Cle Elum River Summer Aerial

While staying at Suncadia in Cle Elum, Washington for a weekend wedding I used goggle maps to scout out a possible location for aerial filming.  Packed up and headed to an old metal footbridge over the Cle Elum River that looked like a pretty good spot to put the drone in the air and explore.  I slapped a Polar Pro ND8CP filter on the DJI Phantom 3 Professional since the sun was already beating down pretty hard by mid morning.

As soon as I had the drone in the air I spotted a large bird, later found out was a Northern Harrier, sitting on the top branch of a tree.  It seamed unfazed by me hovering near it, so I did a slow pass floating just overhead which caused it to spread it's wings and fly with perfect timing.  After this little bonding experience we shared, I did some experimenting with different angles on the rustic looking bridge.  At one point I tested my pilot skills by flying fast under it giving a fishing boat point-of-view type of shot.

Rising up a couple hundred feet opened up a new perspective as I flew toward Cle Elum Lake and the dam.  The mountain in the background gave me a good contrasting composition and the flight back following the river provided the classic forest look I came for.