Paragliding photographer swoops to capture ultimate selfie above lake district

This is the ‘ultimate selfie’ a paraglider took as he soared in the skies above the Lake District to capture a collection of stunning bird’s eye view shots.


Ultimate selfie: Stuart Holmes paragliding above Walla Crag and Derwentwater

Stuart Holmes, 48, has spent the past two years with his head in the clouds and his camera ready to take beautiful aerial photographs of a well trodden landscape.


Flying high: Stuart Holmes soars through the air whilst capturing the moment on camera

The photographer and paraglider pilot was flying above Walla Crag and Derwentwater when he took what he calls the ‘ultimate selfie’.


Head in the clouds: Stuart captures a birds eye view of the stunning surroundings

Stuart, who lives in Keswick, Cumbria, said: “The ultimate selfie for a paraglider pilot! It was warm evening summer flying above Walla Crag and Derwentwater.

“A fast shutter speed is required here to freeze the movement and a bit of background blur indicates I was spinning quite fast.”

Stuart has taken more than 360 photographs at 70 locations in The Lakes and claims his love of paragliding has helped boost his love of photography.


New Heights: Stuart see’s the Lake District in a completely different way

He said: “It takes me to places people don’t usually see, it is a truly amazing way of experiencing The Lakes.

“A lot of people take a camera with them when they go flying but not everybody takes a high quality camera and can take the time to get into position to take a decent picture.”

Since starting his company FotoVUE with friend and rock climber Michael Ryan, Stuart has amassed a vertigo-inducing collection of stunning shots of the region.

These breathtaking photographs feature in the first in a series of 10 books Stuart plans to publish called Photographing the Lake District.