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Heli view of the Victoria falls

Heli view of the Victoria falls
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-09
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Theme(s): Star awards 2010 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 0:37
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Heli view of the Victoria falls

Near the end of my Africa trip I took a helicopter (Eurocopter EC120B) to make a fun ride through the Zambezi Gorge and over the Victoria falls. It was an awesome flight, the weather was great (perfect clear) and took a ton of shots of the falls. This is one of them. The bridge on the foreground is the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe (took some shots from that bridge too, but that's for later). Here the view looking down stream the Zambezi with on the right side Zambia and on the left Zimbabwe.

PP work: shot in Raw, adjusted slightly brightness and clarity, converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves, corrected the barrel distortion of the horizon, used USM to sharpen, resized and used USM again, add frame.

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Bom dia Hans,
Exceptionnal downward POV. Super focus, colors and details. Fantastic Postcard. Perfect lighting.
One best of you.

Hello Hans! Amazing point of view, wonderful long perspective, marvelous landscape and horizon. Good exposure. Original work. Well done!

Hi Hans,
I'm a little jealous, wow, this view is amazing.
Did you also get close to the falls? To feel the spray in your face must be special.
Thanks and have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This brings back the memories Hans!!! I used to do these sightseeing flights in a Piper Aztec back in the early 90's when I would spend a few days working out of 'Sprayview' airstrip at the edge of Vic Falls town - I was mainly based out of Harare and sometimes Kariba. If I look back through my logbook I've an estimated 7000 orbits around this amazing waterfall!! So glad you've posted this fine shot of it as all of my old archives from my time here are stored away in a awarehouse in England....

A surprisingly clear day for February - I remember huge storm clouds during the rainy season - sometimes like this though.. Nice view - level horizon LOL.. Did you take a walk across the bridge? A good view into the gorge from there and down into the 'boiling pot' below the falls..
Really nice to see this sight again thankyou.


Bonjour Hans

Superbe photo avec une magnifique leçon de géologie!!!
La vision de cette immense faille est vraiment très impressionnante!!

Hoi Hans,
Een mooi birds eye view van deze veel gefotografeerde waterval. Jou POV geeft toch net dat iets bijzonders aan deze locatie. Ik vind het ook erg mooi om de omgeving van de waterval te zien. Een tijd geleden was er een erg mooie documontaire op de BBC over een visser die bij de waterval woonde, maar ik kreeg nooit echt het idee hoe de omgeving was. Deze foto maakt m'n plaatje compleet.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-02-14 6:33]

Hello Hans! Great pov from the chopper, very sharp details and a great panoramic view of those fantastic falls. Great post my friend!


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-02-14 7:17]

Hi Hans,
Man what an awe inspiring photo. I wonder what it must feel to be on the that ledge and look at the falls right in front of you. I am waiting for the close ups that you took.


WOW!! What an amazing shot you have taken! They are so majestic. The day is indeed perfect for this kind of sightseeing photo! I've seen Niagra Falls in the U.S., but this really looks spectacular! Terrific Hans...


Wow, what an amazing view from the helicopter. What a sweeping view of the vast landscape .. and the river leading down to those majestic falls. A great shot Hans .. love the scattering of clouds on the distant horizon. Looking forward to seeing more of Africa through your lens.
When do you leave for Brazil?

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-02-14 8:50]

WOW! Hans, this is a very, very great shot! Wonderful view with clear details.
Regards Rose

Hi Hans,

You did a great work here: Nice composition leaving a cleverly chosen width frame on top for a beautiful cloudy sky, a well placed road on bottom and a sharp PP work. The subject is amazing.


WoW beautiful photos with so nice colors light and details.
I like this photos ,
regards Zoran

Oh my, this is magnificent! Amazing shot Hansie! What a POV you have! I love the whole thing, nothing I would change about this! Beautiful!

Hee Hansie,
Je bent terug ! en hebt veel moois meegenomen, zie ik.
Prachtig dat uitzicht vanuit de helicopter. Doet me denken aan mijn Planet Earth collectie.
Wat een super land, dat Afrika. Bijna net zo mooi als nederland. :-)

Hi Hans,
Very nice caught of you of an air picture of this beautiful falls, great landscape and well presented and composed with great colors and light,
very well done. I like it.
all my compliments,

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-02-14 22:57]

Oh my God, what a splendour !!!
Goregous picture !

congrats ans thanks,

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2010-02-14 23:59]

Hi Hans
Fantastic place.
Few places already on a map of the world stayed where not yet you were. I am congratulating on the next fantastic travel and the good camerawork.

Hello dear Hans!

Very beautiful shot with great DOF. Very beautiful place with lovely colors and vivid. Nice contrasts and lovely cloud formation at the horizon which is straight.

TFS, indeed very lovely POV!

Best Regards,

Bom dia Hans
Excellent perspective you give us to look.
Amazing work. Lovely place and good photo.
My regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-02-15 12:16]

W O W!!!
What a view. Amazing capture Hansie. The trip must have been well worth the $$$ - excellent shot. The landscape is so interesting to see - it is a pity they have built that road there - it spoils the natural beauty of the falls.
Thank you for sharing. Love it...

Hello Hans - Breathtaking aerial shot and a unique view of the falls. Beautifully processed, too.

Great shot Hans , the view is exciting from the air , lucky you to have been able to get that spectacular panorama and grab the whole thing yet the deafening sound it makes when strolling along from one view point to the next is the real feeling ,neat and clear shot man and thanks for bringing back the sweet memories ,

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-02-16 11:44]

Zeer interessant ahnsnu zie ik pas dat het water in een soort smalle kloof stort,en dat ik nooit geweten,dank voor dit prachtige bewijs,vooral de brug!


Stunning. The river is not nearly as full as it was last year this time so you get a much better view of the falls. Magical place.

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2010-03-02 6:46]

Gróóóóts Hans.....!!


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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-03-15 9:22]
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Prachtig he!! Nu zie je echt die scheur in de aarde.
Prachtig zo met die witte wolkenpartij erboven!
Gaaf dat je zo'n helicoptervlucht genomen hebt!!


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  • zomik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 56 N: 314] (3599)
  • [2010-03-15 14:39]

Hi Hans,
fantastic view ! Super focus, colors and details.
best regards

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