George Steinmetz

@geosteinmetz

Specializing in aerial photography, George's latest book New York Air explores America's largest city. Autographed copies available at
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A rare aerial view of Kutupalong, the largest Rohingya refugee… read more
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A rare aerial view of Kutupalong, the largest Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, shortly after 400,000 had arrived from just across the border in Myanmar to escape ethnic cleansing.  Since 1942 over 1.2 million Rohingya have entered Bangladesh, a country that struggles to meet the needs of its own surging population. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Dawn in Green Mountain National Forest near Middlebury VT.… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Dawn in Green Mountain National Forest near Middlebury VT.  This area, like most of Vermont, was clear cut over one hundred years ago for farming and grazing, but has grown back vigorously with a mixture of hardwoods and evergreens. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A thin morning fog drifts through the old growth pines,… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A thin morning fog drifts through the old growth pines, birch trees and wild blueberry bushes in Stora Sjöfallets NP in Northern Sweden. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Dream-like Islands in the Rapa Delta of Sweden’s Sarek… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Dream-like Islands in the  Rapa Delta of Sweden’s Sarek National Park.  This is one the few areas north of the Arctic Circle where the boreal forest has deciduous trees, like these birches surrounded by waters stained blue with glacial till. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Fall color comes early to the Rapa River Delta in northern… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Fall color comes early to the Rapa River Delta in northern Sweden.  The hole in the clouds lasted but a few minutes, but rewarded many days of waiting at the heli-pad.  #beingthere | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Walking through the desolate streets of the Coffey Park… read more
Coffey Park
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Walking through the desolate streets of the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa CA yesterday was both eerie and humbling.  The fire came without warning in the middle of the night and the residents I met had only a few minutes to grab valuables and pound on the doors of neighbors before running for their lives.  One of the strangest sights was cars left in driveways, with the aluminum hubs of their tires now reduced to silver puddles, like candle wax.  The heat was tremendous, and for a square km or so there is nothing left of the houses beyond their chimneys. Equally impressive is the cohesiveness of the community, self-patrolling for looters, but also taking in both friends and strangers.  There are no hotel rooms within an hour drive, so the helicopter pilot’ s parents gave me their spare bedroom, and got up at 5am to make me a coffee. #CaliforniaStrong #onassignment @nytimes | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Fishing nets being repaired last week on the beach at Cox’s… read more
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Fishing nets being repaired last week on the beach at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  In the upper right are fish carts waiting for the boats to be off-loaded, and then hauled to the drying racks on the island.  It’s a simpler life in this part of the world, but a few days of unseasonal rain can ruin a week's worth of fishing. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Boats for paddling passengers are tied up around anchor… read more
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Boats for paddling passengers are tied up around anchor poles on the bank of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  People often ask me what’s my favorite place to take pictures, and the answer is almost always the next place.  Beauty is where you find it, and that’s often in the most unexpected of locations.  #yesterday | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz As Hurricane Irma bears down on Southern Florida, I’m reminded… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  As Hurricane Irma bears down on Southern Florida, I’m reminded of the vulnerability of areas like Miami, which I photographed for @natgeo a few years ago to anticipate what seems about to happen. Those multi-million dollar homes on Miami’s Venetian Islands are only about 1 meter above sea level, and a ripe target for tropical storm surges.  In this part of the world, disaster seems more a matter of when, not if. #prayforflorida | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz It’s kind of surreal to be back in Africa, 39 years after… read more
Arusha, Tanzania
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  It’s kind of surreal to be back in Africa, 39 years after I got my start in photography here 39 years ago, by hitch-hiking across the continent as a college drop out.  I took this “selfie” with pygmy hunter as I backpacked my way through the Ituri Forest in Ziaïre in 1979.  I feel both honored and intimidated by being asked to give a talk at #TEDGlobal today in Arusha, Tanzania. I will be sharing four decades of photographing a continent that I know so intimately, from both ground and air. It’s great to be back here, still impetuous and drinking in the scene, hakuna matata. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Elephants grazing in the shallow waters of Lake Amboseli,… read more
Arusha, Tanzania
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Elephants grazing in the shallow waters of Lake Amboseli, Kenya.  This is part of a TEDGlobal presentation that I’ll be giving tomorrow in Arusha, Tanzania, just across the border from where this picture was taken.  I got started in photography by I hitch-hiking across this continent 39 years ago, and I’m looking forward to showing a room full of Africans the result of their parent's hospitality. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Fishing boats stained with algae line a tributary of Lake… read more
Jiangsu
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Fishing boats stained with algae line a tributary of Lake Taihu near Wuxi, China.  I was coming in for a landing after a long flight, with a low battery beeping for landing, but I had to take just one more…. Serendipity and bad weather are a photographer’s best friend. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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@geosteinmetz and 15 year-old @nhsteinmetz taking photographs and video of camels crossing the dunes… read more
Inner Mongolia
@geosteinmetz  and 15 year-old @nhsteinmetz taking photographs and video of camels crossing the dunes of the Kubuqi Desert last week in Inner Mongolia.  Drones certainly make taking low altitude aerial pictures a lot easier!  With thanks to @liqiaor for the BTS photo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A herd of bactrian camels crossing the dunes last week… read more
Inner Mongolia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A herd of bactrian camels crossing the dunes last week between the fresh water lakes of the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia.  An extensive revegetation program here has virtually stopped the sandstorms that once plagued Beijing. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A tidy grid of crosses and white fences blanket the cemetery… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A tidy grid of crosses and white fences blanket the cemetery in Ilulissat, Greenland.  Leif Eriksson introduced Christianity to Greenland around 1000AD, but there wasn’t even a trading post here until the 1700s.  Today the atmosphere here is still very native, with about as many sled dogs as people. #onassignment for @ntymag | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Self-portrait by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This is the last copy of a post card I sent out 34 years… read more
