Glenn Charles

AERIAL | TRAVEL | LIFE-STYLE

Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Site Changes

I am still actively working to overhaul my site, so I apologize if their is missing information or links that just don't work.  The impending arrival of my DJI Inspire 2 and good flying weather has kept me off of the computer a bit more than I would have desired.  Looking forward to finalizing all of the changes as nobody likes to spend more time inside than out.  In the meantime, here are a couple of recent shots from up in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. 

A new site

This site will be coming down in the next few weeks for a major overhaul.  I hope to have everything up and going again by the end of May.  My Exposure Stories site will continue to be running so drop over their and check out some of my work.

Thanks for your patience,

G-

2018 - The Year of the Drone

For some time now I have envisioned the world of photography from the skies.  I have always strived to shoot subjects in unique and interesting ways, thus shooting from above has always seemed like a good transition for me.  As I take 2018 to move back in to the world of commercial photography, I am looking for my drones to augment my photographic work.

I will be studying for the FAA 107 license in the next couple of weeks so that I am prepared to enter into the world of commercial drone usage.  I have a number of projects already lined up and  will be actively pushing this line of work.

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For 2018 I have finally made the jump and acquired two drones to get me started.  First up is the amazing and fun, and totally transportable DJI Spark.  This little drone, for the  money, just can't be beat.  It is super easy to fly; incredibly stable; and takes gorgeous pictures from its little camera.  With only a little bit of editing, especially with noise in the sky, these are just simple B&W conversions in Silver Effex Pro, my go to B&W editing tool.

I grabbed one on my way out to Minnesota for a winter bike trip up on the North Shore and it did not disappoint.  I spent the evening in my hotel room charging everything and updating the firmware and then flew to Minnesota the next day.  My maiden flight was in the basement of my friends house.  With only a little bit of flight time, I was able to capture these images in single digit temperatures. Having a drone that easily packable on a bike will forever change how I document my travels.

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After returning from Minnesota, my long awaited DJI Mavic Pro Platinum had finally arrived.  This little drone takes things to an entirely new level.  While the Spark is fun and takes reasonably good images that are useful for telling a story, it is still constrained by battery life; the size of the sensor; and flight distance.  The Mavic Pro eliminates all of these issues.

It has been incredibly cold up here in Maine these past few weeks so my flight time with the Mavic is limited.  However, I believe this is an incredibly competent drone that will help me to move up the ranks of drone flying with my target being the DJI Inspire this fall.  That platform will enable me to take my aerial images to the level that I am looking for.  In the meantime, the Mavic Pro will serve as a useful tool for learning the art of aerial photography.

Happy New Year

I am not sure what is in store for me in 2017, but I do know, this little pup will continue to be a huge part of my life.  We spent January 2nd out on the beach, watching the waves crash and chasing a brightly colored little ball.  I think there is much to be learned from the joy and jest for life that Rue brings to everything that she does.

So here is to 2017 and the life of a Border Collie.  May the year bring you all much peace and happiness and all the love you desire.

Winter in Maine on a windswept beach.  | Sony A7Rii - Zeiss 50/1.4

The quest for a complete strap system

I think most photographers have serious gear issues -- not only with regards to Cameras and Lenses but also with accessories.  Specifically bags and straps.  While I won't even begin to go into my bag issues, I am now looking to sort out my strap system.

For too long I have wanted a quick and easy way to switch out straps across my cameras.  There are times when I love having a wrist strap, but then want to switch out to a sling.  Some times I have a super light setup going and don't need a big strap, but then at other times, I have a heavier setup and want to switch to an appropriate strap.

So, in my quest to solve my issues, I am making an investment into the Peak Designs systems.  I love the idea of the quick connectors along with their diverse set of straps/slings and wrist straps.  I will have a running dialogue on what I find and how this works, but for now I have made the investment to put quick connects on my bodies and L plates and have acquired the Slide; the Slide Lite; and the Clutch.  So far my impressions are very, very positive. 

Below is a comparison of the Slide and the Slide Lite, with the latter attached to the Leica Q.  I think for that small mirrorless body both the Lite and the Clutch will be absolutely perfect.

Next is an image of the A7Rii with the Zeiss 55/1.8 attached using the Slide strap.  With this lens combination I think it is right on the edge of being too much.  However, with the 90 Macro or even the 55 plus the battery grip, the heavier strap just feels more comfortable than the Lite version.  I will update this post with more information as I get to spend time with each of the combinations.  For now, I am definitely very pleased.