During our travels we’ve discovered a simple truth, and one we should have been practising for a long time. In the past 10 weeks, we’ve been living in a van. Being ‘mobile’ has been great. When things haven’t gone according to plan, we’ve had the freedom to quickly change our location. But without a ‘home’ […]
Coming in for landing
Landing the DJI Phantom can be tricky – especially if there is a breeze or you are descending onto an uneven surface. We’ve had minor hiccups (the props temporarily acting as a grass strimmer on a few occasions). We soon developed a ‘catch-landing’ routine. Here’s Be getting ready for touchdown.
Through different eyes – life before and after photography
As I write this post we are almost 90% of the way through our trip. We are now either nearing completion or running out of time – I’m not sure which one it is at the moment. One thing is for certain, we have seen many beaches, cliff tops and estuaries in search of our […]
La Playa de Gulpiyuri – from the air
La Playa de Gulpiyuri is a small beach formed by a sinkhole from a clifftop field to the sea. Saltwater is pushed up through a tunnel creating small waves. It’s a unique place and National Monument. But it can be a busy in summer, and after a few failed attempts, we eventually decided to visit early morning […]
DJI Phantom 2 flyby at sunrise
For various reasons we had a disturbed night – being forced to change our stopover place twice, and ending up getting only 3 hours sleep. But we have a well establish routine now, so at 5.30am I peered through the van window to check the sky. It wasn’t the beach we hoped to visit but the sunrise […]
Behind the lens – Against the tide
“Why is patience so important?” “Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho It feels like we are now on the home straight for this section of the project. Items are being ticked off. As Belinda excitedly tells me “that’s another beach finished!”, I look at her questioningly, “Really?, surely there’s more to do”. […]
Maintaining office hours
Somehow Belinda can turn the van from storage to bedroom to office. I’m not sure how it works, and it seems, neither do I know where anything is.
Red lights in the morning = Warning
We have visited this location in Asturias, northern Spain many times before. The first time we hauled the Phantom along the rocky beach, it ended up not just overcast, but a complete ‘white-out’. We had valuable practice flight but no usable video from the attached GoPro Hero 3+. This morning was different – good light at sunrise and a […]
Room with a view
The weather forecast said “Sun with a few clouds”. Yet outside at 6pm it was almost dark with thunder and lightning. We made tea.
The tide was turning. So I decided to tentatively walk down a makeshift boatslip of eucalyptus and old bits of driftwood, and jumped down onto the sand. I happily clicked away trying to get an interesting swirl in the sea as it reached the beach. I got my feet wet, many times, and also left […]