Lake District's very own dedicated aerial photography/video service using the latest drone technology. We also will provide aerial photographs and video for:- Weddings Domestic Property Hotels/B&B Commercial Property Pets Special Events Mountain Climbing Hiking Farm animal/Farmland Management Sporting Events Aerial Inspection Light Aircraft
Lakeside Hotel Windermere requested a shoot to show what great views they have from the front of their hotel. The Lakeside Hotel wanted a drone to fly away from bedroom on the front over Windermere. Skylark Aerial Photography suggested it would be good to film within the bedroom using hand held 3 axis gimbal, then to fly through the bedroom window. A scientific approach was used whereby height measurements were taken to ascertain the exact position of the camera in relation to the window. When the drone took over from the outside the exact same position could be used. All the filming was shot flat so both the internal view of the outside could be colour matched with the drone filming.
As you can image it was not as simple as you think, even though the location heights and position of drone to fly from were known, it took at least 10 shoots before we were happy. A lot of pilot skill was required to return back to the same point at the bedroom window. This is where flying in excess of 300 hours a year helps.
A little information about Lakeside Hotel Windermere
From the moment you arrive at our luxurious Four-star Superior hideaway in the heart of the English Lake District it feels like home. With restful bedrooms, delicious fine dining inspired by fresh local produce and indulgent treatments in our luxury spa and pool, Lakeside is the perfect place to escape.
Our seamless blend of country-house character and contemporary four star luxury will make you feel completely at home – whether taking tea in the conservatory, relaxing in the pool or enjoying a glass of Champagne on the lake terrace.For getaways, get-togethers and all kinds of celebrations, our professional service and relaxed warmth make every occasion special.
A request to shoot a Sealine SC35 Luxury Cruiser could not be turned down. Darren the skipper and owner of the boat required an expert drone pilot to film from both on board and from the shore as many different aspects as possible of a cruise to promote on his website and YouTube. Working with Jamie from Harper Audio Visual Media who shot the ground based stills http://harperavm.com/index.html
Based at the premier facility ‘Windermere Marina Village’ which is situated just outside Bowness, Darren skippers his cruiser which is perfect for a birthday, proposal, wedding, holiday trip, business event – any special occasion.
It was felt that combining one of the key venues in the shoot would be best use of time. Darren has an arrangement with Storrs Hall on Windermere whereby persons or parties can hire and board his boat from the jetty there.
The lake cruise shoot was carried out using the faithful DJI Mavic. Although not really suited to low light levels due to its camera size, it came into its element for this shoot. We were able to launch from the bow of the boat and land on matting to make sure the drone had a firm grip when returning to the deck and did not slide off. A 2nd shoot was carried out from Storrs Hall jetty area to capture the boat coming in and going out. Some of the grounds at Storrs were also filmed.
There was so much good footage that the edit took a little while to produce, but by gradually whittling down each piece of raw footage and finding a suitable soundtrack we feel that we have produced one of our best films.
Last word from Darren “Hi Simon – just looked now, it is brilliant, thank you!”
With a good seven weeks of fantastic weather, the season for property shoots has been long and I’m pleased to say predictable with out trying to find that day with sunshine. No back logs and rushing when a day of sun is forecast and there are five properties to film. No estate agents asking why the aerial filming has not been completed because of poor weather.
Because the weather has been great and there is plenty of opportunity to deploy a drone or two then you can take your time and experiment with other angles, shoot more footage then try out something different with the editing. It may or may not work but its experience which could be used elsewhere
Here at Skylark Aerial Photography we have invested in new drones and gear to stay one step ahead. You always have to invest to stay ahead of the rest. New technology allows you to provide your customers with more variation to your filming and in our case film in all weathers.
Humbert’s of Windermere provide a great variety of properties to aerial film and the stunning locations just help. We are very lucky as a lot of the properties are looking over Windermere, Coniston Water or Ullswater. If your happy to fly over water for extended periods then you can really take excellent footage. We shall be providing advice in a later blog on deploying a drone over water and shooting from a moving boat.
An example of a property shoot near water is Wall Holm Cottage, Glenridding, Ullswater, Lake District, Cumbria, UK
This was shot for Humbert’s and really shows the location. Aerial filming will provide both stills and video to showcase the property and the area. So the next time you want to showcase your property give Skylark Aerial Photography a call.
