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Los Angeles: An Aerial Exploration of the City of Angels

By Hanssie on August 17th 2015

los-angeles-aerialAs the center of the film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles is full of dazzling lights, sounds, and spectacles. Having lived within an hour’s drive of the City of Angels practically all of my life, I’ve seen most of the bustling metropolis on countless trips, but I’ve never actually seen it from the air, till now. With the influx of filmmakers using drones as part of their creative arsenal, we are just beginning to see some breathtaking sights of these famous places from a bird’s eye view.

Last year, self-proclaimed amateur aerial videographer Ian Wood created a video of Downtown Los Angeles showing some of the buildings that stand tall and proud in the middle of the city. In this follow-up aerial video, which was selected as a vimeo Staff Pick, Ian takes us on a tour around Los Angeles County through many of the murals, signs, and famed locations you know so well. You’ll see my favorite LA location – the Coliseum – as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Beverly Wilshire, Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Pasadena City Hall and much more.



If you’ve ever been to Disneyland’s California Adventure and rode on Soaring Over California, this 6 minute video has the feel of that, except your feet aren’t dangling, and you won’t exit the ride into throngs of screaming children, or the wonderful smells of churros.


from Ian Wood on Vimeo.

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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. Ralph Hightower

    Impressive! I haven’t visited California yet, but I doubt that I would have a tour guide as great as Ian Wood.

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  2. Aaron Gilpin

    It makes me want to play GTA V again ! Such an amazing area of the world Its alway fascinated me, I will get to go there one day ! As well as NY and Vagas

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  3. lee christiansen

    Whilst there are some pretty pictures in there, I do have concerns when I see images shot over busy roads.

    Drones are not infallible, and they’re certainly easy victim to wind changes – particularly at some of those high altitudes.

    Every time we see / promote / praise a video done in this way, as a photographic community we are sayin “go on then, shoot it and don’t take responsibility.”

    Of course if this was done with ALL the required permits safety precautions and city permissions to fly over unsuspecting motorists then we’ll call it fine – but I’m taking a wild stab that this may not be the case… no matter how lovely the images are.

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    • Taylor Osborn

      Did you read the description on the actual vimeo video? If not you might want to take a gander…

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    • Taylor Osborn

      That was a lot of fun to see LA from that perspective. What I thought was really cool was that he took the time to make a google map of all of the locations he shot from in the description on the vimeo video.

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  4. Max C

    That video was well done.

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