The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte once said “If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” And I wholeheartedly believe that myself. There a few cities on this globe that possess truly remarkable skylines, and Istanbul is one of them. Istanbul has been a crossroads for humanity for centuries, and it holds a mystique that you can’t really describe unless you’re there.
But it’s beauty is not often often seen from the eyes of some of it’s oldest inhabitants: the birds. Spectacular as it is from ground and sea level, Istanbul is amazing from the air. Shooting with both cameras on the ground as well as drones in the air (which we got exclusive permission to film with) we shot the minarets, the mosques, the bridges, the boats, the bazaars, the streets, the straits, and the sights of the world’s capital. Check it out and tell me you don’t think that Istanbul is for the birds — and here, that’s not an insult.