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Flying High To Capture Some Stunning Misty Morning Images

Published on: 24 Jan, 2014
Updated on: 25 Jan, 2014

It looks like a cross between a helicopter and something that might be sent further into outer space, but the radio-controlled drone with a tiny camera attached is proving a fantastic tool for Guildford photographer and designer Dan James.

Misty morning top: view from about at St Martha's Hill near Chilworth.

Misty morning top: view from about at St Martha’s Hill near Chilworth.

He and a friend were up before dawn on Monday and headed to St Martha’s Hill near Chilworth where they captured some stunning early morning images of a misty landscape as the sun was rising.

Click here to see the short film Dan has compiled.

Dan regularly contributes to the Dragon with his local landscape photos, and these latest ones are in another world. In fact, his fame is spreading fast, the Daily Mail picking up on these and publishing them this week.

The church of St Martha with rolling morning mist.

The church of St Martha with rolling morning mist.

The pictures here included those taken with his drone, a piece of kit that is expensive, but not out of the reach of photographers who go in for this kind of thing. Other imges were taken with his normal cameras at ground level.

Wide-angle sun rise.

Wide-angle sun rise.

Dan, 24, runs his own design and photography business and hopes that this aerial photography might lead to him being commissioned to take pictures of a range of things, such as extreme sport videos, music videos, and luxury home aerial photo-shoots, to name but a few!

Dan James with his radio-controlled drone that has a tiny camera attached.

Dan James with his radio-controlled drone that has a tiny camera attached.

He also blends his images into fascinating time-lapse films, some of which have already been featured on his monthly page on the Dragon.

To see Dan’s own website, click here.

The drone in action. It can fly up to 200m.

The drone in action. It can fly up to 200m.

Some more of the images he took this week from the ground and in the air.

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test 7 Responses to Flying High To Capture Some Stunning Misty Morning Images

  1. Barbara Howarth Reply

    January 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful photos! Clever idea using the remote control helicopter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Shirley and Brian West Reply

    January 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Dan, the photos are amazing. What a wonderful view up above the local hills. Keep them coming.
    Shirley West

  3. Martin Elliott Reply

    January 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Good things these drones, when properly licenced. Merseyside police had theirs grounded as they were ‘unaware’ of the need to licence with the CAA a couple of years back. Doh.

  4. jim Allen Reply

    January 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Exceedingly Jealous!! can I have a go! ps the pictures are good as well!

  5. Dani Maimone Reply

    January 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Dan just wanted to say how amazing your pictures are. Look forward to seeing more.
    Very best
    Dani

  6. Keith Chesterton Reply

    January 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I’ve been wondering who of our local residents owned this machine with its noise even dominating the rumble of traffic from our roads. It is decidedly disturbing even at this time of the year.
    In summer it will be very intrusive.

    Cannot a silencer be fixed?
    And I do not want to put up with low level surveillance from what is at the moment only 1 flyer but will doubtless grow as more people want one.

    Yes, the photos are good but try to take them without disturbing us all

    Keith Chesterton

  7. Mary Bedforth Reply

    January 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Does this mean that we will have these things whining above us on sunny days, as well as helicopters including Chinooks, powered paragliders and hang gliders, single engine aircraft, etc etc

    Also what about safety to humans and property? Is the Civil Aviation Authority involved in licensing drones?

    Better drones taking photographs I suppose than killing people with brown skins in far off lands in considerable numbers, ie thousands.

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