Even if you’ve been photographing the Magdalen Islands for years, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to winter photography.
It is Freezing Outside
Keep all of your winter gear handy, no matter what the weather is like outside your window. Having the correct gear is the most important thing to remember while packing for a trip in the winter.
Gloves for winter photography
In my opinion, The Heat Company’s system of liner gloves that feature hand warmer pockets and a convertible shell on top is a great option for people who need to be able to use their fingers to operate a camera or drone, which demands dexterity.
Get your equipment in order.
Keep your equipment organized so that you don’t waste time switching between bags and systems, and be sure to label everything so that you can find it quickly if the need arises. It would be perfect if there was no need for you to remove your gloves when outside.
The benefits of renting an automobile.
Use the extra room in your rental car to your advantage. For new locations, arrange up your gear to make it easier to select what you want to photograph. For example, if you don’t need a tripod, leave it in the car.
Life expectancy of a battery
Having a multi-battery charging system in your hotel is a must for dealing with the affects of cold weather, therefore bring a lot of batteries.
There is no Streetsview available.
The advice above should help you plan your schedule if you use Google Streetview, but the islands haven’t been mapped, so you’ll have to rely on your own research.
Drone regulations are complex, so familiarize yourself with them.
For those who want to fly legally, check out the section below for instructions on how to do so.
Outdoors, your endurance may not be as great as anticipated.
There’s nothing like shooting in warm weather, no matter how much preparation you put into cold-weather gear and how many layers you wear. Everything is a little more difficult and exhausting in the cold, and the cold will catch up with you at some point. Personal experience taught me to work more quickly and accept “Oh, that’s good enough.” as a sufficient response.
It’s hard to beat sunrises.
You’ll appreciate sunrises more than sunsets since the weather is calmer, the colors are more vibrant, and you can better organize your time around it (sacrificing some sleep of course). To get to the horizon in time for sunset, we discovered that we were constantly rushing.
For sunrises, get up early.
After some trial and error, we learned to arrive one hour before the sunrise hours in order to set up and capture the deep dark blues, magenta and reds of blue hour as they transition into golden time.
What Kind of Camera Equipment Should I Bring?
Interested in finding out what equipment we use for photography, filmmaking and drone work? Don’t forget to check out our in-depth article.
The Magdalen Islands Drone Pilot’s Guide
For a new style of photography and videography, we were unable to uncover any internet information regarding the norms and regulations that govern it.
Magdalen Islands and the rest of Canada have the following minimum requirements for operating a drone:
In order to fly a drone, you must have a licence
Drone pilots need at least a Basic Operations certificate. You’ll be able to fly across unrestricted terrain with this (uncontrolled airspace).
Drone operator’s license
Any time you plan to fly near an airport, you’ll require an Advanced Operations drone pilot licence. Flights from Class A to E can be taken with this certificate.
Your drone should be registered.
Make sure your drone is labelled and registered, regardless of where you live. It’s a bargain at $5 CAD.
Become a member of NAV Canada.
If you intend to use your Advanced Operations certificate to fly in regulated airspace, you must first register with NAV Canada and complete the drone flight permission process.
The good news is that submitting your flight plans and requesting permission to fly in regulated airspace is now a breeze thanks to NAV Canada. This can only be used by pilots who hold an advanced operations certificate.
Your pilot certificate must be uploaded when you have created a new account and your drone is listed under “Gear.”
NAV Canada has a desktop and mobile app, but we recommend using a PC for your planning.
To start a new flying operation, follow these steps.
Various shapes, zones, routes, and drop targets can be created. Since you’re unlikely to have a precise idea of your flight path, we suggest simply drawing a circle around whatever it is you’re interested in. Orange circles on the map indicate that you’re flying in a restricted area.
Incorporate Additional Variables.
The name, description, start and end time, and height will all need to be entered here (keep in mind 400ft AGL is the max). The timing is important, but give yourself some leeway. Also, keep in mind that the time will be set to your local time zone by default, so be sure to account for any time zone differences.
Submit your work for evaluation.
You’ll then be able to submit your request under “tasks” for the operation.
The Way We Do It
Class A (Controlled high-level airspace) and the larger orange circle on the map are automatically approved with the advanced license. The Îles de la Madeleine airport control tower will have to manually approve this if it’s Class B (Controlled low-level airspace). According to our experience, the next day is usually when they provide their final approval.
You’ll get an e-mail after your application has been approved, either automatically or manually. In addition, NAV Canada will show that your air operation has been granted approval.
Make sure you manually enter your DJI model if you possess a Mavic 3 if NAV Canada doesn’t have it listed as an option under DJI.
Check out this helpful guide to learn more about Canada’s airspace.
Finally, I advise you to begin your flight preparations at least two days before your intended departure date. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it that long in advance;
Flying in a Controlled Environment
We’ve learned the hard way that you can’t simply begin flying when you’re ready, so make sure you read the following.
Manually Approved Class A Airspace
As a result, if you fly near the lighthouse at Cap Alright, the dunes south of it, or Little Baie, you’re in Class A airspace, and the control tower will be aware of your flight.
It’s easy to overlook the requirement in their approved e-mail that you phone the control tower twice: once before you start your flight and once after you finish it.
In addition, you must notify them in writing or by phone if you decide not to fly.
After my morning flight around Dune du Sud, the control tower informed us that we had been mistaken.
The NAV Canada app should be used to “start” and “end” a flight plan, but I never actually did this.
Automatically Approved Airspace – Class B
When flying in a controlled airspace with a larger radius circle, things are much more laid back. Flying over Chateau Madelinot and the dunes at Le Petit-Havre is included in this tour..
You don’t have to phone the control tower to begin or stop your flight in this area; you can do so independently once you reach at your destination.