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The Amazing “Rooftopping” Photography of Tom Ryaboi

Thrill-seeking photographer Tom Ryaboi is one of the pioneers of “rooftopping”, the practice of climbing to the tops of skyscrapers and shooting pictures off the edge. Photographers who participate in this new craze aim to visit the tops of every tall building in their city, capturing the incredible — and adrenaline-pumping — views that they afford.

To see more of Ryaboi’s work, head on over to his website.

blursurfing photoblog (via Resource Magazine)


Image credits: Photographs by Tom Ryaboi and used with permission


 
  • http://twitter.com/JackCallum Jack Kennedy

    This shits all over ‘planking’

  • Arnaud

    If only I didn’t have vertigo..

  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    My acrophobia is kicking in

  • Anonymous

    If only my city had buildings more than 10 stories tall

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    well take pics of you getting your feet closer to the ground…

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    well take pics of you getting your feet closer to the ground…

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    well take pics of you getting your feet closer to the ground…

  • D0ver

    This is going to become a trend, then someone will drop their camera, killing someone on the ground.

  • Jt Connally

    wah, maybe we should all stay at home and hide from the world cause something could go wrong if we go outside

  • lloyd

    Not with a Canon E1 Hand strap ;)

  • http://twitter.com/ryandigweed0 ryandigweed

    damn, this shit is crazy !.. scary..but looks so beautiful.. i wish i could do that.. :) Lovely shots and compositions

  • Kandy Blevins

    You are a sick being.  I don’t care what happens to you, but I worry about all the people you’ll affect (or even kill) when you fall to your death.

  • GuruTushbrain

    My sister farted loudly last week and startled a rooftopper who fell 9 feet to his death. He landed on seven deadly cobras.

  • GuruTushbrain

    My sister farted loudly last week and startled a rooftopper who fell 9 feet to his death. He landed on seven deadly cobras.

  • cocknugget

    I hope you don’t reproduce. 

  • D0ver

    I actually enjoy a very active life that does involve quite a bit of danger…..I just don’t endanger others against their consent. Does your troll mother know you are on her computer?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    sweet!  i got taken to the top of a building in toronto once, overlooking the skydome.  amazing experience, feet hanging over the edge.

  • Jt Connally

    i’d like to see your proof that this person is endangering anyone, how do you know hes not strapped in?

    As far as you, daredevil, you endanger people everytime you leave your door, being ugly hurts peoples eyes.

  • Fierlingd

    LOL my condo is clearly in one of them… He’s just a block away.. not sure how get up there thou..

  • DOver

    You are trolling a photography site? Are you 12 or something? If you were able to read you would have caught the part about “dropping a camera”. From that height, it could kill someone. Hopefully you. Now shoo. Youtube or idiots.com is waiting for you to log in.

  • NeiD

    Ever heard of a camera strap genius?

  • DOver

    Ummmm, no. What is this thing you call a camera strap? Back at you genius, just because they exist doesn’t mean everyone will use one all the time. See how I did that? After all seat belts and motorcycle helmets exist too, and everyone uses them all the time right? According to your flawed logic they do. Go back to you video game you idiot.

  • Jason

    Fantastic ignorance here… Because some people don’t use their seatbelts then no-one should drive? Because some motorcyclists don’t wear a helmet then no-one should ride? Because not everyone wears a camera strap, no-one should take these sort of photos?
    Get back in your box.

    Also, this isn’t ‘going to become’ a trend, urban exploration photography has been around longer than you.

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  • D0ver

    If you were smart enough to go back to the original comment: “someone will drop their camera, killing someone on the ground.” You would see this scenario is entirely possible, and with everyone so enthralled with copying the next trend, very likely. You have proven that you are not smart enough to go back to the original source and so you choose to just let the diarrhea flow out of your mouth. I would love for you to show me where I suggested that anyone not using a strap should not practice photography……*crickets chirping* Anyone attempting to try this kind of photography should use the proper precautions such as: http://www.petapixel.com/2011/07/28/how-to-secure-a-dslr-when-shooting-from-great-heights/

     That doesn’t mean everyone will and THOSE are the people I was talking about, which anone with more than a room temperture IQ could have figured out just by reading what I said. Sorry about your extra chromosome but the bicycle helmet seems to  make life easier eh?

  • Mike

    Your name is cocknugget. I hope you don’t reproduce my fine sir.

  • cocknugget

    But he’s so stupid. And you’re a hipster faggot calling strangers on the internet “my fine sir”

  • cocknugget

    But he’s so stupid. And you’re a hipster faggot calling strangers on the internet “my fine sir”

  • Omg

    biggest building in my town is like three stories -__-

  • http://twitter.com/liza_sakowski liza sakowski

    or how about this? we just stop arguing and enjoy what people go through to get amazing photos.

  • Roflcopter

    i read that as ” i got taken on the top of a building in toronto once, overlooking the
    skydome.  amazing experience, feet hanging over the edge.” lolz

  • Ok

    Not really. He’s going to the top of a building and taking a picture. I’m not sure how that’s special at all. Both are incredible stupid.

  • Ok

    Not really. He’s going to the top of a building and taking a picture. I’m not sure how that’s special at all. Both are incredible stupid.

  • What

    Who the fuck says “my fine sir”?

  • What

    Who the fuck says “my fine sir”?

  • Incredible

     Its because they’re beautiful shots! I agree with you about planking though….

  • Incredible

     Its because they’re beautiful shots! I agree with you about planking though….

  • cocknuggetthesecond

    lol but the other dude’s name is cocknugget…

  • http://www.fajascolombianas2.com Vedette

    This somehow scared me.

  • Duh!

    Or just skip the post you don’t like instead of joining into the argument making you into the biggest hypocrite?

  • Duh!

    Or just skip the post you don’t like instead of joining into the argument making you into the biggest hypocrite?

  • Deliverance.

    Yeah I’m sure going up to a roof and placing yourself still face down is much smart of a move.

  • BeLeetESX

    phan phukin taztyk

  • BeLeetESX

    kame

  • polo31

    Can I buy these anywhere? (like a poster)