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Drones: a new perspective
The eye in the sky and a drone sacrificed for your eyes only.

Technology is a double-edged sword. The products of technology, sometimes intended for the greater good of mankind, often end up impacting human life negatively. Take flying, and by extension, drones, for example.

The technology that made flying machines possible opened up entirely new perspectives on the world we live in. Almost as soon as people figured out how to fly mechanical devices (from hot-air balloons to airplanes) they realized that it would be much safer for everyone if those machines could travel on their own. The same people also quickly came to the conclusion that these unmanned flying devices could be used to bring death from above to their fellow humans. Thus drones were born... as air balloons. Historically, the first drones were designed and used for the purpose of war. Thankfully, cooler and more rational minds later recognized that drones could be put to much better use. Reliable autonomous flying machines can indeed help expand, enrich and entertain the lives of all of us Earthlings -- as opposed to blowing us up.

Case in point: as most drone operators and enthusiasts know, a modern drone equipped with a camera can take us to greater heights, provide us with a wider range of angles and perspectives, and ultimately reach places we otherwise couldn't get near. The perfect example of this showed up on the web a few weeks ago (March 19th, 2021) when the volcano of Geldingadalir (Fagradalsfjalli, Iceland) rose through the crust of the Earth and started spilling lava. From a human perspective, this phenomenon qualifies as death from below; one that you probably want to avoid experiencing at close range. Yet a volcano is also a magnificent sight. Thanks to videographer Stefan Forster, who flew to Iceland to take the video (below), you can experience the astonishing visuals, shot from an extra-ordinary angle, comfortably and safely seated in your home office -- or wherever you watch YouTube. 

In the words of cinematographer Stefan Forster: "For this footage, I brought 3 Mavic 2 Pro drones with me. One was sacrificed for the very close-up shots. As those flights through the lava spray were pure luck and the drones record the footage internally I recorded the screen of my remote control that in case of losing it I would at least have the final shots saved on my mobile phone. But this lucky bee survived to the very end. The drone is completely melted from the outside and there are so many malfunctions and errors that it’s funny to fly - BUT it still flies and captures photos and videos." (source)

Enjoy. In 4K if you can.


You can also watch the eruption live on several YouTube channels, such as this one:

Last modified on April 16, 2021, 6:02 pm
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