While chilling on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia, drone pilot Matt Woods launched his drone to take some aerial footage. What he didn’t expect was seeing a spear fisherman and a shark lunging towards him. Woods called the lifeguards and helped them prevent what could have been a shark attack.
Aerial, landscape, and abstract photography fall within my favorite genres. And when those three are brought together – boy, that’s a treat! If you like any of the three genres, Gábor Nagy is the photographer whose work you’ll love. He sees and captures the astonishing beauty of our world with his drone, and often gives his photos painterly quality that will leave you speechless. For this article, I’ve chosen his aerial landscapes that look like abstract paintings, and they’re truly a feast for the eyes.
Synchronized swimming has fascinated me ever since I was a child. I’ve always admired the talent required to perform this beautiful, elegant crossover of swimming and dance. In a series of aerial photos, Brad Walls captured precisely the beauty, elegance, and grace you’ll find in this artistic sport.
Since aerial photography became more common and accessible, we’ve been able to see many iconic places from a totally new perspective. And if you’d like to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites from a bird’s view, Overview is just the place. On its website and Instagram page, this project shows some iconic World Heritage Sites from above. There are both cultural and natural sites, and you can see them all from a different point of view.
You thought your full-frame DSLR with a telephoto zoom lens was heavy? Well, check this out. This gigantic camera was used in World War II to shoot aerial photos. Just like its size, the weight was massive as well: with a 24″ lens, it weighed 75 pounds (34kg)!
I’m not an Apple fanboy by any stretch of the imagination. Before the iPhone 3GS was released, I hadn’t owned an Apple product since the Apple IIe, and I haven’t owned iPhones in a few years now, either. But I have to say, this footage from aerial photographer and filmmaker Toby Harriman shot on the new iPhone 12 Pro is just gorgeous.
Toby was given the chance to test out the newly announced iPhone 12 Pro to see how the hardware handled the challenges of his typical shoots – which means shooting from a helicopter. So, that’s what he did, filming from the air over the beautiful San Francisco bay.
Whether they were with a drone, or from a helicopter, kite, balloon, or airplane, aerial photos give an extraordinary view of the world. This is what Aerial Photography Awards wanted to show us. The very first edition of this contest invited photographers from around the world to submit their best aerial photos, and the winners have just been announced.
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.