BTS 11 – Big Rock

Another great entry to our Behind the Scenes competition by Jon –


I’m going to be showing you a behind the scenes video of filming the world’s second largest rock. La piedra del penol in Guatape, Colombia. To reach the top you must climb 740 steps to reach it’s peak. Let me remind you I’m carrying the drone here and a whole bunch of equipment so being hydrated before you climb is very important. Having a buddy or visual observer will also come in handy here to help you out. Some other factors we considered before filming were the weather, UV-rays, and of course being granted permission to film at the rock. Now the following 2 shots are some of the hardest shots I have ever done with the drone. I had to fight against the wind and I also lost connection while filming. Luckily, I was able to reestablish connection and get some really awesome shots.

At the end of the day I really like how all the shots came about. Being able to regain your drone after a lost connection is very important. Also, you need to keep an eye for unforeseen obstacles such as flying birds, power lines, and other things. I tried to be as mentally prepared as I could I cannot stress how important this is. Keep in mind flight orientation is become more difficult when your already 7000 feet high and trying to fly the drone a couple of hundred meters above that. Overall I had a blast and loved the footage. I also manged to pull off a 360 degree panorama shot that was awesome. Thanks for watching!


I want to thank everyone for participating again and we will do our best to share more of the shots and stories you sent us in coming weeks. Lookout on facebook and twitter for your entry and we’ll try to tag everyone in and show off your amazing work to the world.

If you didn’t participate in the competition but this has inspired you or reminded you of some of your best shots, feel free to send them to us on [email protected] with a brief story and we’ll do our best to share your story with the world and promote your work.

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