Saturday, October 29, 2016

Aerial Drone Santa Fe Sunrise, Loretto Chapel, Georgia O'Keefe and Mountain Trails Gallery

So this is my aerial drone Santa Fe sunrise video.  It has taken awhile to compile my footage because I needed to empty myself creatively in order to put together a good story.

The fun part of drone photography is learning how to use your drone.  But with great power comes great responsibility.  I had just begun studying for the FAA part 107 UAS Pilot's certificate when I made my way through the western USA.  The challenge is that there are certain safety rules to follow.  And with that, certain places where you can and cannot fly.

As I was still new to the study, I was fortunate that nearly every place I flew was in a free fly zone.  Given how touristy Santa Fe can be, I knew I needed to fly early, otherwise, I would not be able to get any footage.  You cannot fly over people unless they are specifically a part of the video shoot.

So getting up before sunrise, I picked the plaza to just fly around and see what the lighting would give me.  I had already taken some hand held photography the day before, so I did not think I needed a lot of footage. But then I met Bob.

Bob saw me setting up from his hotel nearby, and could not help but come down and check out my proceedings.  The challenge is that you really need to concentrate on filming and flying....not talking to your adoring fans.  So even though I got some decent footage, it was more an exercise in getting airborne and just flying around.  I did not get a chance to get very creative with my filming.

Still, I am pleased with the outcome.  Here is my best effort for Sunrise in Santa Fe.  Enjoy.

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