A few mornings ago I forced myself out off the bed, rubbed the cobwebs from my eyes and poured a much-needed cup of coffee. I grabbed my bag (with my drone) and headed out the door for one of my favorite local spots to catch the sunrise, Shem Creek Park. My plan was to fly my drone to about 350 feet, fly back as far as I could for a wide angle capture, and then go home with an award winning image to edit ( I joke). As I was getting in the position I noticed a shrimp boat named the Sea Horse pulling out of the dock and immediately got in position to snap a few picks before it was out of my site and while the composition was right. I got what I got (image below) and then flew higher up to get the shot I set out for. It turned out after getting home that by far the best capture was the one I shot at a lower elevation of the shrimp boat heading out to sea.
Later on that day I posted the image on Facebook where it has received 32 shares and I have had numerous people ask about purchasing a print, etc. Which leads me to my headline. As some of you might know, in August of 2016 the FAA ruled that in order to be compensated for drone work whether it be for real estate photography or just selling an image, you have to pass the FAA 107 test. I have BEEN trying to so hard to find the motivation to study and think I have finally found it. After all, studying is no fun, but turning down money is not easy. Hopefully, I’ll have it soon, but until then, I’ll play by the rules 🙂 Wish me luck!
*visit my photography site at Donnie Whitaker Photography for more images and print options from the Charleston Coast.