I always suggest that people take time to look up when they are walking around Downtown. The architecture and views are stunning.
However, we don't often get the opportunity to look down upon our city. This is, of course, because you either have to be flying over the area or perched in a high rise with great windows. Drones, then, help us see what we can often miss.
Thanks to former OnMilwaukee.com sales guy John Hyland for passing along this video.
It's a cool fly over video of Downtown, the St. Francis Seminary, area lakes and other parts of the city. It was created by Darrell Boeck from Creative Images. Boeck tells me "it was all filmed with a drone which is about 2.5 pounds. A few years ago, Boeck "was considering spending about $20,000 for a drone that could capture amazing images.
He waited, though, about a year and "the price came down so far, the shots in that video were filmed with one that cost about $1,500 including the GoPro camera."
"You really do not need to become a drone pilot to fly it," says Boeck. It flies itself with an auto-pilot. "You simply tell the autopilot what to do. For example, it is GPS enabled, so it will hold its position in the sky, without any help from the pilot. If the wind starts to blow it away, it will automatically lean into the wind to keep its position. I then simply tell it to go up or down, left or right, forward or back. In the event of an emergency, such as losing signal from my remote control, it will automatically fly back and land where it took off."
The drone has a camera stabilizer called a "gimbal" which holds the camera steady and level, "even when the drone is bouncing around or rocking back and forth," said Boeck. "It is also equipped with a video transmitter, transmitting the video back to earth, so I can view what is filming. I use it both indoors and out. Just last week, I was filming in a factory."
It's safe, too. "Mine is very safe with plastic props (some are more dangerous with carbon fiber props). Yet, just like a real helicopter, things can go wrong and when that happens, they fly like a baseball. So I’m careful to not fly over large groups of people, traffic, etc., " added Boeck.
Boeck was kind enough to offer me a chance to fly the drone. So, once I do, look out and watch for another blog. Until then, always remember to look up and look down!
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published April 10, 2015
Frost Williams from VISIT Milwaukee went to last night's Neil Diamond concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Here's five observations and a full list set.
Published April 6, 2015
George Webb Restaurants once again predicts that the Milwaukee Brewers will win 12 games in a row this season. When it happens, free burgers for everyone.
Published April 4, 2015
The April 3rd Travel Section on Washingtonpost.com includes the feature story titled "Venturing beyond the beer and brats in Milwaukee."
Published April 2, 2015
While I do my best to live my life with faith, family and friends in first place I think I've "discovered" the two "things" that truly bind us all. Sports and music.
Published March 30, 2015
Eco-friendly small homes are making headway into media, TV shows and larger and larger cities. New York has a micro apartment program and Chicago is poised to build on the trend in Logan Square.
Published March 26, 2015
Courtesy of our friends at the Hunger Task Force, we have a meet and greet opportunity for you. Just read on to bid on a chance to win two great seats for Hunt's show on April 4 at The Rave and you'll also score a meet and greet with this rising country star.
Published March 21, 2015
This interview was a real treat. It was an opportunity for me to sit down with not only a former boss, Joe Sweeney, but a friend, adviser and mentor who's helped motivate, guide and inspire me.
Published March 9, 2015
Verlo and its recently-renovated flagship store at 6501 W. Layton Ave. wants to change how your shop for sleep. The Milwaukee-maker of mattresses isn't alone in wanting to solve our sleep challenges or change our minds about what we want and need in a mattress. It is, though, unique in its transparent, modern and comfortable approach.
Published March 3, 2015
Dwight Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee's Hilton City Center in Downtown. These days he's basking in "The Bachelor" limelight at Hotel Julien Dubuque.
Published Feb. 27, 2015
The Celebrities section of GQ (digital and print in March) features a story with Swedish Canadian actress Malin Akerman. The photos showcase the actress with the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo.