Flying High With the DJI Phantom 3 Pro

A couple of weeks ago I saw that one of my photographer friends was selling his drone through Twitter. The price was right, and I knew that I would have a great Christmas present for my brother. I also knew that we were not having our family Christmas until the 17th so I would be able to test it out (play with it) for a few days. At first I was very content to just fly it around the neighborhood. I did not want to get out too far away because technically the drone was not mine. I wanted to be able to put it in a box for my brother. The photo above was one where I got a little adventurous, and flew a decent distance away to capture the sun setting over a fairly busy road in West Lafayette. I knew that the FedEx truck had just left the neighborhood so I wanted to try and catch it as it drove away. It was a silly idea, but during the holidays we see them drive all over so I thought I would capture that. I liked the long shadows as the sun was setting for the day. It really is a new way to look at things with a drone.

Do I Need a Drone?

This question came up on Thanksgiving as we watched a guest at our party flying a drone. I knew the answer for my brother was yes as he watched the drone capture some cool moments over his house. The footage was great, but everyone wants to put their own spin on things. We each have our own ideas that we want to express. If you have not seen his Christmas Lights display then you need to. You can find his page for the show here. On Thanksgiving day I am sure that my brother’s wife knew he was getting a drone, and my wife knew that I would get one as well. I really thought that by using one for three or four days I would get that out of my system. That did not work. All it did was make me want a drone even more. For my current business model it really doesn’t make too much sense. Next year though I need to get out of the gyms and make more landscape photos. Right now I shoot a lot for pay, but I also go to events because I want to even when I am not getting paid. Next year I plan to cut back on that so that I can get out and shoot some things outside as well. With a new way to look at some old subjects the drone may just get me out there.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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