- Published on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:29
Three teenagers from Hong Kong take the selfie craze to a new level as they pose for the camera on top of one of Hong Kong's tallest buildings.
This selfie video shows a group of friends relaxing as they eat bananas, with Hong Kong's skyline in the background.
But the scene takes a vertigo-enducing turn when photographer Daniel Lau changes the camera angle using a "selfie stick" - a retractable pole on which the camera is mounted - to reveal that they are, in fact on top of a building.
The video was shot on top of The Centre skyscraper which stands 346 metres (1,135 feet) tall and is Hong Kong's fifth-tallest building.
The footage is dizzying to watch, not least because Lau turns the camera round several times, offering a stomach-churning view of the streets below him, before lowering the lens and turning his attention to his mobile phone.
The term "selfie" dates back to 2002, when it was first used in an Australian online forum, but the craze for taking them has mushroomed over the past 18 months, so much so that Oxford Dictionaries picked "selfie" as the 2013 word of the year.
In a video posted to YouTube, Daniel Lau, along with fellow photographer Andrew Tso and friend A.S., are perched on top of Hong Kong’s fifth tallest skyscraper; The Center.
As his friends sit on the peak eating bananas, Lau, using a “selfie stick” to hold the camera, stands and gets a dizzying, wide-angle panoramic shot.
While selfies have become part of our daily lexicon, they’ve also become increasingly dangerous as people try to capture themselves in memorable moments.
In April, a Regina man was kicked in the head by a train conductor in Peru while taking one too close to a moving train.
A man was also attacked by a squirrel in April after taking one with the furry creature, who appeared friendly before turning on him.
And at the Tour de France in July many fans put themselves in danger trying to get selfies in front of the riders on the course.
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Is this the most dangerous selfie ever taken? Three teenagers shoot incredible video from ANTENNA on top of 1,135ft Hong Kong skyscraper
- Photographer Daniel Lau captures daredevil stunt using a selfie stick
- Teenagers are seen perched on top of Hong Kong's fifth tallest building
- Part of trend which saw Briton pose on top of Christ the Redeemer statue
Three students have taken extreme selfies to new heights - by snapping a gravity-defying video at the top of Hong Kong's fifth highest building, The Centre.
In a YouTube video, the teenagers scaled the famous 1,135ft skyscraper and are seen perched perilously high, with the a panorama of the city behind them.
Photographer Daniel Lau used a 'selfie stick' mounted with a camera fitted with a wide-angle lens to capture the stomach churning footage.
Two friends, fellow photographers Anrew Tso and A.S, are shown casually eating bananas at the beginning of the video clip, which has received over 450,000 views since it was posted last week.
The trend for taking extreme selfies has exploded in recent months, especially in Russia, where 'skywalkers', as they are known, climb buildings, cranes and construction sites to take photographs and share online. The death-defying stunts are carried out without safety nets.
Extreme: Photographer Daniel Lau used a 'selfie stick' and a wide-angle camera lense to capture the footage
The teenagers scaled the famous 1,135ft skyscraper and are seen with the a panorama of the city behind them
In June, 31-year-old Londoner Lee Thompson took the world's first 'selfie with Jesus'.
The travel company boss became an internet sensation when he shared his selfie from the top of Brazil's iconic Christ The Redeemer statue in June.
Mr Thompson convinced the Brazilian tourist board to let him climb the 124ft-high monument and pose for a photograph at the top.
He said the 25-minute climb to the summit was 'extremely hot, eerily quiet and claustrophobic' but he reported that the view was 'incredible' and that the selfie was one of his favourite photos.
The extreme trend sees photographers posing in a plethora of dangerous situations, which include getting up close and personal with wild animals.
Monkeying around: The extreme selfie trend sees photographers posing in a plethora of dangerous situations
Twenty-six-year-old Californian Forrest Galante took selfies with a six-metre anaconda in the Amazon, cradling a shark in the Bahamas and coming within a few steps of a Komodo dragon in Indonesia.
But the craze for taking dangerous selfies has resulted in some tragic consequences.
A couple 'taking a selfie' on the edge of a cliff died when they fell hundreds of feet while their young children watched.
The Polish couple died after falling from the rocky edge in Cabo da Raca, west Portugal.
The video footage was taken from one of the city’s towering spires, The Centre skyscraper, the fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
Chief photographer Daniel Lau used a ‘selfie stick’ to capture the dizzying footage, using a wide-angle camera lens mounted on the stick. His two mates, shown devouring bananas at the beginning of the video, are fellow photographers Andrew Tso and A.S.
More than 375,000 people have viewed the video since it was posted to YouTube last week.
AdvertisementClimbing to the top of skyscrapers to take selfies has become a recent trend, most recently when 31 year old Lee Thompson took 'the world's first selfie with Jesus'.
Thompson took what was described as the 'ultimate selfie' after he climbed Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue to take his photo with Jesus.
While the statue was under repair after being struck by lightening, he convinced the Brazil tourist board to allow him and his friend, Oliver Harvey, to take photos from the top of Brazil's iconic statue.
Thompson's argument for the stunt was that selfies were a 'powerful medium through which we can share our perspectives.'
The trend of taking photos on top of skyscrapers has taken off in Russia and Ukraine, where 'skywalkers' or 'rooftoppers', as they call themselves, dangle themselves from buildings, cranes and construction sites to take selfies and share online.
The stunts are carried out without safety nets, just a friend in charge of photographing the death-defying mission.