TULSA, OK. — From the skyline to the Arkansas River mattress, a Tulsa man is making it his mission to seize the fantastic thing about Tulsa.
Solely he does it from the sky, not the bottom… and does it so nicely, he now has 1000’s of individuals following him on social media to see what second of magnificence he’ll seize on any given day.
We met up with Damon Platt in west Tulsa just lately to search out out extra concerning the man behind the spectacular pictures.
>> Images: Drone photographs supplied by Platt’s Droneography
Platt’s deadline is the golden hour earlier than sundown and what he calls the “blue hour” after sundown. With a digicam and a drone, Platt sees Tulsa in an entire new means.
“GPS, none of these items existed again in 2013 and also you needed to determine every little thing out,” mentioned Platt Platt, drone photographer.
Platt and his longtime buddy and former roommate Brett Cunningham first began their new passion in 2013: remote-controlled vehicles and planes.
“The very first thing he tried to do was put a digicam on the automobile so he may drive below me whereas I used to be driving over him,” Cunningham mentioned. “That was a spectacular fail however it was enjoyable to attempt nonetheless.”
Platt quickly turned to drones, strapping a GoPro digicam on one to see what pictures he may seize. It was trial and error.
“So I used to be getting footage of the entire flooding and I used to be flying low and hit an influence line and dunked it into the creek — $1,200 gone,” Platt mentioned.
It did not take lengthy for his expertise to dream with a bit of encouragement from his spouse and associates.
“My spouse and I and his spouse sat him down at some point and had an intervention,” Cunningham mentioned. “That you must begin posting these things as an alternative of simply hoarding all of them to your self.”
So Platt launched Damon’s Droneography on Fb with one purpose in thoughts: He needed to share cool sights.
“That is all it was,” Platt mentioned. “And after I began sharing them round, folks got here out of the woodwork and began sharing my web page.”
Oklahoma’s Tourism Division is now utilizing his pictures. John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park was his first paying consumer of his. And he is just lately bought images to Tulsa and the Metropolis of Sapulpa, too.
There isn’t a doubt Platt is an artist, although professionally, he is an engineer. He is a computer-aided drafter who designs very difficult methods and makes them easy to see. The identical idea he says he applies to images.
Platt advised 2 Information Oklahoma he’s lucky his spouse and his work each assist his ardour. He described a latest incident when a storm handed over downtown Tulsa in the course of his work day.
“They allowed me to expire. I simply ran out of the workplace at 4 pm as a result of I noticed rain, I noticed a light-weight. I knew there was a rainbow someplace and I simply needed to discover it. So, I get the shot and I’m going again to the workplace and I present folks.”
Is it definitely worth the time away?
“Oh yeah, it is all the time the hunt,” Platt mentioned.
When he is trying to find new views of Tulsa, Cunningham is by his facet all the time watching the drone for potential hazard.
“Whether or not it is a helicopter, aircraft, fowl simply conserving eyes out ensuring there’s nothing that’s going to take it out of the air or trigger it to be a hazard to another person,” Cunningham mentioned.
You will see them flying the drone round Tulsa and different native cities, each time they will steal away for an hour, so Platt can search out magnificence at each second. He’s making an attempt to seize issues in a means that nobody’s ever considered or seen earlier than.
“I would like folks to be FB, Instagram it, scroll by and go ‘Wow’.”
Most of all, he desires everybody to easily pause for a quick second of their busy day and know “there’s magnificence that is throughout us and it simply takes a while to search out it typically however it’s all the time there.”
Platt even agreed to share some recommendation for others about getting the most effective images. Here’s what he suggests:
- Simply begin taking pictures irrespective of how dangerous they could be.
- Composition is essential. Body your photographs in order that there is no such thing as a “lifeless area” within the photograph.
- In the event you can, shoot in a uncooked format.
- Take a number of exposures of no matter you’re taking pictures.
- Play with the modifying and have enjoyable.
- Most necessary of all, share your sights and your work.
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