Gorgeous Aerial Drone Photos That Would Be Totally Illegal Today

Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona.

Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona.

 

Drones are more popular than ever and have become rather mainstream as a photography tool, hobby or gadget.

Their popularity however led to restrictive laws and regulations due to privacy concerns, commercial rights and plain and simple dumb operating practices (a drunk pilot flying over the White House comes to mind…).

“Between the introduction of drone technology, and today’s laws limiting or banning their use, there was a glorious period when you could fly a camera almost anywhere”, says Amos Chapple, a Kiwi travel photographer who took these photos.

Below are some of Amos’ stunning photos that could land you a hefty fine or even jail time, should you attempt to take them today.

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A Sheer Coincidence Spurs An Incredible Case Of Copyright Infringement On Facebook

scurr In 2006, Sarah Scurr was a still a student, studying abroad while working on a languages degree in Santiago. While on a visit to the nearby San Rafael Glacier, Scurr took the image you see above from the tour boat. Scurr had tucked the photo away until she moved to the UK several years later. Pleased with how her glacier photo came out, she entered into a contest hosted by The Telegraph. The photo made it into the final rounds and was considered by to be one of the top contenders. Scurr was pleased with the success of her image, but didn’t put much more thought into it as she carried about her life. [Read more…]

8 Hacks From A Travel Photographer To Help Lighten Your Load And Save You Money

 

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Camera gear is expensive, sometimes heavy, and usually bulky. For the travel photographer who is working on a travel photographer’s budget, those three things can really get in the way of things. Luckily, these eight tips from professional travel photographer, Brendan van Son, will give you some options to help you workaround the roadblocks. As Brendan explains in the video, some of the hacks may not give you the finest results possible, but they are still solid alternatives that will save you money or at least help you travel a little lighter. And Brendan knows what he’s talking about. In about 5 years time, he’s photographed over 80 countries on 6 different continents and his work has been featured in many international publications. [Read more…]

Swoon Over The Masterful Photography And Video Editing In The Short Film “Watchtower Of Turkey”

watchtower1Equipped with a Panasonic GH3 and a GoPro 3, director and photographer, Leonardo Dalessandri spent 20 days exploring Turkey, travelling over 3500 km and documenting his experience along the way. The result is this incredible 3 1/2 minute long perspective of Turkey that handily trumps the stock footage travel videos that are oh-so-common these days.

Aspiring filmmakers should be taking a few notes as Dalessandri demonstrates his editing skills and post production prowess. Not to mention the wickedly brilliant sound design that went in to the short film with a little help via contributions from musician Ludovico Einaudi, and voice over actress, Meryem Aboulouafa. Watchtower Of Turkey is definately one you don’t want to miss! [Read more…]

7 Keys to Epic Travel Photography

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In the 20-plus years since I discovered the joy of photography, I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world, capturing everything from Italian cathedrals to the bamboo forests of Kyoto. Along the way, I’ve learned some tricks for making the most of photo opportunities wherever I find myself.

Whether you’re heading to the Amazon, the Alps or anywhere in between this summer, a little advance planning and a thoughtful approach can make all the difference when it comes to taking great travel photos. Following are some of my best tips for shooting amazing photos, no matter where your travels take you. [Read more…]

11 Travel Photography Tips To Get You Through The Summer

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It’s summer once again and the fortunate among you will be hitting the road, hopping on planes, maybe even boarding a ship or two, and getting the hell out of Dodge for some hopefully stress-free rest and relaxation. Regardless of whether your travels are taking you around the world or just a day’s drive from home, it’s important to not only pack your camera gear carefully, but to also spend time putting some safeguards in place to make sure that you and your gear not only make beautiful travel photography together, and that you both get home safe and sound.

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How to Prepare Gear for Massive Video Shoots Abroad

One of the biggest challenges with any creative production is gear management. At the start of my time as a creative, I don’t know how many times I have arrived at a location and realized a crucial part of my kit was missing. However, like most things, you only learn from your mistakes and what I have learned is that it is extremely important to create checklists and prep gear BEFORE heading out to shoot. Although it does take more time to do this, it will save you time and heartache from going out to get a shot and realizing you don’t have everything you need.

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Now I must admit, my least favorite part about filmmaking is the gear prepping. It’s a fine balance between taking too much and taking not enough and this battle is unique for every job. This is especially critical when traveling. With this post, what I hope to do is talk about how to prep your kit when traveling abroad. I will use a recent project to Cuba as the case study.
*Note: I am by no means an expert but here is what I have learned up until this point. [Read more…]

Culture In Danger – Andrew Newey Documents The Gurung Honey Hunters

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Imagine being surrounded by tens of thousands of bees trying to collect honey. What is one man’s nightmare is a way of life for the Gurung tribe of Central Nepal.

Twice a year the tribe travels to the largest beehive in the world to harvest honey. While they have been doing this for centuries, climate changes, tourism and commercial interest put their way of life in danger.

Travel photographer Andrew Newey (Facebook) went a two weeks expedition to document their lives, including a 3 days honey hunt travel. Andrew was king enough to allow us to post some of the photographs he made during the expedition. [Read more…]