Cornwall from a bird’s eye view: Exploring our landscape by drone

PUBLISHED: 11:51 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 21 May 2018

Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon


We chat to a Helston-based media production company taking the aerial industry by storm

At a time when pretty much anyone can buy a drone, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Helston-based Bad Wolf Horizon started in the world of ground-based media production and with over six years of experience in the industry, they are more than just drone pilots. They are filmmakers and photographers, who are making use of this technology revolution to take photography of our county to the next level (quite literally).

Bad Wolf Horizon are constantly travelling around Cornwall on the hunt for the most scenic areas to capture from a bird’s eye perspective. From the turquoise waters of the Cornish seas, to rock formations, bobbing boats and some of the Duchy’s most beautiful sunsets, Bad Wolf Horizon have photographed and filmed many of Cornwall’s most loved beaches and secret treasures.

Tom Wadsworth, Director at Bad Wolf Horizon says ‘Being commercial drone pilots, we have to complete pre-flight paperwork and risk assessments before every flight we conduct. This includes meteorology, airspace restrictions and identifying safe take off locations before arriving on site. It is a very important part of what we do, but a nightmare when all you want to do is to be out flying in the sun!’

‘Our drones have one of the longest flight times of any drone on the market. Being in the air for around 25 minutes per flight, gives us plenty of time to explore the coastline from the skies. We can film in 4K resolution, provide buttery-smooth slow motion, capture unbeatable quality with our large sensor drone and film almost anything from the skies.’

Take a look at some of Bad Wolf Horizon’s photography and the stories behind these stunning pictures as told by Tom, below.

This image was part of an aerial time lapse, produced for a luxury apartment in St Ives. Aerial time lapses are new to the drone world and we are proud to be leading this movement in Cornwall. To capture this time lapse, we left the drone in the same position for 20 minutes, while the tide washed in and filled the harbour.

St Ives. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonSt Ives. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

Sunny St Mawes in August 2017. Filming a promotional video for an estate agent, who wanted film from both the ground and the skies. We were in the right place at the right time as we capture the moment the St Mawes water taxi passed underneath us.

St Mawes water taxi. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonSt Mawes water taxi. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

This image was captured in Charlestown, near St Austell, in January this year. As we explored this sea stack from our drone, we noticed a small silhouette exploring the coastline on foot.

Charlestown. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonCharlestown. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

Another perfect day in paradise. Our take off location was the other side of the river, but as a commercial drone pilot, the maximum distance we can fly is 500 metres from where we took off. As the St Mawes ferry pulled into the harbour at St Mawes, we managed to capture this beautiful photo, from just under half a kilometer away.

St Mawes ferry. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonSt Mawes ferry. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

The landscape around the Land’s End area is breathtaking. Millions of years of rock erosion and the crystal clear waters of Pedn Vounder, near Porthcurno, makes for an unbeatable combination. Nature does all the work for us. We just make sure to fly the drone in the right place!

Land's End. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonLand's End. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

Port Isaac is one of the most idyllic fishing villages in Cornwall. As the camera on our drone is pretty wide angle (24mm equivalent) we are often featured in our own images. This means we have to edit ourselves out in post. Magic.

Port Isaac. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonPort Isaac. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

We use polarising filters on our drones to get the most out of our images. This allows us to see through the water, as it cuts out any unwanted reflections entering the lens. Two paddle boarders explore the ocean just off of Gylly beach - make sure to avoid the dark, scary bits!

Two paddle boarders off Gylly beach. Photo by Bad Wolf HorizonTwo paddle boarders off Gylly beach. Photo by Bad Wolf Horizon

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