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Pilot Captures Crazy-Surreal Photo Series By Basically Just Sticking His Camera Out The Cockpit

Apr 11, 2014 | Updated Apr 11, 2014

Alex MacLean is used to seeing the world from up high. The photographer is also a licensed pilot, and he's spent years "sticking his camera out the cockpit" of a small Cessna 182, snapping what he sees below.

The result is an astounding photo essay that pits man-made civilization against nature, animals against industry, and humans against the forces that, from above, are clearly mightier than we'll ever be.

  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Ocean City Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland, taken in 2011.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Floating daisy docks in Chicago, taken in 1999.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Cars parked at a Nascar event in Richmond, Virginia, taken in 2005.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Bathers in an Orlando wave pool, taken in 1999.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Flamingos in Rosolina, Italy, taken in 2009.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Colorful shipping containers in Portsmouth, Virginia, taken in 2011.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Surfers behind breaking waves at Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Commercial logging site in Olympia, Washington, taken in 2005.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Interchanging flyovers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, taken in 2009.
  • Alex Maclean / Barcroft / Landov
    Loaded coal train cars in Norfolk, Virginia, taken in 2011.



See more of Alex MacLean's work on his website.

  • 1.ミシガン湖にシカゴのビル街が映っているのが見られるかもしれない。
  • 2.すごい嵐の全貌を、遠くから見ることができるかもしれない。
  • 3.高度1万3400メートルから日食を観察するのはかなりクールだ。
  • 4.アフリカ最高峰キリマンジャロの山頂は、息を呑むほど美しい。
  • 5.日の出!
  • 6.夕日も美しい。
  • 7.すばらしい滝の景観。通路側の席だったら絶対に見られない。
  • 8.巨大な山火事を目撃するかもしれない。
  • 9.ノルウェーが非常に美しい国だと多くの人々が思う理由がわかる。
  • 10.果てしなく広がる雲海の上に乗ることができる
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