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DJI, GoPro & Beyond: Not everyone can afford, but there is Rental!


There was a time where photography gadgets were out of reach for the masses. When the Digital era emerged, camera industry filled the market with hundreds of new camera models year after year & increased the competition in market. Vintage companies like Fuji and Pentax had a great come back with their new digital models. There is always Nikon, Canon and Sony in market with beginner to professional camera with various price ranges. Finally new technologies made it possible for the masses to afford cameras and lenses that matches their interest levels and skills.

A decade after this happened came the action camera era, GoPro made it possible for everyone to afford it with their wide range of products, each year a new model cam is released, it entered the market competing against its own camera with price, advancement in features and so on. It’s unfortunate that it failed in the aerial photography debut with Karma.

However this made many of us notice the aerial photography industry DJI, which is hot in market since more than a decade, though initial years it was known only for film industry as the products were new and meant for the industry, recent years and their products from Phantom is the hotcake for photography enthusiasts and the professionals. Leading the market, setting high benchmarks with amazing features and the quality, DJI proved to be the Leader in this industry.

Starting from Phantom, Inspire & Mavic series (from 2018) are the hotcakes, with Spark, Air and now the brand new Mini are the toys grown ups want to play with. Yet, there is a slight hiccup with the price if you want to try it all and choose the best for your best needs or even if it’s a temporary use for a month or two, price is not super friendly for Mavic 2 pro or few of them. And the brand new debut in action cam, DJI Action being in market everyone want to get a hands on and try it out.

Not everyone can afford it right away and cannot wait for a year for a new model launch that reduces the current model price, so here is a new way to afford it like your own. Rental is a great option if you want to get a hands on or have a need for a week or a month or for a season. There are few to several rental providers in market that rents out the latest Drones, Action Cameras (GoPro & DJI), Nintendo Switch, VR (Oculus) and so on.

It’s important to choose a provider wisely that you get a great a best value for the money you pay. As a freelance photographer & photography enthusiast I had a long time desire to buy a drone for me, though I almost had bought a Spark last year but the color choice made me leave Best Buy! (Why does DJI prioritize Alphine white over other real colors!! You freak!!)

In any case I didn’t want to miss capturing this Fall 2019 using a drone and I didn’t want to buy a drone in hurry and spend almost a thousand bucks just for few days, so I thought to rent a drone and started a google search that ended up with an ample of results, I spent a quality time doing my research and finding best value for money and so on, I then decided to rent my first drone from Crisp, the process was simple, delivery was amazingly fast, package came with quick tips to use the drone, full charged batteries. Before and after placing my order Bryon responded to my queries promptly with patience.

And then there is the luck that plays every time with me like its a childhood friend of mine! Sigh! It was raining heavily the whole week when I had the drone with me but luckily not during the two days during my visit to New Hampshire and Vermont. I was able to make nice memories with it during the time I used it and some post memories as well (Only my wife, my friend & Crispthat team knows that! 😉 )

http://bit.ly/MavicAir-FallFoliage

If you plan to experience aerial photography and want to get your hands on a drone, this is your place to go. Checkout what interests you from their catalogue and rent what you don’t want to buy now, not just that, as a gift for reading this post & to encourage you to experience the new gadgets, get a $15 off on your order using my coupon during your order “bhargav15“. I’m sure you will make excellent memories that stays forever.

Checkout Crisp @ Crispthat.com don’t forget to get your $15 discount.

IMG_7442PS: Use & treat it like your own, respect it like others.


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Fall Foliage – Places to visit in Vermont


I’m sure you’re excited for this colorful season. Which place is better than New England when it comes to Fall!? Especially Vermont and New Hampshire! What a colorful places to visit! October 5 until 10 is predicted to be peak foliage colors in Vermont.

I’m sure you have already started planning for this season. Here are some places you cannot miss when you visit Vermont.

As you enter Vermont, Take the scenic route 100 N/S from where you are driving.

Gondola Skyride

Since you’ve to spend time waiting in the line to get tickets to take the sky ride, and a huge line to even come down from the mountain top, start your day at Vermont visiting the Gondola Skyride. Ticket price is $29 for adults and $20 for kids.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/75QVgu5tpaDdg9XGA

Smugglers Notch

Gondola Skyride is in fact present in Smugglers Notch State Park, After you are done with the Skyride you can take a ride to Smugglers Notch Scenic Drive. Before that, right outside the Gondola ride, there is a nature trail, you can take a short walk to relax and enjoy peeping the leaf colors. Its very close from Skyride. This will be your memorable drive. You will drive through huge pile of rocks, sharp hairpin bends. You can park your car and take a hike to enjoy the fall colors. You will in fact see huge number of cars parked along side the road.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/exEfZ1ZXmp1rXoR79

Grist Mill Covered Bridge

You can further drive through the scenic drive to reach Grist mill covered bridge, it’s just a bridge but its covered, You can drive through this bridge, you will find Brewster river stream with picnic tables. Nice place to have food with family & friends. You can go on hike here. There is good number of space to park cars.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/2V3PRfNrJ735dCKr9

Stowe Community Church

Once you are in Maple street, you will find people walking to see this community church from  any good spot they can find. But I recommend you to watch it from “Tangerine & Olive, Mountain Road, Stowe, VT” (https://g.page/Tangerineandolive?share) Surrounded by the mountain with colorful leaves, little river (yeah, that’s the name!) flowing in front of green meadows, this will give you the best fall foliage view and a great satisfaction.

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Sleepy Hollow

Though I haven’t visited this mesmerizing place during my past visits, I’m hoping to visit this beautiful location this year. By gods grace if I can visit this place it’ll complete my leaf peeping experience at Vermont.

Location: Sleepy-Hollow-Farm-WoodstockVT (Click here)

Your Vermont Stay

These are some places that I have visited in past & recommend to you for a great fall foliage experience. I hope you find this post useful. Another important thing to remember is to book your stay for your visit. I recommend you to use Airbnb or other alternatives if you don’t find hotels, as hotels are booked well in advance & it might be expensive at the last moment planning during peak days. If you decide to use Airbnb, here is a $40 to you.

Use my referral to claim redeem your $40 http://bit.ly/40DollarOffAirbnb when you book your stay for first time. When you try to find stay, use filters, look for super host, super host is someone who is a great host and is reviewed by many people who has stayed with them before.

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That’s Ruth, who hosted us during our last fall foliage visit to New Hampshire. She is an Airbnb Superhost who has hosted hundreds of visitors.

Next post: Places you cannot miss in New Hampshire during Fall.