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Best drone photographs of 2017

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It is amazing to see the images that are captured by drones. If it weren’t for these incredible machines, it would be nearly impossible to capture some of the photos that they have been able to. When you think about it, drones are able to take pictures and videos from a height that is far less than that of an airplane, but more than what could be taken by a camera attached to some sort of stand. They are able to seamlessly capture a bird’s eye view of the images that they are after.

In 2017, we began to see more and more drone pictures and videos as they hit the Internet. With constant technological advances, the pictures became better and easier for drone pilots and hobbyists to capture. Though there were hundreds of thousands of great photos that were taken by drone and made available to the public, we’ve determined the list of the top twenty. These are not listed in any specific order, but are noted as the best twenty drone pictures of 2017.

Number 1: This one is captioned as “Water Lily.” It shows a woman in a pond in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam that is harvesting water lilies. The picture is stunning because it is sharp, and shows water lilies floating with a small canoe, the woman harvesting them, and bright lilac flowers.

Number 2: The caption for this one is “Concrete Jungle.” This is a photo taken above the tall buildings of Dubai. You can tell the height of this photo is incredibly high since it is able to capture the tops of these high skyscrapers in the middle of the city. You can also view the sidewalks and smaller buildings that are below.

Number 3: This is captioned as “Friendship.” This incredible photo shows two ladies sitting at the edge of the ocean on the island of Maupiti in French Polynesia. The drone that is responsible for this image is up high enough to also capture two large stingrays that are directly in front of the ladies in the shallow water.

Number 4: This one has a caption of “Dawn on Mercury Tower.” This stunning photo features men that are doing window cleaning on one of the large towers in Moscow. They refer to it as Mercury Tower because of the glowing reddish color.

Number 5: The caption for this picture is “Stairway to Heaven.” This is an incredible image showing the staircase that leads to a beautiful beach in Algarve, Portugal. It shows a desolate beach that is able to be reached by travelling down multiple flights of steps that are carved in the side of a cliff.

Number 6: This one is captured as “The Majestic Beast Nanuk.” In this image, you’re able to see a large polar bear as it easily crosses one large piece of ice onto another over the sea. The bear is stretched across the water as it glides over to the other piece of ice.

Number 7: This photo is captioned as “Rising Waters.” It is a stunning photo of a lonely cottage located between New York and Canada when the water has begun to rise and fall colors are also beginning to show. The small house has water almost to the entryway in this incredible picture.

Number 8: The caption for this one is “Portuguese Surfer.” This image is of surfer in the icy waters of Portuguese in February. The stunning photo captures some very cold looking waves and a surfer as he paddles to the top of them.

Number 9: This really neat picture has a caption of “Quad Bikes in the Dunes.” It shows four quads and their riders along with their shadows as they cross the massive desert dunes at sunset in the Namibian desert. The birds eye view of the photograph makes it look as though the quads are gliding across brown silk.

Number 10: The caption for this stunning image is “Swimming with Whales.” In this photograph, you’re able to see a large blue whale swimming in the ocean with one lone diver above the water and not too far away from it. In the picture, you’re also able to see the different depths of the water from above due to the topography of the ocean floor below.

Number 11: This beautiful photo has the caption “Exploring the Kefalonia Melissani Cave.” This image is of one lone boat that is within the center of water within the Kefalonia Melissani Cave in Greece. You can see the mountain and greenery around one small boat that sits in what appears to be a small body of water that is located within the cave.

Number 12: This stunning photo that looks a lot like a canvas painting is simply captioned “Marigolds.” It shows a group of gardeners picking marigolds in the morning on a farm in Sukhothai, Thailand. The incredible birds eye view makes this photo look like something you would see hanging in a beautiful home.

Number 13: The image in this photo is captioned “Sveti Stefan Hotel.” This cool picture shows an incredibly high birds eye view of the Sveti Stefan Hotel in Montenegro. It shows the angles that the brick-colored buildings are sitting at and gives an idea of how large the hotel is that can only be reached via a bridge across water.

Number 14: This nostalgic-looking image has the caption of “Cruising Route 66.” In this picture, you can see a couple in a class blue Ford Mustang convertible as they are cruising the infamous Route 66. In the photo, you can see the woman passengers arms up as they are riding carefree.

Number 15: This neat image is captioned as “Tropical Island Beach, Dominican Republic.” In this image, you’re able to see the beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as the sun begins to set. The photo shows the shadows that are cast by the large palm trees, which makes it look like there are many more trees on the island than there actually are. It also shows beautiful surfboards that are brightly painted and sticking in the sand.

Number 16: This interesting image is captioned as “Cracked Mud Boating.” In the picture you’re able to see a family rowing a small boat in the middle of what appears to be a very shallow body of water. In the image, you’re able to see the bottom of the water, which looks like it is cracked mud.

Number 17: The caption for this image is “Motorbike Bridge over River in Thailand.” This stunning image shows two motorbikes as they race along a trail over water and with waves crashing beside them in Thailand. The stunning blue and white of the waves make it almost impossible to tell if the water is coming towards them from the sides or is falling down beside them.

Number 18: This stunning photo has the caption of “The Salt Fields of Bac Lieu on the Mekong Delta.” Many people have never seen a salt field in their life and this incredible image gives a very cool birds eye view of them. You can see mounds of salt with people on top of them in a salt field.

Number 19: The caption for this relaxing image is “Rio De Janeiro.” In the picture, you can see a woman lying out on the beautiful brown sand as the waves make their way towards her. You can definitely tell the sense of relaxation in the pic and the lack of worries the sunbather currently has.

Number 20: This incredible image is simply titled “Hippos.” It is an aerial view of the hippopotamus that are in the Serengeti National Park. Just seeing the number of them with their incredible size is fascinating.

Seeing all of these incredible photos that were taken by drone in 2017 gives us a lot of hope that even better images are to come in 2018. As drone batteries continue to develop to allow longer flight times, we can only assume that places never reached before will become reachable and we’ll get a glimpse at the incredible images and videos that they have in store. Since cameras also continue to advance with better capturing abilities, there is no doubt that the list for the best pictures in 2018 will also be incredible.

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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest!

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AirVuz is the top spot for drone videographers to show off their work.  Show off your best with a chance to win $1,000 every week in the AirVuz Video of the Week contest!

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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The Alliance for Drone Innovation

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Manufacturing giant DJI has announced the launch of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), an effort to broaden the support for the goals of the former Drone Manufacturers Alliance originally formed 2 years ago by 3DR, GoPro, DJI and Parrot.

The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.

Led by Jenny Rosenberg, former Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, the group’s focus is on legislative and regulatory activity: matters of critical importance right now to stakeholders in the recreational drone industry.  Recent arguments over the repeal of Section 336 in the next FAA Authorization package – a move which would grant the FAA broad authority to impose laws for recreational drones – could threaten the growth of the sector.  Recreational drone manufacturers and advocacy groups are committed to keeping the law in place, which would mean that recreational droners do not have to get a Part 107 license or additional training to fly as long as they fly within the framework of a community-based flight organization, such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) or the Drone User Group (DUG.)

“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI.  “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”

“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.

In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption.  FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
Email Miriam
TWITTER:@spaldingbarker

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Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet

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Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.

Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.

Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”

A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.

Firefly is currently booking summer events across the nation. View more of their shows, and follow along, on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or visit fireflydroneshows.com.

About Firefly Drone Shows

Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.

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