10 amazing aerial photos that blow away your out-the-plane-window Instagrams

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

Sand shoals -- Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Check out more of MacLean's work in his photography books, as well as on Instagram, Tumblr, and his website.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Follow her adventures at ground level on Instagram and Twitter at @ChloePantazi.