20-year-old's Stunning Drone Photography Captures Unique Perspective on America — and the World
By the time he turned 18, Chase Guttman had visited all 50 states in the country. Since completing his travels, Guttman has compiled a book of his drone photography to show off different angles of America (and the world).
“I think what's most spectacular about the United States is the many worlds that you can discover within the country, a region, a state or even a city,” Guttman told Travel + Leisure. “Travel photography allows me to explore the tremendous diversity of planet Earth while still observing humanity’s underlying commonality.”
His photographs show a variety of cultural and natural features around the U.S. There are drone images above Niagara Falls and green pastures in California, but there are also snapshots taken above state fairs and Atlantic City’s pier.
The perspective that drones are able to give photographers is useful in finding new and intriguing ways of looking at a place, Guttman said. “Drone technology owns the visual world that’s just out of the reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest hovering helicopter,” he told T+L. “Drones are such an exciting visual frontier because they allow humans to experience and see things that few have previously imagined.”
Photographs from Guttman’s travels in 20 states and 10 countries will be released in his new book, The Handbook of Drone Photography - A Complete Guide to the New Art of Do-It-Yourself Aerial Photography, available for order now.
Delivering the family Christmas tree, a red pick-up truck traces the curving contours of North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain.
The drama of Bixby Creek’s famous deck arch bridge has inspired countless car commercials.
Meticulously etched in 1 million square feet of grass for the enjoyment of passing hang gliders, this portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven is a tribute to the Germanic composer who died nearly two centuries ago.
The Overseas Highway makes its seven-mile journey across aqua-tinted waters and over Pigeon Key, an island that housed the workers that built this landmark railroad once coined the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Vehicles negotiate a series of dramatic hairpin turns along San Francisco's Lombard Street—one of the most crooked lanes in the world.
Photographer Chase Guttman poses with his drone.
The morning sun casts ominous shadows along a cypress tree tunnel.
Herds of sheep brazenly graze green California pastures, leaving long trails in their hooved wake.
Pedestrians saunter past twirling rides, as The Great New York State Fair becomes aglow in its evening hubbub.
The Freefly Alta 6, the ImmersionRC Vortex 250 Pro, the DJI Flamewheel f450, and the DJI Phantom series help to form a human snowflake with members of the Skyworks Project in a grassy pasture on a spring day.
Lengthy shadows give chase to hurried pedestrians stepping in mimmicked strides.
Pedro and his sombrero have lured generations of road-weary motorists to hours of Vegas-like diversions along the Carolina border.
Vineyards twist through verdant pastures and stretch as far as the eye can see in Lompoc, California, the flower seed capital of the world.
Circumventing the slick rock face, a hiker makes his steep descent in the shadow of a towering cataract.
A jigsaw puzzle pattern of boats fills a bustling Los Angeles marina.
Concrete beach balls and a Doo-Wop style sign marks the entrance to a seaside New Jersey community.
Originally the "Showplace of the Nation," Atlantic City's 1,000-foot-long Steel Pier was once the crown jewel of northeastern entertainment venues.
Maid of the Mist journeys through the thundering veil of Horseshoe Falls, a 2,600-foot long waterfall spanning two nations.
Crowning a Mediterranean cliff, the Formentor Lighthouse stands atop a serpentine ribbon of Mallorcan asphalt.
Rich in Polynesian fantasy, overwater bungalows are steeped in vibrantly tinted Tahitian seas.