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Welcome to Under The Glass. I’ve owned this domain for some years now and decided to bring it back to life. It started when I got an interest in photography. I bought myself a Nikon D50 and eventually upgraded to a D90. In my quest to become a better photographer I stumbled across City Daily Photo (CDP) blog. CDP was an index of a bunch of blogs around the world that would chronicle a specific city. I was intrigued and used Under The Glass to chronicle the city I live in Leominster MA.

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I fell in love with the workflow of photography. My enjoyment was in post-processing, where I discovered that I had an artistic side. I jumped in all the way, learning the in and out of Photoshop. Eventually, Photomatrix came along and I developed a love for HDR.

St. Cecilia's school

As time went by, I found that I didn’t have the time to put into photography that I used to have. Life is funny like that at times. Other interests came and went such as kite flying. I looked into kite aerial photography and actually bought a harness to launch my camera. I never got around to buying the kite that would offer enough stability to send a $1000 camera up into the air.

I soon learned that the best camera to have was the one that was on you. Here is where smartphones got interesting. They now have specs that are much better than my original DSLR. The best thing about it is that you usually always have a phone with you, well at least I do.

Still wanting to do aerial photography I’ve been keeping my eyes on drones. I almost bought a DJI Phantom 3 when they came out. The strange thing was I never wanted to take the financial plunge. Strange for me at least, I’m usually not shy about spending money. I started looking at the Phantom 4 when they came out and then a few months ago started looking at the Mavic which I found was a little cheaper. Still not taking the plunge I saw an announcement that DJI just released the Mavic 2 pro and Mavic 2 zoom.

I ended up buying the Mavic 2 pro. What an impressive drone DJI has released. It has a 20-megapixel Hasselblad camera with a 1″ CMOS sensor. It also will shoot 4k video at 30 frames per second. I’ve had a couple of cheap racing drones before and found them hard to fly. Flying DJI drone is like flying a Porche. It is unbelievable the tech that DJI has put into their drone. There is a reason that they are at the top of the industry.

Skyview Middle School

The above photo was from my first flight. Need to learn how to control the camera and everything about the drone. I’m excited to get back into photography, especially from the sky. I think drones allow a different perspective that I can’t wait to exploit. Expect to see more ‘art’ coming from me as I learn more about aerial photography,

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