One of our activities is that we organise wine tours, wine tours all over the world. One of our destinations is the South African wine lands. On our wine tour to South Africa we usually offer you the option to combine it with a safari, after the “wine segment” of the tour. It is a very special experience.
This video, shot by Raja Picture Company, is a beautiful illustration of what you can see on a safari and of how beautiful the South African landscape can be. (It is a huge country so you have many different kinds of nature.)
It is all shot using a fairly small “consumer” drone (a DJI Mavic Pro). In fact, it is apparently one of the first experiences with a drone for this photographer so it is shot and edited without much fancy effects.
Looking at things from above can be beautiful. There are some stunning views.
Two things strike me though, as a photographer, about this short video.
One is that when filming with a drone you apparently tend to get a lot of animal bums in the footage. Animals tend to run away from unidentified noisy flying objects…
The second thing that struck me, especially the second time I watched it, is that when using a drone I think there is a danger to move too much. All the time the camera is moving which can sometimes take away the viewer’s attention from the beautiful landscape and the majestic animals. The camera is moving all the time.
It might work better if the drone had been stationary sometimes. A mix of moving shots and some where the camera is just simply still and you can enjoy the calm scenery. Maybe just an animal that moves in a frame.