Christian van Heist

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Christian van Heist, also an amateur photographer and a pilot of the Boeing 747, has been taking pictures of the natural landscape seen from the cockpit for several years.
That’s topic in the photo collection “Cargopilot” that he published at the end of last year.





















The contrast between technology and nature is beautiful





















Especially notable in his work is the inside of the cockpit of the Boeing machine in flight. There is innovative beauty in contrasting the state of the cockpit that gathered human technology together with the vast nature spreading outside the window, and it also features overseas media.



















These pictures are also published on their website, so I would like to introduce some of them.
Mr. Van Haist is the co-pilot of Europe’s largest cargo carrier “Cargolux Airlines” and is maneuvering Boeing 747-400 and 747-3. The cockpit in the picture (not a passenger plane) is one of those.



















The moment of a miracle where it was possible to witnessed because it is a pilot whose workplace is Heijst’s sky is posted on many media including National Geographic.
Heijst says “I feel honored that I could stand at various moments of the planet and stay in the everlasting pictures.”

■ Christiaan Van Heijst’s photography equipment
The equipment that Heijst usually uses for shooting is as follows.
• Nikon: D800
• Nikon: AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5 mm f / 2.8 G ED
• Nikon: AF – S NIKKOR 14 – 24 mm f / 2.8 G ED
• Nikon: AF – S NIKKOR 24 – 70 mm f / 2.8 G ED
• Nikon: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 mm f / 2.8 G ED VR II
• Nikon: AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f / 5.6 E ED VR

Mr. Van Hast does not take pictures every time of flight, but as I spend more than 100 hours a month in the sky, I have enough opportunity to hone skills for aerial photography that has been going on for more than 10 years.

Normally, a camera is placed on a cockpit glare shield (light shielding plate), and the lens is exposed for a long time while keeping the lens close to the window. However, it does not succeed at one time, “To take even a single photograph with focus, you have to shut off at least 5 to 10 times with long exposure for a night, so if you succeed it, luck It’s nice, “Van Haist said.

Mr. Van Haist frequently works for a long flight with three or more pilots. Therefore, it becomes possible to photograph under the Boeing 737 aircraft wing and aurora in one. The auroral light is enough, sometimes it can be taken with just a few seconds of exposure.

If you continue exposing for 30 seconds, the risk of camera shake is very high as you do not know when the aircraft will shake. Mr. Van Haist is rather laughing, “I understand thanks to Murphy’s Law that it is true even in the stratosphere” (that things that can not go wrong do not always work). “As soon as the camera is fixed, the airplane will shake certainly and start to vibrate.”

Fan · Haste, who was in the plane as a passenger, uses a fisheye lens to create a screen that looks like if he is shooting from outside the plane and contrasts the human weather phenomenon with the machine he made.