The World From Above

Posted by Scott

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Happy 11/11! For us in The States it’s Veterans Day (Armistice Day for much of Europe), I’m not sure if anyone besides students and librarians get the day off, but it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the state of affairs in our world and to show our appreciation (regardless of political stance) for the men and women who walk the line for us every day of the year. Although not all that related, Smashing Magazine’s piece on aerial photography seemed like a fitting post. Seeing shots like this always seems to give some perspective on things.

Aerial photography has always fascinated me, unfortunately it’s prohibitively expensive. You pretty much have to be a pro to even get near these sorts of photo ops. I always have my D80 close at hand when I fly just in case something presents itself, but it seems like polarization or a random overhead light always ruins the moment. I think this is the closest I ever got to anything halfway decent.

Anybody here have any experience with aerial stuff? I’ve heard they rent ultralights out in Davis, CA. Seems like it would be worth it just to go up with a decent camera.

More photos and all credits for above images can be found here

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RA_OUL says:

November 11, 2009 at 3:31 am

Happy 11/11! I do get the day off because I’m a student at Sac State but it is going to be a work day for me pretty much all day. Beautiful shots here though. They seem to fit the topic quite well.


Ross says:

November 11, 2009 at 5:20 am

I’ve volunteered to throw myself out of a ‘plane next year for charity. Not sure if they’ll let me take a camera up though. Or even a parachute for that matter…


drew kora says:

November 11, 2009 at 5:53 am

Great photos. I have a sweet book someone gave me that’s earth from above: 365 days. photo for each day. Cool. Love lookin at this sort of stuff. Thanks for the links.


Shelby White says:

November 11, 2009 at 7:16 am

That photo of the house on the peak above the clouds is amazing.

Ross, they should let you do pretty much anything you want considering you’re throwing yourself out of a plane…


Disign Police says:

November 11, 2009 at 8:13 am

If you think these are cool you definitely need to check out Jake Sargeant’s work here:

The kid is a brilliant photographer, designer, and montionographer. His aerial shots have something very unique about them, not sure if it’s the color or just that magic touch great photographers seem to have, but spectacular for sure.

Photo #19 on the slideshow is one of the best aerials I’ve ever seen, it’s almost frightening.


Rent says:

November 11, 2009 at 10:59 am

stunning photos! I wish I had more opportunities to take aerial shots like these, but I just don’t fly enough…which is really okay by me.


Bobby Chombo says:

November 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Perspective is right. I love aerial photography, it always induces in me a sense of awe and calm. The 5th of these I particularly enjoyed, the 6th is cool too, I’d like to see a photo/video journal of that house being built; it looks totally impossible..


Jesse says:

November 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

great shots! I would love the chance to get some aerial shots. Like yours mine are all with a big wing in the way of everything..

So this is not related at all, but i just realized while looking at these comments it would be so nice to have the music player play continuously when you were browsing old posts and comments. I am always annoyed with myself when I forget i am not listening to my own play lists, go to browse some comments and the music stops! Then I have to try to find what song it was…

I know that is a easy thing to say but….just thought I would throw that out there for future consideration.


barry says:

November 12, 2009 at 4:20 am

The shots of the surf are so impressive, that shot of thailand is beautiful though scott.

dont think i’ll ever be able to afford to get anywhere near this kind of stuff, although, how much is a private flight lesson in a cessna or something similar?just leave the instructor fly and shoot away!


Spencer says:

November 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm

one of my dad’s buddies is a U-2 pilot, which is one of the highest flying planes in the world, and he does some photography while hes up there as a hobby. im feeling like this is an empty post because i cant find the link to his site right now, but i guess it takes jobs like that for opportunities to get shots like this.

if i find the link ill post.