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New book celebrates the very best in drone photography

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, Calif., by Romeo Durscher, taken at 492 feet. (Caters News)

New book celebrates the very best in drone photography

This newly released book celebrates the world’s very best drone photography.

“Dronescapes,” released May 9, features stunning imagery of famous landmarks, breathtaking landscapes and out-of-the-ordinary scenes. That means a collection of 250 images that range from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty to flying eagles and free divers.

The book, published by Thames & Hudson, is made up of photographs that were sourced from Dronestagram, a popular drone photography site, which has seen more than 60,000 images posted since 2014.

These photographs were selected by Ayperi Karabuda Ecer — previously the vice president of pictures at Reuters — who believes that a good drone photograph is one shot at a distance that only aerial vehicles can manage. Ayperi said: “I was looking at finding imagery which would not point to ‘seen from the sky,’ but more at drones as companions in our daily life, through innovative angles.

“Eagles chasing drones, nude photography shot by a drone, never-seen shadows and patterns, breathtaking closeness to monuments, reporting on climate, and also a selection of ‘dronies,’ the drone version of a selfie.”

As drone availability and popularity have increased in recent years, so, too, has the number of images being posted online — the hashtag “Dronestagram,” for example, has more than 900,000 postings on Instagram alone. Guillaume Jarret, Dronestagram’s managing director, believes that such interest in drone photography comes from the ever-present human fascination with flying.

A good drone photo, he said, is one that is immediately identifiable as having been taken by that medium, such as low altitude, near the target of the picture, and impossible to take had it not been for the drone.

Guillaume said: “Just look at people in an airplane, stuck on the window seat looking down.

“With satellite images, and apps like Google Earth, we are now used to seeing Earth from above.

“But drone photos bring a new way of seeing the world, at low altitude, near landscapes and buildings, like a bird would do.”

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