At first glance, this looks like an aerial photo:
But nope, it’s actually a satellite image, at a remarkably rare angle and sharpness, as Benjamin Grant explains:
Here is an incredible Overview of the Bay Area, captured by DigitalGlobe’s newest satellite, the WorldView 3. The satellite was a remarkable 800 miles away over the Pacific Ocean when this Overview of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and downtown San Francisco was captured. The focal length of the satellite’s camera is 32 times longer than a standard DSLR camera, making an image like this possible.
A commenter exclaims, “Superb perspective, as an aerial photographer I can appreciate how remarkable the vantage point is!” But this commenter is a total buzzkill:
It’s a view like this that shows how San Fran is so fragile to global warming. So many houses will be flooded …
To get a sense of which ones, Mother Jones featured a map last year of the Bay Area showing what shoreline in the bay would be flooded in the next hundred years if water levels rise by eight feet—the projected figure from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Here’s a zoomed-out snapshot:
On my flight out of Portland I was lucky enough to capture this view of the city and Mount Hood in the distance. While our posts typically revel in the beauty of things that humans have created, sometimes it's refreshing to step back and see how they pale in comparison to the wonders of the natural world.
And here’s another bonus pic from Daily Overview captured by a drone about an hour outside Bridgetown:
I had an incredible meeting this week with the @skyward.io team in Portland, Oregon. They are doing amazing things to shape the future of overviewing by making drone flights safer and more efficient. This awesome shot was captured by their co-founder @eric.t.ringer with a Phantom 3 drone above the Big Baldwin Trestle, an abandoned railroad bridge located about one hour outside of the city.
(See all Orbital Views here)