It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my aerial photography. So for this weeks #fotografia #fotofriday we have a glorious red #sunset looking west from i35 with matching red logo of the Olathe Toyota Motor Corporation #automotive dealership in the foreground. Again the is an AEB photo from my DJI Mavic Air 2. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend 😎
Thank you Leanne, Yassy & Claudia for liking my photo. I’m grateful for your attention and encouragement. I hope you find some relaxation time at the weekend 🙂
#fotografia #fotofriday this week was going to be another pic from our 2022 UK trip, a glorious photo of a popular viaduct in Ironbridge, but I’m waiting to hear back from a local historian and retired vicar. So instead, I offer this from April 2022, just after I passed my FAA Part 107 test. Take with my DJI Magic 2 Pro of Liberty Memorial Mall, Tower & KC Skyline.
Inspired by the night shots I had seen from fellow British photographer Andy Mallins, I decided it was time to sell my DJI Mavic Air 2. This would be first time I’be trying the drone, which has a good reputation for low-light performance.
On Wednesday evening on my way home from work, I called my lady to check in on dinner arrangement. I let her know I had the sniffles an was coughing most of the afternoon. We agreed I should pick up yummy gyro’s from our favorite place, Humus and Pita on Sante Fe.
When I arrived, they were busy have their ice maker repaired and everyone was busy, so I decided to return to my car and order via my phone. Knowing order prep takes about 20 minutes, I elected to try out my new DJI Mini 3 Pro. It wasn’t quite dark, definitely in golden hour.
I took off from the space between my car and the best, and was able to see what the camera saw on the super bight screen of the DJI controller. I kept the drone away from passing traffic, set back on from the shop frontages to looking East with store fronts of Hummus & Pita, Johnny’s Haircuts, Unique Finds, Essential Hair Design, Lorax Design Group and Mimi’s Prom.
I have not done any real editing to the shot, but used an AI feature in Adobe Lightroom after Google Photos combined the 3 image exposure bracketed shots. Its quite over saturated and I’ve gone a bit overboard to make a it pop a bit. I’m impressed with the low-light capability and look forward to being more adventurous when I get over the cold/flu I seemed to have acquired.
Drone shot of the Kauffman center for the performing against the Kansas City skyline.
I took this photo with my DJI Mavic Air 2 drone on our way home after church one warm Sunday afternoon.
As with all the drone photos I take, I use 3 shot auto exposure bracketing (AEB) which is how some high dynamic range (HDR) photos are produced.
HDR photos seem to show better contrast a little more like how the human eye sees.
I only started to take drone photography seriously last April 1st when I passed the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) unmanned aerial vehicle system (UAVS) pilot license.
I could have, as many do, fly my drone without being licensed, but to become a professional at any craft being safe is first and foremost, as is learning to fly and learning to adapt my existing photography skills to an aerial camera system.
So far, I have a few hundred HDR drone photos in my collection that I will in due course share on this blog.
Below is a short summary in video form of what led me to fly drones. In short, I was inspired by my father, Neville, a veteran air traffic controller (ATC) who served in the British Royal Air Force (RAF).