AERIALS OF NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA
Nestled between the Ca' d'Zan mansion of the Ringling Estate and the University of South Florida sits one of the prettiest and most unique campuses in South Florida. Fronting Sarasota Bay, New College of Florida is an avant-garde public liberal arts school that encourages self-directed study by its students. The director of communications commissioned me to use an unmanned aerial vehicle — a quadcopter with a Sony NEX-7 piloted by my colleague Chris Odom —to update campus imagery and provide images of the new student center.
Quadcopter with NEX-7
Easily one of the most contentious pieces of equipment in photography and videography, UAVs (and we do not favor the continued misuse of the word drone) can provide you with that critical camera position below 400 feet that falls somewhere below a true helicopter and above a scissor lift. They are now being used successfully in a variety of industries for capturing that hard-to-get and unanticipated vantage point. For capturing aerials of the university architecture and layout of building spaces, UAVs like the quadcopter and Chris Odom's new custom-built hexacopter that can fly a DSLR are a less expensive alternative to commissioning a chopper that produce "how did he get that shot" results.
Below are a few examples of our aerial work of Cook Hall, College Hall and the Ca' d'Zan mansion as well as an iPhone snapshot showing the UAV at work during this shoot. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in capturing this type of imagery of your next project.
College Hall and Sarasota Bay
College Hall and Cook Hall
Ca' d'Zan Mansion
Pilot Chris Odom and Quadcopter