A new perspective

You often hear it’s good to get at eye-level with your subjects. This brings you into the world of your subject, and you create more intimate pictures. Now while this is true of course, the other way is an option as well of course. Not really taking a picture from eye level, that just gives a ‘by-passers view’, as if you are walking through the area and looking down at things. But if you go up more, to tree level, or even higher, you can create an excellent overview of the area. This can give an extra dimension to your photo’s or especially movies.

20170924_Arjen_Drost_53279In earlier times this was really difficult to get. High viewpoints, climbing trees or very long poles could help, but all had their limitations. Bring in the drones! Now drones have gotten a lot cheaper, smaller and easier to use, they have come within reach of the consumer and prosumer market. The advantage of this is that it gives more people the possibility to create different images and movies, the disadvantage is that more and more people get to fly things who don’t have a lot of practice. This resulted in a lot of new regulations. In certain areas, it’s not allowed to fly a drone at all, in others only with special permission and in some countries, you need permits to fly a drone at all. All of this doesn’t make it easier to fly a drone, but where it is allowed, it gives excellent new opportunities.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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