Commercial Drone Video in ABQ
Day two of flying for B&D Industries Inc of Albuquerque New Mexico had me flying my drone at their headquarters. Day one was flying around a crane as it hoisted up AC units. Despite not having to worry about a moving subject in the form of a very tall crane, flying over still buildings and vehicles was still a big challenge this time due to extreme wind. Look at the trees blowing in the above drone video. Flying low and slow was almost impossible, so I looked to have more movement created by the gimbal and flying faster and shorter. Thanks to Nate for being a visual observer and having good ideas for clips. Read More
Multi-cam views with just one drone!
This was my most dynamic drone flight yet, following a crane as it hoisted AC units on top of apartment buildings. Most of my drone flights have been of still subjects, like luxury homes or rural land or bridges. Having a moving, not exactly predictable, subject was a welcome challenge. This is also my most advanced editing of a drone video. Watching it you may think I had two or three drones in the air at once as I cut between seemingly different views of an AC unit being raised to the roof. Actually, since the action of lifting an AC unit on to the roof is very uniform in crane and person movement, the cuts are of different units going up, but it looks like it is all from a single piece of action shot from multiple angles. I did not realize this was happening while flying, so it was a cool discovery in the editing process that I could make it seem like a “multi-cam,” or multi-drone as it were, shoot. Read More
Glam up FedEx with drone video
The designers of the FedEx building in Albuquerque, New Mexico want FedEx to choose them to build more FedEx facilities around the country. So they hired me to make a 4K drone video of the exterior of the facility trying to show it off. I was expecting something with a bit more flair to it, as this kind of, no offense, looked just like what I thought a FedEx shipping warehouse would look like, i.e. a large rectangle. Still, I used my drone piloting skills to make it as cinematic as possible showing off both the facility and the surrounding desert and mountains. I also had my Nikon with me to get some interior commercial photos. I found I liked photographing forklifts! Read More