Pilot Goes Above The Thunderstorm And Captures A Perfect Photo Of It At 37,000 Feet
Night flights usually lack beautiful scenery, but as Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja proves that’s not always the case. A couple of weeks back he managed to snap one of the most amazing shots of lightning crossing the thunderstorm clouds over 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean just south of Panama.
“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power,” Santiago told the Washington Post. “But at the same time, it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.” Although pilots see storm clouds all the time, it’s not an easy task to photograph them: “Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod, and there is a lot of reflection from inside light.”
“Since I carry my camera everywhere, I started trying to capture storms and in-flight experiences some time ago combining my two greatest passions: flying and photography.” To see more results of this combo, make sure to check Santiago’s website and Instagram page.
Another thunderstorm Santiago captured last year on the coast of Venezuela