Warren Radmore takes amazing aerial pictures of Devon without even leaving the ground

PUBLISHED: 13:55 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 12 February 2015

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

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Warren Radmore has turned his hobby into a business, taking photos with his unmanned aerial vehicle

Aerial photography enthusiast Warren Radmore has turned his hobby into a business after gaining a pilot’s licence allowing him to fly unmanned aircraft.

The father-of-three from Silverton in Devon captured these fascinating images using a UAV - an unmanned aerial vehicle - which can often fly into areas that helicopters can’t access.

Warren explains: “Aerial photography has fascinated me ever since I first went up in a hot air balloon.

“Since then I have been up four times in a hot air balloon and once as a passenger in a microlight and taken hundreds of photos of the amazing Devonshire countryside. My current employment as a gardener and handyman often gives me the opportunity to get on roofs and scaffolding to take some unusual views of the land below!”

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial DimensionsImages taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

In 2013 Warren bought a small quadcopter called Phantom 1 and was amazed at the quality of the photos it allowed him to take using a GoPro camera.

He recalls: “I did over 200 flights over parts of south west England and got really hooked on this new way of seeing the land from a different perspective.”

It was then that Warren decided to turn his hobby into a commercial business, which meant getting a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority.

He studied for a pilot qualification called Bnuc-s which would allow him to fly small unmanned aircraft and came up with the name Aerial Dimensions for the business.

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial DimensionsImages taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

He also splashed out on a larger aircraft – an octocopter capable of lifting a full sized DLSR camera into the air on a large gimbal – and a new Phantom 2 quadcopter.

He says: “Clients before would have had to hire a helicopter to take aerial photos - but they can’t fly that low or in tight spaces. My business fills the gap from the ground to 400ft.”

He’s also fitted a mobile office into a van, where he can edit photos and video on the move.

Last October he received permission for aerial work from the CAA and could start the business, offering high quality photos and HD video to help surveyors, house builders, estate agents, archaeologists and farmers.

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial DimensionsImages taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

He’s also able to cover wedding and corporate gatherings and even inspect wind farms and oil rigs.

He says: “During my test flights I was able to survey Coldharbour chimney at Uffculme and to fly over the demolished Silverton mill near Exeter. I have also made videos of agricultural machinery cutting crops.”

But Warren reveals there’s a lot of planning involved before any filming can take place: “You might think I would just turn up and get the aircraft out and go and capture photos within an hour, but you would be totally wrong. A lot of planning has to be done and there are a lot of regulations to follow.

“I can only fly from land that I have permission for and must stay 50 metres away from any vessel, vehicle or structure that is not under my control. I can’t fly within 150 metres of any congested areas nor fly over a gathering of over 1,000 people. I’m also restricted to a height of 400ft.

Images taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial DimensionsImages taken by Warren Radmore of Aerial Dimensions

“When I have a job to do the first thing I have to do is carry out a pre-site survey with the client to discuss what is needed from the flight/s. I will then decide which aircraft to use. We then schedule in some dates but this is all weather dependent as I can’t fly with winds over 18mph. I also can’t fly in rain, snow or low visibility.”

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