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Colin Devroe

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Drone shot over Hudson River

Bannerman's Castle, arsenal hold

Bannerman's Castle from above

Wall remains in river

Castle from below

Remaining structure of Bannerman's Castle

From afar

Remains of wall in river

Kayaking to Bannerman’s Castle on the Hudson River – July 2018

Eliza and I paddled on the Hudson River to a long abandoned arsenal castle. It was a great day.

Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky – March 2018

Heaven Hill Distillery makes many brands of bourbon. Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Old Fitzgerald, and many more. The rickhouses you see pictured above, taken with a drone at a few hundred feet up, each hold 15,000-20,000 barrels of whiskey. Each building could be valued at $100,000,000 USD. The larger, lower building holds many times that.

Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, PA – January 2017

I don’t know how this happened, but I’ve never published this photo here on my site. This was one of the first photos I took with my current drone (the DJI Phantom 4 Pro) and has already been used by several Scranton-based companies in their materials.

The Yard – March 2018

Down Wyoming, Scranton, PA – April 2017

Clinton, PA – July 2017

Prompton State Park – July 2017

I’m just getting to look at some photos I made with the drone in July.

Electric City Building, Scranton, PA – January 2017

Penn Avenue Parking Garage, Scranton, PA – January 2017

Aerial photos of a few wineries

In late April Eliza and I took a weekend day drive to visit some wineries in the tristate area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We wanted to visit a few wineries we had never been to before and the beauty of that region alone is worth the drive.

We both take tons of photos on days like this but for a change I thought I’d take a photo of each winery we visited with my drone. I didn’t know how this would work out logistically – would the wineries let me, would it be a pain to do, would it take too long and put a damper on our day? It turns out none of my fears were founded. It was super easy to do (with some initial set up) and the results came quickly and easily.

Here are the aerial photos along with my personal ratings of the wineries.

Belmarl Winery and Vineyard – ★★★★★

Brotherhood Winery – ★★★★☆

Demarest Hill Winery – ☆☆☆☆☆ (sorry, it was terrible)

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery – ★★☆☆☆ (region worth visit, spirits are not)

Now that you’ve seen the photos, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I prepared so that taking these photos wouldn’t ruin our day. Before we left I set up the drone and my small take-off table in the trunk of the car ready to fly. Props attached, batteries in, bag unzipped. The only thing I needed to do at each winery was find a safe place to fly, turn the drone on, take a photo or two, land, and turn the drone off. I focused on only taking two or three photos of each winery. So I chose my angle, flew to a decent height, took my shot and left. These were only for my own personal collection anyway. My guess is that my longest flight was 5 minutes long.

This idea of looking at things slightly differently using the drone fits my principle of having an excuse to explore.

I wouldn’t change much about my technique here. And it likely seems like an odd thing to obsess over. But, I’m satisfied with the shots (they are photos that I never would have if it wasn’t for owning a drone) and my set up. I hope to do this again on similar jaunts.