Red Bull TV Shoot: The Way of the Wildcard – John McAvoy – The Ironman Set Free.
Skylark Aerial Photography was commissioned to film the aerial sequences of John McAvoy in the series The Way of the Wildcard.
This is the story of John McAvoy from his childhood to where he is now. The video is over 13 minutes long but well worth the watch if you want to see how John went from childhood, armed robber, getting caught, conviction and then turning his life around.
The turn around takes place in prison where he wants to change his life and begins to train and look at world records. He then trained on the rowing machine and broke the world record. Darren his prison officer championed him on. From then on he turned his back on crime and started to train to become a professional athlete when he served his time. John focused on becoming an Iron Man but also going into schools and prisons to to talk about his life and how you can turn your life around if you focus and leave crime behind and achieve anything in your life and believe in your heart you can do it. This also motivates John.
John’s experiences in his early life have allowed him to focus, train and turn professional athlete when he completed the Iron Man course in less than 9 hrs 20 minutes.
Its a great motivating film to watch and shows you that you can turn your life around.
The Aerial Filming
Look out the aerials taken by Skylark Aerial Photography and the very early morning shoot. The drone was an Inspire 1 Pro with X5 camera and Olympus 25mm Prime Lens.
To all you budding drone operators out there, you do not have to use the latest Inspire 2 with X5S camera to achieve great results. In fact all of the Skylark TV shoots are shot with X5 and Olympus lenses.
Skylark Aerial Photography has gone back to its roots and invested in another Inspire 1 original. The operational flight time, X3 camera and video down link are so much better than the new Inspires.
Skylark Aerial Photography has a very comprehensive kit bag of equipment and accessories.
We believe to offer our clients the best service we need to have a a variety of equipment to provide the very best in drone filming. We also regulate rotate our equipment such as drones and every two years will update or replace.
DJI Mavic Pro (will be updated this October to the new DJI Mavic with improved camera)
DJI Inspire 1 with X3 Camera
DJI Inspire 1 Pro with X5 Camera (2 controllers)
All Weather drone. Largest in the fleet and capable of operating in rain, snow, from water and in winds of up to 30mph
4 Mavic Batteries
7 Inspire Batteries
4 All weather drone batteries
45amp Portable Lithium Battery Power Pack capable of recharging all batteries in the field and ancillary equipment
36amp Wet Cell Battery Power Pack for laptops, business radios
Olympus 25mm Prime
Olympus 45mm Telephoto
Olympus 14mm to 42mm Pancake Zoom
ND filters various
Hand Held Osmo
Stabilised DJI gimbal for hand held filming using either X3 or X5 cameras
DJI Goggles to operate Mavic and Inspire
2 Ipads for operations
Business Radios and Transceiver
Business radios 5w fully licensed to allow communication between the crew
Transceiver licensed to allow communication with other air users
Bespoke office to operate from
High end 4K Apple Mac
Final Cut Pro
Outdoor Clothing and Ancillary Equipment to Operate all Day in the Fells
All season walking boots
Water proof over trousers
All season water proof/wind proof coat
One man tent all season
40L back pack
Our Kit Bag provides Skylark Aerial Photography with a great variety of equipment, and remember we can operate even when the weather would not allow other drone operators to deploy.
Skylark Aerial Photography will be taking delivery of an all weather drone within the next few weeks. Following discussions with the Chinese manufacturer we will be pleased to take delivery of the drone and provide feedback information to the manufacturer about its performance.
The all weather drone will be a great addition to our fleet of three DJI drones and allow us to not be completely dependent on DJI.
It will give us significant advantage as an operator in the North West allowing deployment in rain, snow and windy conditions (30mph). Using the latest technology the camera lens will remain clear of rain enabling filming even in the most damp conditions.
A number of exiting clients have requested wet weather shots and we shall be pleased to carry out this work and offer filming to new clients. One of the biggest areas of operation will be all weather woodland surveys, allowing aerial mapping to continue during the wettest spells.
The drone will be the heaviest in the fleet and the most expensive.
For film crews requiring the certainty that a drone will be able to fly even if the weather is wet will allow Skylark Aerial Photography to deliver. The drone offers other benefits for use in possible search and rescue situations where the weather would prevent deployment of the usual drones being used.