Steinmetz World Headquarters
Self-portrait by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This is the last copy of a post card I sent out 34 years ago, when I was trying to get my first job as a photo assistant in San Francisco. #itworked!!! The phones have changed, but the energy is still the same! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Facebook’s old headquarters on the edge of San Francisco… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Facebook’s old headquarters on the edge of San Francisco Bay, with HACK written in tiles on the courtyard of "hacker square". From the upcoming book #SeeingSiliconValley | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A rare close up of what local helicopter pilots simply… read more
New Jersey
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A rare close up of what local helicopter pilots simply call “the lady”. She’s holding up quite well, 131 years after a dedication by fellow New Jersey native, President Grover Cleveland.  #JerseyGirl @newyorkairbook | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz It was a curious experience to return to Stanford University… read more
Stanford University, The Oval
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  It was a curious experience to return to Stanford University last month.  Some 37 years after I graduated the place felt different yet the same. The old buildings and informal atmosphere are still there, but the campus is now buffed out with the growing wealth of the information age.  I couldn’t get over how the entrance has been relandscaped into a mecca for foreign tourists with dueling selfie-sticks.  From the upcoming book #seeingsiliconvalley | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Red algae bloom in the salt works of South San Francisco… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Red algae bloom in the salt works of South San Francisco Bay, one of just two sea salt works in the United States.  Silicon Valley has some of the highest real estate prices in the country, and such low land-value industries seem an incongruous relic of California's 19th Century gold rush.  From the upcoming book #SeeingSiliconValley | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The mix of money and digital obsession is visible everywhere… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  The mix of money and digital obsession is visible everywhere in Silicon Valley, even at the equestrian facilities of Portola Farms.  Their covered exercise arena is on land that was once part of Leland Stanford’s stock farm.  From the upcoming book #SeeingSiliconValley | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Aerial view of The Quad, the historic heart of Stanford… read more
Stanford, California
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Aerial view of The Quad, the historic heart of Stanford University, where so much of Silicon Valley's talent was nurtured.  It was fun for me to explore my alma mater with the latest in drone technology, and visualize something so familiar in an entirely new way.  For the upcoming book #seeingsiliconvalley. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Looking like a set for sci-fi movie, Apple’s new spaceship-shaped… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Looking like a set for sci-fi movie, Apple’s new spaceship-shaped headquarters in Cupertino is nearing completion.  With 2.8M sq. ft. for 12,000 employees, it is so huge that the Pentagon would fit within its outer walls. From the upcoming book #SeeingSiliconValley | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz I'm in Washington today for the final presentation of a… read more
National Geographic Live
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  I'm in Washington today for the final presentation of a story on China's food supply and caught one of my favorite editors @kurtmutchler trying to get the kinks out of both a story and his back at the same time.  #beingthere | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Terraced fields of wheat climb the slopes of a small volcano… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Terraced fields of wheat climb the slopes of a small volcano near the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, continental Africa's most densely populated nation.  Land scarcity was a significant contributor to Rwanda’s genocide in 1994. To see more about the global food supply, go to @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Being Mr. Mom in the forest, Ulai cares for his youngest… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Being Mr. Mom in the forest, Ulai cares for his youngest children while his wife Wali processes a sago palm into food for the family.  This picture was taken in 1995 to document the way of life of the Korowai in Indonesian New Guinea. Most of the #Korowai had no contact with anyone beyond their language group, and no material goods from the outside world.  They live in tree houses built above the forest floor to protect themselves from outsiders. With no need for clothes, the women wear a short grass skirt, and the men wrap their penis in leaf for modesty.  #unpublished from #mybackpages #fathersday | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @feedtheplanet The Wei family threshing and winnowing wheat in… read more
Ningxia
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @feedtheplanetThe Wei family threshing and winnowing wheat in front of their home in rural Ningxia Province, China. They separate the seed from chaff with a fan powered by their three wheeled truck, which is a lot faster than waiting for a windy day.  Most of their harvest will be for family use as bread and noodles, and this year corn will be their cash crop.  #onassignment for upcoming story for @natgeo on feeding China | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @feedtheplanet Much of China’s fertile land is difficult… read more
Ningxia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  @feedtheplanet Much of China’s fertile land is difficult to cultivate or mechanize, like these terraces on the Loess Plateau in Ningxia Province. The terraces were cut by bull dozer, but most of the farming is still done by hand on small family run plots, which are typical in China where the government owns all the land.  The wheat is golden in this aerial photo, and the ripening corn is green.  #onassignment for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last glimpse of #BohemianRhapsody by drone, before I head… read more
Prague, Czech Republic
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Last glimpse of #BohemianRhapsody by drone, before I head home tomorrow.  Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, over 750,000 sq. ft., and dates back to the 9th Century.  It houses the presidency of the Czech Republic, and has displays that are an amazing window into the medieval world of Central Europe. #defenestration | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Took my little drone up for a look at the old town square… read more
Prague, Czech Republic
