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Gallery: Aerial photography turns large-scale farming into abstract art

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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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From Mitch Rouse's series 'Palouse V.2 - Looking Down'
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From Mitch Rouse's series 'Palouse V.2 - Looking Down'
From Mitch Rouse's series 'Palouse V.2 - Looking Down'
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From Mitch Rouse's series 'Palouse V.2 - Looking Down'
From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
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From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
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From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
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From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
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Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
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Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
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Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
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Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looked at several different salt mines across Spain and France
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
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More agricultural patterns from Mitch Rouse taken flying from Cody, Wyoming to Long Beach, California
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series
More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series 
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More incredible images of a Western Australian salt mine in Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series 
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting
A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting 
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A spectacular set of images from Mitch Rouse looking a wheat fields during harvesting 
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
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More shots from Tom Hegen’s first Salt Series looking at several different salt mines across Spain and France, this set focusing on incredible red tones produced by bacteria in the salt ponds
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
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Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
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Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
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Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
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Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
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Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington

We've all had that surreal experience of looking down out of the window from a plane and suddenly seeing familiar environments from completely new and strange perspectives. Such a perspective lends itself to beautiful imagery, and this gallery features the work of two talented photographers who find incredible abstract patterns in large-scale agriculture.

Mitch Rouse

Mitch Rouse originally used drones to create his aerial photographic work but quickly became dissatisfied with their limited range. Once he moved into small planes and helicopters he discovered a whole new world of creative imagery. "Currently I am shooting from a Bell 407 Helicopter with a Shot Over F1 Gimbal housing a Phase 1 Industrial 150 mega pixel camera with a 32mm Rodenstock lens," Rouse tells New Atlas.

Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley
Mitch Rouse’s latest series, entitled ‘The Fabric of America’, examines agricultural patterns in California’s Central Valley

Rouse's work captures the fascinating repetitive patterns created on the land through mass agricultural practices. His most exciting work examines the Palouse Farms in eastern Washington, revealing from various angles the beautiful variations and undulations created across farmlands in the region.

Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington
Instead of directly looking down, one of Mitch Rouse’s earliest Palouse Farm image sets looked out the side of a Cessna place highlighting the undulations in the wheat fields near Pullman, Washington

Tom Hegen

Tom Hegen's Salt Series is another incredibly beautiful collection that looks at the way salt mining produces colorful ponds of bacteria. His most recent set of images examines what he calls, "one of the most beautiful salt production sites in the world" – a mine in Western Australia. Taken from a small airplane, Hegen's sublime images revel in an otherworldly pastel color-palette as he looks down on this massive man-made agricultural endeavor.

From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia
From Tom Hegen's latest Salt Series, looking at a salt production site in Western Australia

Take a look through our gallery at more of these stunning abstract aerial images.

Source: Mitch Rouse / Tom Hegen

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