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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