A Collection of Photos Featuring the Undersides of Aircraft

collage of undersides of different aircraft

Anyone captivated by aviation will find a refreshing look at airplanes through the lens of Photographer Jeffrey Milstein. His collection of photos entitled AirCraft: The Jet as Art taken of the underbelly of planes as they pass directly above is almost studio-like in quality and detail. It is a varied collection of aircraft he has assembled, including commercial airliners, military aircraft both modern and vintage, helicopters, and even dirigibles.

photo of disney themed plane

underside of blimp

Any photography buff would understand what kind of dedication Milstein must have had when capturing the aircraft directly above and with such consistent quality and clarity, that one would think they were taken under more controlled environments. From a distance, the photos resemble a collection of pressed dragonflies.

underside of helicopter

Milstein’s fascination with planes began as early as when he was a young boy. He built model planes constantly and always dreamed of piloting a plane himself. Obviously that fascination never really left him, as he now owns his own plane and still relishes standing at the end of a runway to catch that picture perfect moment. His passion for planes is so apparent as Milstein tells Lumas:

“I want to capture the beauty and power that I see in the elegant symmetry of these objects. A beauty that developed out of function: an airplane must have minimal drag, must attain maximum thrust with the least amount of weight and keep everything in control with decreasing and increasing speeds. In this sense, the design is less style oriented than functional.”

underside of red plane boeing 737-700

underside of lockheed martin F-22A raptor

underside of china airlines boeing 747-400

Milsteins equipment and settings recipe is first, an identified shooting sweet-spot at the airport, where he is able to photograph the planes as they ascend 90 meters high, while caught accelerating at speeds of 240 km/h. He uses a Canon EOS-1Ds in Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n. In post, the images are resampled, and sharpened before printing them in a 70x70cm format. The results are airplanes in flight that look like toy models.

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.