The Glory of the Pilot

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© Marianne Greig
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UploadedDecember 8, 2007
TakenMarch 17, 2007
MakeCasio Computer Co.,ltd.
Exposure1/1600 sec at f/4.3
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Focal Length6.2 mm
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A buddy of mine and I decided to take a sporadic little trip up to see our friend in Boston. The weather as we were landing was far from perfect so we slowly decended through the thick cloud cover. You could hardly see anything, but for a fraction of a second some sunshine shone through just right and made a complete circlular rainbow as it cast the plane's shadow right at the center. A buddy of mine later told me it is called a "glory" and is most often seen in airplanes, hence the title, "Glory of the Pilot." Nature is impressive eh?

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  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (7 Dec 2007):

    Awesome shot, I don't care what category it's in - it's got my vote!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (8 Dec 2007):

    Incredible shot. You got my vote

  • eva monbert

    eva monbert gave props (8 Dec 2007):

    yeah, this photo rocks

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (8 Dec 2007):

    great capture!

  • Mike Edwards

    Mike Edwards said (8 Dec 2007):

    You my vote, great find..

  • Jason Seda

    Jason Seda gave props (10 Dec 2007):

    here is my vote to, very nice

  • Yusuf Özkızıl

    Yusuf Özkızıl gave props (22 Dec 2007):

    Unusual... good spot though. Get's my "yeah!"

  • sam simon

    sam simon gave props (30 Jan 2008):

    so cool!

  • Benjamin Lai

    Benjamin Lai said (31 Jan 2008):

    oddly though, i think the rainbow effect comes from the plane's window, didn't it?

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (31 Jan 2008):

    Got my vote

  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout said (2 Feb 2008):

    glorious shot. got my vote. though I don't really know where airplanes fit into nature.

  • callyourmomm

    callyourmomm (Deleted) said (8 Feb 2008):


  • Moayad Hussain

    Moayad Hussain said (3 Apr 2008):

    I just saw the picture in the mag and something stuck me!
    I captured something similar to this on video, but I thought it was just some refraction from the airplane window. Just now I knew that this "Glory" was actually out there in the sky!
    This is truly amazing :)
    You can watch the video in the link below. It's between 01:09 and 01:25.

  • Emily Allison

    Emily Allison gave props (9 May 2008):

    Nature is INDEED impressive! Great capture!

  • Giulio Bassi

    Giulio Bassi said (17 Jul 2008):

    accidenti che scatto!!!! ..... una magia ... un mistero ..... favolosa!


    JAMES E TAYLOR said (5 Aug 2008):

    My son is a commercial pilot and i sent it to him.I don't know if he have had his "moments" yet. There was one pilot who told me his plane was
    hit by lightening but i did not pursue the aspects of his feelings, because it was an after thought at the ending of a session and it was never brought up again. At first i thought it was another plane passing by.

  • Julia castro

    Julia castro said (3 Oct 2008):

    this photo it's soo hot... cool...

  • Julie Stiefel

    Julie Stiefel gave props (15 Nov 2008):

    You GO Girl !! Congrats on publication !! WAY COOL capture !! BEAUTIFUL !!

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    This shot is totally amazing Marianne. I can not say how envious of you I am seeing this. It would be incredible to wittness this, let alone have your camera out and ready to capture it. Well done.

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    I am wondering if Michael Fuchs (a JPGer) has seen this image, as I am guessing he would be very interested in it.

  • Scott Abbott

    Scott Abbott said (18 Nov 2008):

    Really amazing. Love it!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    WOW! How cool!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    This is stunning ! Awesome capture !!!!!!!

  • Raphael VIVIER

    Raphael VIVIER (Deleted) said (25 Nov 2008):

    Very great

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (14 Dec 2008):

    incredible shot!

  • ari weiss

    ari weiss said (28 Jan 2009):

    extreemly impressive. this is sick, ive never seen anything like it.

  • Ayen Ir.

    Ayen Ir. gave props (27 Feb 2009):


  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (19 Mar 2009):

    Experienced this phenomenon myself several times but never managed to get a shot... awesome job!

  • s pearson

    s pearson gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    very cool

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Awesome shot...what an incredible capture!!!

  • Joshua Kline

    Joshua Kline said (16 Jan 2010):

    wow, this really is quite an amazing photo, well done friend :)

  • Brian Saneo

    Brian Saneo gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    I like that you didn't crop out the wing on the left. Incredible capture!

  • Jacqueline Valdizon

    Jacqueline Valdizon said (22 Mar 2011):

    Amazing! I never thought a rainbow could look like a nebula!
    Awesome job!

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Million people snap from this position. But only some of them resulting a good photo. And yours is one of the good airplane passenger seat photo :)

  • Joseph G

    Joseph G said (24 Oct 2011):

    looks like something out of a twilight zone episode

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