Aerial Photography: Bird’s Eye View

Aerial photography has become one of my favorite ways to capture unique perspectives. One of my favorite things to do is point the camera straight down and showcase the shapes, lines and textures of a location. Creating abstract bird’s eye images is extremely fun, here are some of my favorites from the past year or so.

One of my favorite recent adventures was my trip to Iceland. I was able to witness the aurora for the first time and see some incredible landscapes that I have wanted to see for years now. But not only that, I was also able to fly my Phantom 3 around and capture some drone images. Here are my three favorite bird’s eye images from that trip. The first and third are bird’s eye views of glaciers. The 2nd image is of Skogafoss, an incredible waterfall. You can see more from my Iceland Trip HERE.

Utah aerial photography

The South West is a playground of compositions for landscape photographers. The beautiful formations made it a great place to capture some bird’s eye images. These images were taken on the border in-between Arizona and Utah, not far from Lake Powell.

Heres two city views and structures from above. The first image was taken above the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The building is a stunning display of architecture and looks awesome from below. Naturally I thought it might be cool to show a bird’s eye detail shot from above. The second image was taken above the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco.



sunset cliffs san diego

la jolla san diego aerial photography

Here are three images above my home town of San Diego. The first was taken over a cove at Sunset Cliffs, I was flying with a friend and you can actually see her Phantom 3 hovering right above the cove, it looks like a little white X shape. The second was taken above the La Jolla Coves, one of my favorite places to shoot seascapes and watch sunset.

tahoe aerial photo

Heres an image over some piers in Lake Tahoe during a winter storm. The sun was low on the horizon and the large trees created some long shadows across the landscape.

tahoe aerial photo

Heres another Tahoe image, this time taken right above the lake. Two figures can be seen walking along the shores edge.

Winter in Oregon can be incredible, beautiful snowy forest scenes from above.

Oregon has been one of my favorite places to photography for awhile now. I have spent a lot of time flying my Phantom over different Oregon landscapes to capture the beauty of the state. The first image was taken over the Samuel H Boardman coastline. The second image was taken over a winding road in Central Oregon. Both of these images were featured on one of my recent blog posts. I also showcase some other landscape photography taken around Oregon, if you would like to see more you can check it out HERE.

On my way to some of the waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, I took a quick stop at the Vista House to shoot some images. I took the drone up for a bird’s eye image and then shortly after it started raining. The second image was taken above a forest scene near Sparks Lake.

I hope you enjoyed this image series. Some of these images were taken from a regular helicopter. Most were taken with my DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter and Phantom 4. They have done extremely well allowing me to capture images in a variety of different conditions. If you enjoyed these bird’s eye images and would like to see some of my other aerial photography you can check out my gallery HERE.


  1. Beautiful collection Michael.

  2. Loving these Michael. Great series.

    The straight down shots in San Francisco really reminds me of GTA 1. The shots with the cracks are probably my favourite. It’s very cool to think of how big the scenery is in some of these shots and that you can see these from different perspectives. Kind of a ‘mindfuck’ Take the very first Iceland aerial shot for example. If you think of it in another dimension, it could have just been a shot you took holding the camera from eye-level and shooting it straight down on the ground. Just some small cracks on the ice. But in fact this scene is HUGE.

    Keep up the good work!


  3. amazing work. you inspire me

  4. amazing work i love it!!!!!

  5. You have an eye to capture good scenes (actually more than good, brilliant). Always amazed by some of your pictures and if i ever visit Oregon, it will be definitely because of you, so keep it up.
    *Just one issue you need to fix the Sunset Cliffs picture, because when you click on it, the second picture opens. Cheers.

  6. Hey Michael,
    Awesome job on the photography! If you ever get a chance to visit Toronto, Canada, please take some photos of the skyline and city. I’d love to see them!

  7. Saving $$ to buy your prints 🙂 ~ I am fan!

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