Surrounded by Swammi's whitewater

Drone Photos That'll Change How You See the World

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Close-ups on flying eagles. Overheads on rapids. Drones are expanding the limits of photography.

Quad Tour in the Algodones Sand Dunes
Quad Tour in the Algodones Sand Dunes

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.

Surrounded by Swammi's whitewater
Surrounded by Swammi's whitewater

High Over the Tide

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

People walking over tideland
People walking over tideland

Eagle-eyed

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.

Now this is a proper birds-eye-view!
Now this is a proper birds-eye-view!

River Running

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

Kayaking through a tight gap
Kayaking through a tight gap

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 waterline drone image
Jérémy Thétaz waterline drone image

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 in Pakistan
David Lama climbing in Pakistan

Cloud-Broke

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

Kite surfing looks even more impressive from above
Kite surfing looks even more impressive from above

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!

The loneliness of a long-distance triathlete
The loneliness of a long-distance triathlete

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