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Took my little drone up for a look at the old town square in Prague this morning.  At 5AM on a Sunday morning, I felt like the only sober one to see the sunrise in this exquisitely preserved medieval metropolis. #beingthere | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Side view of lettuce flourishing with aeroponics, the latest… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Side view of lettuce flourishing with aeroponics, the latest development in indoor farming.  Central to success is feeding the roots with a nutrient-rich spray as they dangle below the germination mat.  I took this photo two years ago at @AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey, when they were refining their technology.  They optimized results by varying  computer-controlled temperature, nutrition, and length of “daylight” with an optimized spectrum of LEDs.  With the technology sorted out, AeroFarms is now ramping up production, and selling aeroponic agriculture in my local supermarket as "Dream Greens". To see how plants respond to LED lighting check out @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Rotating solar panels being installed this spring in an… read more
Baileng, Nei Mongol, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Rotating solar panels being installed this spring in an expansion of 200MW field in the Kubuqi Desert near the Yellow River.  Plans are to build it out 5 times larger.  China is the world leader in installed solar, with 25% of world capacity, and expanding rapidly. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz The conversion to sustainable energy won’t be stopped by… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  The conversion to sustainable energy won’t be stopped by presidential decree, as you can see in this Kansas wheat field where an innovative program has farmers leasing their land to wind power companies.  Wind is expected to account for 50% of the electricity generated in Kansas by 2018.  Although wind power is only 6% of the U.S. electric supply, it is also the fastest growing source of new electricity.  As Bob Dylan said back in '65: You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows… #subterraneanhomesickblues | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Time-lapse video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This is lunch time in one of the many cafeterias… read more
Shenzhen, Guangdong
Time-lapse video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This is lunch time in one of the many cafeterias at Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic products, in Shenzhen, China.  The workers here are known for their fast hands, so I compressed an entire lunch hour into 18 seconds.  Not only is China’s diet changing rapidly, but so are the ways that they are consuming food. To see more about the challenge of meeting humanity’s expanding food needs, follow @geosteinmetz working #onassignment for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Americana runs deep in upstate New York, where the apples… read more
Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Americana runs deep in upstate New York, where the apples were in bloom last week.  George Beak and Andrew Skiff planted apples on this hillside near Syracuse in 1911, and five generations later, they have 600 acres in a range of varieties, mostly for juice and now hard cider. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This was the last steam locomotive to cross China's Gobi… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This was the last steam locomotive to cross China's Gobi Desert, which I photographed with my motorized paraglider seventeen years ago. It was a hairball flight — hands off pilot controls for a picture while chasing that loco across the desert.  The dunes flanking the tracks were covered with a grid of straw forced into the ground to stop migrating sand from causing a derailment.  I was back in the neighborhood last week, and had a chance to document how they are stabilizing sand dunes today.  It’s still a lot of work… see for yourself with the last post on @geosteinmetz. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last panels go up in the new 200MW solar power farm of… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last panels go up in the new 200MW solar power farm of Elion Resources in the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia.  China has rapidly become the world’s biggest producer of solar power, and the buildout continues.  After this solar grid is completed, they will plant drought-tolerant licorice beneath the panels to help to stabilize the sandy soil, and feed their candy factory. 👅 #tasty 👅 | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Whenever I get out of the big cities here I often feel… read more
Inner Mongolia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Whenever I get out of the big cities here I often feel like the first foreigner in China, as everyone wants to have their picture taken with the long nose.  This group of Mongolian singers were no different, and made me feel like Brad Pitt …for about 5 seconds.  #onassignment in the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Spring comes late to the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia,… read more
Inner Mongolia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Spring comes late to the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia, and herdsmen take their flocks into the dunes to search for the first grasses of spring.  This part of China has seen something rare in the desert, a comeback of greenery, the result of intensive plantings to reach groundwater and soil that lie beneath the sands. This revegetation has helped reduce the dust storms that used to plague Beijing, some 400 miles downwind. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last night the salt works of the Kubuqi Desert in Inner… read more
Inner Mongolia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last night the salt works of the Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia resembled a glacial labyrinth, but they have a tee-shirt climate in the summer.  Exploited since the Han Dynasty, they now provide industrial salts for China’s booming economy. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Selfie w drone by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Was scouting out locations today in China’s Kubuqi… read more
Inner Mongolia
Selfie w drone by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Was scouting out locations today in China’s Kubuqi Desert when the local trash collecter saw my drone and followed it with his personal three-wheeled car to where I had just landed it.  He was as fascinated with my little ride as I was with his.  As the Air China stewardess said today as we taxied into Bayan Nur, "Have pleasant stay in the new future!" | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @NatGeo on Saturday I happened to be… read more
潍坊学院
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  #onassignment for @NatGeo on Saturday I happened to be in the right place at the right time, the 34th International Kite Festival in Weifang, China.  They had flying cows, frogs, and horses, plus a synchronized aerobatic kite team in pink uniforms.  Still kicking myself for not coughing up the money to buy the 100m long king cobra.  I've got the guy's WeChat and may have to reconsider! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo Waterbuffalo still do most of… read more
Yuanyang, Yunnan, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  #onassignment for @natgeo  Waterbuffalo still do most of the heavy work of preparing the rice paddies in Yuanyang, China.  The Yi and Hani minority people cling to their ancient traditions, but young people are increasingly drawn to city life.  Most of the farmers I encountered were the older generation, and this hard but beautiful life was the only way they had ever known. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo The terraced rice fields of Yuanyang… read more
