Wednesday, June 19, 2013

PHOTOS: Pilot becomes internet sensation with stunning cockpit photos

‘Sunrise in the Office’ has clocked up over 75,000 views onlineWith the continued growth of image sharing websites, pilots have discovered a new platform to share their flight experiences with a global audience.

In the case of Karim Nafatni, a pilot with UAE-based Air Arabia, the photos have not only attracted a massive online following, but the global media have also jumped on the appreciation bandwagon.

There’s a pretty good reason for that, of course… his photos are stunning! Luckily for me, Karim was happy to share a couple of images on TheAviationWriter.com, which you will find on this page. You can check out his website or Facebook page for more.

A stunning cockpit photo by Air Arabia pilot Karim Nafatni
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One of the photos – titled ‘Sunrise in the Office’ - was taken with a Nikon D300 S camera “over the middle of the Indian Ocean” on a flight from Sharjah to Trivandrum, the state capital of Kerala in India. It has attracted more than 75,000 views.

“Not a lot of people have the chance to share the views we see from the cockpit,” the French-Tunisian, who has been flying with Air Arabia for six years, told 7DAYS newspaper earlier this month.

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17 comments :

  1. Love these photos, what a unique view! Who took them, the pilot? Even better would be a 360º virtual tour but how would I ever get the clearance for that! Keep them coming.

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    1. Henning HeinemannJune 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Adrian, just ask the pilots before the flight, there are no secret restrictions as to photographing the cockpit, and getting an invite while still on the ground is typically as simple as just asking.

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    2. Adrian SalisburyJune 26, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      Do you really think so? I'd never have believed you could do that.

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  2. There is a technical possibility to fly an aircraft without a pilot by 2020! Who knows the possibility these days and near future,just watched on TV that a Computer control toy helicopter flies to you a sushi plate in a US sushi bar - still testing stage though- safety issue to be approved!

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  3. Beautiful photos, but do I see an apparent regulatory violation? I thought there was a requirement for the pilot to use supplemental O2 when the other pilot leaves his duty station... (sorry I'm a safety guy) ;-)

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    1. I believe the O2 need only be on when the other pilot is completely out of the cockpit. As he is still in there, and would be able to hop back in the seat quickly, I don't think it is a concern.

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    2. ..and depends on cruise level wheter required or not....

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  4. Looks like HDR (high dynamic range) with a wide angle lens. You can get the lens and the software for smartphones (I'm not an i guy) for less than 150$ I believe. Probably some touch-ups. Gorgeous nonetheless.

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    1. Adrian SalisburyJune 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      Definitely HDR or Exposure Blending but I doubt it was done on a smartphone to get that clarity. It was perfectly timed as well, there's a lot more to this shot than just getting a snap shot. Very impressed.

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  5. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Alex Martinez RiveraJune 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Beautiful, Impressive and Stunning. Even though, is noticeable that the quality was from a software and a touch up, the quality is above an beyond that the highest graphic cartoon falls short of that impressive beauty.

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  7. Wow, stunning!

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  8. Forget all the issues about safety and photo shop applications the pictures are stunning. I was an airline pilot for 25 years and flew all over............. wish I could have taken one like it.

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  9. More like future "STAR TREK" days!

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  10. WOW! He really shows off the wonder that is Dubai and does a right smart job of capturing the working seats of an airliner.

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  11. Great views from the "office."

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  12. It could have been even better, if there is not pilot..sitting..!

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