Stunning Aerial Video of Spring Flooding in Alberta Shot with a Drone-Mounted NEX-5N

Canadian photographer Richard Gottardo — whose beautiful work we’ve featured several times before and who I am going to email passive aggressively to see why he didn’t send this our way the moment he published it — just uploaded some truly spectacular aerial footage of the Spring flood in Alberta.

Where most of the aerial videos that make it on the blogs and news sites are shot with a DJI Phantom and GoPro, Gottardo’s beautifully composed piece stands head and shoulders above those thanks to his skill as a filmmaker and the quality delivered by the Sony NEX-5N he used for this project.

Strapped to a DJI s800 hexacopter with a “homebrew dealio gimbal,” the NEX-5N had some help from, in Gottardo’s words, “one of the crappiest ND filters you’re likely ever to see.” Here is a picture of his setup in case you’re curious:


In a Reddit post about the video, he reveals that the whole video (as far as he remembers) was shot at between ISO 100-800, at a frame rate of 60fps, shutter speed of 1/120s and with the aperture set to f/5.6 for most shots and f/2.8 for a few (hence the ND filter).

However he captured it though, and it looks like it took a good bit of creativity and DIY-ness to make it happen, the footage looks like B-Roll straight out of a feature film. When it starts, you half expect the opening credits of The Deer Hunter to start rolling… and it doesn’t get any less impressive as it goes on.


Check it out for yourself at the top, but be warned: you might want to both move to Canada and invest in a hexacopter by the time it’s over. And if you’d like to see more of Gottardo’s work, click here.

(via Reddit)

Image credits: Photograph by Richard Gottardo and used with permission

  • Eden Wong

    This is my backyard so trust me when I say it’s unbelievably gorgeous
    “Marlboro Country” style landscape when it’s not being monsooned on
    like it is right now. That video makes it look really grim.

    Nice to see aerials taken with something other than a GoPro though.

  • Ron Gee

    Meh….I don’t usually comment, especially negativly…but this is FAR from stunning.

  • Joe

    The only stunning part of this post is DL Cade’s refusal to use a thesaurus and find some new adjectives to abuse in his headlines.

  • Keiran Blackwell

    I found this stunning, and as this was an opinion piece I have no issue with the author describing it as stunning. Thanks for the article, I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise.

  • Matt King

    Thumbs up for the worst soundtrack ever.

  • Matt King

    HAhaha that gave me a laugh!

  • SiriusPhotog

    Agreed. Classic example of “Look at me, I’ve got a drone. I can fly up and down…WooHoo!”.

  • keittmary12

    just as
    Paula replied I am surprised that a mom able to make $9148 in a few weeks on
    the computer . more information



  • Kyle Clements

    Glad to see something other than go pro footage. This is exactly the type of stuff I want to do with the refurbished Nikon j1 I bought a while back.

  • Nate Parker

    Someone should start a tumblr featuring all the douche pig comments that happen at Petapixel. We all should be ashamed of ourselves. Go create something, put passion into it, be fortunate enough to be featured here- and get ready to get reamed out by a bunch of arm chair NOT-ographers on what is otherwise the best photoblog aggregate site I’ve ever known. Anyone believe in karma? Dicks.

  • Nate Parker

    I do want to be a comment cop and arrest you for conduct unbecoming of a gentleman.

  • Matt King


  • Matt King

    Arrest refused, and lack of judiciary documentation reaffirms my decision to scoff at your attempts to ‘take the high road’ as they would call it.

  • spooge

    up and down a section of the river…not nearly as good as the high altitude real airplane/ helicopter videos I have seen. Also, the music choice is overly dramatic.