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  #onassignment for @natgeo The terraced rice fields of Yuanyang in China are the world’s largest, and cover over 1000 meters of vertical terrain.  The local Hani and Yi minority groups carved the mountain into terraces that are watered by an elaborate system of cascading aqueducts.  April is the beginning of the rice planting season, when seedlings are transplanted after the paddies have been prepared by both hand and water buffalo.  This ancient landscape has started to change, and now 10-20% of the terraces are dry, as young people are choosing more urban forms of work instead of eking out a meager living from hard rural labor.  To see more of the challenge of meeting the rapidly increasing demand for food, to go @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A sea of yellow rapeseed flowers is the big money maker… read more
Xinghua, Jiangsu, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A sea of yellow rapeseed flowers is the big money maker for the villages near Xinghua, China.  The wetland was excavated into network of fields and canals long ago, but now the locals make more money from #agrotourism every April than they do from the oil rich seeds that are pressed for cooking oil, or the taro that grows in the summer.  The farmer who put me up slept in his car this last weekend to have one more room to rent!  On #onassignment yesterday for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A rare view inside one of the shelling rooms of Guolian Aquatics,… read more
Guangzhou, China
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A rare view inside one of the shelling rooms of Guolian Aquatics, which claims to be the biggest shrimp processor in China, the world’s largest producer of farmed shrimp. Shrimp farming here is seasonal so Guolian imports  from India, Thailand, Ecuador and Vietnam too keep their production lines running year round.  2/3 of their production is for the US and Europe, but the Chinese taste are shifting with rising incomes, and the domestic market is growing fast. #onassignment  for @natgeo To see what large scale shrimp farms look like, check out yesterday's post on @geosteinnetz | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety I recently learned that 90% of the seafood… read more
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosocietyI recently learned that 90% of the seafood that is consumed in America is imported, primarily in the form of salmon, tuna, and shrimp. So, being a curious kind of guy, I decided to check out the world’s largest shrimp farm in Indonesia. With still photographs it was hard to grasp the scale of the place, but the drone does a pretty good job of it. This former mangrove swamp on the south end of Sumatra was converted into shrimp ponds that now cover 80 sq. km. and support some 9,000 families. To see the story behind the story, scroll down through @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Sunset highlights the arid terrain surrounding Lamayuru… read more
Taipei, Taiwan
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Sunset highlights the arid terrain surrounding Lamayuru Monastery, one of the largest and most spectacular Buddhist enclaves in Ladakh, India.  This is part of a new exhibit of my aerial photographs of the world’s extreme deserts that opened today at Shin Kong MItsukoshi in Taipei.  With thanks to @natgeo.media for making it happen. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz Things definitely look different from up there, like these fish farms… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz  Things definitely look different from up there, like these fish farms on the south coast of Taiwan.  Most of the island is too mountainous for agriculture, so people have come to depend on marine life for food.  If you are in Taipei on March 17th, I will be giving an 8pm lecture at Shin Kong Mituskoshi to launch a special exhibit of my aerial photographs.  With thanks to @natgeo.media for supporting this exhibit and fieldwork. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Taking aerial photos in China has become a lot easier with… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Taking aerial photos in China has become a lot easier with drones, but this one was taken ten years ago, after a running take-off with my motorized paraglider.  That was the only way to get  a view of the terraced fields at the base of 5600m Yulong Xue Shan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain) in China’s Yunnan province.  The glaciers here are disappearing rapidly, and threatening the irrigation that villagers have depended on for millennia.  To see learn more about the global food supply, go to @FeedthePlanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A farmer peers up at me and my motorized paraglider as… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A farmer peers up at me and my motorized paraglider as I survey family fields just outside of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.  With almost no rainfall, farm houses in this part of Central Asia have flat roofs of mud and straw for drying crops, like the red pepper seen near the top of the ladder. The view from above is always a revelation, and I’m curious to see what I find when I return to China next week. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Gathering red peppers laid out to dry on the gravel plains… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Gathering red peppers laid out to dry on the gravel plains near Baicheng, Xinjiang, China. Most of the farm activity in China is still done by families with small plots of land and shared farm equipment.  I’ve been taking pictures in China since my first assignment for @natgeo thirty years ago, and the country has been changing so fast that each time it seems like a new place.  I’m looking forward to returning next week to document the country’s food supply, and wonder what will surprise me this time.  Follow @feedtheplanet to see more! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Family fields of rapeseed are punctuated by hillocks of… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Family fields of rapeseed are punctuated by hillocks of limestone near Luoping, Yunnan, China.  The government owns virtually all the farmland in China, which is divided up into small plots that are legally impossible to consolidate.  It's a very different system from what you find in most other countries.  I’m preparing for another trip to China next week, so follow me to see more strangely beautiful foodscapes at @feedtheplanet. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This is Leonard Knight, a visionary outsider artist that… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This is Leonard Knight, a visionary outsider artist that I met in 1988 during a trip through the Southern California desert.  Leonard was using discarded house paints to color Salvation Mountain, a monumental bas-relief earth sculpture, and was living in the dead truck you see in the background. On this day someone had just donated a scooter to him to transport water from a nearby irrigation canal to mix with the mud and straw for his adobe monument to God.  Leonard taught me the value of sticking with an idea, even if it was a little whacky, as over time it could develop into something substantial.  That fixity of purpose has informed everything I’ve done since: from my 15 year project to photograph all of the world's deserts, to my current @FeedThePlanet project to document the effect of large scale agriculture on the natural world.  