View Full Version : Aerial Photos of the Rockies

Map Vandal
02-04-2011, 12:07 PM
I recently flew over the Rocky Mountains on an extremely clear day and took numerous photos of the mountains for my reference file. I thought I would post them here in case anyone else might find them useful.


Steel General
02-04-2011, 03:27 PM
Very nice! Thx for posting...

02-04-2011, 04:00 PM
Yeah, man. Thanks. I've been wanting to do this myself ever since I went to a con in Vegas in 97. I'm taking my nieces there this summer so I was planning on doing it then (if I can get the window seat away from them). But since you beat me to it I won't have to fight 'em. :)

02-04-2011, 04:07 PM
Those are awesome pics MV! Thanks for posting them here :)

02-04-2011, 05:36 PM
are you allowed to take pictures from a plane? I thought you weren't suppose to use digital cameras - ?

02-04-2011, 05:48 PM
They make you turn off electronics during take off and landing so that the pilot can communicate with the tower but during the flight it's ok.

02-04-2011, 05:53 PM
Oh wow, those are fantastic!

02-05-2011, 08:32 AM
Those are some of the best pics I have seen of mountain erosion. Superb !!!

02-05-2011, 09:32 AM
Great ref pics! It's funny cos if I'd made those in the foreground of the last pic, I'd be a little critical that they looked a little unreal because the valleys are so equally spaced Well, I say a little....:-D I'd be pretty happy with em. I sometimes look at my terrain and think, that doesn't look quite right. Take this pic:

The glacial runs look like motorways and I have a few of those in my terrain, and coincidentally I've even got the east west glacial valley running just behind the bank of hills in the foreground- I thought that that feature was fighting against the natural flow of the landscape, and I was going to erase it, but it's here in rl!

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Map Vandal
02-07-2011, 01:31 PM
I am glad you guys liked them. I thought they turned out really nice. So often when I fly, I can't see anything but clouds out the window. Here are a few more that are similar but still show slightly different areas.

02-07-2011, 02:11 PM
Way cool pictures. I am sure I will use them at some point to help me compare my mountains to the real thing! Thanks for taking and posting them here.

02-07-2011, 02:38 PM
Wow, these are great, definitely good for some painterly reference:)

Map Vandal
03-15-2011, 03:49 PM
I took another trip and here are some additional pictures that I thought I would share.

03-15-2011, 04:01 PM
Nice. Saved for my folder.

03-15-2011, 04:21 PM

Those strange looking ones I got something similar by eroding a flattish topped ridge. If I added a couple of terraces to my mine, it would be a very similar shape to those.