The Making of SEYCHELLES FROM THE AIR part 2 by Doris
If you want to know what this is – read on…
The making of SEYCHELLES FROM THE AIR earned me quite a few queer looks. Some people even gave me a wide berth, as they did not exactly know what to make of an elderly female standing on the beach or in the middle of the pavement staring into the sky with hectic head movements, emitting strange sounds, giving loud orders and sometimes cursing aloud without any smart app or head phones visible.
Those are simply the attributes of a drone spotter.
As the drone operator on his monitor only sees what the camera sees – in which ever direction it is pointed – he does not see where the drone is actually headed and if there are any obstacles or dangers around.
That’s where the spotter comes in.
Normally I start my job as a ‘drone pad’: I stand in a fairly open space holding the drone to be airlifted over my head. Only after that does the hectic start.
Don’t lose sight of it. Easy if it flies I front of a blue sky, but getting difficult with clouds or mountains in the background.
Check for electricity lines, buildings, trees etc…
And last but not least: look out for Tropicbirds. They simply do not like the competition in the air. If it is only one bird at a time it is usually okay. It will take a close look, shout at the drone and go about its own business again. But as soon as there are a few of them they become brave and try to attack. Then I have to shout warnings to the drone operator and send curses up to the birds.
Mostly, everything went fine, but on one occasion when the drone was flying backward and I was asked: “Everything ok?” I did not have enough time to articulate my answer in full.
What I wanted to say was: “It is okay. But do not go any lower.”
As it happened, I only got as far as ‘but’ …
See for yourselves – and turn on your speakers FULL BLAST!!!