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Bill Drones
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Hey everyone! Check out my newest Mavic video I made in downtown Chicago. Please let me know what you think! Thanks!

2017-10-4 08:11:58
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rreindl
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Great video! This is so good it could be used as a promotional video.  Did you have to get permission to fly in any of the areas? Last time I was downtown I was wondering if I needed permission to fly there.
2017-10-4 09:12:44
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Montfrooij
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Beautiful stuff.
Too bad we can't make these shots in NL.
2017-10-4 09:28:27
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ro_flyer
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Awesome video!!! I hope #dronepolice won't bother you.... they usually don't like this kind of movies...
2017-10-4 10:52:12
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Asainz320
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Great work!!! Super smooth and amazing clarity. Well done.
2017-10-4 11:22:15
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wglovett
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Nice shots! The sort that I thought I would be legally able to shoot when I got my drone.. Like the cruising through the masts at the marina part
2017-10-4 11:38:03
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STRIDE8
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Great hometown video
2017-10-4 12:32:12
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StanfordWebbie
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I grew up in Chicago, moving to California after my Viet Nam era military duty was done.  Today, I love to tell people that Chicago is "a great place to be from".  
2017-10-4 14:33:41
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Bill Drones
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rreindl Posted at 2017-10-4 09:12
Great video! This is so good it could be used as a promotional video.  Did you have to get permission to fly in any of the areas? Last time I was downtown I was wondering if I needed permission to fly there.

Thank you so much! Greatly appreciated!

Believe it or not, all of the flying was done outside of no fly zones. The main area that is NFZ is above and around soldier field, and all the way out by Midway Airport, so I was not able to launch within about a half mile radius around the stadium. Everywhere else seems to be fair game!
I did have a little trouble with some guy (not an officer) telling me I couldn't fly there because there were "too many people" (even though I was over the water the entire time), when I was flying off the end of Navy Pier. I was bringing it back in at that point, so I spared him my planned speech on how the FAA says it's ok to fly there, so what authority does he have, etc. and I just packed up and left...  
2017-10-4 14:38:59
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Montfrooij Posted at 2017-10-4 09:28
Beautiful stuff.
Too bad we can't make these shots in NL.

Thank you very much!
Just curious, why can't you take shots like this by you? Restrictions or no skyscrapers?
2017-10-4 17:52:20
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Bill Drones Posted at 2017-10-4 17:52
Thank you very much!
Just curious, why can't you take shots like this by you? Restrictions or no skyscrapers?

Actually both.
But mainly because we are not allowed to fly over about anything man made.
2017-10-4 22:03:53
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really superb
2017-10-5 00:53:36
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Bigga J
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Nice work Bill ..... some lovely shots of your home town.
2017-10-5 01:15:37
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ro_flyer Posted at 2017-10-4 10:52
Awesome video!!! I hope #dronepolice won't bother you.... they usually don't like this kind of movies...

Thank you!
#dronepolice need not apply. All of the flying was completely legal, not within any NFZ's, and I was either flying over water or avoiding being directly over people, for all of the shots.  
2017-10-5 05:00:00
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Asainz320 Posted at 2017-10-4 11:22
Great work!!! Super smooth and amazing clarity. Well done.

Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it!
2017-10-5 11:18:36
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wglovett Posted at 2017-10-4 11:38
Nice shots! The sort that I thought I would be legally able to shoot when I got my drone.. Like the cruising through the masts at the marina part

Thank you very much!
The cropped sensor on the Mavic camera gives the illusion that it is much closer to the masts, than it actually is. I was actually flying about 15-20 feet above them, and standing directly behind the Mavic, up higher than the boat, on a pier, so I had a very good view to make sure there was no chance of collision. Same goes for the flying over the church roof in one of the last clips.

Thanks for watching!
2017-10-5 16:18:46
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Sweet home Chicago!
2017-10-6 03:28:16
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PizzaFiend
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing
2017-10-6 05:50:52
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dancopter
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Great stuff. Awesome cinematography and superb editing.
2017-10-6 07:43:33
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StanfordWebbie Posted at 2017-10-4 14:33
I grew up in Chicago, moving to California after my Viet Nam era military duty was done.  Today, I love to tell people that Chicago is "a great place to be from".

