Technology catches up to photographer's vision

SINGAPORE - Vincent Laforet's photos of New York City and Las Vegas, part of his project Air, have been shared around the world by millions, and most have had their breaths taken away by the images.

The master photographer (and multi-hyphenate) said that he had dreamed of capturing these photos for decades, but it wasn't technically possible - until now.

"These are pictures I've wanted to make since I was in my teens, but the cameras simply have not been capable of capturing aerial images from a helicopter at night until very recently.

"Helicopters vibrate pretty significantly and you have to be able to shoot at a relatively high shutter speed (even with tools like a gyroscope) and that makes it incredibly difficult to shoot post sunset," he wrote.

These unreal photos of New York City and Las Vegas were taken from an altitude of over 2,000m in a helicopter.

"Armed with cameras such as the Canon 1DX and the Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 MP back- both capable of shooting relatively clean files at 3200 & 6400 ISO and a series of f2.8 to f1.2 lenses including a few tilt-shift lenses, I was finally able to capture some of the images that I've dreamed of capturing for decades."

You can - and you should - see hi-res versions of Laforet's photos at Storehouse (