Drone Photos That'll Change How You See the World

Close-ups on flying eagles. Overheads on rapids. Drones are expanding the limits of photography.
Riders touring with their quad over the Algodones Sand Dunes in California, a 40-mile area of dunes as high as 300m
Quad Tour in the Algodones Sand Dunes © Peter McBride
By Marc Schwarz

Selfies are so March. This summer, it's all about drones.

Lightweight, remote-controlled, and capable of hauling cameras high above the earth, drones have produced some of the best aerial photography and videography we've seen. For example, the above photo of the Algodones Sand Dunes in California. The Algodones encompass 40 miles of dunes, some as high as 100 meters, and in the afternoon sun, a drone photographers captures a unique canvas of light and shadow. Check out a few more of our favorites below.

Flight Over White

A surfer surrounded whitewater during large storm surf at Swami's Beach in Encinitas, California.

A surfer chasing the whitewater during large storm surf at Swamis Beach.
Surrounded by Swammi's whitewater © Donald Miralle

High Over the Tide

A wetland empties of water during low tide, allowing people to cross on foot.

A photograph taken from a drone camera of people walking over tideland
People walking over tideland © Chris Schmid


Want to see the world through the eyes of an eagle? This shot may be as close as you can get. Image thanks to dronestagr.am.

Dronetagram contest winner 2014 of an Eagle flying in Bali Barat National Park in India
Now this is a proper birds-eye-view! © Capungaero / Dronestagram

River Running

A kayaker paddles through some whitewater on the Reuss River in central Switzerland.

Kayaking down the the Reuss River in Switzerland in an aerial shot from a drone camera.
Kayaking through a tight gap © Chris Schmid

Slack Flying

Jérémy Thétaz walking on a space waterline in 'les îles' near Sion, Switzerland. Benefit of a drone? It doesn't disturb the serenly still water – or blow him off the slack line like a normal helicopter.

Jérémy Thétaz walking on a waterline near Sion, Swizerland, in 2013
Jérémy Thétaz waterline drone image © nicolas sedlatchek

David and the Drone

David Lama climbs up the Trango (Nameless) Tower in Pakistan. Note: unlike the drone, David is not battery-powered.

David Lama climbing the Nameless Tower in Pakistan in shot captured on a drone camera
David Lama climbing in Pakistan © Dedicam/Mammut Archiv/Red Bull Content Pool


Stu Gibson captures a kiter at the famous surf spot known as Cloudbreak in Fiji.

A Kitesurfer rides a big wave at Cloudbreak in Fiji in a drone camera shot by Stuart Gibson
Kite surfing looks even more impressive from above © Stuart Gibson

Fly to Tri

Professional Triathlete Jordan Rapp goes for a training ride through Grimes Canyon in Thousand Oaks, California. Can the drone keep up with him? Not downhill!

Professional triathlete Jordan Rapp cycling up an empty road in Grimes Canyon, California, in November 2013
The loneliness of a long-distance triathlete © Donald Miralle
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