21 Insane Drone Aerials That Would Be Totally Illegal Today

Between the introduction of drone technology, and today’s laws limiting or banning their use, there was a glorious period when you could fly a camera almost anywhere.

These are the results of two years travel with a quad-copter in my backpack.

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1. The neatly arranged suburbs around Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-ChappleOctagonal city blocks and spacious street corners create spectacular view. Al fresco beer & tapas in the town become such a delight.

2. Church on Spilled blood, St. Petersburg

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-2In the early days (2013) you could fly drones almost anywhere.

3. The Hermitage Pavilion, St. Petersburg in autumn mist

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-3I can’t see what the camera is seeing. People find that weird but I quite like the suspense of not knowing what I have until I get the camera in hand.

4. The Lotus Temple, dotted with pigeons at sunrise. Designed by an Iranian exile, the building serves as the centre of the Bahai’i faith in Delhi

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-4When I asked “what about helicopters?”

5. Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-5Twenty minutes later a thunderstorm hit the city.

6. Russia’s candy cane capital


7. Jama Masjid, the heart of Islam in India

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-7Curiosity got the better of them and I was clear for takeoff.

8. Taj Mahal and gardens as the day’s first tourists trickle in

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-8Security there is incredibly tight and I got busted.

9. The Taj Mahal in morning light

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-9At the Taj though, things were very different.

10. The star fort at Bourtange

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-10Three centuries after the last cannonball was fired in anger at the fort, it now serves as a museum and center of a sleepy farming village in eastern Holland. The low, thick walls were designed to offset the pounding force of cannon-fire.

11. St. Peter & Paul Cathedral, Petergof

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-11With tiny little Christians walking round the base.

12. Morning over Maximum City

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-12Known to the locals as a “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 more valuable than any view.

13. A ruined college inside the breakaway republic of Abkhazia

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-13Ethnic cleansing went down here in the 90s and areas like this one (near Gali) are now a twilight zone of empty buildings and overgrown farmland.

14. The windswept Liberty Statue, overlooking Budapest


15. And even finer by night

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-15The barge in the center of the river is packed full of fireworks. An hour after this pic they were sent booming into the night sky to celebrate the country’s national day.

15. The Katskhi Pillar, where a Georgian hermit has lived for the past twenty years to be “closer to god”

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-16If you look close you can see the ladder. The terrifying ladder which I eventually had to climb.

17. A knot of fishing boats at the entrance to Sassoon Dock, Mumbai

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-17In India I was sometimes told “no photography allowed here sorry”.

18. Paris’ Sacré-Cœur glowing in a hazy sunrise


19. Worker and Kolkhoz Woman striding into the future that was

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-19Built for the soviet pavilion of the 1937 world fair in Paris, the steel masterwork now stands in the suburbs of northern Moscow.

20. New Zealand, where only the hobbits have a hard time

AD-Illegal-Photography-Quadcopter-Amos-Chapple-20This Kauri Cliffs golf course, they fly in their caddies from Penn State University.

21. Moscow’s Hotel Ukraina lit up at dusk


This picture was taken as the Russian stock markets crashed on “Black Tuesday”. Little whiffs of panic could be felt on the street. Moscow never looked or felt more like Gotham city.

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