This photo was taken with my DJI Mini 2 drone in Raw mode, converted to an Impressionist painting in Corel Painter 5, then post-processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro to give it a wintery look and apply a frame.
These leaves had been floating on the water when it froze in a bucket in my yard, which made for a picturesque photo!
The photo was shot with a Pixel 6 Pro, the colours were deepened using Aurora HDR, and the Beach Bypass effect in Nik Colour Efex Pro was used to further enhance the image.
The photos for each panorama were taken by a DJI Mini 2 drone shooting in raw (DNG) format. ISO was fixed at 100 and the aperture for each photo was 2.8. Shutter speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/3200 S. The photos were then post-processed in Luminar 4.
I’m partial to the monochromatic version myself. What about you?
I’ve been following drone technology closely since consumer-grade drones hit the market, but I waited for the sweet spot of good camera quality and relatively low price.
When I saw that the DJI Mini 2 was below $700 (CAD) and that it could shoot Raw and HDR I took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. I really feel this will transform how I shoot many of my photos.
Here’s an example photo, shot just off Hwy 6 in Wellington county, Ontario. It’s a crop of a 7-photo panorama, cleaned up a little in Lightroom, and then further processed in Aurora HDR to give it some punch.
Here are three different versions of the same picture. Which do you prefer?
It’s so cool having a camera that you can position anywhere. It opens up a whole new world in photography for me.