See surprisingly stunning views from an airplane window seat

A photographer offers tips for getting gorgeous photos at cruising altitude.

By Starlight Williams
photographs by Julieanne Kost
Published 5 Jan 2020, 09:09 GMT

Twinkling skylines, endless deserts, vast oceans: The coveted window seat sometimes provides mesmerising in-flight entertainment.

Photographer Julieanne Kost discovered this when she challenged herself to overcome her fear of flying via window-seat photography. Instead of looking out at 30,000 feet of empty air, she focused on the immense scrolling landscape below her.

“As long as I could see the world as an image through an eyepiece rather than as a harsh, physical reality, the threat was less real,” says Kost. “I became a spectator—an observer of the scene, rather than part of it.”

Kost travels more than 200 days of the year for her work as an Adobe Systems digital imaging evangelist—a person who teaches best practices on Adobe products. Her photos take viewers around the world, from the crimson formations of Nevada’s Valley of Fire to Iceland’s multi-coloured mountains.

“These self-assignments fuel my creativity,” says Kost. “They allow me to explore new subjects, gain personal insights, and fall in love with photography over and over again.”

Starlight Williams is an editorial researcher and writer at National Geographic. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Julieanne Kost is the Digital Imaging Evangelist Director at Adobe Systems, where she fosters relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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