Breathtaking Aerial Photos of New York City at Night Captured From 7,500 Feet

Renowned French American photographer Vincent Laforet embarked on the photo mission of a lifetime when he soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper over a dizzying expanse of darkness and tiny pinpoints of light, the photographer says his experience was “both exhilarating and terrifying” and “the scariest… and the most beautiful” flight of his career.

Titled Gotham 7.5K, the photos were shot on assignment for Men’s Health Magazine for an article about psychology. Laforet proposed shooting from an unusually high altitude to capture the lines formed by the streets of NYC at night, which remind him of “brain synapses.” After finding a helicopter pilot willing to fly at such a crazy altitude, the photographer had to work with him to plan flight paths and obtain special clearances to fly above airline traffic landing at airports.

Luckily, the trip was pulled off without a hitch, resulting in a truly stunning collection of photos showcasing the city’s iconic skyline from above. To see more, be sure to check out Laforet’s post on his experience and this behind-the-scenes video by David Geffin. Thanks MyModernMet

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Vibrant Photographs of Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui

Tokyo is an infinitely photogenic city. And there’s no shortage of photographers capturing its vibrant landscape. But local resident and photography aficionado Masashi Wakui has a unique, surreal style of capturing Tokyo by night and making it look like an animated still from Akira or a Ghibli film. Wakui has a penchant for the backstreets of Tokyo, specifically those with plenty of lanterns, streetlights and neon signs that only add to the surreal, cinematic quality of the scene. And those who have spent any number of nights wandering these streets will find Wakui’s photos achingly captivating.Once the scene is captured Wakui then digitally manipulates the image, giving it a color grading effect that works perfectly with his busy nighttime cityscapes. There are tutorials that have even sprouted up, analyzing the “Masashi Wakui Look,” as its been coined. Wakui himself even points to one, admitting it’s close but not perfect.You can see many more of Wakui’s photos on Flickr, where he constantly posts new work. Thanks Spoon and Tomago

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Akif Hakan Celebi: Loitering in Asia

Akif Hakan Celebi is an American photographer of Turkish origins, navigating constantly between Taiwanese alleyways, Japanese hotel rooms, overpopulated Chinese cities & arid landscapes. He strives to tell a story to spectators, as though they were looking at the freeze frame of a film mid-screening. The photos here were taken around Taiwan & southern China.

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