Drone Photos of Our New Neighborhood in Portugal

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Drone photo of “Associacão dos Amigos de Atalaia Porto Barcas” before it opened for the season

To give my photography a different perspective a few months ago I bought a new DJI Mavic Pro drone. Even though I loved my “old” DJI Phantom 2, it was occasionally a bit quirky, and it required a lot more concentration while flying. Also, because the Phantom 2 is quite a bit larger than the Mavic Pro, I didn’t take it as many places as I wanted. I was able to make some great videos with the old Phantom, but, as the saying goes, “the best camera is the one you have on you,” and transporting the Phantom was a pain.

Color Reproduction is Good, but Performance is Better in Bright Light

Color Reproduction is Good, but Performance is Better in Bright Light

Because it is foldable, the Mavic Pro provides a significant leap in portability. And, because technology is so rapidly improving, to a large extent, I can take the Mavic out and concentrate on making photos and videos, instead of worrying so much about flying the drone. Although I have by no means mastered all of the technology, the increased performance of the Mavic Pro allows me to reach into places that otherwise would have been out of range, or too harrowing to attempt.

Sunset from the Drone in Atalaia

Sunset from the Drone in Atalaia

Portugal is the first place where I was able to spend much time with the Mavic. I made all of the photos in this post within a kilometer of our new home. The ocean side cliffs provide a lot of drama and, although there is usually a lot of wind, the little drone remains stable. Because the camera and the in particular lens is so small, sometimes you get a lot of noise. I have been able to eliminate a lot of this with Lightroom in post, but the clearest shots some when there is a lot of light.

A tiny

A tiny “selfie” of me photographing sunset at our house.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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