Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure nothing good has ever happened when a bunch of Instagrammers discovered a new photogenic destination. During this year’s UK lockdowns, hikers have discovered an airplane crash site in the Peak District. Of course, everyone now wants a photo of it. The invasion of “Instagram hikers” has gotten dangerous for Instagrammers themselves, but it has also created new problems for the rescue teams in the area.
The Royal Saudi Air Force recently organized a photo shoot of its fighter airplanes. But what’s even more interesting is that there are also a few BTS videos. Saudi journalist Enad al-Otaibi recently tweeted them, so you can see what it looks like to photograph fighter jets mid-flight. Spoiler alert: it looks pretty epic.
Wildfires are still raging across the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. The skies look surreal, making San Francisco look like Blade Runner. To show what it’s like to fly in the flaming red skies, San Francisco International Airport shared a timelapse video of an airplane taking off from one of its runways. And it looks like it wasn’t taken on this planet.
We’ve reported about crashes and near-crashes of drones and airplanes quite a few times. It has happened with both passenger planes and military jets, and it has now reportedly happened with Air Force One while Donald Trump and his family were on board. Reports from eyewitnesses note that they spotted a small object resembling a drone while the aircraft was making its final descent.
Rajesh Jyothiswara tells DIYP that he for a few years has tried to capture the northern lights from a plane. High above the clouds covering Greenland he finally succeeded. Rajesh adds that getting a suitable window seat is mandatory in order to capture the aurora from a plane.
I am quite fascinated by both thunderstorms and photos from an airplane. But what about taking a photo of a rare weather phenomenon straight from the cockpit? This is exactly what Swiss pilot and photographer Sales Wick did while en route to Brazil. He captured pretty rare St. Elmo’s fire and it looks like the airplane is engulfed in it. The photo is impressive and scary at the same time, and I just had to contact Sales and find out more about it! He kindly shared the photo with DIYP, as well as some details on how it was taken.
While he was on an aerial photo tour over Iceland in August last year, photographer Haukur Snorrason was filming the view through an airplane window with his iPhone 6s Plus. He dropped the phone, which was smashed and lost in the Icelandic wilderness forever. Or at least that’s what he thought. The phone was recovered 13 months later, and not only it survived the fall, but it even recorded it.
In December last year, there were reports of a drone colliding with a Boeing 737 in Mexico. These were just the presumptions and the officials were investigating the case. The investigation is now finished, and it turns out that there was no drone after all.
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport has recently shown some love for photographers. They have made camera holes in several locations around its perimeter fence so that photographers can they take photos of airplanes without obstacles.
A couple of weeks ago I was blessed with a sight that truly left me in a state of awe. Shortly after leveling off onboard United 534 from Honolulu to Los Angeles, I tried my luck with some astrophotography over the crisp Pacific Ocean skies.
Having had some experience with these types of images in the past, I frantically began setting up. I mounted onto my window a LensSkirt lens hood (basically a black cover that blocks out reflections) and began taking a series of images. Unfortunately for me, the Boeing 777 was going through a light area of turbulence, and my images were blurry and revealing some cabin reflections. I packed up my stuff and opted to get some rest, but without success…