Lifelong learning can mean many different things. It can be as simple as trying the insta-pot instead of the slow cooker or it can mean learning a new accounting software. This spring, we are learning how to document our farm activities using a drone. It has been a learning curve and we have lots of learning left to do! Here are some things I have learned in the first month:
I do not have nerves of steel. I know that there is a chance I crash, lose the drone or have some other accident. I am a bit nervy about that every time I get the drone out of the case.
A bit of pre-planning is required. For me, a drone is the opposite of a camera phone. My phone is always with me, and I can snap pics at a moment’s notice. The drone requires me to have done some pre-planning; phone cord with me, batteries charged and space on my SD card. And, I need Mother Nature’s cooperation, aka only light winds.
Every farmer looks at a farm photo and sees something different. And, they all see something different than the photographer. I am busy trying to center the shot and avoid jerky motions or strange shadows (and not crash) and Karen is thinking about clip length for video production. Meanwhile, my hubby is wondering about the position of the mid-row banders and our Dad is looking at the auger flow rates while our mom operates the grain vac. Not to mention, someone else is noticing the difference in snow cover on the zero-till field in the background. Whew!
We hope to continue to share our drone adventures with you… good, bad and otherwise. At the end of the day our goal is to share our love of farming, and a little view of what farming looks like today, with you.