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Monday, 25 January 2021

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From what I have read, some (or all?) of the aerial photographs by Burtynsky in Anthropocene were taken by drone, but cannot find a definitive source to confirm this. The book, however, is great, and Burtynsky's work is among the most superlative of all aerial images, now matter how they were taken.

https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/projects/books/anthropocene

Another great aerial photographer using drones is George Steinmetz, and his latest book The Human Planet is filled with great aerial images (but again, no definitive word on which were taken by drone or paraglider).

https://www.georgesteinmetz.com/store/books/

You might take at look at Peter Cox's book, Atlantic Light, here: https://petercox.ie/collections/books/products/atlantic-light-the-west-coast-of-ireland-in-photographs?variant=36985908658373. Cox is a fine landscape photographer. This book is a "collection of aerial photographs of ... Ireland's west coast." Cox used drones, helicopters, and airplanes in making the photos.

Yann A Bertrand http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/ Stunning.

Mike,

"Eye In The Sky - A Drone Above New Zealand" by photographer Grant Sheehan.

Cheers,

Reg Feuz

For aerial photography Emmet Gowin comes to mind (https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691196039/the-nevada-test-site). I have only the Aperture catalog, but his aerial work is fantastic.

I got given Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant for Christmas, some amazing images. Book is divided up into sections, Harvest, Play, Power, Waste etc, and demonstrate humankind’s profound impact on the planet. My favourite section is ‘Are Not’ and shows some of the parts of the globe that we haven’t got to. Sometimes it is hard to work out what you are looking at (especially if you don’t read the captions) then you start to notice little things and you realise it is an airport or the whole of Venice. Heartily recommended.

[Isn't that satellite photography though? I can't recall. --Mike]

I recently bought Eyes Over The World by Dirk Dallas based on DPReview. I wish there was more information on the individual photos but the quality of the photos & the organization of the book is excellent, and I would strongly recommend it.

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/7910758023/gift-guide-2020-s-best-photo-books-for-photographers

I also received a book at Christmas of drone photography "Eyes over the World, the most spectacular drone photography" by Dirk Dallas with forewords by Chris Burkard and Benjamin Grant. It is also divided up into sections and may contain some of the same photographs as the book Adam mentioned since there's one name in common.

This is excellent, a wonderful visual exploration of what has been lost to time - Remains To Be Seen by Travis Fox. https://www.travisfox.com/remains-to-be-seen-book

I think this might be off enjoyment to some https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-over-World-Spectacular-Photography/dp/0789335530

You won't find these in Amazon, as he is self-published, but Peter Cox's "The Skelligs" is a nice example of drone photography of a not very distant but scary, inaccessible place (the scene chosen for the ends of a recent Star Wars film). Ah! The Book depository has it, and he is releasing a second edition.

I own "The Skelligs" and one earlier book of the west and north coasts of Ireland that Cox has done. Each was funded by advance subscription. He may also sell them from his website.

This predates drones, but this book is absolutely stunning. William Garnett was a virtuoso of flying a plane and taking pictures from it!

https://www.amazon.com/William-Garnett-Aerial-Photographs/dp/0520083482

Bibliographic information
Title William Garnett, Aerial Photographs
Author William Garnett
Photographs by William Garnett
Contributor Martha A. Sandweiss
Edition 3, illustrated
Publisher University of California Press, 1994
ISBN 0520083482, 9780520083486
Length 159 pages

Atlantic Light by Peter Cox, perhaps? https://petercox.ie/collections/books/products/atlantic-light-the-west-coast-of-ireland-in-photographs

Admittedly a mixture of drone and conventional aerial photography but I understand the vast majority of pictures are taken from a drone. I think Peter was one of the first landscapers to see the potential of drones, starting around 2013.

He blogs regularly on the perils involved; for instance: https://petercox.ie/blogs/blog/loop-head-air-incident

I would like to see a good drone photography book, not just pretty images, because I really can't handle any more drone videos with pretentious and cliche music building to an almost pornographic crescendo.

A local photographer I know caught this footage of bobcats. Also caught some flak for getting too close to them as you might expect. I like his music choice, actually.

https://petapixel.com/2020/12/21/photographers-drone-captures-three-bobcats-hanging-out/

Here is another book that Benjamin Grant seems to have had a role in though I haven't personally seen it:

https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-over-World-Spectacular-Photography/dp/0789335530/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

I've been following and enjoying the work of Reuben Wu for some time. He does not use drones as a platform for his camera, but instead uses drones to light landscapes or as a subject in landscapes. His 2018 book is out of print, but his website and instagram are worth checking out. reubenwu.com

Not really relative to drones (the benevolent kind), but I heard about a new book of David Gilkey's work on the radio this morning, it was just released today. The NPR clip is attached.
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/26/960631381/pictures-on-the-radio-david-gilkey-created-visual-driveway-moments

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