Selling my First Photo Print on Etsy

It took a while, but on 27th March 2021, I made my first sale of a drone photo print on my DronesDeep Etsy shop.  I was slightly surprised by the photo that was sold.  It was a drone photo of Deal beach taken with my DJI Mavic Mini 1.

The photo was bought by somebody who used to take holidays in Deal during their childhood.  They said that they were delighted to find the photo that I took, on an early February morning.  I was in Deal to take photos of the sunrising behind the Deal pier but I took a couple of shots of the sun lighting up the beach and surrounding hotels and shops.

I have since sold a photo of the Deal pier taken on the same day.  I really need to spend more time promoting and adding new aerial photos to my shop.  I don’t make a lot of money per sale, but it is nice to have customers saying nice things about the photos and my communication.

Personally, I think the white buildings are over exposed in this shot.  This photo was taken using a DJI Mini 1 that did not have the capability to take photos in RAW format, so I had to do the best using the JPG files.

Where Are Good Places To Fly Your Drone in Kent?

Drone Locations in Kent

I’ve decided to make a list of great places to fly a sub 250 gram drone in Kent.  Please bear in mind that these are places you can fly using a drone that weighs less than 250g, such as a DJI Mini 2.  Some of these locations require you fly over residential areas and closer than 150 metres to buildings and built up areas.

Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Hambrook Marshes CanterburyWhenever I need to just get out with my drone, I head over to Hambrook Marshes in Canterbury.  It has plenty of space, great aerial views of Canterbury City, The Great Stour River and stunning lakes that all make fantastic subjects to use for aerial photography.  Also, the marshland itself has plenty of texture that make great looking abstract photos.

Crossing the Great Stour is a railway viaduct, so if you are lucky, you might be able to grab a photo of a train crossing the viaduct on its way into Canterbury East train station.  Just be aware of not getting too close to the railway.  Network Rail ask drone users to keep 50 metres clear of the railway lines.

Reculver Towers

Reculver TowersAs I have already blogged about, I think Reculver Towers is the ideal place to gain confidence in flying your drone over water and capturing awesome photos of this historic landmark on the Kent coast.  I have been here many times with various drones., and I highly recommend any drone user to visit here.

I would suggest making the effort to get there very early in the morning if you like sun rise photography.  In early Autumn the sun is in the perfect position to get the sun rising behind the towers.  Equally as appealing is the opportunity for some great sun set photos in the early evenings.

Deal

Deal PierThe Kent coastal town of Deal offers various opportunities for drone photographers.  You’ll get to fly over and around Deal Pier as well as taking some photos of Deal Castle.  Deal beach is a pebble beach, so I also enjoy taking photos and short video clips of the waves rolling over the pebbles too.

I would like to point out that there are plenty of seagulls at this location, so keep your eyes peeled for potential curious seagulls getting close and personal with your drone in flight.  In my experience, flying as high as possible keeps the seagulls at bay.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury CathedralFor me, getting an aerial photo of the Canterbury Cathedral has been my holy grail.  Ever since I purchased my first drone I had always wanted to get a photo of the world heritage site.  When the drone rules changed in 2021 it made it easier to fore fill this ambition.  It is still a difficult place to take photos of.

One of the main difficulties is finding somewhere suitable to take off and land from AND keep VLOS.  I eventually found a place just outside Christ Church College.  I did have to fly over residential properties, but I remained at least 50 metres above them and was able to keep my eyes on the drone whilst getting a photo of Canterbury Cathedral from above.

Snowdown Colliery

Snowdown CollieryIf you like taking drone photos and videos of abandoned places, then I highly recommend a visit to Snowdown Colliery mine.

Abandoned in 1987, this old coal mine has been left to ruin ever since.  You are not permitted to enter the grounds, but there are plenty of places outside the metal fences that you can take off from and keep VLOS.

There are plenty of abandoned buildings that offer great subjects to get apocalyptic photos and videos of.  You just need to keep an eye out for potential encounters with buzzards that are common in the woodland area surrounding the mine.

Oare Creek

Oare CreekThis is a place that I wished I had visited earlier.  I was amazed that I had never heard of this place before.  It’s one of the best places I have flown my drone.

It has pleasure boats, sunken boats, parts of a dried river bed, and mud flats that easily cause you to use up your batteries before you know it.

I would recommend spraying yourself with insect repellant as it is alive with bugs.  You are able to use a public footpath that runs parallel with the river as a perfect platform to launch your drone.

The River Stour and Great River Stour

I have walked most of the length of the Great Stour and The Stour that runs from its source in the village of Lenham to its mouth at Pegwell Bay, Sandwich.

There are some truly stunning views to capture with your drone following this river in Kent.

You will not only travel through some idilic Kent villages such as Lenham, Wye, Chartham, Grove Ferry, but you will also find yourself in larger towns and cities such as Ashford and Canterbury.

St Margarets Bay

St Margarets BayUnfortunately the White Cliffs of Dover are nested inside a No Fly Zone due the the Port of Dover.  But if you want to get some of the best alternative photos of white cliffs, then I recommend St. Margaret’s Cliff Bay.

It has a very large car park and is usually quiet in terms of people and seagulls.

This location is just a stone’s throw away from Dover, so be sure not to wonder into the Dover Port No Fly Zone.

Fordwich

Fordwich in KentThe Kent village of Fordwich makes an interesting place to take aerial photos of.  It is a very small town.  It was always referred to as the smallest town in England due to it having a town hall.  With the Great Stour, Fordwich Lakes,  and old bridges, Fordwich has a wealth of drone photography opportunities.

There is also a canoe hire company that uses a stretch of the Great Stour which make something interesting to film if you let people aware that you are flying nearby.

 

Do you have any other suggestions where I should fly my drone.  I’m always happy to hear about other peoples recommended place to visit with a drone.  Send me a message via my Drones Deep Instagram account.

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Photos of Deal from a Drone

I had a couple of hours to kill whilst visiting Deal in Kent.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to grab some photos of Deal from a drone.  Using my DJI Mini 2 I was particularly interested in getting some great images of the Deal Pier and Deal Castle.  I have spent a morning on Deal beach a few years ago for a sun rise shoot with my DJI Mavic Mini 1 so this was going to be something different.

My confidence in flying over water and flying further away (whilst keeping VLOS) has dramatically increased since my last visit to Deal.  I was very keen on getting an image of the Deal Pier from out to sea.  My only obstacle would be the seagulls that are in abundance on the beach at Deal.  My approach was to take off and get to the maximum height of 120 metres and then fly out to sea to get the image of the pier at Deal that I was aiming for.  Gaining height quickly meant that the seagulls would not bother me and I would be free to manoeuvre the drone to capture the photo I wanted below.

Aerial view of Deal Pier

Getting the photo of Deal Castle was a bit of an after thought to be honest.  I was flying the Mini 2 over the waves on Deal beach. As I was flying, I noticed that I was closer to the castle than I thought.  I also noticed that there was a distinct lack of seagulls in the area too.  I took this seagull free opportunity to get an over head view of the castle at Deal.  I wanted to get the over head shot without any sign of the roads or buildings that surround it.  The only way I was going to do this was to give the image a dark vignette.  I was very happy with the result of this the image of the castle (below).

Deal Castle birds eye view

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