Saying that the sky is limit transfers very literally to the life of a 50-year-old Klaus Leidorf: this German photographer is known for his breath-taking aerial photos, taken from the window of his own aircraft. As if the pictures alone weren’t stunning enough, add to them the fact that he manages the Cesna 172 plane himself, by steering with his knees.

“Ever since I was a young boy I liked to take photos. Now I do it from the air,” Leidorf says.

With his hobby dating back to 1989, Klaus now remembers the difficulties he had with his old Contax camera. With the new image stabilization technologies in his Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm f/4 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lenses, the possibilities are limitless. Besides the stunning pictures, Klaus sees this as a way to relax, too:

“When I’m flying and see things from above, I don’t care anymore about the small things. It gives me peace,” he says.

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