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Bending North Bay

“Taking North Bay the way we see it and bend it a little bit which is kind of what I am doing with the pictures.”

The drone phenomenon has created such a unique new photography and video perspective.  

Local Videographer/Photographer Patrick Gilbert is making the most of the unique technology.  

Gilbert went through a complicated registration process for his drone with Transport Canada.  So now he’s using a creativity with a drone by manipulating a group of photos all into one bent looking perspective of North Bay.   

“Taking North Bay the way we see it and bend it a little bit which is kind of what I am doing with the pictures,” said Gilbert. 

“These images are a lot more work than just going up at the right time of day and grabbing a quick shot while the light is nice,” he added. 

“Each #BendNorthBay image is a mashup of 3-6 individual photos captured at different heights and angles, then merged together in a way that looks as seamless and natural as possible.  

“As natural as bending North Bay can look.”

Gilbert has created some unique bent photos which include unique #BendNorthBay photos from the waterfront to the campuses of Canadore College and Nipissing University.   

Gilbert believes the drone phenomenon has exploded so that’s why he wanted to try something a little different with the aerial technology.  

“It seemed like everywhere I looked, all I was seeing was the standard scenic shot, sunset over the trees and the lake, and so on,” noted Gilbert.   

“I love those shots as much as anyone, but I just wanted to create something that was a little more challenging than that. Drones have made it so simple for pretty much anyone to be able to capture stunning aerial footage and photos, so I thought I'd step it up a notch, raise the difficulty level a bit and make a fun project out of it at the same time.”

Gilbert takes pride in his work and he is passionate about taking fantastic video and photographs of North Bay.  

“I've always done my best to promote the city as much as I can, so now I can feature a bunch of little areas around town throughout the course of the series, in a fun and different way,” he said.  

“Taking North Bay the way we see it and bend it a little bit which is kind of what I am doing with the pictures." 



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