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Droning over Glen Davis….

by on Jul.23, 2016, under Life, Photography

My morning landscaping complete it was time to start some droning. Unpacking the DJI Phantom in the back of the car it was time to send it up in the early morning light.

Glen Davis

Glen Davis

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 146

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images below.

Living in the city I’d never flown my drone very far away. There were a couple reasons for this including the lack of nice open ground and airspace. However the main reason you can’t is the radio interference which kicks in after reasonably short flying distances of just a few hundred metres away. All those WiFi hotspots and other radio interference really just messes with the reception.

Empty Lanes

Empty Lanes

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 191

Out here however where’s there’s not even mobile reception it’s clear airspace.

I sent the drone up and flew out to the other side of Glen Davis (about 1.5km’s away). I had perfectly clear signal reception and could easily have flown much further I suspect. It was my first long range flight so I kept it simple.



DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 188

Took some stills and video of the now mostly abandoned town. The old streets are still clearly visible from the sky but many houses and buildings have long since vanished.

Oil Shale Mining

Oil Shale Mining

DJI Phantom 4 - FC330 + 3.6 mm @ 3.61 mm, 1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 212

I then flew back past us and over the ruins of the Shale Oil refinery. This shot from above clearly shows a number of the old buildings and structures on the site. Including that large still standing brick building with all those sets of quad chimney ports. This was the building I was using for my star and milky way images the previous evening.

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