What inspired you to move into aerial photography, particularly drones?
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What inspired you to move into aerial photography, particularly drones?

To be honest with you, in 2014 I was getting tired of my photography. I could go to the beach and take a picture of a pier which I'd already done a thousand times. I was getting burned out, losing the spark. The fun disappeared. I knew I needed to mix things up. I remember seeing someone fly a Phantom drone with a GoPro attached to it and was instantly intrigued.

In the 2000s, I was into flying electric helicopters and airplanes. They're so hard to fly, I'd always crash and barely be able to get any flight time. I'd spend a bunch of time and money fixing them. The drone looked like it was pretty stable and it had a camera on it - two things I enjoy. So I got a Phantom and stuck a GoPro on it. I could now shoot all the spots that I go to and was tired of, like the pier, from a new perspective.

It was a new challenge, especially since the early days of drone photography were so hard. I would set the GoPro on timelapse mode and then guess. I would fly over something and count in my head, because the intervals were 5 seconds and then think 'all right, I got the shot.' But I wouldn't know until I got home and watched the footage from the memory card.

The challenge of something new, combining my two loves, is how I got into aerial photography.