To see what Leonard’s work became, check out #LeonardKnight which will lead you to the work of my friend Aaron Huey @argonautphoto, who did an entire book about Leonard in his last years. Leonard’s spirit lives on! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Truck drivers wait for the rain to stop in the shelter… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Truck drivers wait for the rain to stop in the shelter of a combine harvester just west of Sinop, Brazil.  This area of the Amazon is a transition zone from tropical rainforest to savannah that is rapidly being converted into large scale farms that harvest soybeans in Jan/Feb and corn in May/June.  The double harvest is possible due to fertile soil that requires no irrigation. As more natural land is put under the plow, Brazil has become one of the fastest growing agricultural exporters in the world.  To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Last week I was honored to win the Environmental Vision… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Last week I was honored to win the Environmental Vision Award from the Pictures of the Year competition.  I never thought of myself as an environmentalist, but I guess that’s what happens when you poke around and tell people what you are seeing.  The picture above was taken during the soybean harvest in the southern Amazon, where increasing demand for soybeans (primarily in China) is making it profitable to clear cut tropical forest.  With a climate that allows two harvests of soybeans per year without irrigation, large scale farms in Mato Grosso province are rapidly converting virgin rainforest to farmland. To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Planting lettuce in a rotating hydroponic farm just west… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Planting lettuce in a rotating hydroponic farm just west of Tokyo.  The seedlings are placed in the center and the plants slowly rotate for a month before reaching the outer edge where they are harvested.  Their roots are nourished by water laced with phosphate and other minerals.  I was told that their hydroponic method results in a slightly sweeter variety of lettuce.  They harvest daily, and year round, with slightly smaller plants during the winter.  This system was developed in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, where there was a demand for fresh vegetables but no safe soil to grow them.  To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A fishing boat with some twenty men work the outer reef… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A fishing boat with some twenty men work the outer reef of the Quirimbas Islands in Mozambique.  They pull the line topside while snorkelers make sure that the fish don’t escape where the net snags on the rough coral bottom.  Their catch was small, and they can only place one or two nets in a morning before the winds pick up and the sea becomes too rough.  Most of the coastal villages here have taken all but the smallest fish, and men now venture further and further out to support their families.  To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A lone fishing dhow struggles against the tide in the shallows… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A lone fishing dhow struggles against the tide in the shallows of the Bazaurto Archipelago in Mozambique.  Although stunnigly beautiful from above, increasing population and overfishing are a significant challenges in this national park.  To see more of where our food comes from follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz A communal fishing crew gazes up at my paraglider in Mozambique’s… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  A communal fishing crew gazes up at my paraglider in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago.  They use wooden dhows and long nets that they pull by hand across the sandy bottom. The low spring tides only last a couple of hours, but the strong ebb and flow let them to thoroughly fish the shallows by hand.  To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Cavlary Cemetery in Queens, New York City on an early winter… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Cavlary Cemetery in Queens, New York City on an early winter morning after a Nor’easter laid down a fresh blanket of white.  With over 3 million interments, it has the most graves of any cemetery in the USA, and is also one of the oldest.  To see more of Gotham, check out @NewYorkAirBook | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Yes, they were tasty! I couldn’t help but “sample” a bell… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Yes, they were tasty!  I couldn’t help but “sample” a bell pepper from this warehouse of Alhondiga, on the southern Spanish coast.  With 800,000 kg. of fresh produce transiting each day, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but they did.  I was summoned to the office, and the boss gave me a whole case to take back to my hotel room!  Viva Spanish Hospitality! To see more pictures from Europe’s winter vegetable garden, go to @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Sweet red tomatoes are part of the midday auction of 800,000… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Sweet red tomatoes are part of the midday auction of 800,000 kg of fruits and vegetables in this warehouse near Almería, Spain.  Within hours it will all be heading north by truck.  Much of Europe’s winter produce is grown under the “sea of plastic”, with 30% of the production going to Spain, and the rest to Germany, France, Italy, and the UK.  To get an aerial view of the fields, scroll down through @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Aerial view of the “sea of plastic” which provides a large… read more
Roquetas De Mar Almeria
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Aerial view of the “sea of plastic” which provides a large portion of the fresh vegetables consumed in Europe every winter.  Located on the Spanish coast near Morocco, it has warm sunny weather with irrigation via the coastal Sierra Nevada seen in the distance.  The greenhouses here are all made from thin rolls of plastic sheeting, which are fairly inexpensive, but need to be replaced periodically.  To see how they build them, scroll down through @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by César Maldonado @aeronomadas holding the selfie stick in his paraglider trike over the… read more
Playa Almeria
Photograph by César Maldonado @aeronomadas holding the selfie stick in his paraglider trike over the “sea of plastic” near Almería, Spain.  While I prefer to do my own flying, sometimes it’s a lot easier to hire a local with the right rig.  It’s always a challenge to find the sweet spot in the sky at the right time of day, and it’s a lot easier with a pro like César to deal with safety so I can concentrate on the pictures.  Spread below us is the largest expanse of greenhouses in the world… some 30,000 hectares.  When it was too windy for César, I also took up my drone.  To see the best picture, go to @feedtheplanet #droppedmylenscap | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Aerial view of salmon farm near Ålesund, Norway with 200,000… read more
Midtfjords Festøy-Solevågen
