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Re: Filming yachts with a drone

The drone debates put me right slap in the mind of the gun debates.

Good work but I'll have to go back and watch it again, while I like the music, it put me off to sleep so quick.
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Convictions have been handed out for shooting at drones.

Stupid is as stupid does.
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Maybe you should consider the bank cameras, traffic cams, and security cameras on many homes and businesses that took your picture practically from the moment you stepped out of your house until you got to the marina. Slight exaggeration but, are you going to shoot all those too? What is the difference?
A silly argument. The difference is that we chose to go to the bank and on public roads, and the cameras serve valid security functions. A drone buzzing over head is not something I will accept since it serves no useful function for me. I could counter with silly arguments of my own; why not look up a lady's skirt? She is out in public. Why not cameras in public bathrooms? Bad things can happen in the stalls. The obvious reason is because we share certain expectations of privacy. A drone can easily break them.

We have a reasonable expectation of privacy from any elevated view point both in a boat and in our backyards. In my mind this makes operation at low altitude in residential areas or around boats a fundamental invasion of privacy, just like trespassing and no different than being a peeping tom. High altitude with wide angle lenses I have no problem with, since I have no reasonable expectation that my house will not be subject to aerial survey. I don't care about drones at a fair, though I still see no purpose (I find the video boring. Actually, I find most video boring). There have been a few cases where privacy violations have been enforced against drone pilots, just like the poparazzi. Also, there are a great many counties where the operation of model aircraft is prohibited; I've seen drone confiscated in those circumstances.
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I had my first real go at filming some yachts under-sail this weekend... What do you think?

https://youtu.be/lRT0Pzsp304

I hope you enjoy it just half as much as I did making it!

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Re: Filming yachts with a drone

I agree with many here that drones can be irritating and intrusive. However, Halcyon's use of his drone was from quite a high altitude which helped preserve a modicum of privacy of the boaters below. I appreciate that. The footage and the music were well done.

I put his work on par with someone standing on a bridge, filming sailboats passing below. No harm done, lovely images.

The problem occurs when the drone begins violating people's "personal space" such as getting close or zooming way in, to leer at an attractive woman sunbathing on the bow, for example.
Everyone has a different definition of "personal space" which is why the issue of public vs. privacy is a bit difficult to nail down. Even in public, people have a right to expect that voyeurs will not stand on top of them, breathing down their neck whether in person, or by using a drone as a proxy.
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I hate drones! Caused nothing but problems for those of us who play with rc stuff legally and follow the rules.
Wouldn't be bad IF drone operators would follow the basic rules outlined for RC flight. In fact I'd be all for it as it would expand the hobby.
Sucks that people who fly drones in a proper respectful manner get lumped in with the creeps/pervs and a**holes.
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The drone debates put me right slap in the mind of the gun debates..

Or the Florida "Don't Park In My Backyard" debate.

Yes I can see someone getting upset if a drone appeared to be spying/peeping at your daughters that were sunbathing topless behind a fence or on the deck of your boat for that matter.
But a guy just flying his toy around harmlessly filming some boats or landscapes, Big Friggen Deal.

I have a couple of small drones and will be getting a DJI sooner or later but every time I think about ordering one the next latest and greatest turns up...... Dang those innovators... And when I do finally start using one more if some damn fool shoots it down it will be a bad day for us both.
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Re: Filming yachts with a drone

The typical attitude that I just commented on that is ruining the hobby for everybody......don't whine when they are finally banned, nobody to blame but yourself.

Right out of the AMA rulebook

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RADIO CONTROL (RC)
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All pilots shall avoid flying directly over unprotected people, vessels, vehicles or structures and shall avoid endangerment of
life and property of others.


States it pretty well, stay the hell away from me and my boat!
Don't want to follow the rules, your choice, don't be surprised with the outcome.

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It can be annoying, if not unsettling, when a drone is flying above and no one else is in sight and you have no idea who is flying the drone or for what purpose. Not to mention that the sound of the drone is irritating when you are enjoying a quiet day on the water.

At a crowded park or beach or fair, or even in a harbor with lots of other boats, I really don't care, have at it. But if you see my boat with no one else around on a day like this, please let us relax and enjoy the day. I won't shoot down the drone, but I will think that you are an a-hole if you come by and film us.

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Careful ... I had a drone follow me not long ago. Had a go at it with a high powered pellet gun ... missed, dammit !
If this site had a thumbs up / thumbs down feature, I'd give you a thumbs up for shooting at the drone and a thumbs down for missing.
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