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Long Exposure Photography from the Cockpit of a 747

Posted On: Oct 10, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Long Exposure Photography from the Cockpit of a 747

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how I shoot long-exposure photos from the cockpit of an airliner and how they end up sharp, despite flying at roughly 950kmh/590mph/500kts through the air. I will try to answer that question in more detail, going through the process and challenges step by step. Hopefully it sheds some light on the techniques I use and for the pilot-photographers among us some valuable and easy-to-use tips for your next night-flight.
How it Began
Back in 2006, when I started flying the Boeing 737 all over Europe for Transavia, I was fascinated by the world at night that passed by my windows at an altitude where we would overfly most of the European weather. A perspective and tranquility that was unparalleled from what I've seen before and that simply asked for to be captured.
It was not just the mesmerizing view of countless of city lights of the sleeping world below that fascinated me; it was also the moonlight on the snow-covered Alps, the constellations...

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