Wednesday, January 15, 2014

29 Incredible Views You’d Only See If You Were A Bird


Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light.

Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter. It’s also worth noting that a few of these sites, like the Pyramids of Giza and the hotels in Dubai, were designed with an aerial perspective in mind. The designs of certain Dubai hotels can only be appreciated fully from above, and some theorize that the Pyramids of Giza were meant to be aligned with the stars in Orion’s Belt.

Although taking photographs from a bird’s actual perspective is possible, most photographers prefer taking pictures like these from hot-air balloons, helicopters, gliders, or very tall structures. A few of the photographs also seem to be taken from altitudes that even birds couldn’t reach. None of this, however, detracts from their epic beauty.

1. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Photo: All That Is Interesting

2. New York City, N.Y.
New York City, NY
Photo: Sergey Semenov

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photo: Google Earth

4. Paris, France
Paris, France
Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

5. Chicago, Ill.
Chicago, Ill.
Photo: airpano.com

6. Nördlingen, Germany
Nördlingen, Germany
Photo: leidorf

7. Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Photo: Fuck Yeah Sydney

8. Seattle, Wash.
Seattle, Wash.
Photo: Thatcher Photography

9. Bern, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland

10. Giza, Egypt
Giza, Egypt
Photo: Satellite

11. Mount Reinebringen, Norway
Photo: imgur.com

12. Vatican City
Photo: plemeljr

13. Vancouver
Photo: tourismvancouver.com

14. Shanghai
Photo: mikehedge

15. Amsterdam
Photo: iamsterdam

16. Bac Son Valley, Vietnam
Bac Son Valley, Vietnam
Photo: reddit.com

17. Mexico City
Mexico City
Photo: pablolopezluz.com

18. Venice
Photo: yannarthusbertrandgalerie.com

19. Athens, Hellas
Photo: airpano.ru

20. Moscow
Photo: imgur.com

21. Turin, Italy
Photo: Getty Images

22. Island in the Maldives
Island in the Maldives
Photo: travels.tl

23. Cape Town, South Africa
Photo: airpano.com

24. Mogadishu, Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia
Photo: Google Earth

25. Orange County, Florida
Orange County, Florida
Photo: imgur.com

26. Tulip Fields in Spoorbuurt, North Holland, Netherlands
Photo: bruxelles5

27. San Francisco
Photo: csaulit

28. Maze at Longleat, England
Photo: archive.4plebs.org

29. Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls, Canada

Source: Blindfold
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