Believe it or not, these spectacular photographs are not digitally manipulated. The series was an endeavor by photographer Sebastien Lebrigand, who set out this past summer to document airplanes as they flew past the sun and the moon. With the naked eye, the huge planes are simply dark specs in the sky. However, using a special astrograph telescope lens, Lebrigand was able to capture the impressive details of the massive machines set directly within nature.
The French photographer documented the moon at night, but found the sun to be a huge challenge since it is almost impossible to look directly at the blinding light. However, with great patience and dedication to the project, he was able to capture a handful of amazing, out-of-this-world images. When speaking about the experience, Lebrigand said, “The plane is so fast, it crosses the sun in a quarter of a second, so there was no time to lose. I couldn't move as I knew the plane was going to arrive very fast. Suddenly I was like ‘snap, snap!' And bingo, I'd got it in the bag–it was magnificent.”