10 Amazing Photos Taken From Plane Seats

It’s not easy taking a decent photo from an aeroplane window. For one thing, the angle you get depends entirely upon the pilot. For another, you likely only have a good ten seconds before an exasperated member of the cabin crew tells you for the zillionth time to switch off all electronic items! Yet, just occasionally, someone manages to land a shot of rare beauty – whether due to luck, skill or some fortuitous combination of the two. Below are ten of our favourites:



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This strangely-angled shot of Vancouver is one most people never experience: it was taken during a rare diversion after trouble at the airport. Right in the background, you can see the clouds just starting to consume the tallest skyscrapers. A haunting little shot.

The Most Epic Cloudbank on Earth


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Looking like the opening credits of a Hayao Miyazaki film, this spectacular cloudbank seems on the verge of swallowing up the universe. The result is a beautiful, somehow melancholy shot that practically reeks of the mysterious.

Effects Shot

Airplane in clouds

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 It looks like an effects shot, but that image is really the shadow of the plane reflected off the clouds below.



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 That’s Dubai there, looking like a mythical city lost in the clouds. The grain is sadly a bit too high, but the image itself remains striking: an unusual look at one of the world’s great cities.

Next Stop, God


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With the stunning white light seemingly pouring from the clouds, you could be forgiven for thinking this plane was on its way into the afterlife – carrying everyone on board up into the heavens. Instead, it’s just a wonderfully atmospheric picture; a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Into the Mist


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Another plane banks away and sails off into the fog. This stunning shot was taken from a seaplane over Alaska and is in equal parts spooky and sublime.

Curitiba, Brazil


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The suburbs of Curitiba lie below this plane, spread out across the rolling green hillsides. It’s the sharp contrast between mega skyscrapers and tasteful red-roofed houses that we like: two completely different worlds nestled side by side.

Crash Landing

Crash Landing

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Beautiful as they are, the mountains in this shot look disturbingly close to the camera. Is this the last picture the photographer ever took? If so, it’s one hell of a high-point to end your career on.



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A perfectly-shot sunset, captured at the exact second the light disappeared below the edge of the world. For such a simple picture, it’s undeniably beautiful – etching itself into the very fabric of your mind.

Lastly, New Zealand

New Zealand

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New Zealand may be the most beautiful country on Earth. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at the above photo – captured off the coast of the south island. If there are any more beautiful waters anywhere in the world, we’ve yet to see them.

This post was contributed by Caroline.

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