There have been times, in some of my rides, where I would have parked next to the edge of the road and I would have tried to capture a view of the heights below, but usually unsuccessfully.
Sure, sometimes, I'd have a climbable hillside on the other side of the road where I could gain height to hopefully see the valley bottom below, but again, it usually didn't work out.
I needed more height to shoot from....
Today, I rode out to Castlewood Canyon Park, the nearest place where one can briefly park one's vehicle alongside the road and peer down to where a dam used to be. It's not a very scary height though rolling down off the edge would not be a good thing for any vehicle.
According to Wikipedia, the Castlewood Canyon Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15 foot wave of water all the way into downtown Denver! LINK
So, here's some shots of the remains of the dam, from a higher angle than normal. No climbing of nearby hillsides involved:
Here's shots from the last time I was here for pictures with Valencia, my 2011 Patrol. I believe I had climbed the small hillside opposite her for the angle:
Here's a shot of Brigitta, my '87 R80 Airhead Beemer, from ground level:
Today's photos were achieved not by climbing a nearby hillside or by the use of airborne equipment but by the use of a fully extended monopod. It's a bit of an effort to hold it steady, but combined with the remote view/activation app on my iphone I can take shots without being near the shutter button.
The app let's you see what the camera sees, you press the screen where you want the focus to be (in this case, the rig), wait till the marker turns green and click the shutter button on the app. Done!
I must have looked quite the sight, to the cagers that drove by as I shot pictures. Some guy in full motorcycling gear and helmet, holding a six foot tall pole with a camera attached on the top!
I see potential benefits to using the monopod when traveling on mountainside roads, to give you an appreciation of the heights above which the rig is parked.