A set of aerial pictures
taken yesterday afternoon at the Killabrega tholtan in the hills above
Sulby Glen. I usually do my aerial photography in the height band
from around 100 ft to 400 ft above ground level, but some of these images
were taken as an experiment at much lower levels. Unfortunately there
was some quite low cloud cover which has muted the colours a bit.
DJI Mini 2 1/4/21
You'll be getting fed
up with pictures up in the hills, but with the present Covid restrictions
in place it's the safest place for me to walk and take photographs.
Yesterday's walk was from the Black Hut, towards Clagh Ouyr before turning
right and walking around the top end of the upper Cornaa Valley. Then dropping
down to the valley floor to visit and photograph the old North Laxey Mine,
abandoned in 1897. After that a return walk to the car via Keeil
Moirrey and a step climb up out of the valley to go via the summit of Clagh
Ouyr. Ground and aerial pictures with several interactive panoramas.
Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Mini 2 2/4/21
This super-yacht anchored
off Onchan Head after arriving from Gibraltar yesterday afternoon.
Rather unimaginatively called 'Sailing Yacht A', the Marine Traffic website
describes her as a 'houseboat'! At 142 metres in length she is 25
metres longer than the 'Ben-my-Chree' although of very similar breadth
(25 metres) and tonnage (12,558) to the Ben. The main mast reaches
to 100 metres above the waterline and has an electric 'Crows Nest' to reach
She was constructed
in 2017 and is flagged in Bermuda.
Link to an interesting
article on her from Boat
Pictures taken on a
walk down the Dhoon Glen yesterday afternoon. It was generally rather
cloudy which reduced the colour saturation levels for some of the pictures,
particularly those taken using the drone. Panasonic TZ200 & DJI
Mini 2 7/4/21
A couple of interactive
A sunny afternoon with
light winds yesterday and I visited Niarbyl on the west coast for some
aerial photography. I had hoped to get a bit 'lower and closer' for
one of the Interactive Panoramas, but predictably other people had also
though it would be good to visit so I had to stay further out.
DJI Mini 2 9/4/21
The Interactive Panoramas
The following set of
nine pictures are a bit of an experiment in linked interactive panoramas.
They were shot at Ramsey Harbour this morning, although not in the order
that they are displayed in here, due to varying lighting. The pictures
aren't perfect, but you should be able to follow a sequence from outside
the breakwaters all the way past the swing bridge and up into the top part
of the harbour. There are 'hot spots' on the pictures (little drone
icons) so you can hop around.
DJI Mini 2 11/4/21
Some more conventional
aerial pictures taken during yesterday morning's 'interactive panorama'
shoot at Ramsey. Unlike the interactive ones, these are just in the
order they were shot, it took me hours to sort out the order of yesterdays
ones! DJI Mini 2 11/4/21
Aerial photography with
a few ground level shots mixed in, at Port Erin and Bradda yesterday afternoon.
DJI Mini 2 & Panasonic TZ200 12/4/21
Today's upload consists
of entirely interactive panoramas, shot yesterday morning in the Onchan
and Douglas areas.
DJI Mini 2 14/4/21
Some mainly aerial pictures
taken during a walk along the Marine Drive from Douglas Head to The Whing
on Wednesday afternoon, but starting with a few from the road level.
Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Mini 2 14/2/21
Aerial pictures taken
at Keppel Gate on the Mountain Road, Saturday morning. It was more
in the nature of a test flight to re-introduce the DJI Spark back into
service, as my new Mini 2 drone has developed a fault that requires it
to be sent back for rectification. DJI Spark 17/4/21
Oakhill & Keristal
This project started
out being intended just for a very good friend who lives in the UK but
has strong connections with this part of the island and wasn't going to
be published in Island Images, but Stewart thought that there might be
other people who would enjoy the pictures so here they are! The original
plan was to do two flights with the Mini 2 drone, one at Oakhill and the
second at Kersital,but unfortunately the drone developed a problem after
the first which grounded it. I had to re-instate the DJI Spark and do the
second one on the following day and followed up with another on the third
day with the DJI Phantom 2 Pro.
Day One - Oakhill,
DJI Mini 2 15/4/21
Day Two - Keristal Beach,
DJI Spark 16/4/21
Day Three - Keristal
cliftop, DJI Phantom 4 Pro 17/4/21
Another Marine Drive
walk! Ground level pictures from a walk on Saturday afternoon, this time
starting from the Keristal end and walking to Douglas Head and back. Total
distance recorded was 5.8 miles with a climb/descent of 480ft over the
walk. Panasonic TZ200 17/4/21
After a rather dissapointing
'non flight' at Ballamaddrell on Wednesday afternoon, we headed northwards
to Cringle Reservoir for a stroll around and I shot some aerial and ground
level photographs. DJI Spark & Panasonic TZ200 21/4/21
An interactive 360 degree
The following pictures
were taken on a walk in the Sartfell area on Thursday afternoon.
I parked the car near the end of the Little London road and then followed
the old track down to the former slate quarries at Glion Kiark, where the
old office buildings and workshops are impressive, even as ruins.
After doing a little aerial photography there I then headed up to the summit
of Sartfell before returning to the car. It's quite a steep climb
up from the old quarries, ascending more than
900 ft over a lateral
distance of just over half a mile, the GPS track showing that I zig-zagged
a bit to reduce the steepness!
A big thank you to Peter
Killey of Manx Scenes Photography
for the information on the quarry.
Panasonic TZ200 &
DJI Spark 22/4/21
Some pictures from a
visit to the Curraghs Wildlife Park on Friday afternoon. Nikon D7100
We're just back after
four days away staying in one of the apartments at the lovely Milntown
House and Gardens, located just on the outskirts of Ramsey. The apartments
are modern inside, very comfortable with views across the gardens and to
Sky Hill. Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark 25 - 29 April.
Interactive Aerial Panoramas
A trip into Ramsey on
Monday morning for some shopping, but also a walk around. Panasonic
There are twelve new
Railway pictures in Railways 2021 Pt1 - The Orchid Line. Nikon D7100
Continuing with the
pictures from our 'staycation' trip. After a sunny morning in Ramsey
we headed north to the The Ayres, although by that time it had turned dull
and overcast, with a cold wind. Most of the pictures here were worked
on a little using Snapseed on my Samsung tablet.
DJI Spark & Panasonic
TZ200 26/4/21. Starting with an interactive aerial panorama
at the Point of Ayre.
Day three of our staycation
to Milntown and we had a trip to Peel, for lunch and a walk. Panasonic
This was the final full
day of our stay at Milntown, the morning was overcast again with a cold
wind blowing and we decided to walk into Ramsey via the
Poyll Dooey nature reserve,
alongside the Sulby River. Panasonic TZ200 28/4/21
Concluding the pictures
taken in April, these were on the last day of our staycation. After we
had checked out of Milntown, we headed west and spent quite a few hours
at the Curraghs Wildlife Park. Nikon D7100 29/4/21