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The Sofia To Barcelona Flight — Aerial Photos

The Sofia To Barcelona Flight — Aerial Photos

February 2020 · 2 min read · Bulgaria

Greetings, travelers!

Let me take you on the flight from Sofia to Barcelona. I want to share with you a series of aerial photographs, those I took while flying East to West on a late summer afternoon.

The first part of the series was shot somewhere above the Balkan Peninsula, west of Sofia, but I have to tell you I quickly got disoriented in terms of what I was seeing through the illuminator. Which was also quite polarized and some protection layers distorted light in a way that made taking clear photos quite difficult. I had not done this before so I tried using my own polarizing filter to beat the glass beside my window seat, with all its layers, but I could do little.

Such as it is, I twisted a lot to try and still find good angles and views to capture and save for all of us.

The mountains I first took to be those of Southern Bulgaria. They were not them. They were somewhere in Serbia. (Why go to Athens, actually? I thought we would follow EU borders but it turned not to be the case. Straight over Serbian territory ad then some of Croatia, I guess... )

This is where the afternoon stretched and grew long for me, passing into + 1 time zones and going with the sunset for a couple more hours. Geographically, there were actually two time zones to cross into the West. I think we actually gained some daylight. It turned out we were flying at more than 800 kph. I was quite ignorant of that before that series of flights.

Anyway, this below was the point where we neared the Adriatic or Ionian coast.

Some time, at last, to take a rest from snapping them shots and have a sandwich.

Leaving Italy behind us.

And after two hours, about the same light conditions, and an hour of official difference in time zones, we close in on Barcelona. Where a lot of things were to be found (and found out).

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Shortly before landing at El Prat.

And that's just the beginning of a journey.

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Thank you for coming with me ;)


Manol Donchev

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