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I filmed this video a few days ago - my first flight in a big city! Thanks to the fact that big cities tend to host large international airports, it's no surprise that it's tricky to find a place to fly a drone. However, there are gaps to found between no fly zones, and that's what I found here.

I love flying in wild and rural places with their immense natural beauty, but it was undeniably exciting to fly in such a complex moving environment as the city. Rowing teams on the river, trains, jet boats, and sea lions (see if you can spot him swimming by the bridge!) made for a spectacular afternoon flight. This was another situation where where the zoom on the Mavic 2 Zoom was immensely useful, since it allowed me to safely get close up footage of all this cool stuff!
 
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Was surprised to see that submarine and not only saw the sea lion
but caught em .;)
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DJI PDX spotlight.jpgFunny, I was just there yesterday!.... Still working on processing the pics, but here is one from the same bridges you flew over...
 
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I live in the Portland area and though I would like to have seen some differnt looks I think you did well Thumbswayup
 
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Nice one! That looks like the NW Steel Bridge, which is a ways to the south of where I was flying.

I think it is the Hawthorne bridge? What do I know, I don't live there... I was flying from Tom Mc call waterfront park. I agree with you, Portland is a nice city to be able to fly with our getting into trouble...
 
DJI PDX bridge.jpgWell, here is the next one.
As you can see, I love "sunrise-30 minutes", or "sunset+30 minutes". I don't have to worry about the legalities of flying at night, and I still get details in the sky that way...
 
I think it is the Hawthorne bridge? What do I know, I don't live there... I was flying from Tom Mc call waterfront park. I agree with you, Portland is a nice city to be able to fly with our getting into trouble...

You may be right, I'm only somewhat familiar with the city myself, and am just going by Google Maps to identify the bridge names. The second image you posted is I-5, with OMSI in the background, which is the area I was flying in. You must be using the Mavic 2 Pro, as I don't the Zoom has good enough low light capability to be able get that shot.
 
I live in the Portland area and though I would like to have seen some differnt looks I think you did well Thumbswayup

Thanks, I might have done more flying, but I had places to be! It's always hard to judge when I have enough different shots to put together a video. In hindsight I would have liked more footage of the rowers, and of downtown - specifically I wish I'd flown all the way over downtown and captured video looking straight down at the city.
 
Nice work. Especially liked the bridge sweep at about 1:45.
 
I love getting pictures of bridges around Portland! Here's a shot of a crow that swooped right below me while shooting the Broadway. And yes, the bridge in question from one of the previous posters is the Hawthorne. The Steel is much taller with a passenger walkway below it.
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Interestingly the PDX Class C airspace extends to the edge of the Willamette. So technically you can fly over the river just not on the Eastside. Not that I care where you fly.PDX.png
 
Interestingly the PDX Class C airspace extends to the edge of the Willamette. So technically you can fly over the river just not on the Eastside. Not that I care where you fly.View attachment 58390
Thanks for that. No rain in the forecast for several days and I want to get downtown to get some pics.
 

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