Cloud line: Highliner performs breathtaking stunt 250ft above ground
This fearless daredevil must have his head in the clouds – as he bravely edges across a highline a stomach-churning 250ft above the ground in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The breathtaking images show Lukas Irmler carefully inching his way across the thin highline with the fluffy clouds beneath him and the sun setting behind him.
Lukas, 26, looks as though he’s walking on air as he confidently balances on the thin wire above Rio at Gavea Stone in Brazil and even lies down on the highline before reaching the end.
The images were shot by photographer Keith Ladzinski, 38, who hiked for three hours to reach the summit.
Lukas from Freising, Germany, said he had been slacklining for many years and had always dreamt of doing it at Gavea Stone.
He said: “Slacklining for me is one of the most rewarding activities out there, I started back in 2006 and had walked my first Highline by 2007.
“The Highlines above Rio offer one of the best views in the world, and believe me I have seen quite a few so far.
“The Highline on Pedra da Gavea is one of the best known Lines out there, the classic line in Brazil and one I have been dreaming about doing for years.
“It is one of the most stunning Highlines I have ever done. The view of the city and the ocean definitely make this line very unique and truly unforgettable.
“It felt simply amazing to do it, a long held dream come true. It was fabulous to walk this line against such a stunning backdrop.”
Photographer Keith from Colorado, USA, said it reaching Gavea Stone was tough but the view made it all worth it as it made a stunning backdrop for his images.
He said: “I brought around 35 pounds in lighting gear, to add some additional light to the image to give it a more even and high production look.
“Getting all that gear in place was a lot of work, placing it on each side of the high line to throw light from both sides.
“We were only able to shoot for about 20-30 minutes before the fog blew in making it dark, wet, and impossible to shoot in.
“The weather was a big factor here, but also to my benefit. The clouds blew in hard and fast, but the window to shoot was very small before the clouds hit us and engulfed the mountain.
“Without them however we wouldn’t have had this spectacular background, so it was worth it.
“These were shot for an Adidas Outdoor ad campaign
This particular high line is a classic in Rio, offers a beautiful background and amazing exposure.
“This project was a lot of fun, each location we shot at was stunning, and the locales were incredibly nice, helpful, and truly gifted athletes.”