Drone photography of Norwegian mountains in full autumn, turning into cold winter.
In Norway, we have a holiday in October each year called the ‘Høstferie’ – Autumn Holiday. It lasts for a week, and while some people want to cancel this perhaps outdated tradition (once children got free from school to help the parents in the fields harvesting potatoes), it is a perfect excuse to travel to the cabin in the mountains.
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Our cabin lies in the Rondane mountains, a five-hour drive from Oslo. In autumn the trees are colored in amazing shades of red, orange and greens. In the pictures below you mostly see spruce trees which keep its green color.
The first picture was taken an early morning during sunrise. Even if I was tired I managed to gain enough strength to fire up my DJI Mavic Pro drone and take it for a flight. The light was amazing and I was very happy with the colors and vista to Rondane in the distance.
In drone photography, as well as ordinary landscape photography, the golden rule is to take pictures before sunrise and after sunset for the best light. I rarely see amazing landscape photographs taken during the middle of the day when the sun casts harsh dark shadows.
I also took a trip to the local town Folldal and flew the drone over a bridge and a river. When I stood there it suddenly started to snow. It is fascinating that you can actually see the blanket of snow coming in over Folldal in one of the pictures.
Winter is coming and my drone is in the air!
I landed the drone and drove back to the cabin. DJI Mavic is an awesome drone, but it is not a good idea to fly in rain, snow and cold temperatures.
After a while, it stopped snowing and I ran out again to photograph the first snow before my kids would walk around and make footprints. I also flew near the local ‘bygdetun’, a collection of old houses, and managed to take a few cool pictures without people. On the remote control, I thought that someone had walked between the houses, but later I understood it was only the slabs in the grass. Take a look at those pictures further down.
So, here are some of my pictures documenting the transition from autumn to winter with a drone:
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These pictures are astonishing!
I especially liked the first one. The golden rule you explained of taking pictures before sunrise or after sunset makes a lot of sense. You can tell the light is incredible at that time for photography.
Your DJI Mavic Pro drone seems perfect for this kind of shooting. It made me wonder, how high does it go?
Hi! Thanks for the kind comment! I think the drone can fly up to 500 m above takeoff point, and maybe higher. But the drone laws here in Norway says that I’m not allowed to fly higher than 120 meters above ground so it doesn’t interfere with other air traffic. Therefore the max height limiter is reduced to 120 meter on the remote controller and I don’t fly higher that this. Andreas