If you can't make it to Venice, Istanbul, and Macao this summer, you can experience them via stunning aerial views thanks to drone videographers (and the internet). These forward-thinking photographers travel the world with their remote-controlled flying cameras and capture the world as only a small helicopter with advanced video skills could.
Drones get a bad rap in the press for their more nefarious talents, such as launching military airstrikes in remote places, but they have become more and more common in architecture and urban photography. First-person view, as it is sometimes called, involves cameras mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or radio-controlled aircraft. Perhaps the leader in this art form for architecture is Iwan Baan and his famous aerial shots.
Here are the best drone and flyover videos on YouTube, for your aerial viewing pleasure:
Château de Versailles / Champs Elysées. Paris, France
Rio de Janeiro
New York Public Library
Fire Damage, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
Fireworks, San Francisco, CA
Kansas City, MO
New Haven, CT