I always envied the birds for their view and when I saw in the UK Business Insider the amazing photos of the New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple, I was fascinated.
Here is the link to the article with 38 photos http://uk.businessinsider.com/illegal-drone-photos-of-the-most-beautiful-places-on-earth-2015-3?r=US
And of course, visit Amos Chapple’s official site http://www.amoschapplephoto.com/air/ and if you would like to see what actually means photography with a drone, click on the link for a short video of the photographer’s interview for BBC.
In brief, he explains that when the first commercial drone appeared in the market in 2013 he grabbed right away the opportunity to explore the world from a different angle. His drone is a Chinese Phantom which allows him to shoot from 400 feet (about 121 m) in the air, and takes 100 shots during a single flight. Of course, it doesn’t mean that all 100 shots would be great images. In fact only 10 to 20 of them will be framed in a pleasing way, because it shoots ‘on blind’ and Chapple is not aware of the final results. But as he says, “There’s a magic to not knowing what you have until you have the camera back in your hands”
Why he has chosen to photograph with a drone instead of hiring a helicopter? Besides that it is cheaper, Chapple has found also a huge advantage in drones – the ability to shoot in unusual weather.
However, since 2014 flying drones for commercial purposes was banned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Now in most of the places in the world it is illegal, but Chapple continues to explore these ones where this technology is still allowed. Eager to see them.
If interested in a eye-bird photos, check also David Maisel’s Lake Project http://thesweettasteoflife.com/david-maisel-the-lake-project/