Risky Selfies

Are daredevil photographers taking selfies too far? Some teenage students have posted the ultimate daredevil videos. One of them is taken at the top of one of Hong Kong's tallest skyscrapers the rises 1135 feet above the city. This videographer uses selfie stick tool and a wide-angle lens in his camera to produce extreme video. His fellow photographers ate bananas while perched atop the building's antenna. This posted YouTube now has 515,000 views. The Center building is Hong Kong's fifth tallest skyscraper in the same students Instagram account is filled with daredevil pictures taken from death-defying heights.

Extreme selfies are starting to take off with travelers all over the world. Lee Thompson, the founder of a British adventure travel company ascended 124 feet to the top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and posted a picture after his half-hour climb. He is an experienced climber and was prepared for the dangerous climb, but other tourists trying to take ultimate snapshots have not been as fortunate. A Polish couple fell off the edge of a cliff in Portugal while they were reportedly trying to take a selfie as her young children watched.

Selfies can be easy and harmless enough to take, just turn your camera around and strike a pose. However incredible and dangerous events can unfold during that moment of inattention and there are as we have seen previously some photographers who seek out extreme danger as a backdrop for their selfies. Getting this perfect snapshot is not always worth the risk. Several reports of deaths and serious injuries caused by selfie taken have sprung up in recent years.

Risky Selfies

Jared Michael was taking a selfie along the railway when a train zoomed past him at full speed and just inches away. The train's conductor kicked Michael in the head mid selfie, presumably to get them out of harm's way. He walked away and injured and the YouTube video went viral. He now calls himself a dummy and it was a stupid mistake.

A reporter Kelly Nash was in Fenway Park watching batting practice when she decided to capture the moment in a selfie. A ball flew right past her head as the camera recorded a photo. She didn't realize it till later on when she noticed the picture of the baseball near her head.

Thrill seekers, one known as Mustang Wanted to post photos and videos from the top of the building he climbed with no safety gear. He is an expert balancer but this photo shown is a risk not worth attempting. He is not alone as other young Instagram users illegally climb bridges and buildings and take selfies.

Nikita Agapov is one of them. He lives in St. Petersburg Russia and regularly uploads photos of escapades on rooftops and construction sites.

Ferdinand Puentes has his Go Pro video camera rolling when a small plane he was in crashed into the ocean. He decided to leave the camera rolling and captures the selfie with the sinking plane in the background. Tragically one of the fellow passengers died in the plane crash but the others were rescued via helicopter.

Alex Lopatnyuk was gator hunting in Florida and decided to get a selfie of himself driving, but without paying attention to the road ahead he crashed into the truck in front of them shattering his windshield.

Another man risked his life to get a selfie while running with the bull event held in France. An onlooker recorded the video showing the risky selfie taker getting knocked down by a bull after turning his back to it.

The U.S. Forest Service has warned the public against taking bear selfies when they spot dangerous animals in the wilderness. Last year, officials in South Lake Tahoe said the situation was getting so bad they threatened to close parts of the park where bears were cited. Mobs of people were actually rushing toward the Bears to get a selfie photo.

An adventurous photographer George Kourounis couldn't resist getting a selfie extreme while visiting an active volcano crater. He climbed nearly 1200 feet down into the volcano crater.

Two Iranian women in a car were taken a selfie video. The driver of the car in the right takes both her hands off the steering wheel and they crash. You can actually see the airbags going off. Both women survived. Not all crashes have lucky survivors.

Reggae town musician Jadiel snap the selfie on his motorcycle minutes before losing control of the bike, resulting in a fatal crash. Fans still comment on the post and express condolences and grief for the young man's untimely death.