Most of us struggle to take a decent photo from the right angle (and have to cloak our misgivings in Instagram filters), but that’s not a problem for award-winning, Boston-based photographer Alex S. MacLean — who flies a Cessna 182, and has been taking photos from the sky for years.

MacLean, who’s a licensed pilot and fine art aerial photographer, recently had a show at London’s Beetles + Huxley gallery, exhibiting his sky-high shots from over the US and Europe; here are some of our favorites.

High Line — New York City

High Line Bridge

Phelps Dodge open pit mine — Bagdad, Arizona

open pit mine

Free Swim — East Boston, MA

Boston pool

Tidal flats — Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod

Surfers at Sunset Beach — Oahu, Hawaii

surfers in hawaii

Flower fields — Lompoc, California

California flower fields

Logs floating amid algae — Longview, Washington


Spillway — Odenten, Maryland


Parking lot — Lafayette, Indiana

parking lot

Sand shoals — Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Sand shoals