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Aerial photography is tricky. Yet, it is particularly important to showcase our earth from an artistic angle. When you appreciate how amazingly those natural phenomenons are formed, you will appreciate how aerial photos can capture down the stunning landscapes via a camera.

Before scrolling down to view some selected fine examples, here reveal and share a piece of treasure first. You will definitely be interested to question “How can you produce a series of aerial photographs?” in the end of this post. Of course, the sky-high angle already tells you that it is not taken by an object that is attached to or supported by solid ground substances.

Now, an airplane or a helicopter is flying cross your mind. You are right! Camera will usually be mounted and controlled from a remote location. Alternatively, photographers will be the passengers and handhold their cameras. Extensive skills are required for both. You must ensure that no wings or other obstacles will be included inside the picture frame if it is operated remotely. Besides, no batophobia for the latter way, which means height phobia. A photographer will have also to be a legal pilot in the same time.

Be creative too. Hot air balloons, kites, parachutes and hang gliders are what can be utilized to produce your aerial collection. Or, what else can you think of?

Here are some interesting facts about aerial photography:

  • It is different from satellite imagery. Data shown in Google Earth comes from digital aerial photography. Similar goes to most imagery towns and cities in BBC’s Spooks. They have their own pros and cons, for example aerial photography wins over satellite imagery in terms of image details and weather conditions. Judgment depends on individuals.
  • The first aerial photo was taken in Paris, France (1858). Gaspar-Felix Tourachon, who is a balloonist and photographer, is his name.
  • There are some universities or schools offering professional aerial photography course. It can be a good career, rather than only hobby and interest. To do the best, you can consider having degree in cartography or getting a pilot license.
  • Speaking of career opportunities above, real estate and land surveying companies need this type of professions. Some can be freelancers, who sell their works to travel map or book publications. If you are really talented, you could not exclude the possibility of selling to art museums and galleries.

Like the below 35 examples of aerial photo which successfully unveil our inspiring earth to you all:

Papal Cross

Standing straight in the center, Papal Cross shadow judges a day’s time.
Papal Cross

Champlain Bridge

After closure and restoration, Champlain Bridge is yet important as a connection.
Champlain Bridge

Observatory

Observe the observatory from the top.
Observatory

Cultural Remains

Is this a remain or kid’s drawing?
Cultural Remains

Classic Car Market

Random does make sense, just as those colorful car roofs and tiny people.
Classic Car Market

Thermes romains d’Alauna à Valognes

This photo really shows what did history left to us.
Thermes romains d'Alauna à Valognes

Island Of Herrenchiemsee

Awesome mountain range magically becomes backdrop of an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee.
Island Of Herrenchiemsee

Museum of Civilization

An undiscovered feeling when this museum is in white during winter times.
Museum of Civilization

Kite Aerial Photography at Berck Kite Festival

Love is floating in the air with a lizard.
Kite Aerial Photography at Berck Kite Festival

Badlands, South Dakota

This shows what you will never realize when landing your feet on ground.
Badlands, South Dakota

Red Car

A car is quietly driving beside the greenery.
Red Car

Ars Topiaria

Does you know a maze is actually a simple replication of geometric shapes?
Ars Topiaria

Garden Design

Express your future garden in a different method.
Garden Design

Corner Problems

Locating object in a corner will be a different composition.
Corner Problems

Uffington White Horse

See a real horse from the sky, instead of imagining it down there.
Uffington White Horse

Château de Carrouges

This gorgeous building looks as a model on your palm, doesn’t it?
Château de Carrouges

Britannia Yacht Club

It was supposed to be taken during a pre-season so docks are so quiet.
Britannia Yacht Club

Geoglyph

It has never failed to impress anyone – An art on the land.
Geoglyph

Seeon Abbey

Reflection is always a good companion inside a photo.
Seeon Abbey

Breaststroker

You will believe that it is a painting, although it isn’t.
Breaststroker

Danube Landscape

Always, there is a photographic intimacy between skies and soils.
Danube Landscape

Fort-la-Latte à Plévenon

Crystal-blue sea contrasts nicely with brown French castle.
Fort-la-Latte à Plévenon

Remains Of Patrol Roads

Old remaining should be captured in its unique way.
Remains Of Patrol Roads

Deschenes Rapids

The photo is overwhelmed by the nature beauty of the season.
Deschenes Rapids

Dorms

Aerial photographs can do more for a city.
Dorms

Sculpture By Kunihiko Kato

Something can be as big as you are closer, and as small as you are further.
Sculpture By Kunihiko Kato

Asphalt Ribbon

Everyone is driving to wrap the nice forest as a present.
Asphalt Ribbon

Residencial Conejos

What tells you more about a city, other than aerial landscape?
Residencial Conejos

Parcel Service

Do you feel a sense of peace when looking at it?
Parcel Service

Out On The Water

It just wants to make you focusing your eyes on the little blue.
Out On The Water

Pumps

Windmill with stream and path sounds more like a fairy tale.
Pumps

Artificial Beach

Landscape and people are often a perfect combination.
Artificial Beach

Menkemaborg

A castle has been happening as your dream house.
Menkemaborg

Rochester Playground

Still remember when is your last time running with joy in the playground?
Rochester Playground

Mouse and Elephant

End with a funny combination of “Mouse and Elephant”.
Mouse and Elephant