Well here’s a surprise! I haven’t flown my drone for over two years and have been contemplating selling it. Yesterday I fired it up to see how many flights I’ve done, decided to charge up the batteries, update all the firmware … and today, well, today was awesome, so I went for a fly!
With a few early errands and a couple of hours to spare before work, I threw the drone in the car. I nervously headed to a quiet patch of bush near Ridgeway, got comfortable with the sticks and drained three batteries 😀
These images are unedited, except for slight cropping and size reduction, from the DJI Mavic Air 12MP jpeg files. It also takes RAW, but I wanted to show what images are like “out of the box”, though I did have a combined ND/PL Pro filter fitted to the lens. I used manual settings: aperture f2.8, exposure 1/100 sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.3 steps.
Above is a panorama stitched on-board the Air. Unedited, it shows some stepping from exposure differences – or from the polarised filter as it turned which could easily fixed in post editing. It did mess up stitching the trees in the foreground.
Hobart and the upper reaches of the River Derwent to the right.