About Aerial Photography

Although photography isn’t related to woodworking, I wanted to devote a section of my website to other interests. In 2014, I purchased a Blade 350 QX2 AP drone aircraft from Horizon Hobby. The box included the drone, transmitter, battery, CGO1 camera and a GB200 2 axis professional camera gimbal. The Blade 350 QX2 is a quad copter and it is very easy to fly compared to standard quads. This is because the aircraft is outfitted with a GPS, barometer, compass and gyro. Various flight modes make it so easy to fly that only a complete idiot could crash it (which is why it appealed to me)!

After flying the drone in wide open spaces to get the feel of it, I mounted the CGO1 camera and took videos and stills of my home and subdivision in Hubertus, WI.  I saw how great the 2 axis gimbal worked but wasn’t happy with the quality of the images so I purchased a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver edition camera and modified the gimbal to accept the new camera.  The new drone/camera combination provides excellent results at high resolutions.  I hope you enjoy this non-woodworking section of my website.

Blade 350 QX AP

Blade 350 QX2 AP drone with a GoPro camera