April 05, 2016
Second aerial shoot: Bonnet Shores
It's been tricky finding the right time to fly over the past few weeks. If it's not raining then it's sunny and extremely windy. It seems our end of winter had more agreeable weather than our start of spring, but one Saturday rolled around when the skies cleared and the wind stayed low.
I had been running a few errands most of the day and when I finally had a chance to catch my breath it was 5pm and the sky was blue. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for another drone
flight! I grabbed my pack and hopped in the car. I was half deciding where to go while driving, and while a few places over the bridge or along the south shores sounded intriguing, with fading light I didn't want to drive too far. So debating between a few spots, it was settled that Bonnet Shores might be a great spot to explore from an aerial view.
Lyle was my spotter and we drove through the neighborhood, thinking about exploring the marsh to the north and the rocky point to the south. The marsh emptied into the bay at Kelly Beach and the runoff made a beautiful pattern in the sand. I started there first!
My absolute favorite type of aerial shot is an overhead composition also known as a vertical shot. They give a glimpse into a world only known by pilots, satellites and birds, and can offer unique perspectives of the world below. I focused on the beach, the waves, the shapes of the dark and light sand... I followed the water's edge along the rocky cliff of Bonnet out to the point and back.
I had intentions of following the little waterway up into the marsh but when it came time to switch batteries my GoPro
was having trouble communicating to the controller. Perhaps it was for the best since my fingers were freezing. Despite forecasts of near 60° and sunny weather, it felt more like what February should have been with blustery cold breeze nipping at your nose and exposed fingers. The sun was setting and I didn't bring gloves or have time to trouble shoot. Perhaps I'll get that shot another time. But for now, I was perfectly satisfied with my aerial photography practice and vertical shots of the beach!
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