drone captures desert at night

Consumer drones brought the power of aerial photography to the masses. Now, anyone with a drone can capture stunning images and video rivaling aerial shots from Hollywood or the best nature documentaries. Die-hard drone flyers are also experimenting with new ways of capturing Earth from above.

Filmmaker Ian Montgomery and a few friends set out to do something you don’t see much of. Shoot drone footage at night. The resulting short film, The Dying of the Light, is incredible. It almost looks like it was shot in the deep ocean. Just missing a creepy looking fish swimming from behind the rocks.

The Dying Of The Light from Pre-Future LLC on Vimeo.

Besides a desert landscape miles away from any light, how did Ian and company shoot this film? First, you’re going to need two drones. Then, a powerful light to shine on the landscape below. Ian used lights from StratusLEDs. The company’s Aerial Array setup runs $699. Hey, no one ever said flying drones was a cheap hobby.

You’ll also need a drone that can carry it. Don’t expect a DJI Phantom 4 or Mavic to lift these lights up. The video description doesn’t say, but the drone carrying the LED setup looks like a Freefly ALTA 8. You can see a drone with eight arms at 1:10 in the video above. These specialized drones come with quite the price tag too. $17,500. And that’s just for the drone. Add another $700 for the controller.

Still, you get what you pay for. You’re not going to find drone footage like this on to many YouTube channels.


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