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Stunning Drone’s Eye View Of Some Of The World’s Most Famous Landmarks

By Hanssie on March 24th 2015

What’s on your travel bucket list? A little jaunt to Paris to take some photographs of the Eiffel Tower, some baguettes and a visit to the Louvre? Perhaps a swim at the Great Barrier Reef with some turtles and sharks? Or maybe poke at the pyramids in Egypt to see if they actually are the real thing or merely inflatables? All of the above?

Apparently, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug as I keep seeing and writing about gorgeous photographs from some of the coolest and most famous places on Earth (see yesterday’s gorgeous cityscapes article here). You may have already checked a few of these exotic places off your bucket list, but most likely not from this perspective.


Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro


Photographing from somewhere up high, one company and its team of nine photo enthusiasts and three tech specialists set off to check off their bucket list the 100 Best Places in the World. The team of 12 that create AirPano began their quest in 2006. Almost 10 years later, the team has over 230 locations under their belt and on their website.

Initially using spherical panoramas, they then began working from planes and helicopters and now have moved onto mostly drones to help capture the unique perspective of some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. These “air panoramas,” are captured with their brand of choice, Nikon cameras (after switching from Canon a few years ago – see their reasoning here). Their website houses thousands of 360° aerial panoramas of the world, the largest resource of its kind.

Unlike viewing a traditional photograph limited by its frame, or watching a film that follows its director’s idea, a spherical panorama gives you a freedom of being on location, where you can turn around 360° and have a closer look at every detail.






The Pyramids of Giza

Whether they are dropping you straight into the ocean to swim with manta rays in the Maldives or smack dab in the middle of the Strip in Sin City, AirPano‘s virtual tours will take you to some of the most visited places on the planet, but better. Lead by project coordinator, Sergey Semenov, the team has their sights set on Portugal, Indonesia, Japan and the United Kingdom next.

One can spend hours looking at the breathtaking images in their photogallery or in their 3D panoramas. A few you must check out that are not pictured here: Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Dubai, and the Taj Mahal. I know this from experience. Here are a few of my favorites:


Dragon Fall, Venezuela


Eiffel Tower


Hong Kong


Iguasu Argentina, Brazil


Lake Baikal, Russia


Central Park, New York


Earth from the Stratosphere



Check out the AirPano website to visit some of your favorite places and add some names to that bucket list all without needing your passport.

What is next on your travel bucket list? Mine is Rome; comment below with yours.

CREDITS : Photographs by AirPano have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Daily Mail]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lester Terry

    Amazing pictures!

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  2. PIXIPfoto Kolkata Wedding Photographers

    Excellent Collection.
    Jaw Droppingly outstanding.

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  3. Ralph Hightower

    Those are a great collection of photographs.
    I checked off my only 30 year old bucket list item on July 8, 2011; I seriously doubt that I could have flown a drone over the area since there were helicopters with marksmen with high-power rifles scanning the area for security threats. This was the last event of a lifetime; this was the second final flight that I have seen. From the first flight on April 12, 1981, I wanted to see one in person, to see the majesty, to feel the fury. The first final flight that I saw happened on July 15, 1975; I didn’t have a camera then, but it was a sensual experience: visually, audibly, and touch with feeling the vibrations and the ground shaking.

    Now that the fleet has been retired and in museums, what’s next? Okay, I need to add other things to my bucket list:. Top item: the aurora.

    I hope to check off another bucket list item on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. Hopefully, that Wednesday is not rained out.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    My favorite photos are from Brazil! Amazing!

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  5. Simona Stanciu

    awesome photos

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  6. alex grichenko

    very cool

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  7. carl michaels

    Sort like google earth?

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  8. Peter Hagström

    I am lost for words. So Awesome!!

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  9. Bogdan Roman

    the images are just stunning!

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  10. Graham Curran

    All these images are awesome – as is the price of the drone.

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  11. Brandon Dewey

    Amazing photos, I love see the unique prospective these heavily documented locations!

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  12. Ben Young

    That must be fun for the team behind those photos. :-)

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