27 Jul Pic(k) of the week 22: BIG WAVES WITH MAVIC 2 PRO – Long exposure aerials
Source: Bjorn Moerman
Longtime blog readers will know that I’ve been an avid Aerial photographer for a number of years. My 1954 yellow Piper Super Cub aircraft in Belgium has played a big role in my more recent aerial photography.
I’ve been watching aerial drone photography from the side lines for a number of years and finally bit the bullet end of 2018 when I bought a DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
While for me there is clearly a place for using an actual airplane, there is also a place for using a drone (also called UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), for some other shots. Aircraft can be allowed to enter airspace where drones or not allowed.
On the other hand, a Long exposure image like the one below is virtually impossible to take from a moving aircraft. Even from a helicopter this is not easy as your helicopter pilot will rarely be hovering at altitude but rather be moving at a slow speed.
The stability of modern small drones like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is pretty impressive; as long the winds are not too strong one can quite easily shoot at shutter speeds of 1s or even slightly longer. Waves hitting the shoreline are a perfect subject for “Long Exposure” drone photography.
Image details:DJI Mavic 2 Pro with PolarPro ND1000 filterISO 100, f5.6, 1 secRAW development in Lightroom CCDxO ColorEfex pro4 for optimal contrastAlthough PolorPro is not a sponsor of the blog, but I’ve really happy with my PolarPro ND filter set, including the 10-stop ND1000 filter I used for the shot above.
The fact that the Mavic 2 Pro is one of the first prosumer
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