I really is a great place to be from, and I have yet to see to better big city!
2017-10-6 11:09:15
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Montfrooij Posted at 2017-10-4 22:03
Actually both.
But mainly because we are not allowed to fly over about anything man made.

Ah, gotcha! Man, that's one hell of a restriction, not flying over ANYTHING man made. Really narrows down your options... At least you have some beautiful natural scenery in those parts!
2017-10-6 14:23:45
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Thank you very much!
2017-10-7 04:12:06
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Montfrooij
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Bill Drones Posted at 2017-10-6 14:23
Ah, gotcha! Man, that's one hell of a restriction, not flying over ANYTHING man made. Really narrows down your options... At least you have some beautiful natural scenery in those parts!

Indeed.
There are some exceptions but there are not many.
You 'can' fly over 1 separate building, over a 30 km p/h road in a city and 60 km p/h road outside of the city.
But that is about it.
Everything else is not allowed...
So we have to make our moves carefully.
2017-10-7 05:11:31
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Lucas775
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Very nicely done!
2017-10-7 05:38:29
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Bill Drones
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Bigga J Posted at 2017-10-5 01:15
Nice work Bill ..... some lovely shots of your home town.

Thank you! Happy to be from this beautiful city!
2017-10-7 10:04:53
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PizzaFiend Posted at 2017-10-6 05:50
Very nice! Thanks for sharing

Thanks for watching!
2017-10-7 17:12:11
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JAcOb4576
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Nice shots! Very well done!
2017-10-8 05:44:56
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artform
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Clean and nice ;)
2017-10-8 06:22:15
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Brum Ken
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Fantastic video bud liked it very much and the music top draw M83 music used a lot on videos
2017-10-8 09:10:59
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dancopter Posted at 2017-10-6 07:43
Great stuff. Awesome cinematography and superb editing.

Thank you so much for the compliments! Glad you enjoyed it!
2017-10-8 10:53:59
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Montfrooij Posted at 2017-10-7 05:11
Indeed.
There are some exceptions but there are not many.
You 'can' fly over 1 separate building, over a 30 km p/h road in a city and 60 km p/h road outside of the city.

Yeah, I would have a hard time not flying over any building... Interesting stuff! Never knew other countries had drone laws like that. Next time, I will hold my tongue, when I start complaining about all of our restrictions!  
2017-10-8 15:37:25
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Looks great.  I was in Chicago a few weeks ago with my Spark, however, I was terrified to shoot in such a dense area as I previously lost a Spark!  Now I wish I would have.  Picked up a MP today and these videos have me ready to get out and get some video!
2017-10-8 16:01:20
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RobDownUnder
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One of the best videos of city scape. Great sound too!
2017-10-8 17:23:38
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Ray_Dunakin
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Great video! Excellent clarity and color. Did you do any color grading? If so, can you provide some details?
2017-10-8 20:32:29
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Montfrooij
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Bill Drones Posted at 2017-10-8 15:37
Yeah, I would have a hard time not flying over any building... Interesting stuff! Never knew other countries had drone laws like that. Next time, I will hold my tongue, when I start complaining about all of our restrictions!

Hahahahahahaha. There is more reason for these laws, but mainly insurance claims, privacy and safety.
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2017-10-8 22:47:32
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DJI Thor
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I like this video, very beautiful city scenery. Thanks for sharing,
2017-10-9 00:46:50
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Gregbella
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Really nice video well put together thanks for posting
2017-10-9 01:22:33
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Bill Drones
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Thank you very much, Lucas! Much appreciated!
2017-10-9 04:51:44
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JAcOb4576 Posted at 2017-10-8 05:44
Nice shots! Very well done!

Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it!
2017-10-9 08:55:57
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Thank you very much!
2017-10-9 12:18:17
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