Photographer Drones Forbidden City-Beautiful & Yet Predictable Results
THE VIDEO - BEIJING FROM ABOVE
Before I tell you the story of being detained by the Chinese (and, like Taborlin the Great, I similarly did not have key, coin, or candle), I’ll share the video I made! I would have gotten even more footage had the quadcopter not been, ahem, confiscated… BTW, I recommend running the video in HD mode with earphones!
This was made with a really awesome quadcopter — the New DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition. All the footage was shot with that GoPro. I did a mixture of wide angle and narrow shots. I also had it in a mode that automatically took a photo every 5 seconds, and I put some of my favorite photos at the bottom of this blog post!
THE DETENTION FACILITY AND QUADCOPTER CONFISCATION
So, I went into this not knowing what was legal and what was not legal. Okay, I had a sinking feeling that flying a quadcopter over the Forbidden City might be more black than grey, but my intentions were pure and artistic, so I figured that gave me some sort of leeway. At least, this is how I justified everything in my head beforehand. You’re starting to see how I make bad decisions.
Tough but fair the Chinese confiscated the drone but gave it back to him on the way out of the country. I would just not have the nerve to play “easier to get forgiveness than permission” in another country. But I can’t argue with the result now can I?
Page by Randall-Drones chased From National Parks