There is no landscape too far or too high for a drone. They are tireless and can be equipped with cutting-edge technology for the best results. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones are operated via remote control by an operator on the ground. They used to be in the exclusive domain of armed forces but, nowadays, they are available commercially for hobbyists and professionals alike.
UAVs have been used in a military capacity since 1849 in the form of “Austrian balloons” or balloons which were laden with explosives. They were used as well as target practice for military ordinance. In recent times, Predator and Reaper drones rose in popularity in the wars against insurgents, mostly in the Afghanistan and Iraq regions. They also made appearances in conflict zones like Libya and Mali. The Sentinel became a notorious UAV as it was used to gather intelligence on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan before the actual siege. Many countries outside the US design their own drones, such as Israel.
Military drones are highly efficient in gathering reconnaissance, supporting troops, and delivering payloads without much regard for terrain, temperature, and other environmental hazards to humans. They also enjoy the distinction of having the highest operational readiness among all military assets in the US Armed Forces. Their massive range of weaponry is also a serious aspect that has gained them recognition and ire from allies and foes alike.
On a more familiar level, drones have also become the centerpieces in a lot of hobbyists’ garages. Enthusiasts who used to collect and operate remote-controlled cars, boats, and planes naturally made the switch to drone technology. Photographers have also adapted the reconnaissance capabilities of their military cousins to produce sharp images and videos from a bird’s eye point of view. The mere fact that the choicest shots can now be taken without moving from the ground is advantageous even to journalists. For example, the recent Hong Kong protests were partially covered by drones.
Drones are used to take the wildest shots that humans cannot normally take. Photos and videos of a radioactive city, centers of fireworks explosions, volcano mouths spewing lava, music festivals from above, and fantastic coverage of animals in their natural states are just a number of artistic uses that drones have. Their relatively affordable cost also makes them highly popular even among novices. Professionals can also apply their own skills to maneuver a drone to capture the best subjects, angles, and lighting.
Today we will showcase 30 incredible aerial pictures from around the world that were taken with a drone. Enjoy!