Drones are everywhere from the battlefield to the backyards of America. For such a simple concept, the possibilities for how we can use drones is vast and still being explored.
One of the most interesting ways to utilise drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began travelling the globe, photographing famous landmarks before such photography was made illegal.
“There was a window of about 18 months where it was possible to fly these things anywhere and people were excited to see it. I’m glad I made use of that time,” Chapple told Business Insider.
Now, with drone use illegal in many of these locations, his collection of beautiful drone images are some of the only aerial photos of their type. Chapple shared many of them with us and told the stories behind his shots. Check out more on his site.
Taj Mahal as the day's first tourists trickle through the gates.
Paris' Sacré-Cœur, glowing in a hazy sunrise.
The Vittoria Light in Italy, overlooking the Gulf of Trieste at sunset.
Hotel Ukraina, lit up at dusk.
The Church on Spilt Blood on an autumn morning. The church marks the spot where the reformist Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a bomb-rolling revolutionary.
The church was built only as an epitaph to the murdered Tsar and wasn't intended for public worship. A patch of the cobbled street on which the Tsar lay mortally wounded is preserved within the old church, now open to the public as a museum.
The spiky skyline of Istanbul as a freighter sails for the Sea of Marmara.
Known to the locals as 'Hill 3,' this knoll jutting above Mumbai's northern slums is no more valuable than the land below. Access to running water, which the hill lacks, is far more valuable than any view.
Russian vacationers on the beach in Abkhazia.
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Lotus Temple, dotted with pigeons at sunrise. Designed by an Iranian exile, the building serves as the center of the Bahai'i faith in New Delhi, India.
A knot of fishing boats at the entrance to Sassoon Dock in Mumbai, India.
The angel atop the Alexander column in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Built after Russia's victory over Napoleon, the column's 600-ton granite trunk was tipped into place by 2,000 soldiers. It balances without any attachment to its base.
Two wrestlers practicing the ancient Indian sport of Kushti in a pit they hacked into the ground two hours before.
The Mtkvari River winding through Tbilisi, Georgia's elegant capital.
Worker and Kolkhoz Woman striding into the future that was. Built for the Soviet pavilion at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, the steel masterwork now stands in the suburbs of northern Moscow.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour at sunrise.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour again.
The Katskhi Pillar in Georgia, where a hermit has lived for the past twenty years to be 'closer to god.'
The Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the palace and gardens in the background. Beyond, the Finnish Gulf is obscured by fog. During WWII, Nazi armies occupied Peterhof, destroying it almost completely during their retreat.
The star fort at Bourtange, Netherlands. Three centuries after the last cannonball was fired in anger at the fort, it now serves as a museum and the center of a sleepy farming village in eastern Holland. The low, thick walls were designed to offset the pounding force of cannon fire.
Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona, Spain. Twenty minutes later a thunderstorm hit the city.
The Admiralty shipyard in Saint Petersburg, Russia, headquarters of the Russian Navy.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral, inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
A ruined college in Gali, Abkhazia, near the 'border' with Georgia, where ethnic Georgians made up 96% of the region's pre-war population. Most fled, or were driven out of their homes after the war. Today Gali is a twilight zone of empty buildings and overgrown farmland.
The windswept Liberty Statue, overlooking Budapest. Built in 1947 by the new communist rulers for the 'Liberating Soviet Heroes' the inscription was amended swiftly after the USSR collapsed, 'To the memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary.'
The Palace at Petergof, perched on a bluff overlooking the sea some 19 miles from central Saint Petersburg.
Jama Masjid, the heart of Islam in India. The red sandstone structure was built under the orders of the same Mughal emperor of Taj Mahal fame.
The angel atop the Alexander column.
Visitors walk on fallen leaves in the Summer Garden, central Saint Petersburg's oldest Park.
The Taj Mahal, with the Yamuna river snaking away toward its source in the Himalayas.
Buda castle on August 20. The barge in the center of the Danube is loaded with fireworks, launched later that night to celebrate Hungary's national day.
The Hermitage Pavilion near Saint Petersburg, Russia, wreathed in dawn mist. The little 'whipped cream' pavilion was an example of the decadence which would eventually topple the Tsarist autocracy. It was famous for parties where tables laden with food would rise from beneath the floorboards into groups of delighted guests.
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