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The Overlook’s Edge

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F 8; 1/2320; ISO 100; 49mm.

Shot along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

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Cathay at the Gate

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F 6.3; 1/125; ISO 100; 53mm.

Shot from Cathay Pacific’s The Pier lounge at Hong Kong International 

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A Rocky Sunset

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F 4.5; 1/60; ISO 100; 33mm.

Shot at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.

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A temple in the (urban) jungle

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F 8; 1/250; ISO 100; 22mm.

Shot in Bangkok, Thailand at the Wat Arun.

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How to: Navigate Norwegian Air’s fees to get exactly what you want

Norwegian Air’s strong reputation is due in part to the relatively comfortable accommodations it features on its sleek new planes, but its affordable airfares are equally as important in bolstering the airline’s status.  There are some downright incredible deals to be had!  That said, Norwegian shares a business model with an infamous counterpart in the United States:  Spirit.  The former has been praised as an innovative disruptor in the long haul transit market, whereas the latter is reviled for its many layers of (perceived) awfulness… even though they both run pretty similar operations.  Don’t be deceived by Norwegian’s cheery Scandinavian/Ikea-esque branding; crafty bargain hunters must pay careful attention when they’re booking flights.  Otherwise they risk getting trapped in a fee-laden hell all in the name of getting a “cheap” fare… and that’s definitely not higher flyer!

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Not-so-Norwegian Air

The introduction of new, remarkably fuel efficient planes like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 have led to two significant developments in the commercial airline industry:  the emergence of really, really long routes (think Singapore to “New York” nonstop) and the application of the low-cost-carrier business model to longhaul flying.  The former is useful and convenient for premium passengers especially, but the latter is special because it affords more people more opportunities to travel.  Norwegian Airlines is one of the most prominent operations to do this; it’s taken advantage of relatively lax EU laws and has set up shop all over Europe to offer cheap flights to the Americas and Asia.  Is it glamorous?  Far from it.  For the price though, Norwegian is comfortable enough and can certainly be considered “higher flyer” for its excellent value proposition.

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Look out below!

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F 5.6; 1/250; ISO 200; 135mm.

Shot in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Swayambhunath Stupa.

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A Sunset Getaway

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F 5.6; 1/250; ISO 100; 135mm.

Shot on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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A Very Higher Flyer Scene

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F 1.8; 1/1263; ISO 20; 4mm.

Shot on an iPhone (which perhaps explains the explains the funky photo metadata) on board a Cathay Pacific flight, somewhere above Taiwan.

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