Tag: Drone Photography

Phantom 4 Pro – One Month In

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

It’s been awhile since my last post, life has been busy, busy with working, busy with flying my Phantom 4 Pro.  It has taken literally 2 years to finally decide on buying a drone.  The last 3 months on trying to decide which one.  In the end, I decided on the Phantom 4 Pro for numerous reason, but mainly the camera.  One month in, and I have to say I am absolutely loving it!

Phantom 4 Pro – How Easy is it to Fly?

The first thing that concerned me was how difficult would it be to fly this silly thing?  So of course as everyone does I set off searching the annals of Youtube and I was certainly not disappointed with all sorts of Phantom 4 Pro videos talking about the drone, how to fly the drone, and camera settings for the drone.

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

The first video’s I watched for the ones that compared the Phantom 4 Pro with the Mavic Pro and Air.  I have to admit, I was very close to choosing the Mavic Air and my drone of choice. Every time I was in the store ready to make the purchase the drone was not in stock.  I am so glad that was the case, as the reasons for me leaning towards the Mavic Air were really only the size or lack thereof.  I thought of getting the Mavic Pro, but with a $1799.00 fly more sticker price, I could not bring myself to pull the trigger when the Phantom 4 Pro was for sale at London Drugs for $1649.00.  It was really a no-brainer, 20mg Camera, full 1-inch sensor, mechanical shutter, I just had to do it.

After unboxing the Phantom 4 Pro, I spent a couple of hours updating all the software and firmware for the drone.  There is a flight simulator with the DJI Go 4 app, that I strongly recommend you go through before you actually fly the drone.  In the end, though, it is not really that difficult to fly.  Just remember, if flying manually just let go of the joysticks if you have problems.

Phantom 4 Pro – No-Fly Zones

One of the cool things with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the built-in No-Fly zones in the DJI Go 4 app, though it does not seem to stop you from launching.  The one thing I would strongly recommend is checking in at Transport Canada’s website for the rules for Drone Flights.  Really, in the end, common sense is so important.  I was an Advanced Air controller in the Canadian Navy, so I feel I have a good understanding of flight rules.  So, I work on the idea when IMC is said to exist, you fly VFR  see and be seen rules, keeping my aircraft 400 feet and below.

In the end, I have to say this drone is fantastic, and I am happy with it!  My next article will be about the cool Drone bag Michelle got me for Father Days.

Exploring Merritt

Exploring Merritt & Nicola Valley

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Valley

I can’t believe it but we have been in Merritt now for almost 3 full months. I am always amazed how fast time flies.  We’ve only ventured out to explore the area mainly because we have been working some pretty long hours.  Two weeks ago I was about to make it back to Abbotsford to pick up Freedom Freddy.  With Freddie back in the picture, we will be able to spend more time exploring Merritt.

Douglas Lake is an area we want to explore.  Photography is our main interest, we are constantly on the search for grand vistas to shoot that spectacular image for our Instagram Account.   Logan Lake is another area that has been recommended for us to explore.  However, finding the free time to get there is our issue.  As the weather improves and the long hours of daylight I am sure will make it possible to get the opportunity for Exploring Merritt.

Freedom Freddy  – Exploring Merritt

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Valley

The Clearwater River runs right past where we live, giving us an excellent opportunity to shoot the river during the sunrise and sunset times.   It’s challenging to find the best composition, however, due to all the areas are private property.  I thought I would in most cases simply ask permission to enter the area for the image, but it is difficult to find the owner, or who the property belongs too.  One option I have been leaning towards is starting Drone photography.  I think this could be the answer to many of the problems, but there is quite the cost involved.

Drone Photography – Phantom 4 Pro

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Lake

The Phantom 4 Pro would be an excellent selection to help Exploring Merritt and surrounding areas.  Using the Phantom would allow us to find various trails as well as points of interest to hike to in order to spend time shooting there.  It’s pretty difficult not knowing the area overly well and not really knowing anyone in the area that is truly into Photography in the manner in which Michelle and I are.   Hopefully, over time, we will meet some like-minded people but until that point in time, we will slowly explore Merritt.

Anyone in the area interested in going out to spend the day exploring Merritt to shoot some excellent images.  We look forward to hearing from you.