That’s an amazing video! Can you give us a little behind the scences of what goes into making a film like that?
Shooting this was a life experience! Normally I shoot video by myself, but when I was supposed to play a title role, this was not possible to do well. I posted on my Facebook that I was looking for people interested in filming this DroneGuard video with me. There were more than 100 people interested in helping with the movie the first day after posting! It was very hard to choose, but I took a chance and chose two professional guys I have never worked with before. It was a hit! Both were awesome and we became friends quickly.
We worked on the story together and we chose a crew consisting of 17 guys who came to help. Just getting the camera jib crane to the top was quite heavy work for three strong men. Two guys did most of the time-lapse work. The rest helped with the tripods, lighting the scene, communication, carrying cameras, etc. It was simply an awesome night, and despite the weather forecast looking bleak, we had incredibly great conditions. Shooting started Friday at midnight and we were finished by Saturday at 8.30 a.m. I want to have the same crew for my next projects!
How long have you been flying?
I have been flying drones since 2012, when I bought my first DIY frame. My first flight was not really easy, and I seriously injured myself. Consequently, repairing the machine took me almost half a year before I could go out and try again! My next attempts were much better and I completely fell in love with aerial photography. Despite the fact that I lost another super DIY copter in Uganda (it took a plunge into the river Nile after some technical difficulties onboard), I am still investing a lot of time in this field.
Why did you want to test the DroneGuard CS 400?
Since the beginning, I’ve been trying to solve how to carry the drone with me. As a professional nature photographer, I am used to traveling a lot, and often to very remote places. I love to work in difficult conditions – in the wet, in the night, in the jungle; therefore very large systems relying on transport by car are not suited for me. I need small drones I can carry on my back, together with the other usual gear: cameras, lenses, tripod, slider and tons of batteries to power everything. So testing the new Lowepro DroneGuard was a real challenge for me, which I enjoyed from the first to the last recorded frame.
For two years I had the idea of climbing up a remote rock in a Czech National Park that I love. There was a massive wildfire in that area in 2006, and since then it has been completely abandoned. Getting there is quite demanding and it’s risky to have a drone strapped to my back and exposed. So I chose this location to test the bag.
What do you think of the DroneGuard after field testing it?
It is a fantastic part of my equipment! I park the drone in the DroneGuard case at home, carry it inside when travelling by train or car, and I am not afraid that my drone could be damaged. Although it is more a case than a traditional bag, it is still comfortable and lightweight. Simply, I love it and want to know…where will your DroneGuard take you?