Photographer flies homemade boat over Solomon Islands

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Anyone with an Instagram account knows the importance of the right angle and lighting.

Well, photographer Ben Neale went a little further — and for pretty lofty reasons.

The 37-year-old flew a dinghy – no, that wasn’t a typo – to capture incredible aerial photos and footage of some unexplored areas of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

Ben, from Queensland, Australia, sent parts for the plane from the US and assembled all 8,000 parts himself.

It took him a full two months to complete the boat.

Although he had no experience assembling airplanes, Ben successfully built a boat that could fly up to 10,000 feet.

Ben put his flying boat on top of a sailboat to get it on the water, and then he took off from there.

Ben leaned over his flying boat and looked down at the sea.

Ben snapped some incredible pics from his aerial ‘photo platform’ (Image: SWNS)

A map showing where the Solomon Islands are located.

Ben had hoped to photograph and film some unexplored parts of the Solomon Islands

He called the flying boat his “photo platform” from the air.

Ben was able to fly over the islands for a few hours before the weather forced him to land.

Incredible footage shows the colors of the sea and islands beneath Ben.

Ben can be seen leaning over the edge of the boat to take photos.

He has used the photos and footage for Gallery Earth – a charity that sells photos to raise funds for NGOs.

It comes after two men from Mono Island, part of the Solomon Islands, had to be rescued after being stranded at sea.

Veteran seaman Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set out in a small motorboat last September to travel about 125 miles south to the New Georgia Island town of Noro.

But they were eventually rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea after drifting nearly 300 miles from home.

The men survived by eating oranges they packed for the expedition and coconuts floating in the sea.

Curiously, they said the whole experience was a “nice break.”

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