Category Archives: Drone

High Uintas

High Uintas, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 2016 from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

Here’s some footage from last summer’s camping trip to the Uinta Mountains in the Wasatch-Uinta-Cache National Forest in Utah. We actually carried the drone to the top of Bald Mountain (~12,000 ft). Not a bad hike, but quite a view from the top. It handled well up there, but as you can see the footage gets a little jumpy because of the wind up there.

Up and Away

Chicken Creek and the South Fork of the Ogden River from the Air from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

It’s not uncommon for me to find photography oriented gifts under the tree on Christmas morning; however, this year my wife outdid herself. As I was watching our kids open their gifts, suddenly my daughter set in front of me a fair size box wrapped with red and white Santa paper. Inside was a Phantom 3 UAV.

I’ve been pretty careful while I learn to fly it. YouTube is full of compilations of drone crashes, and I didn’t want to make that dubious honor. The more I use it though, the more I love the fusion of tech and creativity it offers. The iOS app that you use to operate it is fantastic. I’ve been building a little confidence with it, so I decided to take it up to the Ogden Valley and see what I could find to photograph. As you can see the sky was overcast and the light was poor, but it was still a blast. Here’s a short video of some of that footage.