You know that feeling when you first arrive at your sunset spot and you just can't wait to get your camera out to capture the magic unfolding in front of your eyes???
You know, that golden hour glow, casting a breathtaking sparkle over the water...kinda like this???
That's exactly how I felt last Saturday...until my drone unexpectedly turned off and went for a refreshing swim in the river.
🙈 BATTERY ERROR 🙈
Yep, my drone malfunctioned (I promise, not my fault!)...within two minutes of launching it. I had just flown it over the edge of river, 15 feet away from me, when I happened to look down at the control screen to see BATTERY ERROR flashing in red. I put it in reverse as fast as I saw the error message, but within seconds of me seeing that message, the propellers stopped and ka-plunk!!!
Needless to say, I should have been on candid camera because I can only imagine the reaction on my face!!! 🤣🤣🤣
I quickly contemplated jumping in the river to go play "fetch the drone", but in reality the river here in Savannah isn't turquoise clear like it is in Costa Rica... And it had unfortunately crashed a little too deep for me to realistically attempt a recon mission...I'm a surfer after all, not a diver!!!
So I watched the pretty sunset and went home to wait.
The fortunate part of this not-so-fortunate crash is that my drone went swimming at mid-tide as the tide was pulling with zero current and no wind. So, with the falling tide, there was a slight chance that river would kindly give me back my drone.
Pretty please, oh pretty please...
At 11:30PM I went back down to the river, outfitted with rain boots and a solar spot light I plucked from my mom's garden (thanks mom!). Through the river marsh grass and soft mud I went, fingers crossed. And then there it was, just soaking-wet-chillin' like the villain it was hours prior!
Now we wait.
Señor Drone has been shipped off to the manufacturer for resuscitation...aka replacement. All I can say is that I'm glad I have insurance on all of my gear!
And no, to answer your question, I wasn't able to capture any photos from my drone's last flight...so let's just take a moment to thank Señor Drone for its photographic service.
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