Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), more commonly known as drones, have changed the world in many different ways. One of the most noble is in the area of Wildlife Photojournalism. Will Burrard-Lucas finds himself on the forefront of a new photojournalist discipline- drone photography. His Latest Masterpiece of innovation, the BeetleCopter was used to film a unique and elevating drone videography, The Serengeti. This breathtaking droneography shows the heart of Africa like it has never been seen before.
Will constructed seven BettleCopters for the Serengeti Project. Each was built using mixed parts in order to create a specific platform. A custom gimbal system was built to support the HD Cameras each would carry. After returning from Africa, he spoke of his brainchild:
“Last month I took my new BeetleCopters to the Serengeti in Tanzania for testing. The following footage is a result of two weeks of experimentation. It was shot on a GoPro Hero 3+ (I could have used a larger camera but the lighter GoPro gave me longer flight times). To get this footage I was sometimes a kilometre away from the copter, operating it via a live video feed. These devices have incredible potential in wildlife filmmaking and photography; they are quieter and more manoeuvrable than a normal helicopter so they can get closer to animals with minimal disturbance.”
The world is ever changing and the technology that exists can be used for many things. Will Burrard-Lucas used it to capture the magnificent beauty of the Serengeti.
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