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Winter is tough for aerial photography, (ok drone photography), it’ just so bare, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to shoot!  I want to share three images I made this morning and why I shot them, and how I feel about if it worked or not!  I drove down to Cumberland Falls State Park this morning hoping to photograph the falls from above, but the river was muddy and the watrer going over the falls was brown, ugh, not today!


Drivng back to my home I saw a river canoe company and noticed they had all their canoes stacked up for the winter, yeah baby!  I was pretty sure that if I flew directly overhead, the pattern and color might really work!  I’m thrilled, your milage may vary!


The next find was a red tractor in a field near some trees.  I first shot it at a 45 degree angle, much the way it appeared as I drove passed, (it was way down in a field well below the road), then I flew directly above, (bird’s eye view), and tried again!  I like both and still I’m not sure which one I like the most!




Finally I saw a dirt road crossing a farm bottom with long shadows of the trees, it was an easy flight,  up and over and a little altitude change and compose and shoot!! I’m not sure it works,  you can chime in, if you feel differently! I do like the composition though!



Saturday morning of this week I’m going to solve my winter problem,  Shererlene and I are flying down to Aruba and I hope to post some spectacular stuff next week!!!  If not, I will rest a lot and get sun burned!




the pilgrim



All images with the DJI Mavic Pro drone



10 Responses

  1. Donald Boys says:

    Love the canoe shot. The newest DJI drone (Air) almost makes me make the jump. Several things get in the way: age (older than you), zero knowledge of movie editing (and I’ve too many unedited films), new software for processing. Still, I enjoy watching your progress. Now if you only allowed me to meet Joe McNally! Darn!

  2. Michael Early says:

    you taking the drone to Aruba????

  3. David W. says:

    I like the boats and the lower shot of the tractor. The road through the farm is a good study on lines (diagonals) and curves. I’m sure there are some other things too.

    Have a fun and safe trip and don’t get sun-burned. (Sun-burned is NOT fun.)

  4. Rick Coleman says:

    Really like the canoe shot. A classic Fortney. Reminds me of your macro shots of the colored pencils.

    • Bill Fortney says:

      You know, it is all about, shapes, color, lines, light and design! That is what is so cool about bird’s eye, straight down shots, we just rarely see things that way and it makes it visually exciting!!! ….and thanks my friend!

  5. Bill says:

    Just goes to prove that a great photographer can take pictures even when the camera isn’t in his hand. Nicely done!

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