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Aerial view of salmon farm near Ålesund, Norway with 200,000 atlantic salmon in each of eight pens.  The fish are fed from the barge seen at lower left via pneumatic tubes that spray pellets of fish meal, fish oil, and soy beans into the water.  No antibiotics are used, but some colorants are added to the food to give their flesh the orange color typical of wild salmon.  The fish average 18 months in the pens and gain approximately 1 kg of body weight for every 1 kg of food.  The fjord is approx 70m deep below the pens, allowing the fish excrement to become widely distributed with the tidal action.  To see more of our food supply go to @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Juvenile salmon instinctually swim upstream, even as they… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Juvenile salmon instinctually swim upstream, even as they are pumped past a device to count and sort them by size.  This new hatchery in Steinsvik, Norway, is the world's largest, producing more than five million salmon smolts annually.  After they mature the fish are introduced to salt water before being put into pens in the fjord where they go from 200 grams to 5 kg, over 18 months.  For an aerial view of the pens go to @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @voguemagazine As I peered down on the thousands in Battery… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @voguemagazine As I peered down on the thousands in Battery Park NYC who were protesting Trump's new immigration policy, I was reminded that were all under the watchful gaze of Lady Liberty.  I couldn’t help but remember Emma Lazarus’s sonnet that is mounted inside the statue’s pedestal:"Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz These stone barns were built in the 1930’s to supply the… read more
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz These stone barns were built in the 1930’s to supply the Rockefeller family with dairy products for their nearby Kykuit estate just north of New York City. Now it’s a research and educational center for sustainable agriculture as well as a gourmet restaurant and event space, with only a portion of its 80 acres used for agriculture at any given time.  It’s a beautiful place at any time of year, with a store selling some of their produce.  It’s a nice model but best to bring your gold card, with cabbage at $2/lb, carrots, and potatoes at $5/lb, and kale at $12/lb. To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety I was so happy to see that in the last… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosocietyI was so happy to see that in the last days of 2016 China formalized a ban on ivory imports.  As China has world’s largest market for ivory, this is a huge step towards stopping the poaching that has decimated Africa’s elephant populations.  There is now real hope that wild elephants populations will survive for future generations.  It is indeed a Happy New Year! 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘note:  Elephants typically graze in small family groups and only congregate like this when under severe hunting pressure.  This was the last large population of elephants that remained in the swamps of South Sudan in 2010, and were photographed for @natgeo as part of a population survey organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Please consider donating to organizations like @theWCS… you can make a difference. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Prayer flags whip in the wind above Lamayuru monastery, an ancient Buddhist tradition to spread peace,… read more
Prayer flags whip in the wind above Lamayuru monastery, an ancient Buddhist tradition to spread peace, compassion and wisdom throughout the world.  #Ladakh #IndiaFrom the book #DesertAir by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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One of Manhattan's simple pleasures… taking a friend for a spin on Wollman Rink in Central Park. For… read more
One of Manhattan's simple pleasures… taking a friend for a spin on Wollman Rink in Central Park.For the holidays, share the splendour of the great American metropolis. Author-autographed copies of the award-winning book New York Air are available for only $50. To purchase follow the link in the Instagram bio of @newyorkairbook | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Spiderman starts his crawl down Central Park West for Macy’s… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Spiderman starts his crawl down Central Park West for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.For the holidays, share the splendour of the great American metropolis. Author-autographed copies of the award-winning book New York Air are available for only $50. To purchase follow the link in the Instagram bio above | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety Technicians finish up the installation… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety Technicians finish up the installation of America’s first offshore wind farm, two miles south of Block Island, RI.  The wind farm has a total generating capacity of 30 megawatts, enough to power 17,000 homes.  Approximately 10% of the capacity is for use on Block Island, and the rest will be sent to be mainland via underwater cable.  I don’t think I could get this close with a helicopter, but operating a drone from a small boat in rolling seas is a little tricky.  #willitfloat #onassignment for #BloombergMarkets | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety I’ve spent my life traveling the world… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  @thephotosociety  I’ve spent my life traveling the world taking pictures, so it’s easy to forget that there are good things to I discover right in my own backyard.  I was on the way back from a helicopter flight over New York City when I caught this view of Bloomfield NJ.  We were low on fuel, so Dennis could only circle once to let me hang out the door and get this shot.  I never seen suburbia look so sweet. #thegardenstate | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @feedtheplanet Ox-drawn carts are still used to harvest… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @feedtheplanet  Ox-drawn carts are still used to harvest the oyster farms on the west coast of Taiwan.Drones are opening up new possibilities, but are they solution to every visual challenge?  If you want to know more about how photographs like this are made, I will be giving an hour-long presentation on aerial photography at Drone+ this Saturday, 10.22 at the Javits Center in NYC. There will be talks, demos, and panel discussions, and lots of propeller-heads! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety @nytmag The grain depots were only half… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety @nytmag The grain depots were only half full when I took this photo last August at Central Ferry, Washington, where some 30M bushels are shipped down the Snake River every year.  The soft white wheat is a specialty of the Palouse region that spans the Washington/Idaho border, and fetches premium prices in Asia where it is used for fluffy pastries.  To see more, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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The unsung heroes of photography are picture editors. They spot new talent, nurture it, and make sure… read more
The unsung heroes of photography are picture editors.  They spot new talent, nurture it, and make sure it gets used properly.  This picture of me was taken by Kathy Ryan, the head picture person at @nytmag, who helped discover my work over 30 years ago.  It's rare to find an editor who is also a great photographer, and Kathy just got started at taking pictures with an iPhone a few years ago.  Check out her images @kathyryan1 or even better, buy a copy of her recent book #officeromance.  Quite honestly, it's superb! | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Wheat harvest in the Palouse, a region of rolling hills… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Wheat harvest in the Palouse, a region of rolling hills that spans the border between Idaho and Washington. This is the most productive wheat growing country in the USA, with harvests this year averaging over 100 bushels/acre.  The wheat here is planted perpendicular to slope on steep inclines, up to 45°, and is harvested with special modified combines.  To see more follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Harvesting organically-grown lettuce for Earthbound Farms near Hollister CA. They use a "baby greens"… read more
