Airborne out of Beijing
Alongside my passion for photography, I fly aeroplanes to earn a living. Like any job, it has its ups and downs (if you’ll pardon the pun); like any job, it is what you make of it. Unsociable hours, night flights, time-zone changes, cumulative fatigue, and extended periods away from family and friends are the less appealing aspects of the job. Flying a large jet into and out of interesting airports, experiencing new places and cultures, and opportunities to see, explore – and photograph – the world are the upsides. And the views from the cockpit can be stunning, such as this view of the mountainous terrain close to Beijing, China, shortly after an evening take-off from Beijing International Airport. We departed on a northbound routing, up through the clouds and over the Great Wall of China, in time to enjoy this beautiful evening view. The sun had already set on the ground in Beijing, but we were treated to a few more minutes of daylight as we rapidly gained altitude and turned west, chasing the setting sun.