Drone photography is a innovative application of the ancient craft and it’s making and taking pictures of the world from whole, new heights.
Photographs are now appearing from angles and heights that were simply out of bounds up to this.
I got a batch of such photographs from an early morning – this morning – session by Castleisland native, Leitrim resident, Micheal O’Rourke.
They show Castleisland from angles only birds have seen it from up to now and Michael couldn’t resist the fine spell of weather to create the collection.
A drone is a miniature aircraft and about the size of a model aeroplane and it’s fitted with a camera. They are piloted by either onboard computers or by a remote control from the ground.
Drones have been used for military and special operation applications in recent history, but modern technology has allowed companies to manufacturer commercial versions for consumer use.
Their use in built-up areas is still a topic of legal discussion and there are health and safety issues around their use also. However, they’re unlikely to clutter the skies over Castleisland as any kind of decent models are well over the €1,000 mark and they do tend to crash a bit. Anyway, Michael O’Rourke can take his place in the history of Castleisland as its first Drone Photographer.
I think the pictures show what a lovely, compact little town we have. Have a look and have fun making out the various landmarks and lesser known areas of the town we love so well. My thanks to Michael for the use of the historic collection in The Maine Valley Post this evening.