Fuji
looking a bit bland, but at least it was visible this time

My winter trip from Kyoto to where I grew up in Ohio was via Tokyo, and on the way to Tokyo from Kyoto we had a nice view of Mt. Fuji, and of course, one must take a photo. Unfortunately the pilot neglected to mention Fuji was just outside the window until we were almost completely past, so the photo ended up being through the window at a fairly strong angle. The result is ho-hum, but there it is.

As far as from-an-airplane-window photos go, I much prefer the shots in View from the Window Seat five years ago.

In Tokyo, I had quite a long walk for my transfer to the trans-Pacific flight, but I had plenty of time...

Under-Runway Tunnel Narita International Airport (成田国際空港) -- Narita International Airport (成田国際空港) -- Narita, Chiba, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Under-Runway Tunnel
Narita International Airport (成田国際空港)

At the end of the tunnel was a tall atrium with escalators criss-crossing on the way up. It seemed photogenic at the time, but perhaps I needed a wider angle....

Less Dramatic than I Remember -- Narita International Airport (成田国際空港) -- Narita, Chiba, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Less Dramatic than I Remember

Oh well. I like the tunnel shot.

On the 13-hour transpacific flight I was blessed to sit next to an interesting conversationalist, but the ANA airplane had some kind of new butt-sliding seats that didn't actually recline. They are perhaps comfortable up to a certain height, but I'm well beyond whatever that height is, and the flight ended up being one of the most uncomfortable trans-Pacific flight's (of about 70 or 80) I've ever had.

A 1½ hour mechanical delay in getting out of Tokyo meant that I missed my connection in Chicago, but I was able to snag a flight within four or five hours... a much better situation than last year (written about in Thank You Anonymous Hero at Chicago O’Hare’s Gate E2a).

I got to my folks' place at 5pm. In bed by 6pm, and I slept until 7am. Jet lag, which is normally crushing, has been wonderfully minor.


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