Taking to the sky, Australia

Low profile @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I have often been to spectacular places, where I just couldn’t frame picturesque surroundings the way I really wanted.

High profile @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I just wasn’t high enough to capture the ideal angle. A drone would be perfect. I have often seen other people flying noisy and annoying drones. They look difficult to navigate and various control buttons appeared confusing. Technology has never been on my side. Drone mishap videos on you tube didn’t entice me either.

Aerial view over Wellington Point @ Redlands Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

But the appeal to capture earth from the sky was somewhat attractive. Yay or nay, I had to make a decision and bite the bullet.

Technical marvel

This all changed a few weeks ago. That’s right, I bought a drone.

Control system

And, of something I thought I wouldn’t buy in near future, is a smartphone to control the drone. I still have my Nokia to answer calls, in case anyone is wondering?

Eye in the sky

A leading manufacturer in drone technology released a new drone model, which I just couldn’t resist purchasing. And it’s spectacular.

Straight up @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My heart still races when the drone disappears skywards, but have always been able to land it safely.

Bundjalong National Park @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

With the ‘rth’ (Return to home) button pushed, the drone easily descends to almost exactly the same spot it took off from. This is incredible.

Hovering above

It has 3 gears to optimise its filming capacity, whilst the two lower gears activate five ‘obstacles detection sensors’.

Practice and more practice @ Brisbane parklands, Queensland, Australia

There are so many different icons scattered around a tiny smartphone screen, it will take some time to understand and master its capability manually.

360 degree aerial view over Wellington Point @ Redlands Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

But until then, the drone’s camera setup is packed with video and photo options.

Sphere view of King Island @ Wellington Point, Redlands Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

‘Hyper-lapse’, ‘Quick shots’ and ‘Active Track’ each have numerous settings. Select a target, distance and height and push the button, just like that.

Panorama aerial view over Wellington Point @ Redlands Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The result simply blows me away. It doesn’t get easier to create marvellous short videos or stunning photos.

Evans River @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A one inch camera captures colours in the sharpest resolution. I just need to ensure, that it doesn’t crash into any obstacles.

Aerial view @ Iluka, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is achieved by regulating maximum height, as well as maximum distance before take off. I am excited.

Blood Moon rise over Wellington Point @ Redlands Bay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

And I will use it as much as I can. Which will keep me even busier. It’s a tough life.

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