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Chinatown Drone Footage

Today I felt comfortable enough to try this circular 360 POV video using my drone’s advanced pilot setting. This shot was taken today from above Common Space Studio on Bowery and Grand street in lower manhattan. I purchased the drone earlier this year to photograph the Outlier Inn for my Ontopo retreat project and Lumeria, an educational retreat center in Maui. I have practiced quite a bit upstate, testing and crashing it up in the wilderness. I’ve got enough flying time now  and I’m the habit of flying with extreme caution in NYC.

A few weeks ago BDDW held their annual Weenie Roast and I offered to come up there and take video with my drone. I guess I didn’t think it through but those guys have enough skill to shoot one down with a (giant) bow and arrow.

Today’s sortie was limited to 20 Meters up while keeping the circling POV radius within 10 meters. The drone I use is a DJI Phantom 3 which weighs 2.8 lbs and is not subject to any looming FAA regulation because it’s basically a toy.

ref: BandH Photo Video
ref: Where to fly a drone in NYC, legally