We have covered a couple of aspects where the incredible advancements in digital imaging have paired up so successfully with drone technology to provide us with images of life and the world as we have not really witnessed them before. Our article on drones and the film industry along with the piece on incredible aerial views of the world that we haven’t seen before clearly demonstrate the way things are going in the world of digital imagery. So, we thought we would add another one, which if you like your wildlife and nature, you’ll enjoy.
Paul Souders has been a wildlife cameraman more used to taking memorable images of his ‘prey’ both at a safe distance and from the ground. Based in Seattle, Paul decided to go on a 10,000-mile trip, as you do, to take some ‘snaps’ of the wildlife in Botswana’s Chobe national park, only not with his thousand-pound camera, but with a DJI Phantom 2 (which has since been upgraded to the DJI Phantom 3) at a cost of under $500.00, so maybe you catch our drift. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to take great images, but being in a great location certainly helps!
Paul is a well-known name in the world of wildlife photography, having been the Grand Prize and Nature winner of the prestigious National Geographic competition in 2013 with this remarkable and very poignant photograph of a polar bear peering up from the melting sea ice in Hudson Bay. However here he has opted for warmer and more hospitable climes as he swops seven layers of clothing for shorts and a tee-shirt. At Quadcopters.com we’re sure we know where we would rather be, and you have to admit, the selection of images we have for you are just wonderful.
From elephants to hippos, wildebeest to giraffes and antelope, the beauty of these images is that unlike those we are used to seeing taken from a helicopter, here not all the animals are on the run having been scared stupid by the sight and sound of gigantic and naturally frightening machinery. With the near-silent purr of the DJI drone Paul certainly had the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with a number of his subjects and we can’t help but feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg, if it will still be there in ten years’ time!