Drone Video Uncovers Beauty & Diversity of Los Angles

By: | August 23rd, 2015

Ian Wood Los Angeles Drone Video

Ian Wood Los Angeles Drone Video (Image Courtesy www.ianwood.com)

The following drone video of Los Angeles, by Ian Wood, allows those who don’t know Los Angeles well – and maybe some long-time residents – to see the city in a new light. I know my image of LA was mostly of a city of traffic jams and smog. But that has changed! If anything, this video shows LA as a colorful and creative place.

Wood’s video is clear evidence that we can learn a lot about our environment with this new drone technology.


The video has a great soundtrack: BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis!

Wood’s Protocol for Shooting Drone Videos

Wood’s “drone protocol” includes:

  • Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
  • Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
  • Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
  • No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
  • Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
  • Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
  • Avoid “loitering” next to residential homes and apartments.
  • Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
  • Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.

Places Shot by Wood in this Video

The following locations/murals/buildings are included in this video can also be seen on a Google Map created by Wood:

  1. Bumblebee Mural
  2. Jeff Soto Mural
  3. Wolves Mural
  4. Lincoln Mural
  5. Mural
  6. Starry Night Mural
  7. Bates Motel
  8. The Hollywood Roosevelt
  9. Knickerbocker and Patron Signs
  10. Villa Bonita Apts
  11. El Royale
  12. Montecito Apts
  13. Academy Theater
  14. Traction
  15. The Broadway Sign
  16. Santa Monica Pier
  17. Santa Monica Cliffs
  18. The Georgian Hotel
  19. Crossroads of the World
  20. LA Opera Mural
  21. Shepard Fairey Mural
  22. Great Wall of Los Angeles
  23. Calle de la Eternidad
  24. Arclight Hollywood Cinemas Cafe
  25. LA Opera
  26. Bergamot Station Mural
  27. LA Library Gardens
  28. Highway Cloverleaf & Overpass
  29. Griffith Observatory
  30. Los Feliz Blvd
  31. Hollywood Reservoir
  32. Hollywood Sign
  33. Olympic Coliseum
  34. Expo Park Rose Garden
  35. Kyoto Garden
  36. Baldwin Hills Oil Derricks
  37. Mariachi Square
  38. Barnsdale Art Park
  39. Tristan Eaton Mural
  40. Ralph Ziman Mural
  41. Hollywood Bowl Overlook
  42. Sunset Tower Hotel
  43. Garcia House
  44. Chemosphere
  45. Bullocks Wilshire Building
  46. Bestia
  47. LACMA Urban Light
  48. The Wiltern
  49. Westlake Sign
  50. Wilshire Professional Building
  51. Wilshire Colonnade
  52. Bryson / Royale
  53. Park Plaza
  54. Municipal Light and Power
  55. Beverly Wilshire
  56. Civic Center
  57. 76 Gas Station
  58. Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall
  59. Ruben Salazar Park
  60. Golden Gate Theater
  61. Pan American Bank
  62. Car commercial bridges
  63. Southwest Museum
  64. Pasadena City Hall
  65. Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home
  66. Automobile Club of America
  67. Fine Arts Building
  68. Los Angeles County General Hospital
  69. Arroyo Seco Tunnels
  70. Ennis House
  71. Hollywood Motel
  72. Trianon
  73. Crest Theater
  74. Capitol Records Building
  75. Pacific Design Center
  76. Walt Disney Concert Hall
  77. Union Station
  78. Sears
  79. Fox Westwood Theater
  80. Paseo Miramar Trailhead
  81. Broadway Rooftops
  82. First National Bank
  83. El Capitan
  84. Hollywood Athletic Club
  85. Topanga Overlook Trailhead
  86. Art of Chase Mural
  87. Fintan Magee Mural
  88. Venice Canals
  89. Kobra Mural
  90. Love Wall
  91. Spring Street Rooftops
  92. Samitaur
  93. Gabba Gallery
  94. Building with Sign
  95. Getty Museum
  96. The Getty Villa
  97. Garfield Building
  98. Kim West Mural
  99. Vhils Mural 1
  100. Vhils Mural 2
  101. El Mac “Blessed Are The Meak”
  102. Helms Bakery
  103. Adamson House Museum
  104. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, United States
  105. Point Dume State Beach, Malibu, CA, United States
  106. Eastern, Orpheum, Liberty in one shot

Ian Wood’s Overview of the Video

The following is Wood’s explanation of the video on Vimeo:

This is the city-wide follow up to my aerial exploration of downtown Los Angeles from last year. And much like with downtown, I continue to be awestruck by how much of this vast city I have partially or completely overlooked before undertaking this video. And like most voyages of discovery, I’ve realized there’s so much more to find.

Packing it all into one short-form video has been nigh impossible and much didn’t make it for safety, privacy or simply because I couldn’t make it 30 minutes long! Notably missing are: LAX Theme Building, both Gettys, some Lautner homes, numerous beautiful buildings, the Gabba gallery, many murals that vanished before I got to them, and much of downtown featured in last year’s video.

The music is BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis and is used with permission. I felt it fitting to a city of eclectic styles and influences, equal parts refined and rough edges. The version used here is my own extended edit. Download the original song here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-you-aint-never-had-the-blues/id1006196698?i=1006197030

Droning For Good
With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.

For queries regarding my aerial filming, please contact me by email, aerial@ianwood.com.

Ian Wood’s Video of LA

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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