Drone enthusiast Oliver KMIA writes in with the story behind his video that captures the urban and natural sides of Hong Kong.
I started with this hobby two years ago, and have been hooked on it ever since. What I enjoy doing the most is taking my drone on trips around the world and documenting the cities from above, which allows me to show people a different side of them.
On a recent trip to Asia, I decided to make a quick stop by Hong Kong and see what the city’s heights had to offer. Having traveled extensively through Asia, I had pictured Hong Kong to be just another modern city, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was so much more than that. The combination of city sights, beaches, untouched jungles, and mountains blew me away, and lead me to extend the trip to a week…there were so many sights to document!
Another thing that called my attention about Hong Kong is the friendly attitude of its people towards drones. Coming from the US, people often look at drones with mistrust, or even fear, but in Hong Kong, people seemed genuinely curious and interested, which I found refreshing! Even the police officers would come by to take a closer look, and even provided me with tips of good places to fly.
Flying a drone over a big city like Hong Kong can be controversial for obvious reasons, which is why it’s important to take the right safety precautions. In my case, I always fly with an experienced partner who serves as a spotter to keep an eye on potential air traffic. In the case of Hong Kong, we noticed that there was significant helicopter traffic in the city, and several paragliders on the mountain, so we planned our flights accordingly, flying low or even avoiding some high traffic routes. One last thing to keep in mind is that we are experienced drone pilots, and we fly the TBS Discovery Pro, which is a high performance drone. I wouldn’t try doing the same with a lower quality product.
Special thanks to the beautiful city of Hong Kong and its wonderful people, who made this one of my most enjoyable trips of 2014.
If you liked this video, check out more of Oliver KMIA’s work here.