Sunrise Drone Footage of Venice Beach Is the Most Beautiful Thing You’ve Seen This Year

When you hear somebody opposing the use of drones, show them this clip shot by Robert McIntosh with a 250 sized mini quad and a GoPro Hero 4 with no mechanical video stabilization.
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As we’ve said in the title, unless you’re the type who’s up to date with the best puppy and kitty videos on the Internet, this is probably the most beautiful thing you’ve watched this year. It’s definitely the best drone footage we’ve come across and it deserves all the praise in the world.

It goes to show that you don’t need expensive equipment, a large crew or big budgets to create something astonishing. All it takes is a drone, some inspiration, very impressive piloting skills and a special place like the Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

There are several aspects that make this short clip interesting: first of all, it’s the absence of people. Anyone who’s seen Venice Beach before knows it to be packed full of locals and tourists alike, a mishmash of various people enjoying everybody else’s diversity.

Second, it’s the camera angles. Robert tried very hard to surprise us with the drone’s trajectory, but not just for the sake it - he didn’t overdo it. It isn’t a “can I squeeze my drone through there?” kind of clip, but a beautiful piece of art with the occasional aerobatic stunt.

As weird as it may seem, the serenity of the scenery and the fact that it’s shot at sunrise makes Robert McIntosh’s “Rise & Shine” clip somewhat similar to Claude Lelouch’s “C’était un Rendez-vous.” Well, the sound of the Ferrari engine doesn’t compare to the soft music chosen by Robert, but the empty streets and the low light give some truth to this comparison.

If there’s one chink in the clip’s armor, it’s that moment when the drone goes under the bench. It doesn’t do it in one fluid motion, appearing to hit the ground once and bouncing back up before going through. Since the whole video is one single take, we’d imagine the one we see here was the best of the bunch, so we’re willing to let that small mishap go.

Just... enjoy it!

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