I recently purchased a drone, and I've caught the aerial bug. The new perspective afforded by it has been wildly addicting. However, I'm still very much an amateur in my newfound abilities. Films like Wild Scotland, in their beauty and seamless sense of evolving wonder, give me something to aspire toward.
Filmmaker John Duncan notes that making Wild Scotland was a series of "mini adventures." The film was shot mostly on a DJI Inspire 1, while a Phantom 3 was used in more remote locations due to its increased portability. Particularly striking is the footage of Bass Rock near North Berwick, where a flock of 40,000 birds fills the air at sunrise.
We really are entering a golden age in photography: equipment is more affordable than ever, and shots that even just a few years ago were impossible are suddenly within reach of any photographer with the requisite creativity, skill, and gumption. I've even grown to appreciate some of Cleveland's beauty through the lens of that little camera in the sky. If something can make Cleveland look that good, well, there must be just a smidgen of magic in this new age.