February 12, 2015
When they’re not delivering your parcels or your fast food, personal drones have another great use – that is, they make excellent cameramen. For proof, just have a look at these 10 inspiring drone travel videos. From the glaciers of Iceland to the spires of Hong Kong, from bustling ski resorts to the New York Public Library, drones can provide unprecedented new angles on many of the world’s most incredible places. Inspired? Grab a drone of your own and a GoPro on your next holiday to begin practicing those aerial angles – or simply click below for some eyebrow-raising imagery.
On the border of Argentina and Brazil, the colossal Iguazu Falls rank among the world’s most striking waterfalls. That doesn’t always mean it’s easy to get close, though. Luckily, this drone takes over the camerawork, and gets within spraying distance of the churning waters.
Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city. While views from Victoria Peak provide visitors with bird’s eye views overlooking the soaring cityscape, this filmmaker’s drone is able to go well beyond that, skirting the very tops of those spires.
Sprawling shots of rugged desert, sparkling sea, and even a few hikers on desolate paths: though surely stunning from a human perspective, from the air the incredible topography of the Dead Sea & Judean Desert is even more apparent. And then there’s the herd of camels.
Just because drone travel videos can capture incredible, otherwise impossible heights, that doesn’t mean they can’t focus in more closely too. This mesmerising film sees a drone soar through the mostly empty halls of the landmark New York Public Library, presenting a new view of its architectures and millions of volumes.
Thanks to its volcanoes, glaciers, and mountains, we already know that lunar-looking Iceland is a photogenic place – but drone travel videos bring it all that much closer. This short captures the black beaches, chilly waterfalls, and stretches of ice that make the country so incredible (not to mention a few glimpses of human habitation).
Have a while to wait before your next beach vacation? In the meantime, this aerial video of Kauai should tide you over. Follow a paddleboarder, dive through gnarled tree roots, and soak up the aerial views of those gloriously clear waters.
As this video proves, drone-shot footage and winter sports go splendidly together. Here, we’re treated to aerial views of a popular ski resort and its Alpine landscape, before zooming in on the participants – and their impressive stunts.
Actually, it isn’t just winter sports that do well in drone travel videos. This short clip of a daredevil B.A.S.E. jumper captures the heart-stopping moment when he dives straight off a cliff. That’s definitely not something a regular camera can do.
Boston is already a picturesque town, but from the air – and with a tilt-shift effect added in – it looks as quaint and charming as a toy village. From Harvard’s stadium to the city’s red brick streets, this short but sweet film captures a lovely portrait of the city.
Now that you’ve seen all that drones can do, it’s time to learn a bit more about how they work. For a look behind-the-scenes of a professional drone shoot, this video shows just what it takes to get those stunning shots.
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Written by Claire Bullen