Pilot Captures Incredible Thunderstorm Photos

Photographer and airline pilot, Santiago Borja, aka The Storm Pilot, took advantage of his flights to capture magnificent thunderstorms from the cockpit of his Boeing 767-300. Borja has an eye for the dramatic. He captured an electrifying shot of a lightning bolt illuminating the night sky above the Amazon.

The photo, captured while circling around the storm on his way to South America, was shot with a Nikon D750, and it was more difficult to capture than you might think.

“Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod, and there is a lot of reflection from inside light,” Borja said. Still, somehow, the seasoned pilot who calls flying and photography his “two greatest passions” managed to get the shot.

The Ecuador-based pilot also captured a host of other photos of storm clouds he likened to a nuclear explosion as the Boeing 737-300ER made its way to Europe. The Ecuador-based pilot also captured a host of other photos of storm clouds he likened to a nuclear explosion as his plane made its way to Europe.

To see more of Borja’s photos—some captured from the ground, others from 37,000 feet—be sure to pay his website a visit or give him a follow on Instagram.

All images by Santiago Borja

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