Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was sentenced this Friday to six years in a Cambodian prison. The 69-year-old filmmaker was arrested in June 2017 after he flew a drone at an opposition party rally. Recently, a Cambodian court charged him for espionage and sentenced him to jail.
Drones have been accused of spying more than once so far, and some of those accusations even grew international. In a recent case from Brentwood, Missouri, a woman got quite panicked about a drone spying on her in the middle of the night. She informed the entire neighborhood and the local TV station, saying that her surveillance camera caught the lights of the peeping drone. But to some people, it appears that the “drone lights” are nothing but – a spider web blowing in the wind.
Photographer and videographer Mathieu Stern is known for his passion for weird lenses. He recently repurposed a Russian spy lens Cyclop h3t-1. It comes attached to a night vision device, and it was used by the Russian army and even the KGB. However, Mathieu tested how it performs for shooting portraits- and the results are surprisingly good.
When we think of either paparazzi or spy cameras, I believe most of us wouldn’t connect them with the late 19th century. Photographer and scientist Carl Størmer (1874 – 1957) had an unusual and controversial hobby at the time. He was only nineteen years old when he walked around Oslo with a spy camera hidden underneath his vest. He was secretly taking photos of famous men and women of the time. because of this, he is sometimes referred to as “Norway’s first paparazzi.”
Privacy is a big deal these days. Whether it’s online or in the real world. And one of the biggest things people seem to be shouting about in the real world lately is drones. Many people are just absolutely paranoid about them. To the point where they’re shooting them out of the sky.
But here’s commercial drone pilot, Brad Simon of Diamond Aerial with a reality check for you. Drones, for the most part, are definitely not spying on you. And he gives five solid reasons explaining why.