Drone Photographer Captures Fowl’s-Eye Portraits Across the World


Aerial portraits

Photographer Dimitar Karanikolov has captured a sequence of aerial portraits from all kinds of areas around the globe. His photographs stand out because of his use of a human component which add a way of scale.

Based mostly between Bulgaria and the UK, Karanikolov is an architect by commerce by his studio, Meshroom. Because of the nature of his career and having attended specialised picture expeditions around the globe, he ultimately added aerial and journey images as a passion.

“In 2016 I used to be serving to a good friend to shoot a brief film a couple of distant village within the mountains in Bulgaria and we wanted some aerial footage, as we couldn’t discover a drone pilot I purchased a drone and discovered the best way to fly it inside a number of hours,” he tells PetaPixel. “Since then, all over the place I’m going, I convey a ‘flying digital camera’ with me.”

Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov

When he first began taking pictures with a drone, Karanikolov needed to fly it as excessive as potential to seize majestic panorama views, however he quickly realized that flying even a number of meters above the bottom is sufficient to obtain a singular perspective of the topic or view in entrance of the digital camera.

Aerial portrait of a beach Aerial portrait of a woman in leaves Aerial shot of sun loungers by the beach Aerial shot of a man on a rocky surface

He additionally observed that some pure or city patterns might look too summary when captured with a drone. Nevertheless, including an individual within the body can provide the viewers a way of scale when his images and made them dramatically extra attention-grabbing.

Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov

“Even a really small ‘two-pixel’ determine within the heart of an unlimited panorama would make the picture way more thrilling,” he says. “I’d usually joke and ask my girlfriend who travels with me more often than not, ‘would you be my two-pixel mannequin?’”

Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov

For probably the most half, he usually improvises and discovers stunning areas wherever his travels take him. He says that Google Earth turns out to be useful as a digital location scouting device.

Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov

His mates usually pose as his topics, or if no person is out there, he creates a “dronie” — a drone selfie — by posing himself. Thus far, he hasn’t run into any challenges in pursuing drone portraits. Nevertheless, Karanikolov does level out that drone laws have turn into tighter annually.

Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov Aerial portrait by Dimitar Karanikolov

“We stay in occasions the place each nook of our planet is already explored and photographed, so I depend on aerial images to search out new views of well-known situations,” Karanikolov tells PetaPixel about his future plans.

“I’d love to incorporate extra indigenous folks in my ‘Drone Portraits’ sequence and seize conventional rituals from above sooner or later.”

Extra of Karanikolov’s work could be discovered on his Instagram, print store, and Behance profile.


Picture credit: Pictures by Dimitar Karanikolov.



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