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24/05/18
I just came across this bit of news on YouTube and thought it had some relevence to drones. Impressive stuff.

23/05/18
Not a lot to write home about at the moment. Busy day on Sunday, shooting for an independent production company in Wiltshire. The weather was perfect for drone filming. An absolute perfect day, light winds and pretty good visibility, which is more than I can say for today while undertaking some test flights with fellow pilot David Hart on the Bristol downs, in pretty hazy conditions...

10/05/18

If you're like me and love flying, then you'll always try and get the window seat at every opportunity. Although these days, I like to sit in an aisle seat to ensure easy access to the small room! Clambering across other passengers, upsetting their snooze and spilling coffee across everyone is not my idea of fun. But whenever I do take time to look outside of that sought after window seat, I never cease to be amazed at how the world takes on such a different perspective.

As a photographer perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. I love the way clouds cast their shadows across the terrain, the way different landscapes vary so much within your view, and when the sun goes down, wow, the beautiful long shadows cast by the mountains draw beautiful shapes so clearly defining areas of the land all those thousands of feet below.

The world up high is most definitely seen in a completely different perspective. So the next time you're thinking about how best to film or photograph something, think skywards and imagine how much more interesting, informative and exciting an aerial perspective can be when captured with
a drone.
09/05/18
I wrote this a couple of years ago, but thought it was worth reposting, thinking it may bring a smile to a few faces.

Having spent my entire career behind the lens of a camera, including 35mm film, TV, video and stills, it never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to smile to myself over some of the comments that I've heard over the years. Some are silly, some have been rude and insulting, but most just make me giggle inside. Here's a selection of some I can remember, and I promise, these are all true...

"Do you shoot professionally?"
"How heavy is your camera."
"My goodness, that's a big one!"
"Now you've taken all the photographs I guess you can put your feet up."
"Can I look at the photos on that screen thing on your camera?"
"I can't make my camera work, can you take a look at it for me."
"How can I become a photographer?"
"Can you take a photo of me with my Iphone?"
"How do you turn your colour photos into black and white?"
"Digital is so much better than film, because you can edit the photos in the camera"
"Why are you shooting with two cameras."
"How long did it take for you to become a photographer?"
"Do you take baby photographs?"
"Can you take a picture in black and white and add some colour to a small area?"
"Point that camera at me and I'll stick it up your a**e!"
"Have you shot any porn?"
"How much for cash?"
"I hate having my photograph taken." (I hear this one 95% of the time!)
"Can you Photoshop out my wrinkles?" (This one too)

And the best one EVER...
"Photography is so much easier these days, because if you mess up the photograph you can correct it in Photoshop."

I hope these made you smile. Have a good day...
03/05/18
Article c/o: SUASNews.com

AgEagle Aerial Systems, an aerial drone imagery collection and analytics company, has closed its merger transaction with EnerJex Resources, pursuant to which AgEagle becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of EnerJex Resources, Inc. EnerJex will be renamed AgEagle Aerial Systems and will begin trading on March 27th on NYSE American under the ticker symbol UAVS. In addition, on March 26, 2018, the company closed a private placement of its shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock to institutional investors raising gross proceeds of $4,000,000.

“The completion of this merger and subsequent financing is a significant milestone for our company,” commented Bret Chilcott, founder and CEO of AgEagle. “We can now aggressively execute on our vision of becoming a leading drone and data analytics company in PrecisionAg, while generating meaningful value for our shareholders. We plan to invest and grow the data analytics division of our business to provide farmers with actionable insights to help them generate healthier crops more efficiently.

AgEagle’s lie of automated flying drones collect valuable information for farmers by flying over large fields of corn, soybeans, wheat and other types of crops, collecting thousands of ultra-high-resolution pictures using sophisticated near-infrared sensors (cameras). The images can be loaded to the cloud midflight through cellular connectivity and stitched together to form one large, near-infrared, aerial view. Healthy plants reflect more near-infrared light while unhealthy plants absorb the light. Using this high resolution, near-infrared image, a farmer or an agronomist is able to create a ‘prescription map’ that is then fed into the computers that guide large precision crop sprayers. As a result, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and nutrients can be applied more precisely in the fields – saving money, increasing the amount of yield per acre, and improving the environmental impact of farming.

AgEagle’s board of directors includes company founder and CEO Bret Chilcott, a representative from stakeholder Raven Industries, Tom Gardner, a data analytics expert, and Grant Begley, formerly the senior advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for drones and corporate leader to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for their respective drone initiatives.

Following the completion of the merger and one for twenty-five reverse stock-split, there are now 9,886,305 million shares of common stock outstanding. Details of the merger transaction, private placement and further information about AgEagle will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC.

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