Morning Take-Off

Drone Photography

I finally jumped in on Saturday. I have been looking, researching and talking to co-workers about getting a drone for over a year. I’m not entirely sure what was holding me back. Saturday morning I decided to do it. There was some drama surrounding the purchase but eventually I ended up driving to Syracuse to pick one up. I came home with the DJI Air 2S and the Fly More bundle with its two extra batteries, six sets of blades, a carrying bag and ND filters for the camera.

I drove up to the high school my kids went to on Saturday evening to learn how to control the drone in a nice open field. Yep, I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. It took about half the battery life to get a feel for the controls (I still have a lot more practicing to do) but by the end I felt confident I could fly well enough to try some photography.

I made plans to get the sunrise along the Barge Canal on Sunday. It would only be my second flight but the Air 2S is easy to fly. I needed to drive about half way to Utica to escape the controlled airspace around Rome but it was worth it. The sun was breaking through the cloud cover and the water in the canal was s smooth as a mirror. Needless to say, I had a great time!

Morning Take-Off
DJI Air 2S, 1/160, 8.4mm, f/2.8, ISO 100

I also capture a 30+ second video of the flight down the canal. Most of Sunday morning was finding a video editor and learning how to use (barely!). I think there is a lot more I can do with editing but that will come with time…

I do not have a plan for this site that allows videos but here is the link to it on my website: