” Most of the aerial photos you see on this website were taken from the seat of the lightest powered aircraft in the world, a motorized paraglider. The aircraft consists of three components: the “wing” of a paraglider (similar to an aerobatic parachute), a back-pack mounted motor, and a single-seat harness that ties the three pieces together. It is launched by laying the paraglider out on the ground behind me like a kite, and with the motor idling I run forward, inflating the cells of the glider as it rises overhead. When I give it full throttle, my Fresh Breeze motor has about 175 lbs of forward thrust, which lifts me off the ground after some twenty to 100 steps, depending on altitude and wind conditions. The wing flies at only one speed, approximately 30 mph (48 kph) and I steer with a combination of weight-shift and pulling on the kevlar lines attached to its trailing edge. These act like flaps on a conventional airplane. Pull (and lean) right, turn right, etc.. The motorized paraglider is in many ways the best possible platform for aerial photos, as I have an unrestricted view of 180° in both horizontal and vertical directions, like a flying lawn chair. It’s also relatively quiet in flight, like a moped, and it lets me fly low and slow over the ground with a minimum of disturbance to people and animals below. I’ve launched at elevations ranging from 14,450 ft (4,400 m.) to -1,388 ft. (423 m.) below sea level. While I can usually gain as much as 6,000 ft. (1,800 m.) on a flight, I find it most effective at 100-500 ft. (33-160 m.) above ground. This gives me a more intimate view of the landscape, and as I’m piloting it myself, I can search out the precise point in the sky to visualize a picture.”
Photographer George Steinmetz travels the world taking pictures from aloft in his motorized kite or paraglider . Above he describes how he works with his paraglider and talks of the photo-essays that may be be found on his website , while below we feature a short video of the artist at work .
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5. ” This isn’t someone’s first attempt at using the Warp tool in Photoshop: actually, it’s a set of railroad tracks that were twisted after an earthquake in New Zealand.”
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11. ” This isn’t what an artist painted while on acid: actually, it’s an abstract tarp that was put on a building while it was under construction.”
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” Amateur astronomer Bill Snyder has been involved with astrophotography since 2007. Once he takes his pictures with a camera and a telescope, the data must be processed to produce the colorful images seen in this slide show. He recently acquired a Apogee U8300 CCD camera, an Orion Atlas EQG computerized mount and a TMB SS 130mm telescope which has been installed in his home observatory in Pittsburgh, Pa. Snyder also works with Martin Pugh at Heavens Mirror Observatory at the Sierra Remote Observatory complex in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. (Yahoo News)”
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" Dancing lights: The unique majesty of Aurora Borealis as photographed in the early morning hours in the arctic circle. Also known as the Northern Lights, these fascinating light shows are at their peak when sunspots occur with the most frequency "
" Inspiring: Like the striking view of London, this shot taken from the Empire State Building of the mega city of New York sums up humanity's ability to take on almost supernatural feats"
” A new pictorial volume from the world travel experts at Lonely Planet puts a new and unique perspective on some of Earth’s most inspiring scenes.
Looking up from the bottom of Utah’s majestic, rust colored Bryce Canyon National Park shows the park, for those who’ve been there, as its never been seen before.
Among striking shots of an ocean feeding frenzy and Aurora Borealis is a panoramic view of London and Big Ben at dusk that proves human landscapes can be just as breathtaking as those from mother nature.
The title of the book, Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World, does not disappoint.
This sampling of the book’s 200 or so scenes that depict precisely what makes Earth a living masterpiece is sure to leave you wanting more . “
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” Milky Pin-Ups is a photo series of old-fashioned, 50s-style glamour girls – dressed entirely in dairy produce.
The incredible fluid shots are the work of photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, who specialises in working with liquid.”
” Unbelievably they are not created using any tricks or computer imagery – each girl is actually covered in pints and pints of milk to create the shots.
Each photograph takes about 200 frames and the milk is poured onto different areas of the models body for each one, captured mid-flow by the camera.”
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NRA National Firearms Museum
” This snaphaunce pistol features a folding stock to enable its owner to conceal it under a cloak.
Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A., the world’s oldest gunmaking and industrial firm, has been producing firearms in northern Italy since the days of Leonardo DaVinci and Christopher Colombus. Evidence suggests that Bartolomeo Beretta, a master barrel maker, operated an iron forge in the Val Trompia Valley as early as 1500. Beretta-manufactured arms were used by the Venetian Republic in its war with the Ottoman Turks in 1570, and after the region was occupied by France in 1797, the Berettas were awarded a “Good Service Certificate” from Napoleon Bonaparte for their part in supplying 40,000 muskets annually for the French Emperor’s Grande Armee. Over the past four hundred years, the company has produced every type of firearm from arquebusses to wheel lock and flintlock pistols to modern automatic rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and fine sporting arms, as well as machinery used in the manufacture of guns. Many arms from Beretta’s early period survive in museums and private collections.”
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Robert E Lee
” A Danish colorist has combined his skills with photographs with his fascination for the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era.
Jordan Lloyd says he’s been ‘in love’ with the American Civil War since he was 12 and his colorized and restored pictures bring history to life in a way no black-and-white photographs can.
With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd has skillfully rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains.
Regard the face of Major General George Armstrong Custer – who was reportedly so enamored of himself that he would wear his own personalized uniform that displayed the same ‘Austrian Knots’ that the Confederates used, a bright red cravat, and underneath his shirt, a sailor shirt with his rank stars sewn on, even in the presence of officers of superior rank.”
Major General George Armstrong Custer
” Custer’s flamboyance was much noted in his time, and his arrogance may be explained by the fact that he was a fearless leader who was promoted to General at the tender age of 24.
His demise in 1876, which would become known as Custer’s Last Stand, was due to the failure of his fellow commanders and not for lack of Custer’s courage.”
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53 Rare Historical Photos
Washington-Hoover Airport … Present Site Of The Pentagon.
Dinosaurs Tranported on The Hudson River For The 1964 World’s Fair.