Mountain Graphics Photography owner Jim Mauchly, left, and licensed pilot Braxton Freeman keep their eye on Mauchly’s drone as it captures aerial images of Storr’s Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H., on April 20, 2016. Mauchly is required to have a licensed pilot overseeing the operation of his drone, and often hires Freeman, a fellow aerial-photographer, to accompany him during commercial assignments. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)
By Ernie Kohlsaat
Fairlee — Jim Mauchly, the owner of Mountain Graphics Photography in Fairlee, had been looking for ways to get “camera height” for more than a decade.
He looked at a “cherry picker” bucket lift that he could tow behind his car. He thought of buying an old utility truck. He considered a long pole that could be attached to the car’s bumper.
“I’ve actually even climbed trees,” he said, “which often doesn’t turn out too well.”
Mauchly, one of whose specialties is architectural photography and who often is hired to take pictures of private homes or commercial buildings, said each of those options would get him and his camera off the ground, but each had its limitations.
“If you want to take a picture of a lakefront property, it would be hard to get your car out into the lake,” he quipped, “and the boats rock too much.”