Chasing the Sunset from the Clouds with Arto Marttinen
Im a huge fan of beautiful sunset and sunrise pictures. There’s something about the world being bathed in that red and yellow light that makes everything look extra magical. Even more interesting to me are sunset and sunrise shots taken from the air itself. To have a photo capture what that setting sun looks like from up in the clouds provides an entirely different perspective on both the event and the world as a whole.
One of my favorite sunset photos on Unsplash was taken by contributor Arto Marttinen, and it portrays rolling clouds that look unimaginably large and full of color. I just had to find out where this shot was taken, and hear the story behind it.
Arto is a self-professed ‘sunset chaser’, and describes himself as someone who is always looking for the next setting sun to capture. He noted that most photos which accurately depict these events are full of beautiful clouds, as these allow the light to be refracted and give the entire scene a more vibrant look. In this case, he happened to be at the right place at the right time, and equipped to capture the beauty of the world around him:
I have experienced a moment like this a few times myself — seeing something pass by, on a plane or train, and knowing that there’s only a moment or two before it’s gone forever. Luckily, Arto didn’t miss it.
I asked him if he had any special seating preferences when flying, and he noted that there’s a fun trick that photographers can use if they’re boarding a not-entirely-full-flight and want to capture something similar:
So, what’s Arto’s advice for other photographers? It’s a bit tongue in cheek:
I think I might add that it’s always worth it to keep a camera on you when flying long distances — and to never be too deeply asleep to wake up from your nap, and capture the perfect moment.