Friday, June 8, 2012

Photography from a powered parachute!

This man has to have the most exciting photography job in the world!
Above the world, actually.
He makes photos of the earth below while flying in a powered parachute.

You can see his flying machine on the cover of his book, Knafayim shel tsipor (Bird's Wings).
Asaf Solomon stood still a minute for this picture with his book and with Or Solomon at the big AgriTech exhibition in Tel Aviv.

Go to the AgriTech website and click on the box "A Bird's Eye View of Agriculture in Israel" to see a short and amazing slideshow of some of his best shots.

Under Asaf's hand you can see his handout: each of the 18 boxes shows one aspect of what his photos are good for.
Artistic aerial photography and postcards of Israel, of course, and coverage of special events like hot air ballooning.
But also to find drainage problems in farm lands, to document the extent of forest fires, to better see roof solar panels and to map acres of greenhouses, to document building violations, to plan water reservoirs . . . and much more.
Asaf is also helping archaeologists see "the big picture" that they can't grasp while standing on the ground.

Channel 10 News made a video of Asaf in action!
You can watch it at the photographer's website, .
Just don't get too jealous.


Sara said...

Wow, that was an amazing Powerpoint presentation. Thank you for the link. Wouldn't you love to give that a try? I think I might be so enchanted by all the sights that I wouldn't be able to photograph any of it!

Rob and Mandy said...

Oh, excellent!!! Does he need help???

Irina said...

Brave man. Thanks to him (and to you!) that I can see these amazing views without use of parachute))

Reader Wil said...

Shabbat Shalom, Dina!

Asaf is an important man! I admire the farmers who work in the fields which are so stony. It must be very hard work.

Robert Geiss said...

always two hands of air beneath his wings.

please have a good weekend ahead.

cloudia charters said...

very cool!

Have a GREAT Weekend, Dina-

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Karl Demetz said...

Have a nice weekend, Dina.

VP said...

I am absolutely envious...

SH -ic said...

amazing work .. ..

Kay said...

Wow! That is an incredible job to have. It must have a certain danger to it though. Still, it must also be worth the risk.

Spiderdama said...

Oh, what a great job!! A day with him at work? WOW!

JM said...

I love photos of the Earth taken from above. Yann Arthus-Bertrand is my 'hero'.

Kay said...

I believe I've seen works like his before and they are magnificent. There was a huge display in Chicago that we went to see.