I have a list in my head of all the places I'd love to let this thing loose. One is here at Birrarung Marr Park, on the southeast corner of the Melbourne CBD. An open space to launch from without ruffling feathers, but ludicrously close to some fantastic landmarks and points of interest. I bravely (stupidly?) flew out to the edge of the Phantom's range over the River Yarra, but naturally that was one of my favourite shots. Risks. Sometimes you just gotta take 'em.
What went well:
- Drone operating with my cinematography hat on rather than my aviators hat.
- Pushing the limits carefully in terms of range and risk to equipment. Doing more to get the shot.
- Bringing all the necessary equipment (spare battery!) and double-checking GoPro settings before takeoff.
What I learned today:
- If instinct and the tools at hand say a sunrise is better than a sunset for a particular location, set an alarm and caffeinate. Don't take the easy route.
- When a fatal crash is imminent, breathe deeply, think logically. Don't touch the sticks without absolute certainty that the way they're being jerked will help.