This Incredible Aerial Photography Is Now Illegal And These Drone Photographs Are One-of-a-Kind

These days, drones are ubiquitous. They’re found everywhere, from the hands of hobbyists to high above the battlegrounds of war torn nations.

With legislation struggling to keep up, the opportunities that drones present are still being explored. Jon Stewart famously – and deservedly – derided CNN’s drone coverage of the Selma bridge, but the reality is photographers have been pushing the boundaries of their craft with the latest drone technology and delivering some gorgeous aerial photography in the process.

One photographer in particular, Amos Chapple, was one of the earliest adopters of drone photography and as soon as drones came on the market, he knew he needed one.

He bought one and taught himself to fly it and soon began traversing the planet, capturing famous landmarks in ways that they had never before been seen. Drone photography is now illegal in most of these locations, but for a few brief months Chapple took advantage of the lack of legislation and took these stunning aerial photographs. In fact, now that drone photography has been outlawed at these landmarks, these may be the only aerial photos of their kind.

Aerial photographer, Amos Chapple travels the world, capturing some of the planets most famous landmarks from the air.

unbelievable aerial photography of the taj mahal

The Taj Mahal in India, with the Yamuna river weaving away from it’s source in the Himalayan mountains.

Aerial drone photography gives the viewer the ability to take in a unique view of the surroundings, not possible with other forms of photography.

the kremlin photographed in a stunning aerial shot

Arguably Russia’s most famous landmark, the Kremlin stands hauntingly empty in this incredible drone photograph.

On the subject of aerial photography, Chapple says: “It’s amazing to be able to explore an aerial image. There’s such an immensity of information.”

the jama masjid photographed from the air

The Jama Masjid is the heart of Islam in India. Built by the same emperor that commissioned the Taj Mahal, it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Chapple shot the Taj Mahal from the air as the morning’s first visitors begin trickling through the gates.

taj mahal drone photography

This stunning aerial shot of the Taj Mahal, taken from the air by a drone, is likely to be one of the only in existence, as drone photography in the area is now illegal.

Soon after he began releasing his photography, he was commissioned by agencies, tourism bureaus and private clients for aerial photos of iconic locations. The Hotel Ukraina in Russia (below) is one such example.

stunning drone photograph of hotel ukraina

Moscow’s Hotel Ukraina looks stunning and dominates the skyline when lit up at dusk.

Chapple began his exploration into drone photography when the commercial drone first hit the market in 2013.

stunning aerial photograph of Katskhi Pillar in Georgia

For the last 20 years, a hermit has lived in The Katskhi Pillar in Georgia, claiming that by doing so, he is “closer to god.”

Sometimes looking at something from a different angle opens up a whole new perspective that you might not have seen before. Here, looking at the aerial photography of Barcelona, the city’s grid is clearly visible.

barcelona drone photography

The city of Barcelona, Spain.

When he first began, he flew the drones over busy, populated areas but soon realised that it could be dangerous.

striking aerial drone photography

Georgia’s exquisite capital, Tbilisi, is on display in this fantastic aerial drone photograph, with the Mtkvari River cutting through the city.

The first drone he worked with had a serious design flaw that caused it’s propellor to break away from the drone while it was in mid-air.

russias st petersburg photographed from a drone

A jaw-dropping aerial photograph of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

On a recent commercial shoot, one of his drones crashed to earth from about 100 feet in the air. Chapple believes that Wi-Fi signals in the area interfered with his signal and caused him to lose control of the drone.

russian drone photograph of st petersburg

The angel on top of the Alexander column in Saint Petersburg balances on the base without any attachment. This incredible angle, with the sunset in the background, is only achievable with drone photography.

Despite having flown aerial photography drones over 1,000 times, Chapple is always acutely aware that something could go wrong at any moment.

russian beach photographed from a drone

A photography drone hovers above Abkhazia beach in Russia.

In any case, the novelty has worn off and people these days find the drones more annoying than anything else.

ruins of a college in georgia as photographed from an aerial drone

Near Gali in Georgia stands the ruins of an old college.

These days, Chapple tries to avoid people as much as he can, ensuring that whenever possible he shoots in remote locations or at dawn when nobody is around.

photographer captures stunning aerial drone photography of the Hermitage Pavilion near Saint Petersburg in russia

“I’m just using it at dawn, or in isolated places where I’m not annoying people trying to enjoy a stroll,”

When shooting, Chapple typically maintains a flight path directly above his head, so as not to lose sight of the drone.

mumbai photographed from drone

The slums in northern Mumbai.

While shooting aerial drone photography, the photographer isn’t able to see what they’re shooting. Chapple says he typically takes up to 100 photos and that only 10% would be framed in a way that was aesthetically pleasing.

moody aerial shot of clouds swirling through Sagrat Cor Church in Barcelona

A storm rolls in through the pillars of the Sagrat Cor Church in Barcelona.

From an artistic point of view, not knowing what you’re going to get when the drone lands is part of the magic of the process. “There’s a magic to not knowing what you have until you have the camera back in your hands”.

lotus temple in stunning drone photograph

The Lotus Temple in New Dehli, India.

indian mud wrestling as seen from an aerial photography drone

incredible drone photography of paris sacre-ceur

gorgeous drone photography of the church of spilt blood in russia

gorgeous drone photograph of the church of spilt blood in russia

gorgeous aerial photography of Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof in russia

fishing boats aerial drone photography

drone photography of vittoria light in italy

beautiful drone photograph of istanbul turkey

aerial shot of a park in russia

aerial photograph of the liberty statue in budapest

aerial photograph of the cathedral of christ the saviour

aerial drone photography of cathedral of christ the saviour

aerial drone photo of star fort at Bourtange in the netherlands