Pretty Tie for a Fly Guy - Iron Photographer 282 - Utata

Amarand Agasi

This morning we ask:
Can Robin wear a neck tie?
And the answer is....

1. The oldest item of clothing you own (My Good Luck tie!)
2. Something ornate (Both the tie clip and the drone are both ornate.)
3. Saturated colours. (Colors up to 11 baby!)

I knew that the oldest item of clothing I owned was my vintage-Winnie-the-Pooh tie. It's my good luck tie! I wear it to all of my job interviews and pretty much everything but funerals. But NOT because I don't want to. Mainly people just say I can't, so I don't. (But I would....)

I also knew that "something ornate" could easily be any one of a number of tie tacks and bars/clips I own. I knew the gold one with the sparkly diamond was the one.

Saturated colors are super easy in Lightroom, so that's just tweaking until it seems more vibrant.

But a regular old still-life arrangement of a tie could easily be seen in a previous Iron Photographer submission I did a few years ago. I try to make them unique.

My goal this month has been to fly my drone every day that I can. Crazy wind, I could still take him (his name is Robin) up in the backyard and just fly around. A "crash" would just mean a soft landing in the grass. No big deal.

Wet-weather will just mean I bring the drone indoors, and fly around a bit, or maybe do something indoors that's droney?

But today, I got up really early, took a few sunrise shots, and it was in that mildly sleep-deprived state that I knew what I had to do: put a tie on a drone.

The logistics, of course, would come later. Would the tie fit? Could I remember how to properly tie a tie? Would the drone destroy the tie before or after it landed? And so on. The stakes were high, after all this was my lucky tie!

I tied the tie around my own neck first, of course. Transferring it over to Robin's waist carefully. (I know. It's his neck. But it's really his waist. Think about spiders and pants, or dogs and pants, and it's just as confusing!)

I folded the tie underneath and placed it down carefully, getting everything set-up.

Luckily, my Fuji X-T2 does a fantastic job of basically everything you'd want an SLR to do, including a great built-in intervalometer (timer).

I set the timer to shoot every second until I stopped it, and fired up the drone.

It lifted off without a hitch, and the wind created by the drone made the tie move in all sorts of fun ways. This image was the result of the most interesting yet "tie-like" shape of the bunch.

I decided, with such a perfect take-off and photo shoot, I wanted to keep the tie, so I reached under the drone and held it while we cut the motors and it just stopped in my hand.

A perfect shoot!

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