Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ(LR) displays beautiful rainbow contrails over Brisbane, Australia. (Photo: Michael Marston/ePixel Aerospace)
Michael Marston began photographing and taking videos of airplanes three years ago, and as he started learning how atmospheric conditions affected his photos, he made a colorful discovery.
He found that recording the airplanes as they emitted contrails while lined up with the sun at a certain angle generated a rainbow trail behind the plane.
The spectacular imagery is created when the sunlight hits the ice crystals formed in the contrails, which form from cold air condensing around particles from the plane's exhaust.
Marston is an Australian photographer based in Brisbane. He started out taking photos of planes because his partner, Tracy, was a Quantas flight attendant.
As he has shared his rainbow trail photos on social media over the past few months, his work has gained popularity and has been featured across the internet.
He has also posted the raw files of the images and videos on his social media pages to disprove the naysayers who say the photographs may be doctored.
"It's a bit like fishing," Marston told CNN. "I enjoy the thrill of catching something — and also have the agony of going out and catching nothing. It can be rewarding and at the same time absolutely frustrating."
Marston has even managed to capture these rainbow trails from airplanes at all sorts of different angles, like in the photo above. You can see in this video how quickly the beautiful sight can come and go.
"I do enjoy looking up and seeing something different," he told CNN. "And seeing something that you don't see every day."