Aerial photography gives us an entirely new perspective and a new view of the world around us. I always find it exciting to see this new perspective, and so does Australian photographer Leah Kennedy. So, she took her gear and flew over vast landscapes of Namibia in a helicopter or a small aircraft. She played with the aerial view in search of abstraction, and this has resulted in some fascinating, painting-like images.
Water makes up the majority of the Earth, shaping the planet and its life in plenty of ways. When seen from above, waterways can create stunning images that tell stories of our home planet. Water.Shapes.Earth is a project by photographer Milan Radisics which turns the meandering waterways all over the world into amazing abstract images. They won’t just grab your attention with their beauty, but also make you think about how important water is and how much we should all try to save it.
Have you ever seen instant aerial photos? I know I haven’t. This is why I was fascinated when I saw a project by aerial cinematographer Trent Siggard. He mounted an instant camera onto a drone and brought the world of instant photography and aerial photography together. In the article below, you can see how he did it and check out the awesome photos he took with this unusual build.
You see the crowd cheering, but you don’t hear a single word. You’re not punched in the chest by every firework explosion that goes off in Central Park. It’s the calmest chaos I’ve ever experienced in my life…
When you’re a native New Yorker, there are certain things you just don’t do. New Yorkers have never been to the Statue Of Liberty, we never been to the top of the Empire State Building, and we never go to Times Square… especially on New Year’s Eve. In the 30 years that I’ve lived in New York, I’ve never even contemplated attempting to wait outside in the well below freezing temperatures from 8 am to get a good spot to watch the ball drop. For the first time in my life, I was able to check out this world-famous event with my own eyes with FlyNYON!
Remember that little game we’d play as kids, finding familiar shapes in the clouds? I still play it from time to time, but Australia-based photographer Peter Adams-Shawn has raised it to a whole new level. His project titled “From the Deep” features aerial photos, taken with a drone above the surfs of his local beach. In the photos he takes, surfs form various shapes we can analyze and recognize something familiar in them. He shared some of his wonderful images with DIYP, so let’s see – can you still play this game?
Iceland is one of the destinations on my bucket list. And while I’m gradually saving up and making plans, I enjoy looking at the photos from this magical place. Photographer Axel Sigurðarson is lucky to live there, and he’s spent a large part of his life exploring this country.
When Bárðarbunga volcano had its largest eruption since 1783, Axel was there to document it. And he shared his wonderful photos of this phenomenon with DIYP.
Most photographers nowadays capture aerial photos and videos with a drone. But Los Angeles-based photographer Jin-Woo Prensena prefers being up there personally. This daredevil photographer dangles from a helicopter, suspended over 7,500 feet from the ground. No matter how scary it may look, it’s totally worth it, since his photos are spectacular.
If you own a drone, there will be situations and areas when you won’t be able to fly it and get aerial shots. In such situations, there’s a great solution how to fake aerial shots using your phone. Photographer and filmmaker Chung Dha demonstrates the build for faking aerial shots in his video, along with some tips and techniques how to get the movements you’d otherwise get with a drone.
It’s a clever solution when you can’t fly the drone, and not to mention if you’re one of the people who don’t own a drone (yet). So, get yourself a gimbal and a boom pole, and get to work.
Dronestagram is the first social network dedicated to aerial photography. Four years in a row, they’ve been choosing the best of the best aerial images. In partnership with National Geographic, they have recently published the winners of their 2017 drone photography contest.
There were about 8,000 photos submitted. Photographers all over the world sent their works, both professionals and enthusiasts. The winners have been chosen in three main categories: Nature, Urban, People; and the additional category: Creativity. So, here are the Dronestagram’s best 12 aerial photos of 2017.