My first drone a few years ago was pretty basic by today’s standards. Low quality camera, a few minutes of battery life. No object avoidance: You were truly on your own. I flew it a few times, then it went in the closet.
Something about the DJI Mavic Pro made me want to check it out. I got one and took it to Iceland where it flew once. My mind was elsewhere. Back home, I flew it up around Mount Baker and down at Mount Rainier. Drones had clearly come along a way. Tons of features, compact and easy to fly. A reasonable camera for the price.
Of course, coming from Sony a7r2 and Zeiss lenses, I wanted more from the camera. I looked around and realized I needed a DJI Inspire. What I really wanted was the included X5 camera which allows different lenses and a nice micro 4/3rds sensor. It comes with a Leica-ish 30mm kit lens and I recently added an Olympus 90mm 1.8 lens as well.
So the journey begins in drone photography and videos. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve come up with so far. Honestly, it’s a bit daunting sending that much money up in the air.
Salt Marsh Aerial Photography DJI Mavic Pro
Tideflats Colors Aerial Photography DJI Mavic Pro
Tideflats Colors and Patterns Aerial Photography DJI Mavic Pro
Aerial Photography Drone Rainier White River DJI Mavic Pro
Above the Forest and Road DJI Mavic Pro
Above the Lake Tipsoo and Road at Defrost DJI Mavic Pro
Drone Photography Road Through the Forest Dji Mavic Pro
About to Land through Sunlit Trees DJI Inspire Pro
Drone Photography Rainier at Sunrise DJI Inspire Pro 90mm
Mount Rainier and Yakima Peak at Sunrise DJI Inspire Pro
Aerial Photography Fresh Snow on Peaks in Iceland DJI Mavic Pro
Nooksack River Heads to the Sunset DJI Mavic Pro
Smaller Rivers Lead to Larger Ones DJI Mavic Pro
And finally a video from Rainier this morning