Another quick comment on photography playing tricks with the eyes -
This shot is not as remarkable physically as it is aesthetically. Not only are the aircraft 1000' apart (we hope), but there is an enormous
amount of horizontal space being lost on account of the angle of the photographer and the lens used. Depending on the lens, the aircraft in the picture may be up to several miles
apart from one another.
Let's look, for example, at this recently-uploaded shot. Blow up to the Large version, and then take a gander at the approaching 757?. How far away do you think that aircraft is? The runway is probably at least a couple miles long (someone who knows wish to provide the actual length, esp. in km?) and the approaching jet is still a good distance from the threshold. So, that aircraft is probably 3-4 miles (up to 5 km) from the photographer. He also appears not to've used a very long lens for that shot; if he had, he could've made the 757 much larger (and over-filled his frame with the 747).
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Photo © A J Best
So, with a shot such as the one in discussion here, a powerful enough lens can easily hide something like ten miles of space. The aircraft, when viewed from far above, would appear very small and quite far apart. This shot isn't so much "lucky" as it is "well composed." Someone knew when to be holding the camera and what settings to use.