Harvesting organically-grown lettuce for Earthbound Farms near Hollister CA.  They use a "baby greens" harvester that cuts the lettuce within an inch of  the ground with a band-saw like blade.  This technique was developed about 15 years ago, and lets Earthbound harvest 10,000 lbs. of salad per hour with a crew of 12, which used to take an entire day with a crew of 40.  The harvester is preceeded by a crew of four workers on foot to check for debris and scare away any pests that may be lurking in the plants.  Salad harvesting starts well before dawn and concludes by mid-morning to keep the salad greens as fresh and crispy as possible.  To see more, check out today’s special food issue of the New York Times Magazine, or follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety Harvesting cranberries on the bogs on… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety  Harvesting cranberries on the bogs on the Bennett Cranberry Farm, Cranmoor, Wisconsin.  The bogs are flooded in late October and then paddled with a bog buggy to let the berries float to the surface.  They are gathered with a boom and trucked to the Ocean Spray processing plant.  Some 97% of them will end up as dried craisins. Ocean Spray is an grower-owned co-op, where each member gets profit dividends according to the number of barrels of cranberries they deliver to Ocean Spray each year. This photograph was taken with the generous support of the @NYTMag, which is publishing a portfolio on America’s largest food producers in this weekend’s magazine.  There is an online version up now, with more photos and video clips as well.  Follow @feedtheplanet to learn more about where your food comes from. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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The Inner Mongolian fleet of the Chinese Navy appears to be in dry dock for the winter. I came across… read more
The Inner Mongolian fleet of the Chinese Navy appears to be in dry dock for the winter.  I came across these three pedal-power submarines last week in the Kubuqi Desert, which has a few fresh water lakes tucked into the dunes just south of the Yellow River.  Over the past twenty years there have been extensive seeding and watering programs to revegetate the dunes and stabilize the sands. While this has used a lot of water, it has also stopped the sand storms that once plagued Beijing.  The area is now National Park and tourist destination with camel rides and submarines.  Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety Bactrian camels on their way back to graze… read more
Haoliugedan, Nei Mongol, China
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosocietyBactrian camels on their way back to graze in the grasslands below the dunes of the Kubuqi Desert, a new national park in China where barren sands are being rapidly converted to pasture.  This re-greening of the desert has reduced the sandstorms that used to plague Beijing and given new economic opportunities to local herders and farmers. This area just south of the Yellow River, is unusual amongst the world's deserts, with abundant  fresh water only ten meters or so below the sands. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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A lone Buddhist monk makes his prayers while circulating around the world's largest Ovoo, a traditional… read more
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A lone Buddhist monk makes his prayers while circulating around the world's largest Ovoo, a traditional land marker in Inner Mongolia, China.  As the sun was setting I asked him his name.  He replied "just call me lama", and then sped home on his electric scooter.  To see his reaction to this drone photo, check out yesterday's post on @geosteinmetz | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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One of the great things about using a drone is being able to share new perspectives with your subjects.… read more
內蒙古 鄂爾多斯 庫布齊沙漠 響沙灣
One of the great things about using a drone is being able to share new perspectives with your subjects.  Used properly it can be as much of a friend-maker as a Polaroid used to be, as I found out yesterday in the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia.  This Buddhist monk didn't mind the buzz overhead as he made his prayer walk around the world's largest Ovoo.  These ancient land markers became a site for ritual prayer for Genghis Khan before he went to battle.  Photo by uber-fixer @liqiaor with thanks to Elion Resources | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Nick Steinmetz cruising with his drone to photograph the historic homes in our little town of Glen Ridge… read more
Nick Steinmetz cruising with his drone to photograph the historic homes in our little town of Glen Ridge NJ.  He and his twin brother John are working with the Glen Ridge Historical Society to document the architecture in our gas-lamp-lit suburb of NYC.  I used to have to drive them to their shoots, but with a drone in a backpack they don’t need dad so much any more…. With thanks to @ThinkTankPhoto for donating the back pack, and the GRHS for the ink and paper.  @nhsteinmetz @johncsteinmetz  And my precocious daughter @nellsteinmetz for driving the family station wagon while I hung out the back door. #knuckehead#1 | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Who needs a tripod when you have a trashcan on wheels. This is me last month outside the world’s largest… read more
Who needs a tripod when you have a trashcan on wheels.  This is me last month outside the world’s largest pig slaughterhouse in Shandong, China.  I learned photography some 40 years ago while hitch-hiking alone across Africa, and the lessons I got there have stayed with me… like work with what you’ve got and eat whatever is served.  Go to @feedtheplanet to see what I found.  BTW, the factory's pork dumplings are best with hot sauce. #onassignment for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz It seems that anything is possible in China, like the guilt… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  It seems that anything is possible in China, like the guilt Roman chariot and horses being installed in the fountain of Wencheng Castle.  This tourist hotel on the shore of the Bohai Sea is the dream of architect Li Wencheng and boasts a wine cellar of over 50,000 sq ft with 2,000 varieties of international wines.  Finding weird stuff #onassignment for @natgeo in Shandong, China | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Late afternoon over the terraced fields of the Loess Plateau… read more
Guyuan, Ningxia, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Late afternoon over the terraced fields of the Loess Plateau in Ningxia Province. The plateau is composed of silty dust deposited by thousands of years wind, and then carved into fertile terraces for farming.  Much of the land here is still harvested by hand, and cave homes carved out the friable hillside.  Most of the people I spoke with said their only cash crop (corn) brought about $1000/year.  Their kids have little interest in the hard life of peasant farming, and migrate to the cities, further increasing China's need for food imports.  Follow @feedtheplanet as I explore the forces changing the global food supply #onassignment for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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This was the view from my hotel room window a few nights ago in Pengyang, a small town in Ningxia Province.… read more
