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‚Äôm 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! ¬†
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