Flying a drone in Astana was a lot of fun – here’s the results
Astana is the perfect city to put a drone up in the air. The cityscape is full of odd delights to shoot, and there’s plenty of open space for safe lift-offs and landings.
Drone pilots are allowed to fly in most areas, as long as you follow the usual rules about not flying over main roads and large groups of people. At the Expo they wouldn’t allow anything. They said they had special measures in place that could take out a drone.
I’m wondering if this was as simple as sending a hawk out to take the drone out. There was one flight where a bird of prey came uncomfortably close to my Mavic.
I spent a few days wandering around Astana to shoot this video – I know the city like the back of my hand now. It was fun shooting the huge Kazakh flag. I didn’t know quite what the flag was going to do in the wind.
At the Presidential Library, the building that looks like a huge eye looking towards the sky, security informed me that I couldn’t fly the Mavic overhead. Unfortunately for them, I’d already got my shots and was just visiting the library itself.
My favourite shot must the one of the Bayterek – the centrepiece of Astana. The large white tower represents a tree holding a giant golden egg. I was surrounded by a crowd of Kazakh onlookers while the Mavic pirouetted around in the sky.
Thankfully, they were all trying to speak Russian, a language that I have no understanding of. This made it easy to ignore them.