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    First bicycle 1817 Karl von Drais - First plane flight December 17, 1903 Wright brothers This plane crossed USA without fuel, just on solar power. It can fly day and night. Taken after historic landing July 6 2013 JFK airport. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg started this project to prove how pioneering spirit and latest clean technologies can find solutions for the future. Flight across the world 2015. We have come very far and the world is still changing everyday.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 244
    Lighting 286
    Creativity 259
    Story 230

    The community has selected this image of a solar-powered plane (which crossed the United States without fuel) as the Viewer’s Choice winner for the Explore Our Changing World assignment. The future looks bright indeed with such great strides being made combining clean technologies and transportation.

    Cory Richards
    National Geographic Photographer
    2273 comments
    Michele W.
    Michele W.

    Totally awesome in every way, Juan! FAB composition, color, form & creativity!!! Belated congrats!!!!!!!!! :)

    Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth P.

    Oh! I have so much to learn still. How long have you been taking pictures? I'm still rather new at this. Thanks for the generous info. That's one of the wonderful things about the your shot community...people are willing to explain if you have questions. Best of luck on the pet assignment!

    Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth P.

    Wow. I initially thought those wavy lines could be people, but then I second-guessed myself because some of them are so high. I didn't even notice the red, white, and blue color. This image is one that needs many revisits for sure! I need to experiment more with longer exposures...best of luck with your photography.

    Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth P.

    Wow. What a story and what an image.  What are the wavy lines in the back? Thank you for including the website for additional information. Great shot. You have an interesting gallery...many unusual images. I love your other published photo as well.

    Rafael R.
    Rafael R.

    Awesome shot and story - absolutely amazing and inspiring - congratulations!

    Takashi
    Takashi

    Super amazing shot! 

    I have been always seeing this photo ans your photos with a big longing.

    I respect you who have captured the top photo of the "MOST DISCUSSED", and many "EDITORS' FAVORITES" and "PUBLISHED"

    Wonderful works, Juan!!!

    Leo Y.
    Leo Y.

    Just marvalous 

    Saumya Rawat
    Saumya Rawat

    Artistic use of lights...just an incredible shot Juan. Keep it up :)

    laura f.
    laura f.

    Simply amazing! Congrats!

    Janet Wathey
    Janet Wathey

    Congratulations, Juan.  A wonderful and well deserved honor for this lovely image!

    Alan Hammond
    Alan Hammond

    The future is limitless and I do plan to visit the Solar Impulse site based on your recommendation.  Much deserved congratulations Juan for a great capture and story my friend.  Very well done! You Inspire!

    Migz Nthigah
    Migz Nthigah

    The future is bright and beautiful indeed. Great story...very cool photo :)

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Elizabeth P. I have been taking pictures seriously for about 4 years. Before it was just an sporadic hobby. Thank you very much for wishing me luck on the assignment, the same to you.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Elizabeth P. The reason the lines are so high is because the camera was very low on the floor and the person walking in front of the camera was very close. The 10 mm lens gives a 180 degree angle of view and objects very close to the camera which would cut in half by any other lens look huge. In this particular case the lines seem to be traveling above the plane, but in reality they were created inches away from the lens. Again, I appreciate your generous comments and your time visiting my pictures Elizabeth. I am glad you liked them.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Elizabeth P. Thank you very much Elizabeth. I love the wavy lines you are referring to are the product of the members of the crew walking in front of the camera during this 8 seconds exposure. Several people found the resemblance with the American flag since you can see red and blue and made the connection with the importance of the finishing of the trip across United States just on solar power. Some people don't agree. I like them very much because the dynamic character they added to the image and because what I was trying to capture was an historic event related to transportation.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Essam Higazi Dear Essam, I encourage you to visit the Solar Impulse website. It is one of the most fascinating projects in the world. They are traveling around the globe just on solar power next year.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Rafael R. I encourage you to visit the Solar Impulse website and be amazed by their amazing project for next year around the world just on solar energy.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Rafael R. Thank you very much Rafael. I appreciate your comment and your visit to my gallery.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Takashi Dear Takashi, please visit the Solar Impulse website. I always remind everyone that this image is just a 8 seconds snapshot of a wonderful moment. The image is meaningful only because the people and ideas that made it possible. The men that decided that impossible was not. Leadership and pioneering to further progress and development on a sustainable manner.
    Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg and the amazing Solar Impulse team made this dream a reality. Now they are preparing for traveling around the globe just on solar generated power on their newer generation plane in 2015. The world will be watching!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Takashi Thank you very much Takashi for your kind and generous words. They mean a lot to me.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Giangavino Contini I highly recommend that you visit the website from Solar Impulse. After all, this amazing plane and its amazing journey is what gives meaning to the image.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Saumya Rawat I would like to encourage you to visit the Solar Impulse website. I believe that the value of this image comes from the importance of what it represents, not solely on the esthetics or technical worth. Believing that it is possible to embrace aviation progress and lowering the impact on natural resources and the planet is just a wonderful proposition. It is also important to mention that the Solar Impulse team and its founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were told by everyone it would be impossible to build a plane that could fly just on solar power. Defying all odds and overcoming enormous obstacles they proved that impossible is just a transient state of mind.

    Their next project will fly around the world in 2015. We will be watching their exciting adventure!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @laura f. Like I always do, I recommend that you visit the website of the Solar Impulse plane. It is an amazing project and a monument to human spirit and determination. They achieved what everyone thought impossible and now are preparing to go around the world next year just on solar power.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @laura f. Thank you very much Laura for stopping by my pictures and for your nice compliment.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Janet Wathey Thank you very much Janet. This image was taken last year after the successful crossing of America on just solar power of this beautiful and amazing plane. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Migz Nthigah Dear Migz, dont forget to visit the website from Solar Impulse. They are in the final stages of preparation for traveling around the world just on solar power on their second plane in 2015.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Savannah Chappus I recommend that you visit the Solar Impulse website Savannah. They just tested a new plane that is going to fly around the world next year. It is very exciting.

    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 6, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Jul 8, 2013
    Location: Rochdale Village, New York, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Focal Length: 10 mm
    Shutter Speed: 8/1 sec
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 160
    Copyright: © Juan Osorio
    Categories: Adventure, People, Space
    Assignments: Explore Our Changing World, The Night