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Seeing It From Above

I’ve been flying drones for several years now. I recently pick up my third drone just a few weeks ago, the advancement in the avionics is breathtaking. The drones have gotten smaller, studier and easier to travel with. They produce 20 MP images, capture RAW files and shoot 4K video to boot.

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It’s boggling the mind to think you can shoot long exposures from a drone. The image above was a 2.5 second exposure allowing strikes of lights from the traffic below. Here is another image with the same exposure time as above.

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Another technique is use with my drones is to create panoramas. Below is a recent image I created in West Virginia, for Antero Resources. Using as many as 5 images, or as few as 2 images pieced together in software produces some really stunning images. For the image below, I used 5 images for the final photograph.

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Here is another image created for my client Antero Resources. This is West Virginia again, just a few months later then the above photograph.

Another panorama, created from 5 individual photos put together using software.

Another panorama, created from 5 individual photos put together using software.

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What is fun about traveling with a drone, you never know when you might come across a cool location. Such was the case while on assignment earlier this year. I came over a mountain pass to find a bunch of wind turbines on a snowy ridge.

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