The art of drone photography

Carl Brightman By Carl Brightman

I recently discovered my love of photography again by using a drone to take photos from a unique and different perspective, photography from impossible angles! Photography reimagined!

I am a classically trained photographer.

I grew up taking photos using film, developing and printing the old-fashioned way, while gaining my BA hons in photography back in 1999.

"Durdle Door is a natural Limestone arch. The name Durdle is derived from old English ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill."

Druilde Door from above

Durdle Door

Back then film was still king, and everything had to be perfectly exposed and further skills utilized in the darkroom to get that perfect Image.

Chapman's Pool, Dorset

Chapman's Pool, Dorset

"The walk to Chapmans pool, which is a small cove to the west of the village of Worth Matravers. The rocks that form the bay are parts of Kimmeridge clay and are rich in fossils"

Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Quay at Sunset

Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Quay at Sunset

I’ve always had a passion for the landscape and love being outdoors.

I think its part of what makes us human and it’s a great escape from the pressures of modern life and a great way to de-stress.

I try to take images that are the essence of the way I feel at that moment.

The photo is my emotional response to the environment I’m in.

It’s great to spend the weekend exploring new places and capturing images from above, I love to go to Dorset and capture the Jurassic coastline.

Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth

Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth

I always like to shoot at sunrise/ sunset, the golden hours, as the light is at its best.

Therefore, there are a lot of early starts...

Usually, I'm up at 4am, have a quick cup of tea and breakfast and check all my equipment, then I'm off to the location!

Durdle Door looking towards Lulworth at sunset from another perspective.

Durdle Door looking towards Lulworth at sunset

Sunsets are easier than sunrise due to time and I usually get there an a few hours before to setup and find the best vantage point, then I wait for the golden hour.

Sunset looking towards White Nothe

White Nothe at Sunset

Here are some of my favourite Locations in Dorset to capture landscape photographs...

Mupe Bay

Mupe Bay

Mupe Bay is only accessible when the Lulworth ranges are open.

It’s an hour walk from Lulworth to get to Mupe Bay.

It’s such a beautiful and quiet place, away from the busy Lulworth Cove and you are often the only person on the beach.

Old Harry Rocks are 3 chalk formations including a stack and a stump, on the Isle of Perbeck.

It’s the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coastline.

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks

Side view of Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks side perspective

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Carl Brightman By Carl Brightman


Carl Brightman is a Remote Sensing Surveyor, Photographer, outdoor enthusiast and Drone pilot.

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