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WATCH: Flying drone camera captures stunning aerial view of Dundee

WATCH: Flying drone camera captures stunning aerial view of Dundee

It's just one man and his quadcopter.

But these incredible views of some of Dundee’s most famous landmarks will take your breath away.

Posted on YouTube by local drone enthusiast Dale Summerton, 31, the stunning aerial footage shows a bird’s eye view of places such as the city’s Camperdown Park as well as Camperdown House, Mains Castle and Law Hill.

Rising View

"I got it for Christmas from my brother," said Dale.

"I'd never done anything like this before - I'd never even filmed or edited a video. In fact, I don't think I really even knew what a drone was.

"My brother just picked it up for me because he thought it looked cool."

For the born and bred Dundonian who owns a computer shop in the city centre, it was a gift that would keep on giving.

"I went out and tried it and started posted my videos to Facebook and Youtube," he said.

"In a few days the videos were picked up by the Daily Record and the press - I couldn't believe it."

Rising View
Rising View

Since then, Dale has been approached with a whole variety of business offers, from shooting music videos, to holiday home adverts, to filming some of Scotland's famous golf courses.

Under the business name 'Rising View', Dale also plans to rent out the drones from his computer shop 3000RPM, and even rent out himself as a pilot with them as his business grows.

"My brother's making business cards so I can hand them out while I'm out flying, and we're getting t-shirts printed too," he said.

"I'm applying to sit my drone's licence today too, as that will mean I can be fully insured to fly them for commercial purposes."

The rise of drone footage has been significant in recent years, with large news organisations such as NBCUniversal and the New York Times launching their own joint drone pilot partnership last week, testing drones for news gathering.

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But with the number of drones increasing, concerns have also been raised about safety to the public and matters of privacy - something Dale is keenly aware of.

"My drone is the same make as the one that crashed into the White House actually," he said.

"But there's all sorts of new technology coming out to make them safer. My drone is geo-fencing which means that it cannot fly above a certain restricted height or near airports.

"There are new ones coming out which are really intelligent that even have collision control."

Rising View

For now, Dale is focused on the surprise business venture that has landed on his lap and is now, quite literally, taking off.

"I've still got a list of about 100 places still to go and film," he said.

"It really is something I will be fully focusing on this year."

For more of Dale's footage or to find out how to rent a drone yourself, you can visit the Rising View Facebook page.

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