Photographer captures a mushroom-like microburst rising above Phoenix, Arizona

  • A microburst rising above Phoenix, Arizona was captured by a photographer
  • Jerry Ferguson was at the right place and at the right time when it appeared
  • He was  then flying a news helicopter, shooting footage for a local television station

Timing is everything, they say. Perhaps, this is true with the photographer who captured a breathtaking photo of a microburst rising above Phoenix, Arizona.

In an article written by Ruta Grasyte of Bored Panda, it was disclosed that photographer Jerry Ferguson was at the right place and at the right time when the microburst appeared. He was flying a news helicopter and shooting footage for a local television station when he noticed a huge mushroom-shaped cloud hovering over Phoenix.

The mushroom-shaped cloud turned out to be a microburst; a downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado.

While the photo of Ferguson is really a beautiful shot, meteorology experts said microbursts are extremely dangerous as these often have high winds that can knock over fully grown trees and wind shears can even cause fatal aircraft crashes.

Perfect timing

Image by Santiago Borja via Instagram
Image by Santiago Borja via Instagram

Meanwhile, another proof that timing is an important element of photography is the so-called “perfect shot of a thunderstorm”, which was taken by Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja.

Borja said he flew high and worked hard for the perfect moment to be able to capture the 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 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.

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