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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 252
    Lighting 294
    Creativity 268
    Story 234

    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.

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    Franck S Vega
    Franck S Vega

    Alguna vez te dije que esta era una foto histórica !!! Creo que no me equivoque. Felicitaciones Juan !!

    Vincenzo Piramide
    Vincenzo Piramide

    Another great shot where the light is the protagonist, colored waves in the sky and human presence inside a difficult scene considering the 8 second exposure! Well done Juan!

    A. R.
    A. R.

    Wow!

    Hello, you have a very nice collection.

    The pictures in your gallery/page is/are amazing.

    Specially, I like this one, it is just perfect to me.

    Your idea of shooting picture is unique.

    Keep in touch my friend.

    Regards. 

    Saurav Ghimire
    Saurav Ghimire

    absolutely great shot... These are the technologies we should be using for sustainability of environment..i am glad to know of this development 


    Ananya C.
    Ananya C.

    Oh wow! such amazing work. 

    #inspired 

    Pamela Holmes
    Pamela Holmes

    Hi Juan.I'm a high school student from China.I found ur photo in MOST DISCUSSED and ,I have to say,it's really beautiful.I love the colourful beams above the plane most.Thanks for sharing,Pamela Liu.

    Sharon Doherty
    Sharon Doherty

    Hello Juan. I think it's fabulous in all aspects. What are the colourful beams above the plane? I understand it was taken with shutter speed of 1/8th second, on a tripod? Regards, Sharon

    Gail P.
    Gail P.

    Yes, belated congrats! Your gallery is absolutely amazing. Every single photo is "wow."

    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.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sandeep Wajapey Please visit the Solar Impulse's website. I always recommend everyone to get to know more about these pioneers and heroes are doing to change the future. You will be fascinated. They are already on the final stages of preparation for the trip around the world just on solar energy in 2015.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sandeep Wajapey Thank you very much Sandeep for you generous words. Witnessing this historic moment is something I will never forget. I am glad that you liked it.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @David D. Dear David, don't forget to visit the website for Solar Impulse. It is an amazing project that is changing our world and our minds!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @David D. Thank you very much David for visiting my gallery and for your comment on this picture.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Franck S Vega No te olvides de visitar la pagina de internet de Solar Impulse. En 2015 van a darle la vuelta al mundo usando solamente la energia del sol. Es increible!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Franck S Vega Muchisimas gracias Franck. Yo tambien creo lo mismo. Los verdaderos heroes son los pilotos y el equipo de Solar Impulse. Fui muy afortunado de haber podido presenciar este ito en la historia de la aviacion.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Vincenzo Piramide Thanks a lot Vincenzo. I appreciate your comment and visit. I also was very surprised with the man on the right not being blurred. He was listening to the speech of the pilots, but I would say perhaps other of the photographers used a flash and that helped to freeze him.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @A. R. Thank you very much AR for stopping by and for you kind words.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Pamela Holmes Please visit the Solar Impulse website. The work they are doing is absolutely wonderful. They deserve all the credit for being pioneers and for overcome what everybody thought was impossible.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sharon Whatfor I will encourage you to visit the Solar Impulse website. They are finalizing the last details for next year trip around the world. Their story and their success is simply inspiring. They never gave up when everybody told them it was impossible to build a plane that could fly just on solar power.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sharon Whatfor Hello Sharon. I appreciate your visit and comment. The lines were created by one of the members of the Solar Impulse's crew walking in front of the camera. If you look closely, you will see the same effect created by another man near the bicycle. When I first uploaded this image there were a lot of comments referring to the fact that those lines resemble the US flag, and since they just finished crossing the country they were very relevant. Some people don't see it.  I just feel very honored for having had the opportunity of witnessing this historic moment for mankind and for getting to meet these 2 incredible men.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Gail P. Thank you Gail. It is very nice of you. I appreciate your visit and generous comment.

    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.

    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: Behind the Adventure, Explore Our Changing World, The Night
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