Aerial photography is such an exciting way to capture unique images. One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new location is to take a chartered helicopter flight over a landscape to see it from above. I find that when I’m up in the air, I am able to photograph so many incredible abstract shapes & patterns and stunning natural formations that I otherwise would not have been able to see.

Thanks to today’s technology, I am also able to capture aerial photography of a landscape through the use of a drone which at it’s smallest, can fit inside a pocket. Including drones in my photography kit has opened up a whole new world for me to create. The following galleries showcase images taken from planes, helicopters and drones in the Canadian Rockies, Himalayas, Iceland, Hawaii, Oregon, Italy and New York City.

If you’re interested in learning more about aerial photography, visit the Field Notes section on my website and look for my post called Tips on Aerial Photography!

Aerial photography shot with a drone over a snowy forest during winter on Mount Hood, Oregon
Aerial photography shot with a drone over a snowy forest during winter on Mount Hood, Oregon
Aerial photography of svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland shot with a drone
Aerial photography of svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland shot with a drone
Morning light hits a forest and casts long tree shadows across Sparks Lake, Oregon
Morning light hits a forest and casts long tree shadows across Sparks Lake, Oregon
Aerial photography at Factory Butte shot from an airplane
Aerial photography of the alien-like landscape of Southern Utah
Aerial photography of Iceland's braided rivers and glacial streams
Aerial photography of Iceland's braided rivers and lahar glacial streams
Aerial landscape photography of the abstract patterns in Utah
Aerial landscape photography of the abstract patterns in Utah
Aerial landscape photography of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption in 2022
Aerial landscape photography of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption in 2022
Aerial landscape photography of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption in 2022
Aerial photography of the Painted Hills in Oregon during sunset
Birds eye view aerial photography of the Painted Hills landscape in Oregon during sunset
Aerial photography of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai Photo by Andrew Studer
Aerial photography of Oregon's Cascade Mountain Range. Olallie Butte, Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt Jefferson, Mount Hood and Mount Adams can all be seen in frame.
Aerial photography of Oregon's Cascade Mountain Range. Olallie Butte, Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt Jefferson, Mount Hood and Mount Adams can all be seen in frame with low fog.
Aerial photography from a helicopter of mount chephren in Banff National Park during sunrise above the fog Photo by Andrew Studer
Aerial photography of mount chephren in Banff National Park during sunrise above the fog Photo by Andrew Studer
Factory Butte Aerial Photography. Aerial photography of the American Southwest
Aerial landscape photography of the moon-like landscape in Utah's desert
Aerial landscape photography of Factory Butte in Southern Utah shot with a drone
Aerial landscape photography of a desert shot in Southern Utah in America's Southwest with a drone.
Aerial photography taken from a helicopter of mountains above the fog in Banff National Park, Canada
Aerial photography taken from a helicopter of mountains above the fog in Banff National Park, Canada
Aerial photography of svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland shot with a drone
Aerial photography of svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland shot with a drone
Aviation Landscape Photography of two planes flying over Southern Utah
Aviation Landscape Photography of two planes flying over Southern Utah
Photography of two airplanes flying low over the beautiful valleys and ridge-lines of Factory Butte, Utah
Backcountry aviation photography of two airplanes flying low over the beautiful valleys and ridge-lines of Factory Butte, Utah
Aerial photography of the Sisters Mountain Range in Oregon
Aerial photography of the Sisters Mountain Range in Oregon with Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood in the distance.
Aerial photography of a mountain in Banff National Park during sunrise
Aerial landscape photography of a mountain in Banff National Park during sunrise. Shot from a helicopter.
Aerial photography of mount chephren in Banff National Park during sunrise above the fog Photo by Andrew Studer
Aerial landscape photography of mount chephren in Banff National Park, Canada along Icefields Parkway during sunrise above the fog. Shot from a helicopter.
Aerial landscape photography of Broken Top Mountain, North Sister and Mount Washington during sunrise in Central Oregon
Aerial landscape photography of Broken Top Mountain, North Sister and Mount Washington during sunrise in Central Oregon
Aerial photography of Sparks Lake at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range in Central Oregon
Aerial photography of Sparks Lake at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range in Central Oregon
Aerial Photography of a vein landscape in Utah
Aerial Photography of a vein landscape in Utah
Aerial photography of Broken Top Mountain during sunrise
Aerial photography of Broken Top Mountain, Oregon during sunrise.
Aerial photography of a lush pond with lilly pads in Montana
Aerial photography of a lush pond with lilly pads in Montana
Aerial photography of a lush pond with lilly pads in Montana
Aerial photography of a lush pond with lilly pads in Montana
Closeup aerial photography of a glacier on Mount Hood, Oregon
Closeup aerial photography of a glacier on Mount Hood, Oregon
Aerial photography of Landmannalaugar, iceland Photo by Andrew Studer
Aerial photography of Landmannalaugar, iceland
Aviation photography of two airplanes flying over the Painted Hills in Oregon
Aviation photography of two airplanes flying over the Painted Hills in Oregon
Blue Vestrahorn aerial photography
Aerial photography of Vestrahorn Mountain in Iceland Photo by Andrew Studer
Aerial photography of Landmannalaugar iceland
Aerial photography of Landmannalaugar iceland Photo by Andrew Studer
Aviation Landscape photography of a Carbon Cub airplane flying over Oregon during sunset.
Aviation Landscape photography of a Carbon Cub airplane flying over Oregon during sunset. Single image, no photoshop.
Aerial landscape photography of a lake in Bhutan's Himalayan region
Aerial landscape photography of a lake in Bhutan's Himalayan region
Aerial photography of a foggy forest during sunrise
Oregon Aerial photography of a foggy forest during sunrise
Closeup aerial photography of fog at the base of Mount Hood
Closeup aerial photography of fog at the base of Mount Hood