SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Aerial views of the city are always stunning, but what can be done with a small drone helicopter and a GoPro or similar camera is breathtaking, just ask Beto Lopez.
He shot and edited this video using an RC quadcopter taken on Christmas Eve, as a Christmas greeting to the Bay Area.
The video shows several San Francisco landmarks from the air, including the Ferry Building, Embarcadero Center, and Coit Tower.
“A lot of people say you can’t do that, you can’t get a night photo with a quadcopter. Well, I proved them wrong as you can see in some of my photos. You have to have a gimbal and have a steady hand,” Lopez told KPIX 5 on Thursday.
Lopez has two of the drones, known as DJI Phantoms. As they can only fly for about 25 minutes before charging the battery, he had to strategize for every shot.
The skill of flying through tight spaces creates fascinating shots and takes the viewer past some strange sights.
“It’s also art. I have a vision of that I’m doing, what I’ve always wanted to do. You have these dreams and you wake up, like ‘I wish I could do that with my camera’ for one of my dreams. Well now I can,” Lopez said.