When I was a kid, I loved anything that you could fly. I remember getting these planes made out of Styrofoam that were about five feet long and could fly when you threw them. On the package, there were pictures of people doing amazing tricks with these toys. Not appearing on the package was the fact that you threw them once, they flew beautifully and then crashed into the ground or a tree and the wing would break and that was it. I bet I owned ten of them and broke every one.
At age 30, I still love things that can fly. I’ve been fantasizing about owning my very own drone ever since the technology became available. I never like to buy fledgling technology. In 1977, a 10-megabyte computer system cost $6000. I recently bought an external hard drive that’s 5” long and has 2,000 GB of space for $100. The problem with drones available to the public has always been that they are really expensive, bulky and very hard to fly. Until now.
A Chinese company called DJI has become like the Apple of drones. They released the Mavic Pro in October of 2016. I’ve owned one for two months and used it to shoot everything in the video above. Similar to the iPhone’s impact on cell phones, I would bet that the Mavic becomes the first widely owned consumer drone.
The Mavic is incredibly easy to use, which hasn’t always been the case with aerial photography mediums. A Frenchman named Gaspar Felix Tournachon in 1858 took the first known aerial photograph. He did it by jumping off a ten-story building with a camera, which is why they called him “one shot Charlie.” Technology advanced and a few years later somebody had the idea to strap a camera to a pigeon. Well, pigeons historically don’t respect art and the project was scrapped. I doubt you will read a sentence more painfully obvious than the next one; the invention of airplanes greatly advanced the art of aerial photography. Amelia Earhart famously would get distracted by her air-photography project she titled “curtains.” Now, because of the Mavic, this slob can take high-quality shots from 400 feet in the air with the click of a button. Here is a selfie from that very distance (I’m on the sidewalk):
In the interest of full disclosure, DJI is not paying me to write this. My three views yesterday doesn’t exactly warrant pay for play. But, if you purchase a Mavic Pro using the link at the bottom of this post (and if you have ever considered buying a drone, this is it), DJI will pay me a commission.
However, the purpose of this article is not to sell you something. These things sell themselves. I just (expletive) really love it. I’ve always liked photography, but like many things people like me are interested in, self-doubt and pity gets in the way of pursuing hobbies and endeavors that make you happy. I know, sad face emoji, don’t feel sorry for me I’m fine. But, yes, a high-powered camera strapped to a remote controlled flying machine has allowed me to rediscover my love of photography.
This blog is not going to change. I will still be writing nonsense whenever the muse motivates me. I am going to add a drone page that will feature the photos and videos I produce. I do appreciate the people who have stuck with this sporadically humorous/obnoxious blog and I hope that you will enjoy the new content. Thank you for taking the time to read such mundane nonsense.
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