Eyes Over the World: Aerial picture secrets and techniques from across the globe

Eyes Over the World: Aerial picture secrets and techniques from across the globe

Editor’s Note: Getting an aerial perspective in your topic is terrific, nevertheless it doesn’t assure that the ensuing {photograph} will probably be attention-grabbing or participating. Drone photographer Dirk Dallas is aware of what it takes to seize a picture that stops viewers of their tracks, and his new coffee-table compilation of drone pictures, “Eyes Over the World,” is stuffed with these breathtaking fowl’s-eye views. We requested Dirk to share some highlights from the brand new e-book and provides us some perception into the secrets and techniques he and the opposite featured photographers used to create their artwork.


Clara Cao, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Sometimes we aren’t capable of journey to some epic location to fly and shoot with our drone. This is why we should always all be impressed by Clara’s picture, which is a wonderful instance of simplicity, mixed with a artistic thought. What we see on this picture is that Clara hung out art-directing a artistic scene utilizing an individual, perspective, and a prop. Drones afford us the power to seize distinctive angles in order that when you’ve your topic transfer into an surprising place after which add in a prop like an inflatable tube, you may rapidly create a visible gag that’s certain to make your viewer cease and do a double take to evaluate the state of affairs. Other concepts for creating a visible gag embody utilizing props like a motorbike or skateboard, or you may attempt discovering a recognizable area like a basketball or tennis courtroom to make it appear like somebody is hanging or sitting on one of many courtroom’s strains.


Sterling Galli, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sterling’s gorgeous ice picture is inspiring as a result of we see big winter bushes in a method that’s really distinctive. Top-down photographs are a good way to compress the depth and peak of a scene which ends up in the panorama turning into nearly abstract-like. In this picture there are nonetheless clues as to what we’re taking a look at. First of all, there’s an simply identifiable topic that not solely creates a transparent visible break from the overwhelming scene of white snow and bushes however the kayaker can also be completely timed and framed to be proper in the course of the panorama. Images like this present that having persistence and ready for the proper second can actually repay. Next, for the reason that emphasis and distinction within the scene is targeted on the kayaker, a narrative begins to emerge. Questions like, Where is that this? Who is that this? How’d they get there? and Are they alone?, all begin to bubble up and make us really have interaction with the picture. The tiny kayaker additionally helps the viewer actually grasp a way of scale on this scene. Sometimes drone pictures will be overly summary and/or too imprecise so little, identifiable clues like a kayaker, automotive, or individual might help inform a extra full story.


Abstract Aerial Art, Scheldt River Delta, Netherlands
This picture has many issues going for it however my favourite side is the big and putting shadow that dwarfs the in any other case big cargo ship. Without the shadow on this picture, the size of this ship can be drastically lowered. Shadow play is a superb software for drone pilots to play with as a result of it might reveal facets of a topic or scene in ways in which may in any other case be missed. Shadow play can even present a robust distinction between gentle and darkish areas leading to greater than a single focus. This method is thought for serving to add some thriller, drama and emotion to a photograph. If you’re involved in capturing shadows, additionally, you will need to take into account the time of day that you just’re capturing. In this picture the shadows are lengthy, delicate and dramatic as a result of it was shot both within the early or later a part of the day. Shadows will be equally spectacular throughout mid-day, relying on what you might be capturing, as a result of they’re shorter, sharper, and crisper. So take into consideration what impact you might be after earlier than taking your drone as much as seize some shadows.


Charley Fitzwilliam, Indian Wells, California
This is a putting picture due to the mirror-like symmetry and repeating sample that’s showcased. In images, symmetry and patterns are identified to attract the attention in and oftentimes ends in a wonderful, visible stability which may result in emotions of stability and concord in a picture. When capturing symmetrical pictures, you should definitely flip in your grid strains so you may have a visible assist when framing the shot. Also, attempt capturing in burst mode through the seize in case there’s some wind or an unintentional stick nudge that may transfer the drone. By capturing in burst mode you may pinpoint the exact picture that has the very best framing and keep away from post-production work that will require you to crop in and lose pixels. Patterns particularly will be a superb methodology for creating an abstract-like picture that requires the viewer to spend just a bit extra time than typical taking within the picture to determine precisely what they’re taking a look at.


Jacob Riglin, Luoping County, China
We all know capturing with a drone is sort of distinctive from on the bottom images for a lot of causes, however one of many fundamental causes is as a result of we’re very restricted by our solely gentle supply, the solar! We can’t transfer it and we will’t add any gentle to enrich its depth. So with that being mentioned, it’s vital that we take into account the solar’s gentle and its impact on the panorama. It isn’t sufficient to simply seize an epic location, which is why this picture is the proper instance of ready for the optimum second to seize the shot. If you need to create a dramatic, dream-like impact, like we see right here, then it is advisable be affected person and plan forward, researching when the sunshine is perhaps finest. There are many useful web sites and apps that observe the solar’s motion all through the day however the primary factor to contemplate is that gentle from the early rising or late setting solar will seriously change the panorama in a fleeting second. So be prepared with a full battery and the very best places and angles already mapped out. Consider waking up for dawn whereas many of the world continues to be sleeping. This will offer you a greater alternative to seize a scene with minimal distractions and the early morning ambiance will usually offer you a greater likelihood of getting some fog or hazy results which ends up in a delicate and glowing ambiance.

Eyes Over the World

A vertiginous overhead view of a Tokyo metropolis road grid, set aglow with nighttime lights. Aerial photographs of whales within the turquoise-blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Sunbathers languidly lounging on a tropical seashore’s pearly-white sand. These are just some of the inspiring pictures showcased on this gorgeous compilation of the world’s finest drone images. One of this period’s fastest-growing applied sciences, drones have reworked the world of images, permitting a brand new class of creatives to seize pictures that shift our standpoint and redefine how we see the world.

Paying homage to the breathtaking fantastic thing about our planet, Eyes over the World options an eclectic vary of pure wonders and artifical oddities captured by each luminaries and amateurs alike within the burgeoning drone-photography neighborhood. Edited by drone-photography professional and the creator of the “From Where I Drone” Instagram account Dirk Dallas, this incredible, fearless quantity gives a brand new sense of perspective and awe gained by this fascinating new expertise. Organized geographically, it will also be used as a bucket record of types–a catalog of all of the wonders the Earth has to supply.

The 208-page hardcover e-book includes a assortment of 20 of Dirk’s personal drone pictures and over 170 completely gorgeous #fromwhereidrone pictures from 125+ pals/photographers that have been taken on all seven continents!

The pictures are organized geographically into 5 distinct landscapes: water, arid, lush, city, and ice. This inspiring e-book would be the excellent addition so as to add to your images e-book assortment, hold in your espresso desk or to make use of as a bucket record of locations to discover. It prices $29.99.

By Dirk Dallas