Friday, October 31, 2014

Check out these aerial pictures of the First Ward park construction

Developer Daniel Levine's taken some interesting aerial pictures of the construction under way at the new First Ward county park near the UNC Charlotte Center City building. Check it out:




When I first got these from his PR person, Colleen Brannan, my first thought was, 'Boy, that helicopter sure was flying low over the site.' Silly me. In today's Age of Gadgets, I should have realized it was an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Attention FAA: I didn't use the D-R-O-N-E word).

Levine, answering my questions via email through Brannan, said he shot the photos in about 9 minutes with his DJI Phantom, which cost about $1,500. "Before, it would have cost me about $1,000 and two weeks to get those images," he said.

He's had it for about five weeks. Ben Wilhelm with Shiel Sexton Construction turned him on to the idea by giving him a live demo with a UAV. Levine thought they were some of the best aerial shots of the city he's seen in three decades. Levine said he's always been a photo enthusiast; his mom was one of the founding members of The Light Factory and had a darkroom at their house.


The photos show the park and related infrastructure work is well under way. The asphalt demolition is complete, Brannan says, and grading and utility work is in progress.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool. :)

Anonymous said...

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2014/07/06/drones-commercial-usage-illegal-faa-real-estate-realtors-developers/12262513/

Jon said...

I was just about to comment that I thought using drones for commercial purposes was against the law when I noticed the article above from the Des Moines Register. Seeing as that we live in a city with a very large hub airport, there seems to be another story that should be looked into here.

Anonymous said...

This is VERY illegal. I hope someone reports this to the FAA. Flying a drone (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is dangerous and not allowed in populated areas, especially for commercial purposes.

The Observer, by publishing these pictures, is supporting this activity.

Anonymous said...

Flying a Drone for commercial purposes and with permission from the property owner is NOT illegal in NC.

Anonymous said...

He's not even flying it for commercial purposes. The developer bought the qaudcopter himself and is taking photos of his own project. Everyone is quick to judge. Jeez.

Ed McDonald said...

Notice that the "alarmed" posts are from anonymous commenters. Trolls.

Grace Nicolette said...

Very attractive images, you have added here. Really Aerial photos are very helpful for everyone to know different things. Aerial photography is not only fun for the photographers but also provides one of the most picturesque views of the things one wants to capture through the lenses. Aerial photography can cover a wide landscape and provide a panoramic view.