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If you’re one of those people who always opt for a window seat while traveling by plane, eager to enjoy the unique view, you might be interested in checking out the images captured by Santiago Borja. For those who don’t know this photographer, you can check out our previous post where we featured his incredible shots of thunderstorms captured from a unique perspective and more… Sound interesting? Well, then you will definitely like to discover more of this aerial photographer’s work.

Bored Panda reached out to Santiago and asked what inspired him to start capturing photos from the unique vantage point of an airplane. The photographer shared with us: “As a pilot, I quickly realized that we have a truly unique perspective of the world and nature all around us. I then began attempting to capture some of the incredible phenomena I had been witnessing on every flight. Eventually, I recognized that storms were a fascinating subject but very challenging to capture. Despite the difficulties, I persisted until I finally developed a technique to capture these extraordinary events.”

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We were wondering what challenges Borja faces when shooting photos from an airplane. We learned that “Shooting a storm from a moving airplane is quite challenging. You are inside a moving object, sometimes very shaky, with extremely low light, and you cannot use any stabilization devices like tripods or gimbals. Additionally, storms are so fleeting that you cannot easily focus on them. These and many other challenges make it very difficult to capture them, and I often find myself missing great opportunities.”

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Many of Santiago’s images capture fleeting moments and perspectives that are only visible from the air. He told us about some of the most memorable experiences he’s had while photographing from a plane: “At the beginning, many of these phenomena are surprising and often incomprehensible events. St. Elmo’s Fire is like very small lightning happening right on the windshield, just a few inches from the pilot’s face when flying into electrically charged clouds. Sometimes, a similar phenomenon occurs when water droplets appear as little sparks upon hitting the windshield. I remember feeling extremely amused and perplexed when first experiencing these events.”

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Finally, Borja shared a tip for aspiring photographers who are interested in exploring aerial photography from airplanes, particularly those who may be new to this type of photography: “My advice would be to learn everything you can, but ultimately, you have to develop your own strategy and techniques. Don’t settle into the idea that photographic ‘rules’ are unbreakable. Discover your own limits.”

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve been on a ship at sea that was struck by lightning. The SOUND!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Surreal- I know those are clouds, but there appears to be a ground, horizon and sky in this photo!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what they mean by a "well organized storm system"-

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People who pilot planes are really effing brave! Astronauts are completely off the chart brave!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If my Rohrschach answer is two dark entities fighting in a brightly lit background, what's the diagnosis, Panda docs?

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i was outside with the cat last night and i felt insignificant until i thought that the starlight i was seeing had traveled millions of years just so it could strike my eye. Sunlight, however , is only a little over 8 minutes old.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now. See yourself - down there- on foot. With a spear.... Your ancestors did that.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

fabulous image of moisture, winds, and terrain! Some meteorology textbook needs this.

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