A significant advantage we believe at Skylark Aerial Photography will be the non reliance on the DJI drone fleet, currently there have been issue’s of firmware problems related to the DJI updates preventing on occasions the Inspires operating, control issues, image transmission and satellite lock to name a few. By using another manufacture it is hoped that we will be able to deploy a drone at all time’s.
Operating here in the Lake District of the UK where there is an abundance of water the all weather drone will come into its own.
Skylark Aerial Photography is very happy to offer drone flight training on your drone whether your new to the technology or have been flying a drone for a while and want some advice how best to capture some great subject matter using a high level of flying techniques. With over 200 hours flying a year for many customers we have learnt a thing or two abut drones and how to use them safely but effectively.
Initially we were asked a number of occasions to provide training to those that have received or just purchased a new drone. We can set the drone up from when its opened out of its packaging or if its already being used. A bespoke training course has been produced to go through all those stages including the legal requirements.
A lot of clients are just a little apprehensive about flying their drone for the first time, we are there to help through that stage and provide confidence. The course last around 3 hours but by the end of it you will have learnt about.
Our students have been film makers, photographers, students and hobby drone operators.
RegulationsTheory of FlightFlying the DroneEmergency Procedures
Should you wish to take a course just drop us an email or call and we can organise a suitable time and date. Course paperwork is provided.
Skylark Aerial Photography was pleased to participate in the Windermere Boat Show 2018 and have a small stand at the show as well as take a number of aerial stills for the show organiser Joe Beaumont.
The show took place from 18th May to the 20th May with blue skies. From its early beginning’s the show has grown since 2016 and promotes the best of those involved in the marine business for the Lake District and beyond.
Joe Beaumont stated:-
“2018 will see the Windermere Boat Show 2018 expand on the huge success of previous years bringing an element of adventure for folks of all ages on and off the water.
The shores of England’s largest lake will come alive with local companies offering water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, wake boarding and sailing, plus a huge collection of vessels, new and used, from small motor boats to large luxury yachts will be on display to view with local artisan food stalls offering a taste of Cumbria to keep you going for the day”.
‘Entry is free and there is something to enjoy for the whole family’, says Joe Beaumont, Event Organiser.
There was a lot of interest in the Skylark Aerial Photography stand with its blue gazebo in the company colour’s. With a number of drones on show, John Brooks and Simon Handley discussed the commercial drone world with many visitors and took over 9 confirmed requirements for aerial work ranging from filming yachts to providing Bradford County Council with information about drone operation in urban areas for a Ministry of Transport backed paper being researched into their use with council’s.
Filming The Wainwright Walks. Filming began over the bank holiday weekend in May for On Y Va Films in the stunning Lake District of some of the Wainwright Fells. “In 2018, we’ll be releasing our films on our YouTube channel about walking the Wainwrights in the glorious Lake District”.
Filming took place over 8 hours whilst walking the Mosedale Horseshoe.
The High Level Route takes in the wonderful path climbing above Pillar Rock high on the Ennerdale face of Pillar before climbing directly to the summit. Wasdale Head is the start of this Lake District walk that includes Pillar, Steeple, Scoat Fell and Red Pike. In addition Looking Stead, Black Sail Pass and Dore Head are also included in this Mosedale Horseshoe. Choose a fine day as the views throughout are tremendous.
A short distance along the ridge from Black Sail Pass you will find the start of the High Level Route, one of the best routes in the Lake District. The small path contours around the side of the fell in and out of several combes until it reaches the Robinson Cairn, here you will have your first views of Pillar Rock.
The High Level Route continues, climbing up to the left to climb the Shamrock Traverse above Pillar Rock where a short scramble will lead to the summit of Pillar.
The views from Pillar are fantastic, over to Wasdale to Scafell Pike, down Ennerdale to the Irish Sea or across the Solway coast.
From Pillar you will continue on the ridge to the summit of Scoat Fell where a short detour will bring you onto the sharp rocky summit of Steeple a high spire above the Ennerdale Valley.
After returning over Scoat Fell, then descend along the Red Pike ridge to Stirrup Crag where a short scramble leads onto summit ridge of Yewbarrow, although the lowest of our summits today the views on a good day over Wastwater from the summit ridge with great views.
A short steep descent leads down from the end of the Yewbarrow ridge and descends back to the Wasdale Valley and back to Wasdale Head.