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New York Glows in Stunning High Altitude Views

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Photographer Vincent Laforet has flown over New York at least 50 times in his career, but his latest series is something he says he's dreamed about doing for decades: capturing aerial views of the city at night. Because of the intense vibrations of a helicopter, images have to be captured at a very fast shutter speed. Until recently, the low light conditions at night wouldn't allow a proper exposure but technological advances finally allowed Laforet to capture the nighttime views he'd been imagining. The results are surprising not just because of how immense the city appears - even longtime New Yorkers can still be taken aback by the scale of the metropolis - but because of the candy-colored hues that are now part of the cityscape. Vibrant purples and pinks mix with the yellow of the street lights.

ABOVE: One World Trade Center in bathed in green light.

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For this series, the helicopter carrying Laforet flew at 7,500 feet, higher than he had ever flown in a helicopter over New York. Laforet describes it as the "scariest helicopter photo-mission" of his career. "The real scary part was that there's just simply nothing quite like leaning out of that chopper over the sea of darkness and light, held in only by a full-body harness" he said. "There is no chance that you will fall - the harness is tried and true. But you DO think about the fall."

ABOVE: The southern tip of Manhattan

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30 Rockefeller Center stands at lower center while the lights of Times Square are seen above.

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The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, top, span the East River between Manhattan, left, and Brooklyn.

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Midtown Manhattan.

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The Empire State Building stands at right and Bryant Park glows in blue and green at top.

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Midtown Manhattan: 30 Rockefeller Center glows in purple at right across from Bryant Park at left.

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Commuter trains sit on the tracks at the West Side Yard.

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Columbus Circle and Central Park.

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Midtown Manhattan.

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Central Park sits at lower center in this view looking south to Lower Manhattan.
Learn more about Vincent Laforet's images on his blog and see more of his work on his website.

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