You’d think that Fab Drone’s aerial footage was created by a team of filmmakers using helicopters and professional equipment. Instead, the impressive videos – shot on a shoestring budget – were the work of just one man inspired by his love of travel, photography and the beauty of Greece.
An avid traveler, Dimitris Mitropoulos purchased his first drone about a year ago so as to reconnoiter areas before setting out to explore them on foot. In this way, he was able to enter temples forbidden to the public, brush over lush landscapes and swoop over crystal clear waters.
“There’s so much variety in this country all year round,” he says, though he prefers summery destinations.
He has charted areas stretching from Mykonos and Tinos in the Cyclades to Paxi and Antipaxi in the Ionian Sea, mainland areas such as Messene, Galaxidi and Sivota, as well as numerous city shots in tourist hotspots around Athens.
“Things look different from above. Better, in my opinion,” he says. “When we walk around, we don’t notice things. Take for instance, the temple of Hephaestus. It’s only when you explore it from the sky that you truly fathom how well-preserved it is, and yet it is so underrated.”
Apart from being pleasantly surprised by the possibilities that his drone offered him as a traveler, he was amazed by the quality of the aerial footage. “Drones make shooting videos child’s play,” he says, pointing out how easy it is to move in from ground-level to aerial shots with the expertise of professional filmmakers.
A graphic designer by profession, he views his drone travel videos purely as a hobby.
“No, I don’t choose destinations based on how well they would feature in a travel video,” he says. “I just take the drone with me and the rest is incidental.”
So far he hasn’t made any money from this hobby, but he admits that he has been approached by a Dutch travel agent that wanted to use footage from Antipaxi as part of its tourism campaign.
“The recognition is welcome, but the real reward for me is the enjoyment I get from visiting the sites, making the videos and sharing.”
“When we walk around, we don’t notice things. Take for instance, the temple of Hephaestus. It’s only when you explore it from the sky that you truly fathom how well-preserved it is, and yet it is so underrated.”