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.
Knowing it was only a matter of time until the use of quad-copters would be restricted, Amos set on a global journey to capture some of the most iconic sites. Over the course of two years Amos visited 16 different countries including New Zealand, Russia, Italy, Georgia, India, Spain, France, Turkey, The Netherlands and Hungary, and many of his photos are the only ones of their kind.
Although his actions were perfectly legal at the time, Amos told DIYP that he usually avoided attention as best he could and only once did he encounter difficulties with people or police.
“The exception was the Taj Maha,” said Amos, “even very early after the technology’s inception they had rules in place. I had come so far to take the shot that I persisted in sneaking into a hidden take-off point but the police there are extremely diligent and professional. Probably the best security I’ve seen anywhere in the world”.
Despite time running out on some of the remaining locations that still allow drone photography, Amos said he is no longer racing to beat the clock, but will continue to use his drone as one of his tools:
“I shoot travel photography with a news element for news media so I’ll continue chasing good stories but I’ll employ the drone wherever I can. I would love to take it into central Asia – the light there is like golden syrup and the silk road architecture would be amazing from above”.