First impressions from above
So, I bought one of those flying cameras that people these days call drones.
As an outdoor person, and with travel and landscape photography interests, I knew I would get one for myself eventually. But little did I know about all the creative possibilities that suddenly become available in terms of composition and perspectives of everyday scenes that sometimes become plain due to the routine, or are just too hard to contain within a single frame, from a ground perspective.
Moreover, one can easily see how much technology has evolved just by holding something like a photography drone in the hands. So many existing systems and technologies need to be stacked to make a piece of hardware fly for several minutes, avoid obstacles, fight against hard winds, balance its gimbal, and finally produce and save photos and videos that in many cases are more steady and sharp than those taken handheld. Not to mention all the “failsafes” to ensure that it will come back to its owner (still) flying and in one piece. Thus, on the side of my technical curiosity, this little flying device is an engineering achievement that keeps me impressed as more advanced and capable units continue emerging to the consumer market.
Anyway, what is a good piece of technology and its prowess if there is no proof of it? Hence, here is a gallery of the first aerial frames taken within Taipei with my own UAV (the geek acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).
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