Do you know what it feels like to soar like a bird?
Travel is all about seeing the unknown, expanding the mind and capturing what you see for memories and of course for your Instagram profile. Technology becomes an integral part of traveling with each camera you take with you. (A phone, a go pro, a DSLR, point and shoot) Once a tool reserved only for tech geeks, pro filmmakers, and the military, drones are slowly becoming a part of an average traveler's backpack. (Yes. They are that small)
Why I love drones?
It makes ordinary things look extraordinary.
When we arrived at this beach one evening, it was just a rocky beach and nothing else. When we launched the drone, we saw the pretty patterns, the blue colour of the sea contrasting with the brown of the rocks. Such an ordinary rocky beach became this gorgeous view from the top.
It helps storytelling
You can see more things from the top than what you see from the ground level. These things sometimes tell stories. Stories you fail to see at the ground level. Here's a picture of a dead zebra. No other wild animal wanted to come close to this because it died due to poisoning. It was such a moving scene. I can never forget that zebra.
Ever wondered what's it like to soar like a bird, look down upon the earth? I have wondered. Especially when there's a lot of traffic. Travelling is about exploring places and seeing things the world offers. Seeing from a birds point of view is such a plus. I saw this little cricket match through a Birdseye. Saw the ball flying to a six and little humans running between the wicket.
Helps to take great selfies
Do you use a selfie stick to get a picture of you along with all the landmarks around the world? Or did you have that one tall friend with really long arms to click a selfie? or did you ask a stranger to shoot a picture and got like really blur pictures of you and your gang? Tadaa! Here's where drone enters like a king. Just launch it 10-15 feet off the ground, pose and click :D Well... well...I agree it's a shit use to a great camera but hey! we also need pictures of us in a holiday :D You agree?
Discover the place around you.
We stayed in a gorgeous place in Ooty; Milton Abbott Estate by saffron stays. We drove down a quaint road, it had buildings on either side, looked like it's part of the city. We launched the drone from the lawn and we discovered a little forest around the property full of pine and silver oak trees. We went for a small walk into the forest, took a little picnic and had a marvelous time! Thanks to the drone, we saw more than what our eyes could.
Take Unbelievable Photographs
Last but not the least, a drone gives you the ability to take stunning images. The kind of images you see in Nat Geo. It gives you such freedom to experiment. It takes the photographer in you to great heights. (Pun Intended)
'Someone' cool once said, 'With great freedom comes great responsibility.' However cool drones can be, it also comes with safety hazards and hence every country have their own rules about drones. Make sure you respect them and you respect the privacy of people when you fly the drones.
India's drone laws are going to change pretty soon and as a traveler with a drone, you can get your permissions a little easier. Here's how they are going to look! Yay!
There are a lot of cons in holding and shooting with a drone too.
- Fear Of Heights: If you have a fear of heights, it might scare you a little bit. When you see how far and far it can go above. If you have vertigo, take it very slow.
- Bird Attack: Small birds get scared of the sound and they fly away, but some big ones like the sea gull, eagle etc are very curious and might attack the drone. This is very harmful for the drone and the bird.
- Landing: Though most of the recent drones come with a facility to self land, in a country like India, seeing an empty space is a little tricky, You might have to land sometimes in the most tiniest places and it could absolutely increase your blood pressure. Jk.
- Regulations & Laws: Like I said before, In most of the beautiful places in the world, drones are banned. (Which is good) We've got to learn to respect such laws and abide by the regulations.
Drones has given me an all new perspective to my photography. Every holiday I take has been thought from 'how good will this place look from above' angle :) Here's me sincerely hoping you get yourself a drone, get it registered and fly it around and see the world with an this all new wings you've got :)