Universal Studio Hollywood. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com


By Mark McConville

A SPECTACULAR aerial tour of the USA has revealed a wizard’s broom-eye-view of Universal Studio Hollywood including Hogwart’s Castle.

Universal with New Hogwarts Castle. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

The incredible photographs offer a new perspective of the resort with the colourful children’s rides, a dynamic Universal show and plane wreckage in a backlot of the studio all pictured.

Other stunning shots show New York’s famous amusement park in Coney Island, with a race track, rollercoasters and Ferris wheels clearly visible. A brightly lit Santa Monica Pier also illuminates the night in one of the pictures.

Coney Island. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

The bird’s-eye-view photographs were taken by New York-based photographer Jeffrey Milstein (72), from Los Angeles, as he flew over the various resorts in a helicopter.


Universal Backlot Movie filming. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

“I have primarily been shooting the manmade landscape from the air for the past six years,” he said.

“As a former-architect with an interest in graphic design, I look for dramatic light and patterns and geometry that make a well balanced and pleasing classical composition, while at the same time looking for pictures that show us something about our culture.


Universal Show. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

“I have a helicopter with the door off and I have the pilot make steep turns so I can lean out and shoot straight down.


Coney Island. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

“It’s exciting and you see things you would never get to see and get to take pictures to show other people new things.”

Mr Milstein, who used a Phase One IQ3 100-megapixel camera and Sony A7r2 to take the images, explained the challenges of photographing the amusement parks from above.


Coney Island. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

“Problems include getting the pilot to keep making steep enough turns as it’s a little stressful and the wind makes my eyes tear up so sometimes I can’t see through the viewfinder,” he explained.

“Ever since I was a teenager I was fascinated by the views of the earth from above. I got my pilot’s license when I was 17, and flew around Los Angeles taking pictures of the city.



Coney Island race track. Jeffrey Milstein / mediadrumworld.com

“Now many years later I have returned to the air with much more sophisticated equipment to document the amazing patterns of man-made landscape as seen from above.”