While flights and helicopters can only do so much in showing us tourist destinations from an aerial perspective, these animated images compensate for what various transportations can’t. Scroll down below to see some of the most popular monuments in the world from a whole new perspective and indulge in a brand new way of armchair escapism. By Bayar Jain
Ever wondered what iconic structures look like when seen from a bird’s eye view? Helicopter rides and aeroplane flights aside, it’s nearly impossible to see an architect’s creativity from this vantage point—let alone appreciate it! Thanks to the Budget Direct Travel Insurance team, this refreshing perspective is now a possible reality, that too from the safe spaces of your home.
In a unique project aimed at giving home-bound travellers a chance to explore the world and indulge in some much-needed armchair escapism, six landmark monuments have been converted to digital cinemagraphs—a hybrid of still pictures fused together with a looped video to create an animation-like visual.
To create these magical animations, the team first captured views of the chosen locations on Google Earth Pro. Next, supporting imagery was taken as a reference point to create realistic aerial views. The last step, then, was to create the animations using After Effects by masking the video footage with the animated images. And thus, intriguingly beautiful shots were created.
To add a global appeal to the super creative project, the team chose monuments from all across the globe. Think, the architectural wonder of the Sydney’s Opera House; London’s unique masterpiece, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin); Paris’ iconic wonder, Eiffel Tower; the prestigious Statue of Liberty in New York; the historic ruins of Rome’s Colosseum; and the serene calms of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda.