Glorious Solar Panels

I have been scoping out the Gloria Dei Church in Bristol which has a major solar array being installed on the roof of the church and offices. The project began at the start of the year and has been a slow process due to weather and the steep pitch of the roof but the crew from Ross Solar started putting the panels on the main roof this week so I took my DJI Inspire 1 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro out for a little filming. It’s nice to have the flexibility of the Inspire with the X5 camera so you can use different focal length lens to get a variety of shots and perspectives. Lens of choice here was the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 on the Inspire.

Aerial Filming Of Shopping Centers Using A Drone

Had a request to provide some aerial drone footage of some local shopping centers recently. The use of drones by professional FAA certified pilots can be a beneficial and powerful marketing tool for real estate agents, developers and construction companies. For more information on how we can help elevate your property visibility contact us at

Thimble Islands Frozen In Time

Finally had a chance to edit my sunrise drone video from the Thimble Islands off the Branford shoreline which was locked up with ice from the extreme cold we’ve had over the last week or so here in Connecticut. Warm weather and rain could melt some of it Friday and Saturday but seasonable temperatures are set to return next week. Shot with my DJI Inspire 1 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro.

Maui Sunrise


I had the good fortune of taking a brief trip to the amazing island of Maui for a business trip covering the UConn men’s basketball team at the 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational just before Thanksgiving. I was only there for a few days but knew I had to take my P3 Pro along to capture some of the island’s beauty. I took this shot at sunrise on my second day, wind was gusting between 25-30 mph which caused me to be extra cautious in an area I wasn’t familiar with. My goal was to shoot the gap between the two peaks but decided the wind was too much and cut my flight short, still was a memorable sunrise.

About Samara Media

Samara Media, LLC, specializes in very low altitude aerial video of photography production utilizing UAV, more commonly known as drones. Samara Media is owned and operated by John Woike, a photojournalist with over 25 years experience creating highly visual content in a variety of formats from still images to movies. John has been building and flying multirotors for five years and is now bringing this aerial technology to create unique visual presentations for his clients.

Samara Media can handle all types of work from Real Estate, marketing, advertising, news gathering, events, aerial surveying and inspections to name a few. We love new challenges and look forward to discussing how best to serve your needs.


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