The post you are reading may contain links to other websites where you can purchase products I have recommended in my post. If you use these links to make a purchase, it will not cost you any more, and I will receive a small commission on your purchase.It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realize how incredible the Earth really is. ~Philippe Perrin

I have been fascinated by flight and aviation since I was a very small girl. I studied aviation and even dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But apparently it wasn’t in the cards. So whenever I have the opportunity to fly, I am all over it.

Last year at a fundraising auction for my favorite high school band, I became the winner of a Front-Range sightseeing flight. It’s taken us a while to get our schedules aligned, but my husband and I finally got to make our flight.

Our awesome pilot Al knew I wanted to practice my aerial photography, so we planned a sunrise flight on a beautiful clear spring day. We took off from Centennial Airport and headed toward the mountains.

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The sun–and us–rose into the air at just about the same time.

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Taking off!

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Pikes Peak from the Centennial Airport

The day was just a little hazy, so I made use of HDR technology to cut through the haze make my aerial photography pop. My favorite source for all things HDR is Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs. If you want to get started with HDR, check out his Introduction to HDR ebook. If you want to become an HDR ace (that’s my goal), Trey Ratcliff’s Complete HDR Tutorial is the way to go.

We flew along the front range up as far as Boulder. I got to sit in the pilot’s seat since Al’s plane has a window that opens on that side, giving me an unobstructed view for my aerial photography.

The mountains were absolutely stunning.

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It may be spring in Denver, but there’s still plenty of snow on the highest peaks of the Rockies.

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Long’s Peak is just as spectacular from the air as it is from the ground. Here we are looking across the Flatirons toward the majestic Long’s Peak.

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As we flew over Boulder, Al did a nice dip for me so I could get an aerial view of the University of Colorado.

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And then we headed for downtown Denver. Amazing how small and compact the heart of the city looks from the air.

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Another view of downtown. This one is a little clearer as I wasn’t shooting into the sun.

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As we left downtown, we flew over our beautiful and historic gold-domed state capitol. I am so glad the restoration is done. It’s so much prettier without the scaffolding.

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And all too soon we were back to the runway at Centennial Airport.

But we’re already planning our next aerial photography adventure. And by the way,  Al is available for other aerial adventures. If you’d like to connect with him, leave me a message in the comment section below.

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