Nighttime Photos of NYC Captured Out of the Open Door of a Helicopter at 7,500 Feet

We found this article from PetaPixel and had to share. At 7,500 feet and leaning out of an open helicopter door, photographer Vincent Laforet captured some stunning nighttime photographs of New York City. The beauty of the shoot is that he was able to capture looking down at the city without any pane of glass like in an airplane. A few thousand feet higher and oxygen masks would have been required.

Laforet has been on over 50 aerial adventures over New York City over the past 15 or so years, but this one was “by far the most frightening flight of them all,” he writes over atStorehouse.

He and his cameras were harnessed into the helicopter as he shot the images for Men’s Health Magazine using a Canon 1D X and Mamiya Leaf Credo 50MP at 3200/6400 ISO with a set of f/1.2-f/2.8 lenses. The high ISO and a fast shutter speed allowed Laforet to shoot sharp photographs despite the significant vibrations of the helicopter.


See a a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot during the day: 

You can find more of these photographs over at Laforet’s fine art page.