Breathtaking video taken using a remotely controlled quadcopter. These flying camera platforms allow film makers to put cameras in places that would have previously been impossible without a helicopter. I can't wait for the next stage in their evolution, automated flight planning and tracking, giving us our own personal flying videographer.
This 8 minute documentary on the U2 features pilot interviews and some beautiful in-flight footage. The U2 is described as the most difficult aircraft in the world to land, requiring the pilot to stall the aircraft when they are just a foot or two above the runway. Any higer and the aircraft will bounce, potentially causing it to stall from a greater height damaging the airframe and sensor package. Pressure suits and helmets reduce the pilots visibilty making it hard for them to tell just how close they are to the runway. A chase car with pilot has to talk the U2 pilot down on every landing.
I am a sucker for photography videos. The best of these break down the art form and share the foundational elements of great photography.
Reuters photographer shares 7 photojournalism tips.
This is worthh watching for the slideshow alone. One thing that stands out for me is how often the photographer moves the viewers perspective. We are rarely shown things at eye level.