In 1997, photographer Kenneth Adelman, and his wife, pilot Gabrielle Adelman did an aerial photoshoot of San Simeon Point for the Sierra Club.

From that, an ambitious project was born–to photograph the entire California Coastline!

Flying off the coast at around 500 – 700 feet in the air, the pair took over 34,000 pictures to capture virtually the entire California Coast on camera.

Dubbed the California Coastal Records Project, the undertaking is so huge that they had to develop special links to their website, since, “Most of the contents of this site are generated by a set of CGI scripts. They are constantly under development, and as such, the URLs generated by these scripts are in a constant state of flux.”

Not content with just one set of pictures, the couple plan on renewing the images every five years to provide a pictorial archive of the California coastline. Check out their website and some of their images below. The sheer scale and magnitude of this project earns it the AIP (Amazing Internet Project) designation!

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach Pier

Stranded Sailboat @ La Jolla

Stranded Sailboat @ La Jolla

Hotel Coranado, San Diego

Hotel Coranado, San Diego

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