"The best camera is the one you have with you."
Earlier this week, I was happily reminded of that mantra when I discovered that I had 'accidentally' carried my drone on a visit to the newly opened Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski in Portsmouth.
Late that afternoon I got a call from the resort with the request that one of their visitors wanted to buy a copy of my photography book. I directed him to my website and he was able to make the purchase.
However, since he was scheduled to travel at 8:00 am the next morning, I needed to deliver the book on that same day. Not having much time to think or prepare, I freshened up and left for Portsmouth.
By the time I arrived at the resort, the sun was just dipping below the horizon. I met with the gentleman and was happy to sign his copy, while the helpful receptionist snapped a few photos of us together.
Getting the shots
After a quick tour of the main areas - bar, fire pit, restaurant and lobby - I left the resort and quickly remembered that my camera bag was still in my vehicle from another shoot earlier that day. The drone seemed like the best option to take advantage of the little ambient light left from the sunset.
I checked my gear and realized I was lucky - all four drone batteries were dead, save for one that was at three-quarter power. In quick time, I was able to send up the drone to capture the following images: