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I plan to purchase and shoot from a remote control quadcopter during my trip to southern France in late June.

For several years, I have been building a portfolio of landscape images from my travels. In the last two years, I have been successfully selling these images as canvas prints through local restaurants, doctor's offices, and via my website - www.northernlight.net

There have been many times when I've been at a location where the quality of the light is absolutely beautiful, the subject matter perfect, but my location is all wrong. Where I really need to be is about 50 or 100 feet up in the air to draw more attention to the primary subject and less attention to the foreground. Sometimes, it is the combination of the foreground subject with a background framing it that can only be realized by a significant change in elevation.

One approach would be to rent time in a helicopter and spend several hundred dollars for an hour or two of flying time to get the shot. However, that really doesn't allow a lot of actual shooting time, since you pay for all the time going from the airport to the location and back again.

What I really would like to do, and this is only recently becoming feasible, is use a remotely controlled quadcopter as the platform for shooting. This way, I can hike or bike anywhere I need to, set up the quadcopter, fly it remotely to the location that I need, and get my images. When the light is good, there frequently isn't time to coordinate with renting time in a helicopter, but having my own, so to speak, would let me react quickly to the changing light.

You can see an example of the quadcopter here: http://www.infinitejib.com/eye-droid-4.html. The unit I will be purchasing is a custom modification of this one that will allow it to carry a heavier professional quality digital camera.

The reason I am putting together this Kickstarter project now is that my wife and I are traveling to the south of France for two and a half weeks this summer and plan to do a great amount of photography while there.

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    A 4"x10" print on matte paper of "Sunset Rousanou Monastery - Meteora - Greece". This is the image you see on my main Kickstarter page. You can also see it on my site at www.northernlight.net under the Greece section. Also, you get a copy of a short behind the scenes video of me shooting with the remote control quadcopter on location in southern France. All supporters will get their name listed at the end of the video as part of the team that made this happen!

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    In addition to the short behind the scenes video of me shooting with the remote control quadcopter on location in southern France, a pledge of $200 will get you a 16x40 unmounted canvas print of "Sunset Rousanou Monastery - Meteora - Greece". This is the image you see on my main Kickstarter page. You can also see it on my site at www.northernlight.net under the Greece section. The print has a retail value of $240. All supporters will get their name listed at the end of the video as part of the team that made this happen!

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    In addition to the short behind the scenes video of me shooting with the remote control quadcopter on location in southern France, a pledge of $400 will get you a 26"x65" unmounted canvas print of an image of your choice from the set created on this trip to southern France. The print has a retail value of $450. All supporters will get their name listed at the end of the video as part of the team that made this happen!

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    For $750, I will give you a personal thank you during the short behind the scenes video of me shooting with the remote control quadcopter on location in southern France. In addition you will get two 12"x36" and one 24"x72" unmounted canvas prints of images of your choice from the set created on this trip to southern France. The prints have a retail value of $845. All supporters will get their name listed at the end of the video as part of the team that made this happen!

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