66 The Queens Courier • buzz • june 16, 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com buzz Photos courtesy of mark DiConzo/Beautiful Demon Photography Astoria resident Mark DiConzo takes aerial shots of his neighborhood with a drone. Aerial photographer takes amazing shots of Astoria with drone By Angela Matua firstname.lastname@example.org/@AngelaMatua Astoria resident Mark DiConzo has turned his hobby as an aerial photographer into a profession. As a producer, choreographer and actor DiConzo spends a lot of time traveling the country and has found a unique way to capture the places he visits. He began flying small drones in his hotel rooms when he was traveling for various tours and regional performance work. His interest in drones stemmed from his previous experience with aerial videography. After producing a film that required him to hire an expensive videographer, DiConzo thought it would be more cost-effective to learn how to fly drones himself. “I crashed a few, lost a few, but never stopped perfecting the art of flying, and so as I finally gained proficiency flying one I’d graduate to a larger, more expensive one,” he said. DiConzo spent four months “intensely researching the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) guidelines” and applied for a commercial operators exception license. Six months later, he officially became a commercial aerial photographer. DiConzo has shot dozens of videos under the moniker Beautiful Demon Photography including videos and photographs he took in Astoria capturing sunsets near Astoria Park. He always makes sure his locations fall within FAA guidelines and takes test shots before visiting the places with his drone. “The real fun is capturing the world as I explore it, for my own purposes and setting up unique and gorgeous photographs of landscapes, buildings, and anything that I find would make for an amazing picture from above,” DiConzo said. His work captures the deserts of Arizona, the waters of Florida and other natural landscapes across the country.
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