Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Landscape Icons From Above
The vistas we all seek as nature photographers get a different spin put on them when shot from 500 feet up in the air
My son Wesley and I produced the book America From 500 Feet, and now Mark Kettenhofen and I have just finished the most recent version, America From 500 Feet II. Using an ultralight aircraft to fly low and slow over the landscape is a great way to see things in a new and fresh way. The current book is based loosely on the Disney/Pixar film Cars; I wanted to go out and rediscover America and its most beautiful, historically significant and interesting places.
Another wonderful flight came along the coast of Florida at Crystal River. The airport is only about a mile from the head of Crystal River Springs, and just below me was a tour boat and several manatees swimming in the clear waters!
I’ve photographed the slots, both the upper and lower, near Page, Ariz., with photo groups dozens of times, but flying over Lower Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell was a unique way to see the slots from a new angle.
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