Above Hakodate, Hokkaido
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

Above Hakodate, Hokkaido

8/10
UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
8/10
VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
-/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
-/10
CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
8/10
OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

Taking sunset photos 30000 feet above ground is always exciting especially for people who like taking pictures during their travel. The experience is unique and can be addictive, even though it is mostly the clouds you’ll see up the sky, very often on days with good weather, it is possible to see the land and sea below. It might not worth anyone to just purchase an air ticket just to be able to take some sunset photos from the sky, but if you ever find yourself traveling, then you should not waste the opportunity!

Taking photos while flying in the sky can often be a frustrating experience, this is because it is easy to get reflections off the windows especially during evening when the light inside the plane is much brighter than outside. Therefore, always carry the lens hood as well as a big coat with you so you can use them to cover your camera/phone and avoid the reflection. In addition, try to enable silent mode shooting in your camera or mobile phone, otherwise the constant shutter sound will drive your neighbors crazy!

Tips & Sharing

I’d like to share my experience with seat reservation for your flights. Since we want to take sunset photos, if your itinerary allows, then schedule a flight during the evening (usually I do this for my return flight going back home in the evening). Next, I need to know a little bit of world geography so that you know which direction your plane is flying to. For example, if I am flying from Hong Kong to Tokyo, my plane will be facing north east, this means if you reserve a window seat on the left side of the plane then I will get to face the west and have a chance to see the sunset. Similarly, if I am returning from Tokyo to Hong Kong, then my plane will be heading south west, in this case I will need to book a window seat on the right side of the plane. In some flights though, it’s almost impossible to see the sunset, such as a flight from Hong Kong to India where the plane flies directly to the west, which means the windows will be facing north and south, so you won’t have a chance to see the sun much unless during take off or before landing where the plane might go round and round in the sky.

Above Hakodate, Hokkaido
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog
Above Hakodate, Hokkaido
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

Location of the Sunset