Yesterday was my first attempt at aerial photography. Chris Dearden flew me along the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coast from the Murray Mouth to Newland Heads then back to Goolwa in his recreational Sonex aircraft --- a Xenos motor glider. It's a great little fixed wing aircraft.
I had to make the photos of the coast through the perspex canopy at a 45 angle in order to avoid the aircraft's wing. I used my old Sony NEX-7 digital camera with a 35mm Leica M lens. I didn't even bother to use the Rolleiflex TLR medium format film camera that I had with me. it sat behind the seat untouched for the whole trip.
A photo of the mouth of the River Murray, which is where we headed first after leaving Goolwa airport.
One problem that I encountered was the reflections of the perspex canopy that I had to photograph through: the light from inside the canopy reflected off the glass and then went down the lens. It is difficult to remove the reflections though post processing in Lightroom; the canopy of the Sonex cannot be opened during the flight; it is not possible to place the camera so close to the glass that there is no way for the light to get in; and it is impossible to block most of the light coming from the other sources behind the perspex.
Another problem I encountered was the haze. The standalone Lightroom 6 that I recently bought from B+H does not have the haze function to remove the haze! Only the subscription model has it, and for all the advantages this offers, I refuse to rent software from Adobe on principle.
So it looks as if my only option is investing in a polarising filter. This filter is traditionally used to filter out the stray reflections and to reduce the haze. This has the upside of being very portable and puts me in control, but it has the downside of loosing a stop or two of light making for slower shutter speeds.
However, I have been advised by Chris that a polarizing filter has another downside. Using it inside the Senex fixed wing aircraft creates artifacts caused by the perspex of the canopy. So the reflections are a real problem.