DJI SPARK, 4.49MM, 1/30S, F/2.6, ISO 142
From a height of 16m above the Wellington High School basketball courts, while winds gusted at over 35kph, Zack captured a selfie unlike your regular. After having seen similar images on Instagram, and with the experience of flying and filming with several 3D-printed drones, which he designs and builds himself, Zack was inspired to capture the self-portrait from a new vantage point above. However, composing a shot with a drone is very different to setting up a tripod or shooting manually, and contending with the wind meant it took a few attempts to get the composition just right. But once Zack managed to hover the drone in exactly the right location in order to capture the shot, it all came together: “The symmetry of the court lines is interrupted with my purposefully off-centre pose, and I feel like this adds a point of focus to the composition,” he explains. “The steepest part of the learning curve with aerial photography for me has been determining what will make a good composition from the air, as what we see at ground level is vastly different to the drone’s eye,” says Zack.