Few people have been able to visit the former home of the Virginia Renaissance Faire in Fredericksburg, Va., and with good reason. Since it was closed in 1999, the site has been leased out to local hunting groups, which makes it dangerous for anybody without a bright orange vest.
Dangerous for everybody but Joseph David Mitchell of Lake Ridge, Va., that is, who was able to capture some amazing bird’s eye footage of the site from a distance with his custom-built drone.
Mitchell flies a quadcopter — think of a helicopter with four smaller rotors instead of one big one. He uses a first-person view (FPV) rig, which allows him to pilot the quadcopter remotely using an on-board camera that feeds footage wirelessly to video goggles. It’s the next best thing to flying over yourself.
“Seeing this abandoned site from the air, I realized this area was very dangerous and even creepier,” Mitchell says. “I had heard others talk about visiting this place on foot, however I was not interested going on foot — way too creepy.”