DJI SPARK, 4.49MM, 1/30S, F/2.6, ISO 142

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS - hxlmes ZACK HOLMES

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.

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