Mind your Business…Until after I’m done.

October 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Green MountiansThis is the second video from my trip to Vermont this past summer. As many of you may or may not know, Vermont is called the green mountain state. As many times as I go to visit, it never ceases to amaze me with its beautiful landscapes. This footage video is from the first time I flew my Mavic pro. Was I nervous?? Heck yeah! There are ton of things you have to think about when flying a drone that most people take for granted. When you see a person flying a drone, it might look easy but that pilot has a million and one things going through their head.  Keeping your eye on the drone as well as composing the shots you want is just a few things to worry about. On this flight and the one from the last video I posted, I even had a few birds take a swipe at my drone. As a photographer, its hard enough taking stills with a regular digital SLR, there is always something you didn’t remember or the situation or moment you were planning that didn’t go as planned. With a drone all those things plus the safety of flying an unmanned aircraft are on the table.

So you are probably asking yourself, why is he going on and on about this? Well there is a point to all of this. The worst thing you can do is talk to a drone pilot while they are flying (unless you are the pilot’s visual observer) I can’t tell you the amount of times people have come up to me while flying my drone. All that stress that I mentioned up above it just went up a level by you talking to me. One guy even pressed me when I didn’t answer his questions about where my drone was and the fact that he could see it in the air (repeatedly asking excuse me, I don’t see where it is?  Excuse me?!) Most people don’t know it, but you can actually get in some serious trouble for interfering with a drone operator’s flight (see my last post).  So the next time you are out and you see someone flying a drone, wait until they have landed and then talk to them. 


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