Matt Dort’s drone photos are proving to be popular
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SUNNY BRAE, N.S. — A love of the outdoors for Matt Dort has led to him wanting to capture as much of it as possible, in a photo.
The best way to do that, Dort believes is through drone photography which he, an avid fly fisher, took up last January.
“I purchased a drone in January and then taught myself how to use it. I have been taking pictures and videos with it for my own purposes but, recently, people have been interested in my pictures and even looking to get copies of them,” Dort said, humbly insisting he is, by no means, a professional.
“I just always had an interest in pictures, especially landscapes,” he said. “That’s my big one, I love to take pictures of landscapes in nature.”
Dort said while he is mostly self-taught, via online tutorials, he has benefitted from the fact some of his fly-fishing friends are professional photographers.
“They shared several tips with me,” he said, noting, in particular, advice from Scotty Sherin. “I also follow Facebook groups, such as We Love Nova Scotia, for unique ideas and learning.”
Dort said he’ll get a chance to do more winter landscapes this year since last winter was spent mostly familiarizing himself with the equipment.
He said he enjoys contrasting colours in his photos and while the brilliant greens against splashes of other colours highlighted his spring-summer photos, October’s colours were a real treasure.
“Most of October was incredible for landscape shots,” he said.
As for a location, he talked about lands between Springville and Sunny Brae.
“That was probably my favorite session I’ve had so far,” he said. “I just took some pictures while fly fishing along the river and the contrast of the river and valley on either side – the East River Valley – really provided a great setting to take pictures.”
The East River Valley Community Development Association (ERVCDA) also took a liking to the photos and shared them on their Facebook page.
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“We were amazed by the quality of Matt’s drone shots highlighting the beauty of the East River Valley,” ERVCDA coordinator Kara Allen said. “Sharing his shots have reached more than 6,000 people who may not know of the beauty the East River Valley holds, with past and present residents getting to see their former communities from different points of view.”
Allen said any way they can showcase their communities is welcomed.
“These amazing shots were a spectacular bonus.”
“My social media accounts are where I post a lot of pictures from my trips and adventures,” Dort said. “I capture a lot of fishing and outdoor themes as well.”
To purchase Dort’s pictures, go to his online store at matt-dort.picfair.com.
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