Flying From A Boat

One interesting aspect of drone photography that has to be given careful consideratioin is the location of take off (and landing).   There is an obvious need to ensure you are relatively close to your intended subject, this is also added to the fact that in Britain (and many other countries) there is a legal requirements to only use a drone in certain conditions.

There is a need to keep the drone both within eyesight and within 500 meters.  The CAA (Civil Aviation Authourity) calls this VLOS (Visual Line Of Sight).  This can then have a knock on effect and cause several issues including: take off location.  Often not close enough to the subject as I would like, remember the 500 meters rule.  Sometimes it can also be too close (or inside) an area where flying a drone is permitted.  These are called NFZ's (No Fly Zones).

On recent trips, one way around this, was to fly from a boat.  This obviously needs several items to be correct which vary from the weather through to drone flying skills, and being on the right boat at the right time.

My recent crewing experience on Snow Bear from Gosport to the Kyles of Bute allowed me to have a go at this, practice the skills needed for both take off and landing from a boat.
it is interesting, and is not a calm inducing way of flying a drone.  But it is certainly a great way of capturing images that are not readily available when flying from land.

Several of the images on this website and on my social media pages, and drone talks were taken while I was crewing a boat, and whilst they can be seen on those channels, below are a few images of the boat itself looking straight down.

  A few images below are just a few examples of the sort of results that can be achieved by flying a drone from a boat, there are many more on this website and my Instagram drone page.