Bird's eye view: Six beautiful destinations filmed using drones

Something for the weekend ;)

For many, unmanned drones are still most strongly associated with the military. Or publicity stunts by Amazon. But as the small, silent flying machines become increasingly available on the commercial market, amateur and professional filmmakers are adopting them to create footage that would previously have been impossible without a big budget and a helicopter. With the potential to produce mesmerising bird's-eye-view films – usually by attaching a GoPro camera to the device – drones are making it possible to see the world from new angles.

Last week filmmaker Honey Worth posted a dreamy video of east London filmed using a quadcopter, which quickly picked up more than 50,000 views, while earlier this month Randy Scott Slavin released a equally popular film of New York City, in which he flies a drone through the Washington Square Arch. These are just the latest additions to a growing number gravity defying new films.

So whether it’s an aerial shot of surfers riding giant waves off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, an eerie journey through ice caves in Alaska, or a dreamlike flight through your favourite city, we’ve rounded up six of the best videos filmed by drones around the world.

From the Guardian, head on over to their site to see some great 'drone videos'

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/30/six-best-travel-video...

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Comment by John Githens on May 3, 2014 at 5:29pm

After browsing the six videos, I see one taken over New York City. Wonder when Mr. Randy Scott Slavin will receive his letter from the FAA?  

Here's one of the comments from the Guardian's website: "Whatever will happen if this technology reaches the hands of the ordinary tourist? We'll need Serengeti Copter Camera Traffic Control, Grand Canyon Copter Camera Traffic Control, Angel Falls Copter Camera Traffic Control, Macchu Picchu Copter Camera Traffic Control, Everest Copter Camera Traffic Control… I might retrain and keep these from all smashing into each other and becoming techno roadkill for passing wildlife. Now there's an irony for a future time."  

Issues with tourists and others are already happening as described in this recent DIYD blog post.

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