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09 March 2018

Indiantown Marina From The Air | Fun With Drones & Aerial Photos

Our friend, Tech Tom, came to visit the other day. We call him Tech Tom for a reason - he's a gadget guy with the uncanny ability to fix almost anything electronic. So when he showed up with his new toy - a drone - I wasn't really surprised.

I've never actually seen a drone up close and personal. They're both fascinating and scary. The thought of anyone being able to zoom in and see what you're up to is a bit frightening. But, on the flip side, the footage they shoot is pretty cool.

I extracted a few photos from the raw footage. I'm not sure if extracted is the right word, but I'm not very technical, unlike Tom.

You can see our boat in this photo. It's the sailboat with the gray tarp over the boom in the corner. It has one solar panel on it. Our friends next to us on Wind Spirit have three huge solar panels. They have no shortage of electricity on board, which is probably why they can operate an ice maker when out cruising.


Here's one taken from much further up. I think at one point Tom said the drone was flying at 500'. You can see some boats on the hard in the parking lot. At the height of hurricane season and for many months afterwards, there were lots of boats where you would normally find cars. Indiantown is considered to be a hurricane hole (as much as any place can really be considered to be safe during hurricanes these days) and boats come here to hide out from storms.


This is a view to the west. If you follow the canal, you eventually hit Lake Okeechobee. If you go the other way you end up in Stuart.


In this photo you can see the marina off to the left and the boat storage yard and work yard off to the right. We have a Ladies Walking Posse that walks up this road in the mornings.


Here's another view of the canal. See that dark cloud on the left? That's from the burning of the sugar cane fields. When they burn, ash flies everywhere and ends up on your boat. Sure fire way to make sure they burn the fields - wash your boat. Next thing you know, there will be ash everywhere.


This is a picture from the drone landing. This must be what the world looks like from a cat's perspective, down low to the ground. Tom asked me if I wanted to fly the drone. I wisely said no. The last thing I wanted to be responsible for was crashing an expensive gadget into the alligator infested water.



Have you ever flown a drone? Have you ever seen what your house/boat/RV looks like from above?

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20 comments:

  1. That's rather cool. Someone at our church has one and has used it to get great shots of outdoor events.

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  2. I'd like to have a drone but I would probably crash it in no time.
    It's really cool to see your home from a different perspective, though.

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    1. It is fascinating to see what things look like from above. For one thing, my boat looks a lot cleaner than it does up close and personal.

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  3. I do love drones when they mind their manners. Cool photos!

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    1. Yes, that is an issue when drones fly to close or invade your space.

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  4. When I first started seeing aerial boat photos the were being done with kites. I so wanted to do that - fly a kite with a remote control camera. Then everyone started having drones - which I guess is much easier than trying to take pictures while flying a kite. Drone pics are cool, but I don't need one. Maybe I will figure out the kite thing or just have Greg winch me up the mast like usual. Cool pics!

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    1. I like the idea of using a kite. What would be even cooler is to attach Bob to the kite as well. I think he'd like a little trip into the air.

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  5. I've never flown a drone, but have watched a young man fly his in Pacifica, California a couple years ago. It was most delightful to watch too. I've not seen my boat from above.

    Your waterways look much like ours do. Takes you to the sea eventually.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Ellen. ♥

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    1. They do take you to the sea eventually :-) One way is quicker than the other, but they both get there in the end.

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  6. We had our first drone encounter on Monday. Our new boat broker brought in a pilot to shoot some video of Cambria under sail. As luck would have it, we went from dead calm to 20 knots of breeze so he was able to get some good footage. But as cool as it's going to be to see the boat sailing, drones have always freaked me out and this experience only cemented my feelings -- I just don't like things that hover and buzz.

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    1. It really freaked me out when it was hovering near me. Drone footage for selling your boat is a great idea. I bet it looks amazing.

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  7. While i've seen the google earth photo of our house from above, that was before we lost our trees. The idea of drones taking pictures of everything is scary.

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    1. It definitely has some scary aspects. Soon there will be no privacy left.

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  8. I'm paranoid enough that I close my blinds at night. I'm like you and would probably feed his expensive toy to the gators. ~grin~ Be well!

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  9. I've seen some interesting presentations about drones at some ham club meetings, and a ham friend of ours in Tennessee owns one. We played with it a little when we visited last time, and while they can serve a useful purpose, I have no desire to own one, or to fly one. There may not be any gator-infested waters in the mountains of Tennessee, but I'm sure I'd figure out some other inventive way to destroy it... :)

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    1. Yes, there are always trees and powerlines to crash into :-)

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  10. The only way I have seen our boat from above was after climbing the mast. Pretty cool perspective. Drones have become popular with cruisers as well. They shoot amazing footage, but I’d be worried to crash it, just like you. And, I don’t want to go through hours of video to pick the best frames, either.

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    1. It actually didn't take that long to go thru the footage. And it was surprisingly easy to do.

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