I’ve always loved Flickr since I got my first camera, a Nikon d40 (ok, I used to have this awesome Polaroid as a kid), and these days Flickr is filled with awesome photos captured by neither dSLRs nor Polaroid — but from drones!
Below are five fantastic photos I found from my frequent browsing of Flickr. I didn’t take any of these photos; I’m just honored to share them here. Do you know someone who took an awesome photo from a drone? Send it to me, and I’ll post it here!
This first photo comes from Andrew Trice. I love the light, and the soft, flowing patterns of the houses seems like it follows the patterns of the sky, which makes for some beautiful composition!
The next photo I chose by Miquel Martorell is awesome just because of the pure risk factor it took to take this photo. First, the pilot probably had to get to where that lighthouse, which is no small feat in itself, and then they had to fly over that water — no room for error! But it shows us a cool scene of a landscape that would be hard to see any other way since the lighthouse is surrounded by water. If you had the chance to shoot this photo again, I would love to see it done at Golden Hour to get a little less harsh lighting. Still beautiful!
This next photo by Oat Vaiyaboon is absolutely awesome. Beautiful color, beautiful landscape, and beautiful use of aerial imagery. The wide angle really makes me feel like I’m being sucked into the island, which is great, because it’s so wondrous looking that I want to be!
I picked this next photo from Paul Bunyard because I think the angle is really different. Most photos are a sort of over-head, birds-eye view looking out in front of the scene, but far fewer viewers look straight down. And what an interesting perspective you get from that!
The final photo of the day by Matt Lawrence wins my super-creative, crazy awesome, well-executed idea award of the day. Although it’s not shot from a drone, a drone is what made it happen! A picture ideally should tell a story from one frame, and this sure does! This photo looks like aliens are penetrating the radio telescope, which is sort of ironic since drones are alien to many. In one of my college photo classes we had an assignment to do light-painting, and I totally wish I had done this (if only I knew what drones were at the time!). A+ for executing a clever idea, plus one that was a little more technically challenging and required some thought to get the exposure right.
Keep up the great photography, both to the dronies featured here, and you readers!
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