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It should come as no surprise that drones can pull off some pretty impressive photography. Due to the nature of these high-flying devices, more and more photographers and filmmakers are employing drones in order to capture stunning aerial footage that can’t easily be accomplished using traditional methods and equipment. Drones make it simple and relatively cheap to shoot from the sky and create sweeping, birds-eye views of landscapes.

Gabriel Scanu is using a drone and his Instagram to show the world a gorgeous side of Australia they’ve probably never seen before. Employing DJI drones like the Phantom models, and stumbling on the sweet spot of around 400 feet in altitude, Scanu has captured dozens of mesmerizing shots of Australia’s coast, cliffs and deserts at amazingly high vantage points. “The thing I love most about drone photography is the fact that you can capture scenes from a perspective that they are never usually viewed from,” Scanu said. “For me, that’s a really interesting concept and it allows you to view landscapes in a different light.”

Gear:

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4

The newly designed DJI Phantom 4 will rock your world with visionary intelligence and an elevated imagination. With new flight modes such as visual tracking, sport mode and fly with tap, the Phantom 4 can capture all possible shots. In addition, with the added capability of sense and avoid, you can now fly without having to worry about crashing into trees. DJI Phantom 4 is Scanu’s drone of choice, and the model he raves about: “I think the thing I love about droning the most is the adrenaline and excitement I get from it each time I take off.” As for his advice to budding drone photographers, Scanu offers, “The only advice I would give to anyone looking at getting involved with droning would be to have fun and give it a go.”

DJI Phantom 3 with 4K Video Camera

DJI Phantom 3

DJI’s Phantom 3 Professional is a complete 4K camera with a 3-axis stabilized gimbal system, and another great option for capturing footage similar to Scanu’s. In addition to video, the camera is capable of shooting up to 12MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format. The battery allows for 23 minutes of uninterrupted flight time, too. The Phantom 3 is a bit easier to pick up, which was Scanu’s biggest challenge when approaching drone photography. “Apart from [familiarizing yourself with the technology], droning is fairly straightforward,” he said. “The closest thing I can compare it to is like playing a video game with a controller; it almost doesn’t seem real. It’s really that effortless, given the environment around you is safe and open.”

Results:

South Maroubra Beach

South Maroubra Beach

Barrenjoey Headland

Barrenjoey Headland

Coal Cliff

Coal Cliff

Bare Island

Bare Island

All images courtesy of Gabriel Scanu.

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