It’s one of America’s most famous streets – and this drone photo of it by Brit Charlie Moss confirms his status as a high-profile photographer.
The beautiful image shows San Francisco’s charmingly windy Lombard Street, taken by Charlie at 4:30 a.m. one morning, “when I felt I had the place to myself.”
The 27-year-old from East Sussex continued in an email to MailOnline Travel: “I really like how the image gives an unseen view of the street from above, highlighting the vibrant colors of San Francisco at sunrise. “
“It was wonderfully peaceful and quiet compared to the usual hustle and bustle of the city.” The final image consists of five different shots stitched together to give this unusual perspective of the famous street.”
The image won Best Drone Photographer (People’s Choice) at the British Photography Awards 2023, with Charlie describing the win as an “absolute honour”.
This stunning image of San Francisco’s Lombard Street won Best Drone Photographer (People’s Choice) at the British Photography Awards 2023 along with Britain’s Charlie Moss
Does Charlie find San Francisco particularly photogenic in general?
He said: “There are countless places to photograph in San Francisco, all with completely different perspectives and views.
“There are eleven neighborhoods in the city, each with their own unique atmosphere and culture. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Lombard Street to Little Italy and Chinatown.
“I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of photographing San Francisco.”
Are there strict drone laws there?
He said: “Drone laws in San Francisco are generally the same as many other cities – you can fly both privately and commercially as long as you have the appropriate licenses and permits and follow the laws/regulations.”
A photo of Charlie from the Golden Gate Bridge. Charlie said he would never get bored photographing the city
And does Charlie have any advice for aspiring drone photographers? Are there common mistakes amateurs make?
He said: “Honestly, my first advice would be to just go out and take some pictures wherever you can – at least after I’ve practiced flying first.”
“I think a lot of the mistakes I’m making now, including myself, are due to rushing things.”
“It’s difficult to shoot at sunrise or sunset because you only have a limited amount of time. However, take the time to learn and understand the controls and settings of your drone or camera and practice, practice, practice.”
“My photography is representative of how beautiful the world can be.” Amidst times of uncertainty and madness, losing yourself in photography is an escape and I would encourage anyone lucky enough to have a camera to pick up and capture these memories.”
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