Floating Over Bora Bora

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Review

I’m putting together the beginnings of a DJI Phantom Review here on the site. I’m adding the specifics of my setup as well as a little behind-the-scenes video if you want an early look! Or, if you just quickly want to know my setup, here it is: DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Video: Floating Over Bora Bora

Here’s my latest video that I thought you might enjoy! Thanks again to the team over there at the Four Seasons Bora Bora for making such a fabulous resort that was so amazing to shoot from the skies above… wow what a week!

(be sure to click the little gear to make it hi-rez!)

The music in there is “Jetstream” by the incredible Luscne. Click that link to see their Soundcloud channel!

Some favorite Aerial Photos

As you’ll read in the review above, I set mine up in such a way so it records HD video and also takes a photo every five seconds. Every one of these photos below is taken using that process!

HDR Photo

I love aiming the camera straight down… I think this is also why I like looking out of a plane window so much… I want to do it all day long!



Oh my gosh – how beautiful is this place? Even though it is beautiful from the ground level, it’s really remarkable how surprising the view is from just a bit above. I showed this photo to several people that have worked there at the Four Seasons for many years, and they were absolutely shocked at the angle. I think taking photos from new perspectives like this is so exciting!



If you watch the behind-the-scenes video for this on the review page, you can see more how this shot was made… mostly just lucky!



Just what I always wanted, my own small deserted island! How cool! I find that when I do these straight-down shots that I prefer to have the GoPro set on the wide-angle mode because it makes it look like the quadcopter is much higher than it really is.



Now, I don’t love this shot, but I’m putting it up anyway. The light was starting to get low here, and this is when the GoPro doesn’t do so hot. There are many artifacts and other problems with this photo. But, I still kinda like it, despite the flaws.



I love that the top-down view is often kind of confusing. This was taken wide-angle, but I used the Profile Correction in Lightroom to make all the lines nice and straight again.



The amazing blues that the GoPro can capture!! This is a view of the Pacific ocean in the other direction off the island.



Here’s my Yoga teacher Sara doing some light paddleboard yoga in the morning! And here’s a shot of me!! hehe



Another view looking towards the north and the little deserted island you may remember from before.



Another crazy view from above that shows the lovely colors of blue. I also profile-corrected this one so the horizon was straight across. Sometimes I leave it curved though, because I like the effect.



This is one of my favorite shots and I didn’t even take off yet! This kind of shows how awesome the GoPro camera is!



Which one do you want to live in? I shot this from room 101, right below. I was laying on my back by that little plunge pool. Actually, one of my favorite ways to fly this thing is laying on my back!


  • hmmm very wonderful…

  • Jordan

    Wonderful photos! Every photo you take is unique in its own way. Your talent can’t be touched upon.

  • Indeed immensely classic and surreal.

  • sod1102

    Beautiful! But, at upwards of $4K USD a night, I quickly have realized that I picked the wrong career path.

  • Susan

    Super video!! Fun! 🙂

  • Christopher Axe

    Great video!

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks Christopher 🙂

  • treyratcliff

    hehe not all the rooms are THAT bad.

  • Kruzitko

    Excellent video. Trey, try to visit Prague one day. This city has plenty inside magic as well.

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks! I’ve always wanted to visit Prague! 🙂

  • gavz

    Wow, you have the best holidays! Back using disqus eh?

  • treyratcliff

    Yeah, I think it is better!

  • Disco Tuna

    Fantastic vid. So glad you are getting into Aerial Videography. There is a very interesting discussion of it going on here around what makes a good flight video – would love your views on it. http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?26146-What-makes-a-good-flight-video. Have you considered using goggles to get more immersive control? Also at some point I think you would get great use out of some Team-Black Sheep long range gear so for instance in your vid you could have flown over to the Volcano top from the beach.

  • Disco Tuna

    On another note – love the Arcanum by the way. have you considered having a discipline for Aerial Videography via drones?. I have been considering putting together a curriculum for it and think the Arcanum is just the perfect medium for teaching it.

  • treyratcliff

    We have aerial (photography) — video stuff in the future! 🙂

  • Frédérick Beaupré

    Wow, I love seeing those drone shots Trey. I wish you could mount your Sony A7r on that (and I bet you wish too!).

  • Disco Tuna

    Excellent stuff, probably need to get some glass sorted then….

  • Dean Waterman

    I am trying to find the answer to the most important question about shooting with the GoPro and DJI… How do you see what you are shooting on the GoPro in real-time???

  • treyratcliff

    You can connect via wifi to the GoPro app if you wish @deanwaterman:disqus, but I don’t do that.

  • treyratcliff

    Goggles would be so cool! Thanks for the video too! 🙂

  • Paul

    The track is “February”, not “Jetstream” 😉

  • TMckinley

    great video. can you talk through the settings you used on your night exposure shot of the stars and the resort? that was a phenomenal photo

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