About the author : Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto

Meet Rodrigo, our chief remote pilot here at Sky Perth, where he's been transforming aerial videography into captivating stories for over eight years. At the heart of Rodrigo's work lies a profound passion for both the art of flying and the art of storytelling. This combination has led his work to be featured on platforms like Netflix, Stan, AppleTV+, Paramount+, Disney+, SBS On Demand, and even internationally with ZDF in Germany.

Rodrigo's aerial videography and photography journey is a testament to his dedication to mastering this unique craft. From capturing the vast beauty of Australia's landscapes to the dynamic energy of urban life across the globe, his work offers viewers a fresh, sky-high perspective. It's not just about the technical expertise of handling a drone; for Rodrigo, every flight is an opportunity to tell a story, to reveal the unseen, and to share a new viewpoint with the world.

Renowned for his collaborative spirit and innovative approach, Rodrigo brings more than technical skills to every project at Sky Perth. Whether working on a documentary, a TV series, or a bespoke project, his focus remains on creating visuals that resonate deeply with audiences. His commitment to quality and ability to capture the heart of a story make him a skilled pilot and a storyteller of the skies.

Do you want to know more about Rodrigo? Check his website: rodmatsumoto.com

Dive into the world of drone photography over mining sites. Experience the challenges of heat and dust and the beauty of capturing these industrial landscapes from the sky.

Drone photography in mining sites

Capturing the grandeur of mining sites from the sky is a unique thrill. It’s like a giant outdoor adventure with tech gear and lots of planning.

First up, the heat. Imagine the hottest summer day, then dial it up. That’s nearly every day in the north of Western Australia. Our drones struggle, especially when temperatures hit around 40 degrees Celsius. It shortens the battery’s life; sometimes, batteries swell after use.

There are days it’s just too hot to fly. Those days teach us patience. We wait, plan, and ensure that when we do fly, it’s safe. It’s a lesson in respecting nature.

Dust is our constant companion. It covers everything like a fine, gritty blanket.

Flying the drone is the highlight. It’s exhilarating! Each flight is a little adventure, mapped but still full of surprises. What will we uncover today?

Cleaning comes next. Think of it as a spa day for the drone after its big journey. It’s a detailed task, clearing away every speck of dust and keeping our gear primed for the next flight.

Editing our footage is similar to painting with videos. We transform clips—filled with rocks, trucks, and machinery into a narrative. It’s a story of collaboration, of humans and machines making big things happen.

It is thrilling to share these sky-high stories, showcasing the effort and dreams in remote areas. Each flight brings new tales; each landing concludes one.

Have you ever faced challenges while capturing photography or videography in extreme environments? What tips or tricks have you discovered for overcoming the hurdles of heat and dust when using drones?

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