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
Phelps Dodge open pit mine -- Bagdad, Arizona
Free Swim -- East Boston, MA
Tidal flats -- Cape Cod, MA
Surfers at Sunset Beach -- Oahu, Hawaii
Flower fields -- Lompoc, California
Logs floating amid algae -- Longview, Washington
Spillway -- Odenten, Maryland
Parking lot -- Lafayette, Indiana