Drone hobbyists show off their breathtaking aerial shots on Dronestagram

It’s no wonder that humans are fascinated with the bird’s-eye view. High in the sky, even the most immense skyscrapers shrink down to viewable pieces of art, and the tops of buildings turn into a random mosaic pattern. While these images used to be limited to expensive helicopter flyovers done by big-budget Hollywood films, the drone enthusiast community has been capturing photos atop their nimble flying machines for years.
Now there is an online repository to view those high-up sights.


Dronestagram (not to be confused with the political photography project of the same name by James Bridle) is a combination social network and eye candy source for landscapes captured by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Currently in beta, the French website breaks up the UAV-assisted photographs by content — cityscapes, countryscapes, sports, and even “Crazy Stuff” — and also has a place for amateur photographers. Drone photographers can sign in and upload photos with geomarkers, and visitors can like and comment on photos without the need to sign up.


The goal, of course, is to claim the bird’s-eye view around the world.


“Share your best aerial pictures and let’s build a world map of our Earth,” the website reads.


Although it’s only been around for about a week, the website has already made a splash on Hacker News and has pulled in photos from rather exotic locales, including the Gold Coast in Australia and the Sinai Province in Egypt. Currently, many of the photographers on the website use a fully-built quadcopter like the $600 DJI Phantom to take their breath-taking shots. But as drones become cheaper and more flexible for the average hobbyist, more people will have the opportunity to slap a low-cost activity camera like the GoPro onto a DIY quadcopter and document the look of land from the clouds.