We're delighted to announce Ricky Evans as our fourth ICARUS Ambassador!
Ricky has won our fourth Facebook photo contest with his outstanding photograph (above) of Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland.
In return for winning our contest and agreeing to champion the ICARUS course for the next 12 months, he's received a bespoke canvas print (courtesy of Love to Frame) and free course place worth £999 and is now on his way to earning a PfCO.
As you'll be hearing a lot more from Ricky over the coming months, we thought we'd introduce him through some questions below.
What drone was used to capture this photo?
I used a DJI Inspire 1 with X3 camera to take the picture at Eilean Donan. The Inspire was a 40th birthday present to myself as I wanted to purchase a drone after watching some stunning FC-40 and go-pro footage an old friend of mine shot. It really opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of drones and how they can be used in both photography and videography. I have been into videography for a while now and knew I just had to get one!! I chose the Inspire as I thought it was the best platform for aerial videography as it is an all in one package. I use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to work on my images as I shoot in as flat a picture profile as possible and work on my images in post.
What other drones do you fly?
The inspire was/is my first and only drone! I have used RC helicopters indoors occasionally but really jumped feet first into drones. It’s a steep learning curve and nothing quite prepares you for that first flight and the mixture of panic/fear/exhilaration!
Where are you based?
I am based in Newburgh, Fife on the Inner Tay Estuary about 12 miles from both Perth and Dundee. I have only lived here for a year and I’m still getting to know the area. My wife was brought up here and wanted to move here to bring up our son.
What grew your interest in drone technology?
As mentioned before a friend of mine put a drone video on Facebook and I was hooked, I needed one in my life. I remember doing the research and thinking, “how can I raise the funds for the Inspire” which had just been released back in 2015. I agreed with my wife to borrow the money from our savings account and pay it back in instalments as we felt it would be cheaper than a loan and I have been keeping up with developments ever since! Things are moving so fast in the drone market and it seems crazy that only a year and a half after I purchased my Inspire it’s already a bit dated!
What’s the most exciting/interesting thing you’ve photographed/filmed from the air?
The photo I entered into the competition was taken on a trip to the Isle of Skye earlier this year. I had no idea that Eilean Donan would be en-route but the scenery was absolutely breathtaking including the Loch Cluanie dam, Five Sisters of Kintail, Falls of Glomach and of course the Cuillins when you eventually get to Skye! As soon as I had seen Eilean Donan I had to get the drone in the air. It was a beautiful day, no wind and the snow was still on the tops of the hills in the background. I managed to take the picture and get some video footage for my archives. A good day!
How long have you been flying unmanned aircraft (including model helicopters etc.)?
I have had an indoor R.C helicopter for about 4 years and I bought the Inspire in February of last year.
What do you plan to do once you gain your PfCO?
I am in the process of starting my own videography business. I have two jobs at the moment and do photography/videography as a hobby but would like to turn it into a full time job. My PfCO would allow me to include aerial photography and videography to my creative repertoire.
Do you have a website?
At the moment no, but I am hoping to develop one over the next six months, watch this space!