Hanalei Bay from the Drone

The weather was a bit overcast, so not the best for drone flying, but at least it didn’t wind up in the Pacific.

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Drone Flying at Dreamforce 2014

Dreamforce, San Francisco and Drones. What could be better?

My official purpose of being out here is to get feedback and engagement about the product my new, and still somewhat stealthy company is working on. And you know what? The feedback has been awesome. It’s extremely gratifying.

I’ve had two moments when I was able to sneak away and get the drone flying in the air to take some arial shots of the 100,000 crowded into SOMA for Dreamforce.

At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street
At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street

First flight went great, but the second flight, I guess I was a bit too ambitious and flew the drone up into the fog of San Francisco.

The Fog of Dreamforce
The Fog of Dreamforce

This then broke the connection with my remote controller and the drone – while the drone was at about 400 feet! Luckily the drone has a ‘return to home‘ mode, so it flew back to me and auto-landed in a crowd of about 100 people. I was really worried it would hit someone, or cause damage, but it didn’t. Whew!

I’m not going to fly it today — too many people to meet with — perhaps tomorrow again.

So Much for the Lunar Eclipse

I got the drone out of it’s bed early this morning to fly about 1,000 feet over Boston to get a good look at the lunar eclipse. Unfortunately the cloud cover was pretty intense, so I couldn’t see anything particularly spectacular. I guess you’ll have to go here to see that.

Nonetheless some interesting shots of Boston in the early morning.

Boston pre-dawn
Boston pre-dawn
Boston at dawn with too many clouds
Boston at dawn with too many clouds
Looking West from Jamaica Plain
Looking West from Jamaica Plain

Drone Photos taken from Jamaica Pond and Brookline Village

You're seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.
You’re seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.
Slightly different angle but still seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.
Slightly different angle but still seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.
Brookline Village from the air
Brookline Village from the air
Me flying the drone (with kids)
Me flying the drone (with kids)