One Easter, more years ago than I care to remember (26 if you must) I boarded a British Airways 747 in Rome for the short, final leg to Heathrow. From memory it was about 7 in the morning and I was as fresh as a daisy, in complete contrast to the plane load of tired, grumpy long-distance travellers who'd boarded the aircraft 24 hours earlier in Sydney or Melbourne.
After take-off we headed north along the west coast of Italy and then up over the Alps where we were treated to some stunning views of a snow draped Switzerland. Taking photos out of a plane window is always a bit tricky - nasty reflections abound and the sky from up there is usually a lot hazier than we like to imagine. On this occasion though the sky was magnificently clear and I ended up with this shot of the Swiss Alps. The dark spiky mountain to the right of centre is, I think, the Matterhorn. Not long after that we flew into thick cloud and the next slide recorded a grey, drizzly Hounslow from a few hundred feet up on the final approach.
The original photo was a flimsy, old, cardboard-framed kodachrome slide which I've recently scanned at 2400 dpi. At that density even a slide produces a +4Mb jpeg image but some of the results have been very satisfying and markedly better than a lot of the negatives I've also been doing. I don't think I've looked through my slide collection for well over five years so it's also been one of those enjoyable, self-indulgent, nostalgic experiences. At about a minute a slide it's also been very