Maho Beach, St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies

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© Natalie Wells
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UploadedAugust 17, 2007
TakenJanuary 3, 2006
ModelCanon PowerShot G5
Exposure1/640 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length7.1875 mm
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This was taken at the Sunset Beach Bar on Maho Beach in St. Maarten. There is no way you would get this close to a commerical airliner in the United States.

In the Landing in St. Maarten photo essay.

89 responses

  • Sean Hall

    Sean Hall gave props (16 Aug 2007):

    That is intense!

  • n

    n gave props (17 Aug 2007):

    Such an odd place, fantastic shot!

  • Anthony Mingo

    Anthony Mingo gave props (17 Aug 2007):

    Wow! I though for sure this was a comp. Nice timing!

  • Karen O.

    Karen O. (Deleted) said (17 Aug 2007):

    What makes this shot really effective is that it includes people's reactions - so many in the photo are themselves taking pictures of the moment. Great tourist study.

  • Pete Castle

    Pete Castle said (20 Aug 2007):

    And I'll bet the noise was colossal! Voted.

  • Jim Stephenson

    Jim Stephenson said (21 Aug 2007):

    Wow, You captured an absolutely amazing moment!
    Great shot

  • Ryan Cardone

    Ryan Cardone said (21 Aug 2007):


  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo said (22 Aug 2007):

    great great timing and amazing shot!
    is a yeah! for me!

  • Kate Barnette

    Kate Barnette said (22 Aug 2007):

    Incredible!!! It's hard to rap my mind around that. Well done!

  • Andrew Meyers

    Andrew Meyers gave props (22 Aug 2007):

    Great shot! And I thank you for contributing a picture that actually represents the theme!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (23 Aug 2007):

    A knockout!! You have my vote and my favorites list!

  • Brenda Was

    Brenda Was (Deleted) said (26 Aug 2007):

    Awesome photo! I feel like I'm there!

  • Pat Holycross

    Pat Holycross said (4 Sep 2007):

    Unbelievable! I can't imagine standing there on the beach and suddenly see that! Great picture!

  • Eric Steele

    Eric Steele said (5 Sep 2007):

    Vey cool pic...was there just last month!

  • Carl J. Santoro

    Carl J. Santoro said (5 Sep 2007):

    I can't stop looking at this is so cool!
    I gave you a "yeah" vote for the Passport theme and added it to my favs. Good luck with the voting.
    Carl (Pixelhunter5)

  • Harsh Wardhan

    Harsh Wardhan said (6 Sep 2007):


  • Natalie Wells

    Natalie Wells gave props (6 Sep 2007):

    Thanks everyone for all your support! I really appreciate it!

  • Constantin Preda

    Constantin Preda gave props (8 Sep 2007):

    I dream of capturing shots like this. It's surreal and wonderful.

  • Lis Bokt

    Lis Bokt said (9 Sep 2007):

    The Dadaist in me is jumping up and down clapping. :-)
    Aside from the absolutely stunning spectacle in front of you, you took a perfect photo of it. The strong use of blues in the plane, the sand props, the water and the sky balance each other really well. (Not that you made them blue of course.. ;) ) And I like how the plane is slightly off-centre. You want to watch it continue to land.

  • Matias Canelson

    Matias Canelson (Deleted) said (10 Sep 2007):

    That's the freakest place to put an airport...or a public beach.

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   gave props (11 Sep 2007):

    I've been here and seen this!

  • John Goldsmith

    John Goldsmith said (13 Sep 2007):

    Damn that's good. I don't know which is funnier -- the plane or the people taking photos of it.

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   said (18 Sep 2007):

    wow! thats pretty amazing...great shot!

  • Tiffany Edwards

    Tiffany Edwards gave props (19 Sep 2007):

    This photo is so surreal and completely amazing. Perfect timing and good use of color. And all those people photographing a plane that is basically landing on a public beach. Perfect.

  • Miyuki Lam

    Miyuki Lam (Deleted) said (21 Sep 2007):

    I wouldn't fancy going to that beach..

