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Jeff Grotte and his drone. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Drone captures event by air

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By Sarah Smith

Dorset by drone.

That’s the best way to view the food festival that attracted thousands Sunday.

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Jeff Grotte, a wildlife photographer with a penchant for high-tech toys, unleashed his Sunday over the festival to some fantastic results.

His family has a cabin near the north end of Long Lake so Grotte has been a regular visitor to the Park Rapids and Hubbard County regions.

He got his drone from his girlfriend as a gift.

“I don’t use it as much as I should,” he lamented.

The drone will fly up to 2,000 feet and tunes in to three satellites for reception.

He’s had it for four months. All told, it cost less than $1,000, with the camera.

It can buzz up to a bee, sneak up to a squirrel and is the latest tool for capturing

wildlife in a natural state.

One would say that’s what he did in Dorset. He sent the drone flying overhead to howls of delight and waves from the crowd.

The photo quality is excellent as he works to perfect his shots and attach new cameras to take flight.

He was using a tiny camera attached by a sturdy little sling to his drone.

He does have to do some photo editing because the drone tends to capture one of the four propellers navigating it. You can see one leg of the drone if the focus is pulled inward too much.

He said he’s still experimenting with this.

His favorite subject to photograph is raptors.

But in case you’re thinking of getting a toy like his drone, which he ordered off Amazon, you will need plenty of storage room on your computer.

His brief flyover of Dorset is two gigabytes. It will likely be posted to YouTube. He uses a laptop.

His website is http://jeffgrotte.wix.com/ jgrotte. He has videos all over the internet as well.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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