At our Daughter’s School Auction last year we bid on and won a scenic plan ride up the Columbia Gorge. It took us a long time to get our act together to actually book it and for the last several weeks we have been weathered out or had other scheduling things happen that made us unable to go.
Today we got the green light and due to the numerous scheduling SNAFUs everyone was motivated to just make it happen. So off we went to meet our pilot and tour guide Ron at Twin Oaks Airpark in Hillsboro, OR.
We all crammed into the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and pretty quickly took off. I had visions of getting some amazing aerial shots, and brought my Sony A7rII and my A7s (for my second shooter in the back seat) and had my substantial 70-200 f2.8 on.
I quickly learned that the inside of a Cessna 172 is a little like riding inside a 60’s era British Sportscar, not a lot of headroom, my shoulders were practically touching Ron’s and in addition to my feet needing to stay off the pedals, the co-pilot yoke kept hitting my knees as Ron made banking turns.
I threw the 170mm Moment Fisheye on my iPhone and changed to the 16-35mm f2.8 so I had some room and started snapping photos.
The air was hazy, a factor of the high humidity and the fact that everyone from Hillsboro to Corbett was burning stuff, so all in all it wasn’t a banner photo day.
Regardless it was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.