Daily Archives: January 28, 2018
I’m having a blast with this whole drone deal!!! Let me explain! All my life I wanted to be a pilot, and when finally learnd to fly and went on to do two books on America with Wes and Mark, I loved flying, but in all honesty, I was a little nervous every flight! Flying an airplane, even when you are very careful, has risks. I miss flying, but I really missed seeing our world from up there!!
For a few years I’ve thought about buying another plane to get back to aerial photography, but a number of factors have held me back. Airplanes have gone up in price, considerably, in spite of a bad market for ultra light planes! The cost ot hanger a plane gets higher all the time. If you have a ultra light that can be put in a trailer, you save that money, but a good trailer costs from 2 to 5 thousand dollars. Planes must have an annual every year, which is a good chunk of change. It just gotten to financially hard to own and operate a plane.
The drone industry to the rescue!!! You can buy a very good drone that shoots 12 megapixel stills and 4K video in a stabilized platform for less than $1,000. Then add a few extra batteries and all the accessories you might want and you can still stay under $1,500. The best drone for this kind of work DJI makes (the leading drone company), can be had for under $2,000.
Now I can take a drone that fits in the palm of my hand anywhere in my camera bag and with an app on my iPhone cane see if I am in a place where drones can be flown legally. It takes me less than 5 mimutes to prepare the drone to fly and I can operate the drown up to 40o feet agl (above ground level) which allows making images very much like what I did out of the ultra light, but I’m safely on the ground!!!!
A bird’s eye view of my house down through the trees!
Really having a ball!!!!!!