Gaining New Ground

A photo captured by the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ of Havre De Grace, Maryland. (Photo by: Erin Tyszko/TU Student)

Nick Rynes, a senior at Towson University fueled his classes with his passion to do what he loves and put it into something far greater and better than he could of imagined.

“You can only capture so much here on the ground, it gets boring after a while,” Nick said.

He has been flying his drone for about two years now and has used it to his advantage to think creatively for his various projects throughout school.

Drones vary from all different styles, sizes, and prices. They range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. The model that Nick flies is a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ and is priced at about $1000.

Drones seem to be a popular thing on campus. Another Towson student, Lauren Cosca who is a sophomore has discovered an interest in droning as well.

She uses it for photography just like Nick but has a DJI Phantom 4.

“I think it is really cool to get a bird’s eye view of the world around you, I see drones really taking off in the future,” Lauren said.

Droning allows for opportunities of all kinds and is a new platform for media. It is becoming more mainstream and less suspicious when seen in the sky.

“There is so much to admire around us but no one really take’s the time to notice it unless captured in a photo,” Lauren said. “After all, they say a picture’s worth a million words.”  

Nick chases trains with his drone and flies mainly in Havre De Grace whereas Lauren captures nature and wildlife in Pennsylvania.

“It’s my hobby, it’s what I enjoy doing, it sets me free,” Nick said. “It’s a way for me to escape and gain new perspectives on life.”