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (21 Sep 2007):

    WHat the....! I cannot believe this! Amazing capture. All the people snapping away! Classic!

  • Merrick Kingston

    Merrick Kingston said (24 Sep 2007):

    I've seen footage of this approach...never still-captured on film though. Awesome!

  • Kristin Platts

    Kristin Platts said (25 Sep 2007):

    My friend has a very similar picture she took at the same beach two years ago! Apparently it is not out of the ordinary there! Good timing, I love it!

  • Natalie Wells

    Natalie Wells said (26 Sep 2007):

    Thanks again for all your support. These airplanes are what this beach is known for. I'd love to see other people's shots from the same spot.

  • Caitlin Stewart

    Caitlin Stewart said (27 Sep 2007):

    that's great. good shot.

  • Paul G. Swanson

    Paul G. Swanson said (28 Sep 2007):

    I thinks it's funny to see almost every one in this shot with a

  • Justin Holzworth

    Justin Holzworth (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2007):

    this is my fave!

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (5 Oct 2007):

    No way. This is a Photoshop stunt, right? Right?

  • Natalie Wells

    Natalie Wells said (5 Oct 2007):

    No Photoshop except for auto contrast, auto color and sharpening. This is what it really looks like.

  • Ross Lace

    Ross Lace gave props (12 Nov 2007):


  • Natalie Wells

    Natalie Wells said (16 Nov 2007):

    Thanks everyone!! I got published and I couldnt have done it without your votes!

  • John Goldsmith

    John Goldsmith said (17 Nov 2007):

    Congrats Natalie! It looks very nice in the pdf version. I can't wait to see it in print!

  • Merideth Smith

    Merideth Smith (Deleted) said (5 Dec 2007):

    This is amazing! I love St. Marrten, its absolutely gorgeous. I just wish that I could have seen this while I was there!!

  • Joao Doutel

    Joao Doutel said (20 Dec 2007):

    Oo That's surreal! Is this routine on that place or was like a emergency landing on that airport?
    And I thought planes passed very closed to buildings at Lisbon airport :D

  • Emily Webster

    Emily Webster said (20 Dec 2007):

    Holy crap. Thats amazing.

  • Leonard Garchi

    Leonard Garchi gave props (23 Dec 2007):

    Kerosene Beach ?

  • Donna Tine

    Donna Tine said (23 Dec 2007):

    that is sooooo crazy! love all the people on the beach catching a shot

  • Abdallah El Binni

    Abdallah El Binni said (25 Dec 2007):

    In my entire photography career, I wanted to take a shot like this one....GREAT

  • Sarah Pugh

    Sarah Pugh said (25 Dec 2007):

    crazy. but a great capture!

  • James Wei

    James Wei said (28 Dec 2007):

    That is just stunning!
    How could that be possible?

  • Winston D. Munnings

    Winston D. Munnings gave props (29 Dec 2007):

    Insane, but you nailed it. Yep!

  • Kola

    Kola said (6 Jan 2008):

    Soo creepy. But man... I wish I was there to capture the photo.

  • Alexander Valhouli

    Alexander Valhouli gave props (8 Jan 2008):

    unreal. i can't get over this.

  • Steffanie Padilla

    Steffanie Padilla (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    Holy Moly

  • George Hilbish

    George Hilbish said (14 Jan 2008):

    Been there!!!

  • George Hilbish

    George Hilbish said (14 Jan 2008):

    I already added a comment...Yes! I have a t-shirt from Sunset Bar!!!!

  • jullien david

    jullien david said (15 Jan 2008):

    hallucinant !!!

  • mccabe terry

    mccabe terry gave props (17 Jan 2008):

    blue & white sky, blue & white airplane, blue umbrellas & white sandy beach ... cool!

  • Karmakar Akash

    Karmakar Akash said (20 Jan 2008):

    This is the most amazing shot of a beach i have Ever seen. gr8 job!

  • Ted Rolfes

    Ted Rolfes gave props (22 Jan 2008):

    Unbelieveable! I love how everyone on the beach is also taking a photo, but I'm sure they didn't nail it as well as you did.

