With the technological advancements in lightweight cameras and inexpensive quadcopters or drones, we can now get a glimpse of the world from a different perspective. And from high up above, especially with a bird’s eye view, the world is a stunningly beautiful place.
Feast your eyes on some breathtaking views, angles and shots from high up above. Here are 30 stunning aerial photographs you have to see to believe.
Note: Most of the photos featured here are now illegal to take because of the regulations already in place prohibiting drones or quadcopters from flying over specific areas for security concerns.
1. Hermitage Pavilion, Saint Petersburg by Amos Chapple
A golden mist envelops the Hermitage Pavilion in Saint Petersburg as the sun makes its final dip into the horizon.
2. Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg
This is the church where reformist Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. A new look into the grounds where no other human has seen before.
3. Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral, Saint Petersburg
An aerial view of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral that shows the place covered in white.
4. The Peter & Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg
Dubbed “Saint Petersburg’s founding point.”
5. Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India
A never-before seen angle of the Lotus Temple, showing the entire landscape.
6. The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
A full view of the Taj Mahal that shows all major landmarks including the full span of the river.
7. Jama Masjid, Delhi, India
The largest mosque in India, which is dubbed Islam’s heart in the country. It shows the entire courtyard and the residences behind it.
8. Hill 3, Mumbai, India
The slums of India with the “hill with a view” known to the locals as Hill 3.
9. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Spain
Urban planning done right as seen in this aerial photograph. Impeccable arrangement.
10. The Beach Over Embattled Territory, Abkhazia
Russian tourists enjoying the warm sun and sea, which is a rare sight in a rather cold place up north.
11. The Vittoria Light, Trieste, Italy
Vittoria Light stands 223 feet from the ground located on the hill of Gretta. It is one of the tallest lighthouses in the world.
12. The Star Fort at Bourtang, Netherlands
An aerial view of the Star Fort which is known for its unique architecture. Now it rests as a museum at the center of a farming village in Holland.
13. Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary
Taken using a quadcopter the night before Hungary’s national day.
14. The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Paris, France
A beautiful capture of the famous basillica that overlooks the mighty expanse of the world-renowned city.
15. Approaching Thunderstorm, Oklahoma, USA
Captured in a village in Oklahoma as the clouds gathered to prepare itself for a thunderstorm.
16. Perspective, a bridge in Uttara, Dhaka
An aerial photograph of a bridge in Uttara Dhaka using a drone and a GoPro.
17. Sun Down Over Munich, Germany
A beautiful scene over Munich, Germany as the sun sets over a busy community.
18. Caye Caulker Belize, Caribbean
An aerial shot of Caye Caulker, a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean.
19. Aerial shot of Lonsdale Pier, Vancouver
Taken with GoPro and a Phantom Drone in a port in Vancouver.
20. The Perfect Sunset Over Lake Sammamish, Washington
A shot of a beautiful sunset over the beautiful Lake of Sammamish.
21. El Candelabro, Uruguay
Known as the “Candelabra of the Andes”, the Paracas Candelabra is a beautiful geoglyph found in Uruguay.
22. Aerial Shot of The German Lake Cologne
Stunning shot of a calm lake.
23. Aikawashi at Night, Okayama, japan
Taken by the talented Japanese photographer Takuma Kimura.
24. Ohara Museum of Art
Another shot by the talented Takuma Kimura, this time capturing an overhead view of the Ohara Art Museum
25. Like Clockwork, Toronto, Ontario
Capturing the intricate details of Roundhouse park, Michael Muraz gives us an image of what would be mistaken at first as a giant exposed clock.
26. Shilshole Bay, Seattle USA
The beautiful symmetry of docked sailboats taken by Daniel Gasienica.
27. Muirfield Village, Edmond, Oklahoma
This beautiful design is captured by Bill Wilson in Muirfield Village in Oklahoma.
28. Seattle Waterfront
A beautiful shot of Waterfront, a famous public park located in Seattle.
29. Machine Life, Philadelphia
A haunting and yet still beautiful shot of “uber decay".
30. Venice Beach Skatepark, Los Angeles California
This photo shows us the details and design of what a skate park looks from up above.
Do you have more aerial photos to share? We’d love to see them!