Spectacular photos of NYC from above

Taking photographs while hanging out the side of a helicopter while flying 7500 feet above New York City is not for the faint of heart. But thanks to some modern technology (digital cameras with minimal noise at high ISOs) and super fast lenses Vincent Laforet did just that. And the resulting images are simply stunning.

A small chunk of one of the spectacular images Laforet produced. Simply amazing.

But the real scary part was that there’s just simply nothing quite like leaning out of that chopper over the sea of darkness and light, held in only by a full body harness…There is no chance that you will fall – the harness is tried and true. But you DO think about the fall.

And you think about it again … And again … And how long you would have to think things over from that height all the way down to the ground below.

And then you start to think about the helicopter, and how it’s not exactly the most aerodynamically stable aircraft up there in the first place …. But I digress.

This flight required extensive planning and special clearances – we were actually flying ABOVE all of the airline traffic landing at JFK, LGA and Newark airports …

Click through to see more of these amazing aviation photos. Also check out this video about the making of the photoset.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Nice post Seth, I think I share a positive opinion about Laforet with countless other photographers and especially filmmakers. Besides inspiring work like this, back in 2008 he inspired the launch of the DSLR filmmaking revolution when he shot Reverie on a camera designed for photographers, but the manufacturer decided to include a novel record feature of live view that would, unbeknownst to everyone (expect for Laforet perhaps) change everything. Of course the manufacturer was Canon and the camera was the 5D markii. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Rq2KzoTSg

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