WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"I'm very cautious about using it too close to anyone," Post says. "I always take care to calibrate it, so that if I do lose contact with it, it is programmed to fly back to me." Wellesley photographer Eric Barry has been using drones in his work for the past few years, mostly for gaining unique views of archi- tecture. "Some large buildings look boring from street level but can look amazing from up above," he says. Barry does most of his aerial photography work for real estate agents seeking sky-high views of big, beautiful properties in Wellesley and Weston. But as an events photographer as well, the possibilities are many. Increasingly sophisticated drone set-ups enable operators to employ smartphones and tablets to see what their aerial cameras are seeing. Flying drones is not without its risks, though, and Barry cites videos of accidents that have gone viral, including one at a wedding where a groom got smacked in the head by an errant drone. Barry actually lost his first Phantom in a pond. "I guess I hit one too many trees with it," he says. "The propeller must have had a hairline fracture and it just burst under the stress. I watched it fall like a dead bird into the water." William Raveis Real Estate's Evan Walsh says that taking aerial videos and photos is "particularly useful for larger properties where it is critical to showcase the grounds. Wellesley and Weston are great towns for drone photography because there are a lot of luxury homes with 'estate-like' settings. Equestrian and waterfront properties are also perfect candidates." While the National Association of Realtors has recommended that its members not use drone photography until the FAA issues new rules, Walsh is optimistic that it's just a matter of time until it is "all systems go." "We are just in a period where the local government bodies and FAA are trying to figure out themselves where to go," says Walsh, who emphasized that he uses a licensed pilot to operate drones for photography. Wellesley filmmaker Mary Mazzio hails the arrival of drone-enabled photography and videography as a huge cost saver. Whereas in the past her 50 Eggs Films crew would have needed to rent helicopters and sta- bilization gear to capture aerial scenes, drone technology can be had for "a fraction of the cost" and is far more nimble. Her production company recently worked with an engineering student on a specially 72 Here Come the Drones W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 M A X I M B L I N K O V / 1 2 3 R F . C O M "We are just in a period where the local government bodies and FAA are trying to figure out themselves where to go." Evan Walsh • William Raveis Real Estate

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