Photo of the Day: June 12th

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Here is a superb shot of Whalley Arches, and one that you won’t see every day!

It was taken and sent in to us by local photography student Phil Dewhurst, originally from Clitheroe, now living in Great Harwood and studying at Blackburn College.

Not too long ago, to get a shot like this the photographer would have to take to the skies in a light aircraft, helicopter or even a balloon, but technology is changing all that.

Now photographers are using remote controlled lying “drones” with their cameras attached to capture fabulous aerial views, both still photos and quality video footage.

Phil explained: “I took this shot from Whalley Nab using my quadcopter/drone. I wanted to get all of the viaduct in the shot so I went up the Nab and flew the quadcopter around 80 feet in the air.”

Wireless technology means the photographer on the ground can see the view from the airborne camera, and while the equipment is still quite expensive, it’s a lot cheaper than a helicopter!

But there are regulations about where drones can be flown and what they can be used for, so if you fancy having a go, do your research first.

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