For my fourth test with the new Phantom 3 Professional, I wanted to fly around some obstacles. Up to this point in my testing, I’ve mostly flown in wide open areas where the only thing I really had to pay attention to was what was happening with the quad. The problem here is that wide open flat places don’t make terribly interesting subjects for photos or videos. My goal with shooting aerial images isn’t just to take a picture or video from up high. It’s to get a unique view of something that is interesting on its own. To do this, I decided to test in a beautiful park in midtown Oklahoma City called Edgemere.
Flying around obstacles provides several unique challenges. The most obvious one is maintaining visual contact with the Phantom. The law requires that I can see my quad at all times while flying, but my Superman powers are rusty and I don’t see well through trees. That meant I had to be able to move a little bit while I was flying to achieve certain shots I wanted to get. Walking and piloting a fast moving quadcopter will humble you really quickly.