#Passion: Pilot-photographer flies high to get a perfect shot of the thunderstorm

  • A pilot-photographer flew high just to get a perfect shot of the thunderstorm
  • Ecuador Airlines photographer Santiago Borja captured the view from the cockpit of an airplane
  • He was then flying 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama

How far will you go for the perfect shot that you have been dreaming? A photographer, who is also a pilot, flew high — high enough to get a perfect shot of the thunderstorm.

In an article written by Angela Fritz of The Washington Post, it was disclosed that Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja flew high and worked hard for the perfect moment to be able to capture a thunderstorm.

“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,” said Borja, who is a first officer for LATAM Ecuador Airlines.

Luckily, his efforts were later on paid off. From the cockpit of an airplane 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama, he finally captured the spectacular view of the thunderstorm.

“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power, but at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it,” he expressed.

Borja, on the other hand, noted that it is not that easy to deal with the storms.

“Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights,” he said.

 The photo was taken with his Nikon D750 camera south of Panama on a Boeing 767-300.

Aside from the thunderstorm, Borja has a lot of other beautiful shots, too. You may check his shots on his website and on his Instagram page.

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