Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of 1–2 hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand metres. (From Wikipedia)
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marina7 (5850) 2013-01-18 10:10
very eye-catching compo, love the contrasty colors and the way the paragliders are positioned against each other in the air. Nice capture.
clic (11017) 2013-01-18 16:43
Amazing how those colorful floating feathers in the sky can support weight!
And I presume emergency parachutes of WWI were coloured "low profile" for pilots benefit!
A feast for the eyes is this instructive poster!
fabbs99 (5471) 2013-01-18 21:18
Magnificent composition.Sharpness and clarity are perfect.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Great POV and good composition.TFS.