Usually on night flights the scenery mostly consists of darkness and the odd star. But Ecuador Airlines pilot Santiago Borja has proven it's possible to snap some out-of-this-world shots by being at the head of a plane. He managed to take a photo of lightning crossing the thunderstorm clouds over 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean just south of Panama.
Santiago said: “I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power,” Santiago told the Washington Post. “But at the same time, it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.” Although pilots see storm clouds all the time, it’s not an easy task to photograph them: “Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod, and there is a lot of reflection from inside light.”
What an amazing shot.