Flying Over Southern New Zealand Feels Like a Beautiful Thrill Ride

Southern New Zealand is known for its exceedingly beautiful and rugged landscape, and this video from Australia-based director Mark Toia shows it from its best angle – above. The video captures a landscape pushed upward by the slow but powerful force of shifting tectonic plates. From those snowy mountain heights, water flows into perfectly translucent lakes, making its way downhill in a series of precipitous drops. It’s these stomach clenching heights that are captured over and over in this video, highlighting a collection of ‘aerial rushes’ produced as part of a TV commercial project.

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Glowing Gotham, Shot from the Open Door of a Helicopter at 7000 Feet

Photographer Vincent Laforet has been on aerial photo shoots above New York City over 50 times in the last 15 years, but this time was “by far the most frightening flight of them all.” Leaving the door open on the helicopter, his team flew to over 7000 ft. above the city – something rarely done at night. From that towering vantage point (above other aircraft, but below where you need an oxygen mask), he captured absolutely stunning images of the much loved city, all lit up.

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America At Play, From the Air Above

With summer quickly approaching the northern hemisphere, and with the very best activities obviously outside under the hot sun, let’s get an overview of the situation. Alex S. MacLean, the much loved aerial photographer has been doing just that for the last decade or so. His ongoing series of photographs called Playing capture a top-down view of America’s outdoor playgrounds. From azure blue swimming pools dotted with splashing kids, to baseball diamonds maintaining “America’s favorite pastime.”

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New York Rooftops Hold Hidden Surprises

One of the most exciting features of New York City is hidden from most of our eyes… unless you can fly. Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is giving us a different perspective of the Big Apple, looking down on the rooftops of the city, and revealing a magical and exclusive world that floats far above the streets.

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Aerial Photographs or Abstract Paintings? Andre Ermolaev Captures Stunning Icelandic Rivers from Above

It’s hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the photographic era there was a heated debate about whether photographs should be considered ‘fine art’. Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev’s work would have settled that argument conclusively. His images capture the volcanic rivers of Iceland from far above, revealing nature created washes of color that could easily be found on an abstract painters canvas.

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Straight Off The Runway: Fashionable Aerial Photography

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“Surreal” is the look of the season with Joseph Ford’s aerial and fashion photography mash-ups. Calling Brighton home but collecting images from his worldwide travels, Ford sews birds’-eye views with editorial close-ups to create harmonious, yet uncanny, compositions. 

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An Astonishing Aftermath of Trash at the UK’s Reading Festival

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Music festivals in the UK are hugely popular these days. Tickets for the events typically sell out months in advance, so people have to act early for a chance to enjoy their favorite bands from around the globe. What isn’t so popular however, is the action of cleaning up after yourself when the music stops and everyone goes home.

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A Bird’s Eye View of Damaged Cars in Brazil

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In Brazil, the city with the most vehicles is the metropolis of Sao Paulo. Located in the southern part of the country, the large place has over 6 million cars on the street. It is the chosen way to travel through the city and there are all sorts of makes, models and colors. What happens when they lose their function or form through old age or an accident?

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Space Blogger: Chris Hadfield’s Photos from the ISS

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It’s hard to imagine a blog published more remotely than Colonel Chris Hadfield’s… and yet he’s only about 200 miles away from many of us. That’s because he’s blogging from perhaps the most exclusive place around: the International Space Station (ISS). This Canadian astronaut is on his second trip to the massive station circling the earth, where he’s soon scheduled to take his and a Canadian’s first command of the ISS. Life is good.

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Visual Bits #292 > A View From Above

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