The Bird’s Eye photos are angled at 40 degrees rather than being straight down. Satellite imaging programs and photos have been described as offering viewer the opportunity to “fly over” and observe the world from this specific angle.
A bird’s-eye view is an elevated view of an object from above, with a perspective as though the observer were a bird, often used in the making of blueprints, floor plans and maps.
Before manned flight was common, the term “bird’s eye” was used to distinguish views drawn from direct observation at high locations (for example a mountain or tower), from those constructed from an imagined (bird’s) perspectives.
The terms aerial view and aerial viewpoint are also sometimes used synonymously with bird’s-eye view. The term aerial view can refer to any view from a great height, even at a wide angle, as for example when looking sideways from an airplane window or from a mountain top. Overhead view is fairly synonymous with bird’s-eye view but tends to imply a less lofty vantage point than the latter term.
Aerial and drone photography represent extreme approaches, and filmmakers often achieve powerful overhead shots with a crane, but anything you have around the house or in your yard that can give you some additional height is a good candidate for changing up your perspective and helping you to achieve a birds-eye view.