In late November 2017, we decided the time was right to add a non-human member to our team: the Drone Ranger. We've been keeping a close eye on drone technology for a number of years - waiting until the standards were high enough with regards to reliability and quality of camera. DJI's Phantom 4 Pro+ ticked all of our boxes.
From early December 2017 to the end of February 2018, we used the golden hour immediately after sunrise - plus some evenings just before sunset - to fly and obtain video footage for our first film: Drought. Iain's previous experience of film-making many years ago, plus his wealth of stills photography expertise, combined to make this project achievable. But he'd never flown a drone before.....and most people crash their drones, often several times. Becky was ever-present as a superb second brain and pair of eyes. Jonathan (back in the UK) sorted additional logistical issues as always.
These next three short films were made in September and October 2018:
Shockingly, the drought at Komsberg continued into a fifth year. This next drone film (our shortest yet) shows how we responded...