This pilot's incredible Instagram shows Earth from the sky

The celestial sky has fascinated humans for thousands of years, now one man captures it from the sky. This pilot's incredible Instragam show shows the Earth from the sky. Christiaan van Heijst has the eye to capture the magic and shares it with the public. He attracts a lot of attention for what he does in the cockpit of the jets he pilots.

The 34-year-old describes himself as a traveler, airline pilot, adventurer, photographer and admirer of natural light and has gained tens of thousands of Instagram followers for the breathtaking images he takes at 38,000 feet above the earth.

As the senior first officer of the Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 cargo plane, Heijst has also logged thousands of flight hours and a photo roll that would make astronauts jealous.

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According to one of his photos, Heijst says that you won't find a photo of him on his IG account: “I definitely prefer to stay behind the camera than in front of it. My photos shouldn’t be about me and my ego, but about the views I capture and the moods I try to convey.”

The closest thing to a selfie is a photo of his hand with the caption: “We fly through central Iran under a blue supermoon and the whole world is lit by the great lunar bulb radiating its magic across the world.” Since I was young, I had I always am in awe of the moon and its special light. On nights like these, when I am one of the very privileged few who can see the planet from 38,000 feet, I rest my hand on the glareshield in front of me and play with the delicate light and shadows of the moon above me .

“I love night flights like this. A private show with the most beautiful light and landscape images I could wish for.”

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Heijst says he still considers it a privilege to fly for a living and enjoy a life in the air. You can find out more about him (and see what he looks like!) on his blog.

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