This week's featured virtual tour is of 88692 Oakshire Drive in Springfield Oregon. It uses a combination of virtual tour panoramic shots and photos taken by drone. We've had beautiful weather for photography this week!
There are several things to think about when deciding if drone photography will work for your property/listing. Most of the homes that I've been asked to photograph with the drone have been great candidates and have worked out well. There have been a few times when safety was a concern and I wasn't able to fly the drone. Here are some things that I've come across while shooting in Eugene Oregon and surrounding areas...
1- is there a busy road in front of the home?
2- are there power lines that will prevent a drone from flying near the property? I was photographing a home that was on a hill and it would have really benefited from drone photography. Unfortunately it was on a very busy road and the sidewalk across the street had power lines right above it. I was able to get a shot from the backyard and a side shot from the front yard, but wasn't able to shoot from across the street as I would have liked to.
3- are there tall trees near the house or water that will make it too difficult for the drone to take off? I have encountered this a couple times- once in Eugene where the property was surrounded by tall trees and I would have had to fly over the nearby neighbor's property to get a shot. Another time was near the river at a home in Oakridge. The tall trees and long branches made it too difficult to take off from where I was.
4- is there livestock nearby that could be spooked by the drone? I was taking pictures of small acreage in Springfield and there was a very attentive horse in the next pasture over. I did a short flight at first to make sure he wasn't going to spook, and then was able to continue with the flight.
5- is the property in a controlled airspace? If it's close to an airport or if there's a big public event taking place in the area, it's a possibility. This is something that I can check on and request permission to fly in- but it takes time to get permission granted, and is definitely a consideration.
I'm sure there are other considerations I haven't come across yet.. feel free to add your experiences or things that you have thought of.
It's really interesting to me that so many big birds are interested in the drone! Today in Springfield, OR I was doing some aerial shots with the drone and this hawk came to see what was going on. He left after a little while and then a buzzard came by. I would say that at least half the time I'm flying the drone in rural areas there are very cool birds that come to see the drone. I wish I would have taken a picture using the drone! I took this from my phone. Do you have a cool pic of a bird near your drone? Has anyone had their drone attacked? I was a little worried with how close the hawk came.
I've been a real estate photographer in Oregon for 12 years. I do still photography and virtual tours. I recently passed the FAA Certification test for drones and am so happy with the aerial shots I'm able to take. I'm a licensed real estate agent, as well, but spend a lot of time photographing for other agents, which I love. I really enjoy putting together the different angles to show properties to their potential. I live in beautiful Fall Creek, Oregon- and spend a lot of time photographing real estate in Eugene, Springfield, and surrounding areas.