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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.
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    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
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    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Alexander V. Svetlovsky Thank you very much Alexander for stopping by. I am glad that you mentioned the bike. It is actually very important. When I first uploaded the picture many people asked about it. Few days later I met the pilots in person and asked them the same question you are asking now. If you go to the initial comments you will find a detailed explanation of the reason the bike is in the frame in a very prominent position. If you can't find it let me know and I will be glad to go over the whole story again.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Alexander V. Svetlovsky @Juan Osorio Thank you for the explanation. The bicycle is an electric bike. It is very important for the landing since the wings are so extremely big. They follow the plane at the time of landing and the bike riders help to sustain the wings with their hands. Crazy !!

    PRIYANKA GHOSH
    PRIYANKA GHOSH

    GREAT CREATIVE.....Juan ....it was amazing ..... 

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @PRIYANKA GHOSH Thank you very much Priyanka. I was very fortunate to be able to witness this historic moment and to meet the pilots that are changing the world one flight at a time.

    Peter Virag
    Peter Virag

    Awesome pic Juan. Could you please elaborate on the technique you used for taking this photo + the post processing? Cheers.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Peter Virag Thank you very much Peter. I am glad you liked it. This was a 8 second exposure. No Photoshop, just minor level adjustments and clarity of 10 on Adobe Camera RAW. Please let me know if you have more specific questions.

    Peter Virag
    Peter Virag

    Thanks for your prompt response, appreciate it. Did you use a tripod or was it a hand held shot? How did you get those purple and greenish waves at the top? They look amazing!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Peter Virag Yes, I used a tripod because of the 8 seconds exposure. I would have been impossible to obtain a sharp image without it. The lines were produced by members of the crew walking in front on the camera. If you look in detail, you will find another set of lines that were painted by the man walking on the upper left. The vests they used are highly reflective. Also, something that few people know is that the plane had an emergency that night and the landing had to be rushed. One of the sections of the fabric that covers the wings ripped (look behind the man standing on the right side). JFK airport is one of the busiest in the world and the Solar Impulse plane flies so slowly that it was flying in circles in the ocean between New York and New Jersey waiting until 2 am which is a good time to have a very large and slow plane to take on the traffic. After the problem was discovered by photographers on a helicopter flying close to the plane, they had to clear JFK and allowed them to land. This worked on my favor because very few people were able to change their schedule and arrive to the airport in time. I was there only with another 8 people invited and members of the press and VIPs. The image went viral because of the resemblance of the lines to the American flag which seemed appropriate for the end of this journey across United States.

    Peter Virag
    Peter Virag

    @Juan Osorio @Peter Virag Thx for the in -depth explanation mate, appreciate it. I just switched to my desktop and now can see those uniforms and its colours, they sure provided an awesome effect with the long exposure. Btw. are you a professional photographer if I may ask? Cheers.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Peter Virag @Juan Osorio You are very welcome Peter. I am glad you liked the picture. I am a physician/scientitst and photographer.

    I would like to invite you to visit the Solar Impulse website. They are the reason why this picture is interesting. The whole idea is changing the future of the world and aviation as we know it right now. The plane is currently in Hawaii and preparing for finishing their journey around the world.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Ekramul Islam Thank you very much Ekramul. I am glad you liked it. I always recommend everyone to visit the website of Solar Impulse. You will be amazed!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Daniele Tabatabie Thank you very much for your kind words. I looked at your website. It's fantastic! I liked specially the scaffold picture and the girl in the bus.

    Daniele Tabatabie
    Daniele Tabatabie

    No it's not @Juan Osorio, congratulation your pic are amazing!

    Daniele Tabatabie
    Daniele Tabatabie

    @Juan Osorio @Daniele Tabatabie Thank u man! 

    I am trying to transform my huge passion for photography into something more, laying the foundations for a project that can make me know and make known my photos ... my point of view! I am contacting all photographers and artists who through their skills and experience can help us and give us the right inspiration, telling us about a particular aspect or technique. In the "Knowledge" will then open a space where all the great photographers like you enrich us and help to make a career dreamer like me. If u wanna takepart this is my e.mail danielson_9@hotmail.it 

    Lucy Beveridge
    Lucy Beveridge

    Hi Juan!! I have voted!! I greatly admire their achievement!!

    Karen Jacobs Cook
    Karen Jacobs Cook

    Hi Juan, so happy to hear from you. Thank you for bringing to my attention concerning

    voting for The Solar Impulse Pilots. I placed my vote tonight, I will continue to do so until the end of the month.

    Victor A Mirontschuk
    Victor A Mirontschuk

    Juan thanks for the note and hope you are well too.  I have put in my vote. Hope you are enjoying this snow storm. 

    Victor A Mirontschuk
    Victor A Mirontschuk

    Got in Lat night from LV, one of the last flight to land at JFK. Got out and got some winter shots today. Stay safe.

    Andrea B.
    Andrea B.

    Wow! Such an incredible capture!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Andrea B. Thank you very much Andrea for your visit and kind words. Please vote for Solar Impulse pilots to win the adventurers of the year.

    http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/vote/borschberg-piccard/?utm_source=Supporters&utm_campaign=77d6bf0d1c-Newsletter_127_EN01_14_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fe3c4e880-77d6bf0d1c-142338225


    In my humble opinion, their vision, courage and persistence make them heroes and they deserve to win this year. Imagine flying for 5 days sleeping in cycles of only 20 minutes at a time by using meditation and controlled breathing. Their legacy will remain forever and will change the future of aviation.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sparsh Ghildiyal @Juan Osorio I imagine they were selected by the National Geographic editors to be part of the competition because of their impressive work and merit. But I am just speculating, I don't exactly how the selection is made. You can find out more about the plane and the whole trip around the world by visiting the official website of Solar Impulse.

    http://www.solarimpulse.com/

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Simone Carpaneda Thank you very much Simone. I was very fortunate to be allowed to witness this historic moment. Please visit the website of Solar Impulse. You will see many more beautiful images of this plane and will understand why this plane is going to change the world.

    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: Bright Ideas in Action, World Without Energy, Behind the Adventure, Explore Our Changing World, The Night
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