S.F. Man Gives Us Damn Good Reason Not to Be Afraid of Local Drones

Nathan Shipley
Bet you like drones now
So many people are freaking out over the notion of drones, government-operated or not, hovering above their hamlet -- watching them. But urbanites are starting realize that drones might not be such a bad thing, especially if they can deliver their pizza.

In the hands of the right artist, they can also give us some breathtaking shots of San Francisco. Nathan Shipley, a San Francisco-based drone cinematographer, shot some recent footage of Bernal Heights and Mission Dolores using his radio-controlled quadcopter. Bernalwood Press featured Shipley's latest work.

Nathan Shipley
That's Nathan and his pet drone
According to Shipley:

Second flight test of my DJI Phantom / GoPro setup on a Thursday evening at Bernal Hill and Mission Dolores in San Francisco. The Phantom did great in high winds on the top of Bernal Hill, though I did almost hit myself and an onlooker with the quadcopter. Dogs love chasing the drone and people love to stop and ask about it.

No gimbal installed yet so footage is stabilized using the Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere. Rolling shutter (jello) artifacts due to vibration are very evident. Looking forward to seeing what I get when the gimbal is installed and props are balanced!

Over Bernal Hill and Mission Dolores from Nathan Shipley on Vimeo.

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John LaForgia
John LaForgia

Just call it a remote control toy helicopter instead of a drone, and people will stop worrying and forget all about it. A few cool pictures, though, for sure.

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