  • Elliot Ross

    Elliot Ross (Deleted) gave props (22 Jan 2008):

    I would go to the beach just to see this! It's almost like the plane was photoshopped there

  • Ruban Phukan

    Ruban Phukan said (23 Jan 2008):

    Hard to believe that this is real. How else would such a huge aeroplane not cast its shadow on the ground?

  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (23 Jan 2008):

    this is awesome!

  • Yves Salmon

    Yves Salmon gave props (26 Jan 2008):

    This is to beautiful for comments. Just looking at it makes it very special.

  • Jamie Wilson-Hull

    Jamie Wilson-Hull said (27 Jan 2008):

    Seems like all of the photo takers on this beach have recognized that fact too! Wonderful catch! Congrats on the publication of this photo! It was too "wild" NOT to have been published! Great work!

  • Shannon Kringen

    Shannon Kringen said (3 Feb 2008):

    in san diego usa the planes fly close to the ground...not that close though!

  • Alan Cotter

    Alan Cotter (Deleted) said (5 Feb 2008):

    That is mental....

  • David Procter

    David Procter said (12 Feb 2008):

    Amazing photograph. Your perspective is spot on, slightly elevated (above the umbrellas)

  • Todd Carpenter

    Todd Carpenter said (14 Feb 2008):

    so nice

  • DeWayne LeBleu

    DeWayne LeBleu gave props (22 Feb 2008):

    The Dutch Indies. nice

  • Gilbert Cadena

    Gilbert Cadena said (26 Feb 2008):

    Unbelievable, Awesome, Breath taking. WOW! I love it!

  • Gilbert Cadena

    Gilbert Cadena said (26 Feb 2008):

    Unbelievable, Awesome, Breath taking. WOW! I love it!

  • Jesse Nicole

    Jesse Nicole said (18 Mar 2008):

    not the ideal beach, is it?!

  • Kristie Nicoll

    Kristie Nicoll said (19 Mar 2008):

    I've been to this is insane...I swear a few were going to land on our heads..they come in C-L-O-S-E CLOSE! Great shot!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (22 Apr 2008):

    Holy Cow - I bet that made some kind of noise - Congratulations on being published

  • Michael Wesley

    Michael Wesley (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2008):

    Wow, amazing!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (3 May 2008):

    So much for relaxing on the beach!!! Fantastic photo!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    And everyone seems to be taking pictures of something else?

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    Oh my gosh, wow! This is super amazing!! Fantastic & perfect shot! Congrats on being published

  • Andrew Manley

    Andrew Manley gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    how is that possible? man, i would have loved to have witnessed this...

  • Nicholas Pantages 

    Nicholas Pantages  gave props (5 Sep 2008):

    holy cow. how surreal

  • Rich Hill

    Rich Hill said (26 Nov 2008):

    Great shot! Love the Sunset Beach Bar :-)


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (18 Jan 2009):

    yes very dramatic

  • Natalia Presztolanszky

    Natalia Presztolanszky gave props (22 Jan 2009):

    Hi! I like your amazing and dramatic image-series! I heard about this beach, and I saw picture about it, but yours are really surprising. Great work, You were lucky to be there!

  • Ryan Cobb

    Ryan Cobb said (25 Jan 2009):

    that is something else

  • John Eriksson

    John Eriksson gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    Cool, seen a few videos of this place but this pic says it all

  • Ake Montiel Miguel A. Zamna

    Ake Montiel Miguel A. Zamna (Deleted) said (4 Aug 2009):


  • Dom

    Dom (Deleted) said (25 Aug 2009):

    haha i love how the beach resort is right next to the airport. nice shot!

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (30 Aug 2009):

    OMG! Fab capture.

  • Mandy GMW

    Mandy GMW gave props (16 Oct 2009):

    oh my goodness!!!! perfect capture...still can't believe it was that low!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (26 Nov 2010):


  • Tommy Mackey

    Tommy Mackey gave props (24 Jan 2011):


  • Rami­r Delgado

    Rami­r Delgado gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    Damn, this is a powerful picture !

  • Tim

    Tim (Deleted) gave props (9 Aug 2013):


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