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The surreal and spectacular aero-art of Stas Bartnikas

The surreal and spectacular ae...
This photo won Gold and Silver awards in Moscow international photo awards 2018. Icelandic glacial river
This photo won Gold and Silver awards in Moscow international photo awards 2018. Icelandic glacial river
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Lava, moss and lakes - a bizarre combination which can be find only in Iceland. This aerial shot was taken from a small Cessna.
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Lava, moss and lakes - a bizarre combination which can be find only in Iceland. This aerial shot was taken from a small Cessna.
Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna
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Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna
Glacial lakes, the aerial shot was taken in Iceland
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Glacial lakes, the aerial shot was taken in Iceland
Abstract desert patterns
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Abstract desert patterns
Over Colorado river
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Over Colorado river
The aerial shot was taken in Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan from a small plane
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The aerial shot was taken in Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan from a small plane
An eye - aerial shot of Grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone National Park
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An eye - aerial shot of Grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone National Park
Blue lake, New Zealand
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Blue lake, New Zealand
Trakai island castle
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Trakai island castle
A hook in the road
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A hook in the road
Smile. Aerial shot of Namib desert
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Smile. Aerial shot of Namib desert
Owens lake pattern
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Owens lake pattern
Natural lines
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Natural lines
Tree of life, the aerial shot of Colorado river was taken in Baja California, Mexico
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Tree of life, the aerial shot of Colorado river was taken in Baja California, Mexico
Glacial lakes, the aerial shot was taken in Iceland
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Glacial lakes, the aerial shot was taken in Iceland
Namib desert
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Namib desert
Cloudy desert, Namibia
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Cloudy desert, Namibia
A golf course in Toronto
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A golf course in Toronto
Colors of Iceland
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Colors of Iceland
City life, the aerial shot from a small plane over Toronto
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City life, the aerial shot from a small plane over Toronto
Tonlesap lake fishing, the aerial shot was taken from a small plane in Cambodia
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Tonlesap lake fishing, the aerial shot was taken from a small plane in Cambodia
Lofoten football pitch, Norway
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Lofoten football pitch, Norway
Abstract shadows
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Abstract shadows
Namib desert
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Namib desert
Namib desert
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Namib desert
The hidden treasure, Iceland
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The hidden treasure, Iceland
Iceland
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Iceland
Rays of sun (Mt. Dzinal, Kabardino Balkaria, Russia)
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Rays of sun (Mt. Dzinal, Kabardino Balkaria, Russia)
Beautiful Myvatn lake. The aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small plane
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Beautiful Myvatn lake. The aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small plane
Stairs to the top. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna
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Stairs to the top. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna
Close-up portrait of Mælifell mountain
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Close-up portrait of Mælifell mountain
Craters of Death Valley
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Craters of Death Valley
Owens lake salt pattern
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Owens lake salt pattern
A face in the Namib desert
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A face in the Namib desert
Glacial river meets the ocean, Iceland
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Glacial river meets the ocean, Iceland
Iceland
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Iceland
A peninsula in Iceland
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A peninsula in Iceland
Red sand arctic beach located in the western part of Iceland
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Red sand arctic beach located in the western part of Iceland
Hidden river, this aerial shot was taken in iceland from a small plane
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Hidden river, this aerial shot was taken in iceland from a small plane
Salt lake in Death Valley National Park
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Salt lake in Death Valley National Park
Lakes in Iceland
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Lakes in Iceland
Icelandic waterfalls
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Icelandic waterfalls
This photo won Gold and Silver awards in Moscow international photo awards 2018. Icelandic glacial river
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This photo won Gold and Silver awards in Moscow international photo awards 2018. Icelandic glacial river
Death Valley craters
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Death Valley craters
Face in the sand, Monument Valley
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Face in the sand, Monument Valley
Snake river, Cadiz
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Snake river, Cadiz
A wonderful abstraction
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A wonderful abstraction
Water patterns
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Water patterns
Dunes of Monument Valley, the aerial shot was taken from a trike
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Dunes of Monument Valley, the aerial shot was taken from a trike

Stas Bartnikas has only been practicing the art of aerial photography for about five years but in a remarkably short time this Moscow-based former journalist has produced an incredible collection of images highlighting glorious and surreal sights of over 15 countries from above.

Bartnikas dubs his style "aero-art" and his work is primarily captured using small planes or helicopters. His ability to find magnificent patterns created by nature manages to deliver abstract and unique perspectives on places that are frequently inaccessible to many of us ground dwellers.

Blue lake, New Zealand
Blue lake, New Zealand

Although a small amount of his work is captured using a drone, Bartnikas stresses the old-school value of actually getting up into the air himself and looking down with a camera in his hand. While some drone photography is convenient in local settings Bartnikas is often frustrated by the limited flight range of the technology.

"Due to its limited range of flight drones are only convenient for local shootings, when you know exactly the place you want to shoot and you can reach it by foot or by car," Bartnikas explains to New Atlas. "In all other cases planes are a better option, albeit more expensive (let alone helicopters). Within a few hours of flying on an airplane you can cover vast territories and find many interesting sights that were never seen by man or by a drone's camera. There is also that special chemistry between the camera and the photographer that is worth mentioning."

Beautiful Myvatn lake. The aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small plane
Beautiful Myvatn lake. The aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small plane

Bartnikas' spectacular images of Iceland in particular have won him several photographic awards, but the artist is reluctant to name a favorite location or shot. "Usually after each trip I have several favorite shots. Maybe that is why my best shot is not done yet?"

Despite the many jaunts in tiny planes through remote areas Bartnikas hasn't had any especially frightening moments trying to capture the perfect aerial shot, although he does add it can get "bumpy sometimes."

Salt lake in Death Valley National Park
Salt lake in Death Valley National Park

And for the gear nerds out there he notes his general photographic kit out on these remote flights is a, "Phase One with IQ3 100Mp Trichromatic sensor and 75-150 mm Schneider Kreuznach lens as well as Sony A7RIII with different Zeiss and Sony lenses."

Take a look through our gallery for more of Bartnikas' astounding images.

Source: Stas Bartnikas / Instagram

2 comments
Nik
Amazing stuff!
ljaques
Just stunning. And no irritating drone noise, to boot!