Stunning Photo - EVA Air Boeing 747 taking off from Amsterdam - Schiphol

Today I came across of some amazing photo at Flickr. It’s showing an EVA Air Boeing 747-45EM taking off from runway 36L at Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS / EHAM) (Netherlands). The great timing and angle just makes this shot, and the size of the 747, looking quite surreal. Just amazing if you ask me!

VA Air Boeing 747 taking off from Amsterdam - Schiphol
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All credits go to Flickr User “Points1“. Visit his photo page to leave comments.

37 Responses to “Stunning Photo - EVA Air Boeing 747 taking off from Amsterdam - Schiphol”

  1. 1 Arjen Oct 11th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! Incredible photo. I’m planning to go spotting planes at Amsterdam Airport, as I live very close to the airport. It’s a five minute drive to the spot that photo was made.

    I really should go there soon!

  2. 2 Michael Oct 11th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Yeah, you should really go! Just don’t forget to share your photos! :)

  3. 3 Peter Dec 9th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    This can’t be for real!!
    The size of the people and the size of the 747 just don’t match.

  4. 4 Michael Dec 9th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Believe me, it is real! It’s a matter of perspective.

  5. 5 Mario Dec 11th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    The image may not be real. The guy on the left side of the screen - by the right wing - looks to relax for such an event..

  6. 6 bob Jan 24th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Realy need to see the next shot, the thrust from the engins would say it all.

  7. 7 Avgu Feb 2nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    It´s real, photo taken with a _big_ telelens, compresses the 3-dimensional space.

  8. 8 skeptic Feb 10th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    if it was real, those folks standing on the parking lot watching would all be deaf. They are not even trying to cover their ears!

  9. 9 MIKE Feb 19th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    The long lens foreshortans the image.Note the perspective of the road.
    The runway is 475′ from this viewing point. Many airports have run-way
    veiwing locations closer than that….Remember the F 15’s picture at the
    Detroit River Airshow, that looked like it was right next to the
    guy standing on his balcony? Same thing!

  10. 10 Hugh Apr 26th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    It is not is all it seems as the photo was taken from an old closed road half way down the r/w. Have a look at

  11. 11 Dave Jun 4th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Whilst the picture is impressive and not quite as dangerous as it first appears, can someone explain what seem to be wrinkles in the fuselage skin under and around the EvaAir logo. I know aircraft flex, but that looks like a vinyl banner in the wind.

  12. 12 Ray Jul 4th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Looks like a staged EVA publicity stunt. Long lens = forshortened perspective with advertising banner stuck all over aircraft wrinkling in the breeze. Impressive photo though. Aircraft is nowhere near end of runway.

  13. 13 rOn Aug 16th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Must have been a bad day………………………..

    Runway is 3800 m long

    At max weight of circa 400tons would need 3000m of runway and vr of 170kts

    Assume he lost an engine after v1 and was taking off with a tail wind

    3rd world pilots ……….. keep well clear !!

  14. 14 MAFAv8r Aug 17th, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Great photo! It looks like a 600mm?

    I’d say the photo is real, and although the aircraft is taking off from 36, not that the photo is taken from the threshold as some think. The cover on the name is not unusual.
    The 747-400 would hardly be affected by a engine failure after V1 in regard to performance capability, as most takeoffs are temperature derated and October would be nice and cold. Their takeoff requirements are such that the aircraft manufacturers have to prove that it will be able to climb with sufficient clearance with engine failure of the critical engine at V1. If your Vr figures are correct, (I think at MAUW it is around 155 from memory) and the rotate is at 3000m as you say then they will climb at greater than 0.5% with one engine failure until their gear is retracted and at greater than 3% until they reach 400ft or obstacle clearance speed. Being Schiphol I doubt whether there would be any serious obstacles to clear. These obstacle clearance figures also allow 1% degradation for wear and tear in the engine (Ie if it was an old engine). All engine failures must be reported, and there is no such report so we can assume it is a normal 4 engine takeoff.

    People would have no reason not to be relaxed and they are still a good distance from the runway. The 400 is quiet as most noise is compressor noise, not exhaust as in the older ones.

    3rd world pilot comment; sigh; it is not nationality based, it is the flying culture of safety that determines whether you should keep clear of them, not where they live or their ethnicity!! I know some great third world professional pilots and I know some shocking first world professional pilots that I would not send my family in the air with!

  15. 15 Cr@p Aug 25th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Aug 16th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    3rd world pilots ……….. keep well clear !!

    Describes the writer 100%

  16. 16 JB Sep 27th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Not only is the lighting on the left side of the small red vehicle inconsistent with the light on the same side of the fuse, flight timetable lists departure time of 21:40hrs - so I’m doubtful this is real.

  17. 17 Pieter Nov 8th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    The apparent danger is just an optical illusion. The photographer took the picture at a distance of hundreds of meters. This creates the impression that the plane and the spectators are close to eachother, when there is in fact a distance of about 150 meters between them.
    I have calculated that the plane is actually in the air with over 1500 meters of runway 36L (the Polderbaan) left to go. The total length of the runway is 3800 meters.
    So there is no problem at all. Noone was in danger. The pilots are doing a fine job.
    But the photo is fantastic. Compliments to the photographer.

  18. 18 kees Nov 15th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    not real look at the flaps that is a landing :P btw there are no trees that close to the runways because of safety and birds.
    So this is a photo shop.

