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An Aerial Sunset On Aconcagua

Aconcagua Sunset, #3. Between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, 2017
Aconcagua Sunset, #3. Between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, 2017

 

If you ever fly from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile, do this:

Ask for a window seat on the right side of the plane, near the very front or near the tail (so the wing doesn’t block the view).

Then, hope for the best.

Our plane was a full three hours late in taking off out of Mendoza, but that seemed to work out perfectly for the evening light. The huge thunderstorms were dissipating and the last rays of the sun were kissing the upper slopes of the “Giant of the South” as we cruised by just a few thousand feet higher than its 22,841′ (6,961m) summit.

NOTE: Shooting through a thick airplane window, though, doesn’t yield the best picture quality–especially if you are after a large print. For some tips on shooting through airliner plexiglas, see my post, “Aconcagua and Shooting Through Airplane Windows“, dated April 16, 2014.