Those Polish Pilots...

Also—those Polish cranes... 

Photo taken at 10:30 in the morning of August 9, 2013, with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and the 200mm f/2.8 L-series lens. Image cropped and color-corrected in Lightroom only.

Photo taken at 10:30 in the morning of August 9, 2013, with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and the 200mm f/2.8 L-series lens. Image cropped and color-corrected in Lightroom only.

Pictured here is a LOT airliner on its approach to Warsaw’s Okęcie, serendipitously captured just beyond a Mokotów construction site as I happened to be on my balcony shooting choppers. What makes this photo so interesting to me, beyond the delightful visual pun it so obviously depicts, is its very imperfection: the noise, the low resolution that resulted from considerable cropping, the haze. These “flaws” are precisely the reason it is so clearly not a montage, even though, you know, Photoshop.

I’m imagining a national airline campaign (for LOT, for example...) that asks people (via print press, posters and the in-flight magazine?) to submit their most remarkable photographs of the airline’s planes appearing to perform feats of amazing dexterity. (I have another one, from a visit to Canada years ago, where a jetliner appears to be about to fly between some telephone wires.) The best entries would become part of a global campaign, along with a tagline that would liken the skill and precision with which the contestants took the photographs to the skill and precision required to fly the planes, while also subtly alluding to the care with which this particular airline’s customers tend to select their airline.

No, I haven’t actually come up with the text of this tagline quite yet.