  19. 19 Harald Dec 16th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    This forum is liek talk radio. A bunch of conspiracy minded people with no knowledge of planes , local geopgraphy and photgraphy commenting. Some people just know how to take pics and wait for the right time. You can make an almost identical pic time and again at the same spot. The exact alignment with the road and the recent lift off , make this one perfect. My compliments. Not all that shines is photoshopped. HH

  20. 20 points1 Dec 19th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Meanwhile this road has become prohibited for carparking. So making a shot like this, with several cars & people “close” to the plane, will be more difficult nowadays.

  21. 21 naseem ahmed khan Dec 27th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    how come takeoff this huge plane while road and nearby area is allowed for cars parking and people
    very atrange moment,planeBoeing 747 takeoff from no go area.
    warm regards
    naseem khan karachi/pakistan email

  22. 22 Kijeya Jan 20th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    You have (near) full flaps here which is not a take-off position even at full load. This is a fake.

  23. 23 Michael Jan 20th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    No you’re wrong. Flaps is 20 which is a very common takeoff setting for 747-400…

  24. 24 Merv Jan 31st, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Notice how the security fence at left of picture is angled downwards towards the right, presumably to give planes maximum clearance at the end of the runway. I expect that the angling would start a good distance away from the centreline of the runway, so this means that the plane and runway are well away from the people and cars.

  25. 25 Darron Beetge Feb 2nd, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, that’s a great photo. I wonder what the jet wash must be like for all the spectators?!

  26. 26 Les Feb 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Apparently the sun is shining but there is no shadow on the ground. These are two different pictures. This is a fake.

  27. 27 The photographer, points1 Feb 8th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    For me, as maker of this shot, it is very difficult to imagine the exact impression the viewers have.

    Naseem, navigate to photographers position [google earth 52°21′3.63″N, 4°43′4.85″E], maybe then you understand.

    For the ones who think this is fake, please ask me questions. Maybe i can change your thoughts :)

    Les, the visible road is approx. 150 meters from the plane, while the shadow will be somewhere on the unvisible runway, very close to the plane.

  28. 28 Peter C Feb 13th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Well, as an aviation buff and photographer (in Australia) I believe the photo to be factual, but the description left by the photographer somewhat misleading. Sure, the end of the road might be some 150m from the aircraft, but the photographer must be some 6-700 metres away. I imagine the photo to be taken with a 200mm lens - perhaps 300mm, at @ 5.6 and is cropped to suit viewing. Obviously the runway is higher or at the same level as the photographer. For those prattling on about the appearance of the outer hull - that’s normal in practically all aircraft - the angle of the sun creates the texture - something that photographers crave. No need to comment on weights and V1 etc - that’s been covered by experts greater than I. Still, I would like to know more of the camera and settings. BE HAPPY PC

  29. 29 Giorgi Feb 14th, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Well done Bob!
    Next shot please…

  30. 30 Photographer in Virginia Beach Feb 15th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I am not an expert on this subject so I don’t know if the photo is real or fake but I must say the photo is very impressive either way.

    Please visit my Website.

  31. 31 Marc Feb 17th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I have a few questions for the photographer.

    Why doesn’t the foliage just under the planes nose, and around the nose gear tire, “touch” the aircraft surfaces? Gaps and other distortions between the foreground (aircraft) and background (foliage, sky) appear in several areas as well as around the person walking in the roadway. This distortion is most prominent around the aircraft, but does not appear around most other foreground/background objects.

    Why is the angle of sunlight on the aircraft different than the angle of light falling on the foreground? The left side of most objects in the foreground are illuminated from approximately 9 to 10 o’clock while the aircraft is illuminated at approximately 12 o’clock. Notice the lack of brightness on the roof of the foreground building, yet the top of the plane is fully illuminated (but not it’s right side). Back to the person walking in the roadway, they are not illuminated on their left side as the people nearer the fence are.

    Just asking.

  32. 32 Air Valid Mar 6th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    What a blast!

  33. 33 Doug Mar 11th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hugh and Pieter are right that the airplane is only about halfway down the runway, as you can see in a satellite view. The 475 ft mentioned by Mike is the perpendicular distance from the near edge of the runway to the gate where spectators are standing. Given the angle of view, and assuming the airplane is centered on the runway, the distance from the gate to the airplane is about 850 ft. The photographer was a long way back from the gate, maybe something like 1500ft, and the lens was a long telephoto.

    The point is that this was probably a normal takeoff, with the airplane airborne with more than a mile of runway left before it has to clear any fence.

    It’s a spectacular photo, well done technically. But It’s also a bit distasteful in that it’s deliberately misleading. It was purposely composed so as to manufacture drama where none really existed.

  34. 34 The photographer, points1 Mar 26th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Marc, I am sorry, i don’t understand each question. For the time being, i want to keep it simple. I collected for you the same kind of photo’s from other photographers; maybe these convince you that it’s not fake:

    Doug, you’re right. Except for the part ” It’s also a bit distasteful “… ;)

  35. 35 tz Apr 16th, 2011 at 12:50 am


    way to go Original photographer…that last link shut them up then……..great pic….well done.

  36. 36 Julia Gillard Apr 19th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Photo is distorting reality so in my opinion equal to photoshop. Making the viewer believe something else is the case than reality is untrue and is not honest. Yes it’s clever but the technique is old. Compliments to the moment and Photographer’s talent, no doubt that he is either good or lucky..:)

    Compliments to the provider of the awesome lighting

    Interesting would be to make a second photo, next time, with a pocket camera and post them both. Now that would be clever..

    Julia Gillard

  37. 37 Jeebee Nov 18th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    For the profesionals,
    The Exif data from the Picture
    Jos B

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