When a 17-year-old Cameron Grace recently flew his drone on Australian beach, I doubt he had in mind that his hobby would prevent a dangerous encounter. While flying his DJI Spark, he spotted a shark lurking only meters away from two swimmers. Thanks to his and his aunt’s quick reaction, the swimmers managed to get out of the water.
Most of us don’t see anything particularly interesting in the environment that surrounds us every day. But if we change the perspective, we can suddenly turn ordinary into extraordinary. And what changes perspective better than aerial photography? So, photographer Milan Radisics took his drone and turned Spanish farmlands into abstract images that look like they were painted by Picasso, Miró or Dalí.
While his wife and kids were playing in the shallow water at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Dan Watson decided to take their photo from air. And boy they were lucky that he did! As he got his Mavic 2 Pro into the air, he spotted a shark moving towards his family. He rushed them out of the water and took incredible photos as they were running to safety.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro was made with high image quality in mind. And what happens when you modify the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera to shoot infrared? Well, you get a stunning and surreal aerial footage. Philip Bloom had his drone camera converted and here’s the video showing just how amazing it looks to shoot infrared video from air.
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?