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Droning on

3 Apr 2022 4:02PM   Views : 242 Unique : 128

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It occurred to me, looking at the comments on my recent drone post, that I’ve written an article about drones – but that the little device itself didn’t figure (well – it was so much less interesting than what Steve does with one!)

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So I’m setting the record straight with a few shots of mine (which is the same as the one Steve was flying the day I interviewed him, although most of his drone images were taken using a larger and older model.
The key factor is that it’s very light – at 249 grams, it’s light enough to be flown without a licence – although the licencing process isn’t as onerous, I think, as that for driving a car in the UK. There’s an amazing amount of technology packed into a small body, and the only thing that may be a significant debit is that it doesn’t keep watch all round for potential obstacles – I believe that more expensive models are able to avoid flying into trees.

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The basic motto for flying any drone is to look, see and think about safety and annoyance value. There’s technological aid here: as soon as you link the drone and your mobile ‘phone, the satnav system identifies if you are in an area where drone use is restricted or prohibited: I found this out at a lovely location in Oxfordshire, quite close to RAF Brize Norton. A red warning came up that I should not fly without official clearance, so I put the kit away and reverted to a more conventional camera.

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Anyway, here are some pictures showing how small and neat a drone can be: starting with a shot of the serendipitously-named Arizona Sky flying it, and continuing to a shot of the folded drone on a photographic magazine for size comparison, a shot of the ‘unfolded’ drone, and one of the shots Arizona took while flying it.

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dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
3 Apr 2022 4:07PM
Two flying controls: one of the small sticks adjusts altitude and rotates the drone: the other moves the drone forwards or backwards and side to side. A wheel under the mobile 'phone adjusts the angle of the camera, and a button on the opposite side provides shutter release.

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The camera has a very effective and flexible gimbal which provides amazing degrees of stabilisation: in operation, the mobile screen shows the view from the drone. This is helpful if you temporarily lose sight of the device - it's a condition of drone use that the operator must keep line-of-sight contact with it. You can just see the image in this picture:

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3 Apr 2022 5:43PM
But can it take out an MBT?
3 Apr 2022 7:07PM
Thanks for the information, John, Made Drone use more understandable Smile
David
3 Apr 2022 8:05PM
Hi John
I have upgraded my drone to a more sophisticated model with collision sensors on and a bigger sensor.
I still use my mini drone for roof surveys and still opted to take the mini with me to Finland a few weeks ago, although I wish I had taken the larger one with its extra flexibility with camera settings.
Glad you are venturing in to the dark arts of new tech, I wish a few more would give it a try.
If anyone would like a bit of help in the transition of drone purchase please feel free to message me with your questions or concerns and I will try and help.

Great article as always
your photo drone friend
SteveSmile
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
3 Apr 2022 9:36PM
Alan - it would have trouble taking out a determined wasp.

Steve - that's a generous offer, and i'm sure it will be welcomed by anyone who's seriously considering dipping onto drone work for the first time. I can confirm, after interviewing you last year, that you know a great deal about the technology nad its application. For others - have a look at Steve's portfolio, and maybe at our interview HERE.

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