Posts tagged: aerial photography

Edward Burtynsky’s Stunning Aerial Photos Examine our Relationship with Water

Colorado River Delta #2, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, 2011. © Edward Burtynsky


Benidorm #1, Spain, 2010. © Edward Burtynsky

Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky is known for his large-scale photos documenting the impact of our civilization on the natural landscape. Water, his new project, puts in perspective this natural element and the role it plays for humanity. Covering 10 countries over a five year period, the images tell stories of the “way we shape water and water shapes us.”

Beautiful Yet Horrifying Aerial Photos of the BP Oil Spill



One of the best ways to draw attention to the ugly side of humanity of is to beautify it, to make people want to look instead of look away. Seattle-based photographer Daniel Beltrá has achieved this with his photographs of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which he documented for Greenpeace.

Breathtaking Aerial Photographs of Colorful African Landscapes


Far surpassing common aerial photography, Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler transforms southern Africa into living landscapes pulsing with color and wonder in his series Botswana. Using an ultra-light aircraft, Seckler photographed the entire series less than 500 feet above ground. The low elevation allows Botswana to blossom with exquisite detail while painting a poetic whole, each image bursting with a roaming vitality. The photos feel fluid and moving, each creature dotted across a textural abstraction of vegetation and glassy waters. Here we are given an omnipresent vision, examining a lush world with fresh perspective when captured at this bird’s-eye view. A delicate balance that is both miniscule and infinite, Seckler allows the terrain of Africa to breathe free, each magical landscape running wildly into the blue.

Stunning, Abstract Aerial Photos of a Beta Carotene Farm in Western Australia


The most intriguing part of Australian photographer Steve Back’s gorgeously graphic series Hutt Lagoon is that the bright pink-colored water is all natural. “The images are not manipulated for color,” said Back. “I was commissioned to shoot some abstract landscape shots of Western Australia for a big Perth hotel. I chartered a light aircraft to explore shooting some islands off the coast of Northern WA. I had noticed these lakes on the map and Google Earth, and decided that they were worth a look. From the ground, the pink coloring is not so evident and a bit unimpressive, yet from the air, it looks fantastic. These are natural landscapes but the coloring is out of this world. And at first sight it is not easy to tell whether they are close up or far away.”

David Maisel’s Stunning, Abstract Aerials Document Environmental Destruction

Terminal Mirage 18, David Maisel/INSTITUTE

Black Maps is San Francisco-based photographer David Maisel‘s new book of over 100 photographs spanning his career. The book combines various aerial projects documenting environmentally impacted sites; land that has been transformed and altered by industrial efforts—mining, logging, water reclamation, and military testing.

Stunning Aerial Photos of Rivers Running Through Volcanic Beds

Andre Ermolaev

Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev captures nature’s mix of beauty and pattern in his aerial photographs of rivers running through volcanic beds in Iceland. Iceland is home to nearly 30 active volcanic systems. Ermaolaev not only explores this complex terrain, but he creates photographs that double as abstract pieces of art.

Breathtaking Photos of Deserts Shot from a Paraglider

George-Steinmetz Sandstone Pinnacles, Karnasai Valley, Chad, 1998George Steinmetz, Sandstone Pinnacles, Karnasai Valley, Chad, 1998. Courtesy Anastasia Photo

American photographer George Steinmetz is best known for his exploration photography. Since 1986, he has completed 31 major photo essays for National Geographic and 25 stories for GEO magazine in Germany. This year he celebrates the release of his third book, Desert Air, a photographic journey 15 years in the making in which he captures the world’s remote and extreme deserts from the seat of his motorized paraglider.

Hawkes’ Eye View: Capturing Images from the Skies

aerial photography Jason Hawkes

“I don’t actually like heights,” said London-based aerial photographer Jason Hawkes in an interview with Nikon Pro.

Incredible Aerial Photographs of Beaches by Alex MacLean

Aerial photographs of the beach alex-maclean

Alex MacLean is a pilot and photographer based in Massachusetts who has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, MacLean has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between natural and constructed environments.

Feature Shoot Group Show 2: Window Seat

airplane photos Adrian-StuderPhoto by Adrian Studer

airplane photos Wesley-Stringer2Photo by Wesley Stringer