Instead of vegging in front of the TV watching football on Thanksgiving, I decided to take a quick flight and shoot some aerial photos. The sun had finally burned off the marine layer clouds we get here in San Diego (low-level stratus clouds). But there was still a pretty thick haze layer, probably a remnant of the fires of October and that didn’t bode too well for photos. But what the heck, I figured it would be a good time to practice with sun angles and settings on the camera. Flew the VFR Corridor west of the downtown area, and did get a couple of shots of the waterfront area. The haze affected the sharpness and color saturation of the picures, but I was able to tweak a couple of them so they are ok for smaller images like on a web page. This is about as bad air conditions as I would want to have to deal with. Here’s a sample:
Of course, having some scattered clouds just at the point of burning off makes for some interesting pictures as well. Here is Newport Beach, where I am just above the remaining clouds when this picture was shot.