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Photo via Seattle by Air
Photo via Seattle by Air

A Philadelphia aerial photographer took his drones to our fair skies to capture Seattle by Air, and the images are postcard perfect.

Matt Satell took about 40 shots of Seattle, from Pioneer Square to South Lake Union and created a site to showcase them. Satell is the founder of Philly by Air, his hometown and the first city he captured with camerawork via drones.

“Ever since I was young I was always fascinated by the ability to fly,” Satell told us via email. “To be free from gravity and able to soar above buildings seemed incredible. A couple years ago, I saw an aerial video of a drone flying over the Rocky Mountains and was fascinated by it. Right then and there I was hooked on drones.”

While Satell takes professional shots for commercial ventures in Philly, he decided to take his drones on the road merely for fun (he told us he has no commercial plans for Seattle at this time).

Photo via Seattle by Air
Photo via Seattle by Air

Satell took the images of Seattle over a weekend using “a small fleet of DJI drones including the Phantom Vision 2+, Inspire 1 and Phantom 3. The cameras all come integrated into the drones. When flying, I’m able to see in real-time, a first person view of what the drone sees through an iPad that hooks up to my remote controller.”

Don’t try this yourselves though. As a professional photographer and expert drone operator, Satell tells us that he is aware of the FAA regulations, and he has a lot of practice operating them.

He also captured some images of Portland, Ore., too, that you can view at Portland by Air.

Taking aerial photographs seems to be all the rage now. The Space Needle announced its PanoCam yesterday, with daily updates featuring panoramic shots of Seattle.

See a few more of Satell’s drone shots below:

Seattle by Air/South Lake Union
Seattle by Air/South Lake Union
Seattle by Air/Capitol Hill
Seattle by Air/Capitol Hill
Seattle by Air/CenturyLink Field
Seattle by Air/CenturyLink Field
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