What have you done to get the shot today? Parked your car, walked into a studio? Plunked down a tripod on a sandy, tropical beach? Fiddled with some macro rails? South African aviation photographer Justin de Reuck unstrapped a good deal of his harness, slid open the canopy, and took photos at what I'm guessing is 100 knots, mere feet from the ground. I'm not sure how that plane actually took off with Justin's balls of steel on board, because man, they must be huge.
While the video takes a minute to get to the good stuff, it is well, well worth a watch if you're interested in aviation photography or just adrenaline-pumping video in general. While I've always been into this kind of stuff, I had no idea how wild it can actually get. There's even a moment where Justin is fiddling with his camera, canopy open, and the pilot goes into a high-g banking turn. Justin's reaction is priceless - an instant "Oh god, oh god!" The video isn't super-heavy on the technical or how-to aspect of things, but I still learned a great deal about how these images are made.
While I'm not too well-versed in the physics of all of this or how dangerous it actually is, my palms were definitely sweaty from watching.
If you've got a few minutes to kill, I'd also heartily recommend a visit to Justin's site, which is chock-full of unbelievable aviation images, I guarantee you'll be impressed.