Rosemount Cottage Shandon Helensburgh
This is one of those jobs that I got really excited about. I was contacted several months ago about photographing a holiday home in a place called Shandon, which is about 1 hour west of Glasgow and close to Helensburgh and Loch Lomond (roughly 15 minutes from the latter).
The first thing that excited me was photographing a house that’s effectively in the countryside (well, seaside) and I know that part of Scotland, especially on a nice weather day, is really beautiful. We initially discussed taking photos around 2 months ago but on the day we originally planned the weather was rubbish so we agreed to wait until roughly May to photograph his house. This was partly because the house was fully booked out in April but also to allow spring to happen and all the trees to bloom.
So around a week ago I was doing some work for Jaguar Land Rover and he contacted me about arranging a time to photograph his house and we actually agreed to do it the same day. One I only had one job in the morning for Jaguar Land Rover and two the weather forecast was supposed to be stunning over there (less so in Edinburgh!).
I also had a property to photograph in Glasgow lunchtime, which I’ll write about in a couple weeks, so rather than have to drive two solid hours to get to his house I could do my morning work, go to Glasgow, photograph the property, get some lunch, then head over.
The other thing that excited me was the prospect of getting the drone out to do some aerial photos and videos around the property. Sadly the drone decided to play up towards the end of the shoot (more about this below) so I may end up going back to do more coverage but it was definitely worth bringing.
The house, Rosemount Cottage (not my photos on the website as of 28/5/19), was absolutely delightful. A large space with a massive garden and the surrounding area was lovely. It’s a four bedroom property with a large large and a large kitchen. Being my first time over there it was difficult to plan where to fly the drone along the coast (very windy that day plus the drone was being weird) and it was already pretty late and I had to get back to Edinburgh but I’ll go back soon.
As you can see the weather was absolutely fabulous so getting some aerial shots was a 100% must. Sadly the drone was playing up (GPS connection things). This really annoyed me as I only bought the drone two months ago and it really wasn’t cheap! I was planning on taking some drone photos and video around the coast and of the Erskine Bridge on the way back home.
What really annoyed me is I was only 10 minutes away from Loch Lomond which is seriously beautiful when the weather is nice. I drone 20 minutes along the shores of Loch Lomond, found a really pretty village, drove in, spent 5 minutes trying to park. Got out, walked to the beach, put the props on, booted it up and error. “Navigation error, check redundancy status”. In DJI terminology, it means it’s seriously broken. So two months after spending £1800 on a drone, it’s gone back to DJI in the Netherlands. Thankfully it’s under warranty but god knows how long it will take to be fixed.
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