This was the view from my hotel room window a few nights ago in Pengyang, a small town in Ningxia Province.  In China, it’s a new trend for women to dance to recorded pop songs in the evening, especially older ladies who feel the need to exercise and socialize together.  Here they are seen in the public square under the blue lights that decorate the hotel façade. Photo by George Steinmetz @thephotosociety for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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I was the first foreigner she had ever seen, and was more interesting to watch than her grandparents… read more
I was the first foreigner she had ever seen, and was more interesting to watch than her grandparents threshing the family harvest of winter wheat.  #onassignment two days ago for @NatGeo on the Loess Plateau, Ningxia, China To see more, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Late afternoon over the terraced fields of the Loess Plateau… read more
Guyuan, Ningxia, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Late afternoon over the terraced fields of the Loess Plateau in Ningxia Province. The plateau is composed of silty dust deposited by thousands of years wind, and then carved into fertile terraces for farming.  Much of the land here is still harvested by hand, and cave homes carved out the friable hillside.  Most of the people I spoke with said their only cash crop (corn) brought about $1000/year.  Their kids have little interest in the hard life of peasant farming, and migrate to the cities, further increasing China's need for food imports.  Follow @feedtheplanet as I explore the forces changing the global food supply #onassignment for @natgeo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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iPhone photograph by George Steinmetz This is what it looks like right in front of my hotel room door… read more
Mengyuan, Ningxia, China
iPhone photograph by George Steinmetz This is what it looks like right in front of my hotel room door just now.  Three Chinese wheat combines and two solar kettle boilers are parked here during the wheat harvest in Ningxia Province, China.  With the long days of summer I've been averaging around 4 hours of sleep/night for past few weeks, so decided to take a room here for a midday nap.  Room with 3 beds is only $6, but the toilet is a nasty latrine behind the building and bathing is, uh, complicated.  Welcome to the wheat harvest on the Loess Plateau, #on assignment for @natgeo. To see what it looks like from the air, check out @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety I came across this strange scene last… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  @thephotosociety  I came across this strange scene last night while looking at aquaculture on the coast of China.  Lidao Oceanic Technologies in Shandong Province has developed a system of towering poles with ring-shaped racks to dry seaweed in the air.  The rings are winched upwards as the radial racks are loaded, and they slowly twist and let the kelp flutter in the wind.  By keeping the kelp off the ground they are able to keep it clean and fetch a higher price too.  With very little arable land and large population, China has to make use of the sea and be very efficient with land use.  Taken #onassignment for @natgeo To see more about the future of food follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This is my lunch menu today in China. In rural Chinese… read more
Shidao, Shandong, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This is my lunch menu today in China.  In rural  Chinese restaurants there is no written menu, just an odd selection of raw ingredients that you select and they cook for you.  I know what I don't know, and one of those things is regional Chinese cuisine, so I usually give my fixer free reign, and then follow my mother's rule to eat whatever is served.  Today's offerings (seen here) include pig heart, pig tongue, large and small intestine, plus pig skin, ribs an tail.  Other options are boiled peanuts, duck head, and some part of a cow which was described as "nothing crazy". In this country, no part of an animal goes to waste, and cold beer is a good solvent with dinner.  #onassignment for @natgeo. Stay tuned to @feedtheplanet as I continue my unguided tour of China's food supply. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety With the blue loading cranes idle, a sunny… read more
Shidao, Shandong, China
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz @thephotosociety  With the blue loading cranes idle, a sunny concrete wharf makes a great place to dry kelp on the eastern peninsula of Shandong Province. This was the last shot I got before my drone's control screen went blank and my eye in the sky plummeted to the ground.  The only thing that survived the crash was the memory card.  Glad a I brought a second bird. #PlanB #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more of where our food comes from follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Welcome to the world's largest dairy, where newborn calfs… read more
安徽淮南
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Welcome to the world's largest dairy, where newborn calfs live in little hutches and are checked twice daily by uniformed crews in face masks and hair nets.  With 39,000 holsteins, hygiene is a top priority at Bengbu Dairy in Anhui Province, China.  The farm is vertically integrated and milk and yoghurt are processed and packaged on site, within hours of coming out of the cow.  Here the cows as are fed soy beans from Brazil mixed with alfalfa from Utah, and semen for artificial insemination comes from Canada. This is what I saw two days ago on assignment for @natgeo  To see more of where our food comes from, follow @feedtheplanet | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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"What's so weird about that? Isn't Donald Duck in a sailors hat weird too?" Thus spoke my interpreter… read more
China Dinosaurs Park
"What's so weird about that?  Isn't Donald Duck in a sailors hat weird too?" Thus spoke my interpreter Qiao Li as we wandered China Dino Land amusement park near Suzhou, China this afternoon.  I've seen a lot of surreal things, but usually in the natural world. Over the next month I'll be exploring more of China's changing taste in food for @natgeo, which promises to be full of surprises.  See more by following @feedtheplanet #iPhoneonly  #selfie #onassignment | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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To see how my friend Jimmy shot this epic photo, go to @NewYorkAirBook and get a helicopter perspective… read more
To see how my friend Jimmy shot this epic photo, go to @NewYorkAirBook and get a helicopter perspective from the same moment.  And for the full vertigo experience, check out today's New York Times magazine with links to another groundbreaking VR piece on how it all came together. | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Even the pros have to make sure that “it came out”, and… read more
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  Even the pros have to make sure that “it came out”, and so it was for my good friend @jimmy_chin as he climbed the spire of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  His subject was Jamison Walsh, the only person certified to make annual inspections of the spire.  If you ever wondered what it looks like from the very tippy top of New York, check out this weekend’s issue of @nytmag with thanks to the vision of @kathyryan1 #newyorkabove800feet #vertigo | © instagram.com/geosteinmetz