Lets ‘chute some photos: Bird’s eye view of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, taken by paragliding photographer
These are the breathtaking images of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, taken by a globetrotting paraglider.
Highflying photographer Jody Macdonald, 37 sailed at speeds of 35kph and reached altitudes of 20,000ft over some of the most remote landscapes in the world to get her photographs.
From the remote sand dunes in Mozambique to the deep Sierra mountains, Jody from Idaho, braved freezing temperatures to capture the stunning views.
A self-taught paragliding pilot and passionate photographer, Jody began combining her two passions over a decade ago.
She said the best way to capture her images was at high altitudes but the below freezing temperature, thin air and turbulant conditions at this height made it a serious challenge.
She said: ‘I learned to paraglide with my brother in Alaska. We did it on our own, without instruction. Although that’s not a method I’d recommend to others.
‘I spent the last eight years sailing around the world and I’ve had an amazing opportunity to paraglide over some of the world’s most stunning landscapes.
‘The vantage point of shooting from an angle many people don’t get to see is very interesting as a photographer.
‘I’ve always loved art classes and being creative, so when I took a photography course in University I just never looked back.
‘I’ve flown over the Sierras, which is the mountain range through Nevada and California, the terrain is beautiful, lots of lakes and mountains.
‘When we’re flying we can easily reach 20,000ft. The views are incredible but it can get intensely cold up there. It gets very challenging to work a camera at those heights.
‘I’m always amazed by the landscape when I’m up there, but its not place you can sustain for long.
‘Paragliding is inherently dangerous, accidents happen all the time. Strong thermals, wind, rapidly changing weather, storms- the air can be super turbulent at times which makes it hard to stay still enough to capture any photos.
‘If things go really wrong and you can’t recover your wing you have to throw your reserve parachute. It’s important to maintain the balance between getting good photographs and staying safe. Finding the balance is important.
‘It’s really important to know when to photograph and when the conditions are too difficult that it’s no longer safe to photograph.
‘My favourite experience paragliding was on an outer remote island in Mozambique. We sailed across from Madagascar and found a 20 mile sand dune that had never been flown before. To fly a place like that for the first time, on the edge of green waters of the Indian ocean, it was completely surreal.’
‘I’m frequently overwhelmed by how beautiful the landscape is, and trying to capture it is a job that keeps me inspired.’