A flying photographer – Christiaan van Heijst


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I’ve often been staring through the little window of a plane into the piles of clouds and each time I was impressed by these cotton balls flying over the colorful fields. And even more by the panorama of the snowy mountain peaks of the Alps from above. Or the sparkling lights of a city at night.

You only get a better view from one spot on the plane, from the cockpit. Many pilots can enjoy this, but only few of them can capture these impressions. One of them is becoming more and more famous by doing so. The name Christiaan van Heijst has been popping up in a number of online magazines for quite some time. He’s a Dutch pilot who’s been flying a Boeing 747-8 for a couple of years now, which, as he proudly claims, is a particularly beautiful aircraft.

On his website you can notice his special affinity toward photography in his pictures. Ranging from green polar lights shot through the cockpit window to architecture photos in Iran and portraits of diverse faraway countries you can click right through the many facets of his images.

On his Instagram account you can also find plenty of stuff that will make you dream away and leave you stunned. His equipment, among other things, consists of a Nikon D800 and a SIGMA 50-500mm f/4-6.3 lens. So far he has also received many prizes such as an award by National Geographics.

But see for yourselves – you’ll love his pictures, I’m sure.

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Photo credit Christiaan van Heijst

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