Dunkirk, France with my DJI Mavic Air

So for a while now I've fancied purchasing a DJI drone, originally I had my eyes on the DJI Spark until I saw that the DJI Mavic Air was being released.  After watching a few videos on youtube I was sold but the problem was I just had to wait for the DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo - Flame Red stock to arrive.  I had our next World War adventure to France and Belgium coming up and I was desperate to take it with me, with only 2 days to go it arrived and all I had time to do was charge it up and complete the firmware updates.

The shipwrecks of Dunkirk were one of the locations we were visiting this time around and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take it out for my first flight as the beaches in Dunkirk are vast and pretty much empty at the time we were there to witness the wrecks magically appear from the sea.  I'D RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN THE WAR YOU MUST VISIT THESE WRECKS.

My maiden flight was scary I'll be honest, especially as I was learning whilst flying, but after some initial problems not being able to see the screen due to the sunlight and the drone flying out to sea a couple of times I was loving every second of it.  

I produced a video of the footage I shot below which you can watch.  Since the first flight I've got to understand the Mavic Air a lot more and I'm just looking forward to many more flying hours with this awesome piece of kit. 

I'll be posting photographs of all my World War 1 and World War 2 adventures to this blog over the coming months so keep an eye out for them as I've been to some amazing places....

If you'd like to purchase one I have a link for you right here: DJI Mavic Air  

A first of its kind, the Mavic Air is DJI’s smallest drone in the Mavic Pro line-up to feature a 3-axis, gimbal-stabilised 4K camera. Aimed at outdoor photographers and adventure filmmakers, this foldable drone can record 4K/30p video at bit rates up to 100Mbps and Full HD video at 120fps for slow motion action shots. It can also create 32MP spherical panoramas and capture 12MP RAW stills.

Key Features: DJI Mavic Air Drone Fly More Combo - Flame Red 

DJI’s most portable camera drone ever to have a 3-axis, gimbal-stabilised 4K camera 
Foldable and extremely lightweight (430g - 41% lighter than the Mavic Pro) 
Powerful 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and 24mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens (35mm equivalent) 
4K/30p video at bit rates up to 100Mbps using the H.264 codec 
Full HD at 120fps for smooth slow motion video 
Horizontal, Vertical, and 180° panoramas and 32-megapixel sphere panoramas 
12-megapixel stills (JPEG & RAW) 
HDR Photos for more natural transitions between highlights and shadows 
SmartCapture - launch and control the drone with hand gestures 
6 QuickShot Modes - Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Asteroid, and Boomerang 
FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems for a smarter, safer flight 
8GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot and a USB-C port 
3-Directional Environment Sensing 
21-minute max flight time
— WEX Photo Video
Here's my first flight with my new DJI Mavic Air, exploring the shipwrecks from Operation Dynamo focussing mainly on the Crested Eagle and the Devonia shipwrecks on the Dunkirk beaches between Leffrinckoucke and Bray Dunes.

Pixellu Smartslides - Award Winning Wedding and Engagement Photography

Using Pixellu Smartslides I created a slideshow based on my Award Winning Wedding and Engagement Photography as of July 2018.  It's such an honour to have won these awards from the monthly Wedaward Worldwide photography competition and gavin conlan photography is featured in the Top-10 International Wedaward Competition for 2017. 

Turn the music on, click on the HD option and sit back and enjoy gavin conlan photography slideshow featuring all my award winning wedding and engagement photos won at the monthly Wedaward Best Wedding Photographers Competition.

Essex Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-2018 Winner | gavin conlan photography Ltd

This past Thursday during the Essex Wedding Awards at Orsett Hall Hotel it was announced that I won my category of "ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018".  

I was so honoured to have won and when my name was called out I'll admit I did get a little too excited by high 5'ing everyone on my table before collecting my trophy - you have to milk the moment though right?? What made the night even better was that my one of wedding clients Kayleigh and Tom also won the most romantic couple of Essex trophy... Other winners from my table were Wedding Entertainment (Live Act) of the Year - Essence Duo, Wedding Dress Retailer of the Year - Laceys Bridal Boutique as well as Charlotte from the beautiful Greenwoods Hotel & Spa who sponsored the most romantic couple in Essex category. 

Here is the list of all the category and high commended winners http://www.essexweddingawards.co.uk/winners.htm 

 

 The Essex Wedding Awards winner 2017-2018 logo, gavin conlan photography Ltd wins Essex Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-2018

The Essex Wedding Awards winner 2017-2018 logo, gavin conlan photography Ltd wins Essex Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017-2018

gavin conlan photography Ltd is so honoured and humbled to have won the prestigious accolade of "ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018 at this years Essex Wedding Awards held at Orsett Hall.
 Essex Wedding Photographer of the Year trophy posed together with my logo and Essex Wedding Awards branding. 

Essex Wedding Photographer of the Year trophy posed together with my logo and Essex Wedding Awards branding. 

wedaward: Top-30 International Wedding Photographers of 2017 features gavin conlan photography Ltd

Over the past 12 months (between October 2016 and September 2017) I have worked my socks off in achieving 24 International Wedding Photography awards for my photography from WedAward.  Achieving the 24 awards I'm proud to say that gavin conlan photography Ltd is ranked 1st in the United Kingdom category and 4th in the worldwide category.  Check out the quote below to find out more about the wedawards..... 

WedAward Contest is an International contest for wedding photography. We look for photographers who combine stunning quality and style of imagery. Recent work of our members intended to provide an ongoing inspiration and also a snapshot of the most innovative photographic work being produced in the wedding photography world.

We a€™re always on the look out for top talent to bring into the directory. Every month, a curated competition is open for submissions. Of these submissions, less than 3% are selected by a panel of curators as “WedAward Contest” and these awards are added to the photographers’ portfolio pages and are used to determine their rankings. Each jury member is hand picked because of photographic talent and knowledge of wedding photography.
— http://www.wedaward.com

All my award winning photographs up to October 2017 are posted below, you can also visit my wedaward profile here.  

Do you want your wedding photographed by an international award winning photographer? Yes!! then don't delay and get in touch!!!!

 gavin conlan photography Ltd is featured in the Top-30 International Wedding Photographers of 2017, winning 24 international wedding photography awards, ranking first in the United Kingdom and 4th in the World.

gavin conlan photography Ltd is featured in the Top-30 International Wedding Photographers of 2017, winning 24 international wedding photography awards, ranking first in the United Kingdom and 4th in the World.