You must have seen the Crazy Aerial Video of Kolkata already, but here’s all you need to know about the city-boy who shot it


No matter how frequent a flyer you are or however many hours you have spent flying; the window-seat on the airplane is still the most coveted one! Yes, the special seat that transports you into a world of clouds and shows you mother earth from above. As you take-off and the worldly objects get smaller in size, somehow, the everyday fatigues and hitches of life seem to get smaller too. That’s the magic of an aerial view, the chance of seeing the world the way the birds see it – from above!


Now imagine having the ability to view the world like that right from your screen!

Enter Dr. Sandip De, the Kolkata-boy who is now a PhD in Physics and a scientist on next generation machine learning algorithms for Materials discovery in École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research university in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This city guy has been going around the world capturing all he can through his cameras and recently treating us all to a birds-eye view of some of the most picturesque locations in the world through his DJI quadcopter. A recent areal video of his on Kolkata left us in awe. We had to catch up with the man himself!

The Beacon Kolkata: Can you tell us how you shot the ‘Waking up with Kolkata video?’

Sandip De: The Video was shot on 28th Jan 2016 from 7:00 am to 9:30 am by going to the various locations as shown in the video. My friend Kalyan Dey accompanied me on this journey. I used the DJI Phantom 3 professional quadcopter for taking the aerial shots which were later combined to make the video. Several safety measures and international guidelines were followed for this purpose.


TBK: What was the idea behind creating the video?

SD: The Idea was to rediscover the beauty of my city from a different angle. I had planned this since the time I started planning to buy the DJI quadcopter. To be honest, I am still not too happy with the present video of Kolkata and will definitely make some better ones during my next visit to Kolkata.

TBK: You seem to be well-traveled. Can you tell us about your other experiences of shooting videos? 

SD: I have been fortunate to travel a bit. Till now I have travelled to only 11 countries. Currently, I live in Lausanne, Switzerland. I have been doing photography since a long time and started doing aerial works very recently. My First Aerial Video captured the breathtaking views of Canary Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This time during my visit to India, I have shot for several projects including one on my School and one on a very special and unique ‘Bat colony tree’. You will be able to see those videos in the near future on my Facebook page and YouTube channel.


TBK: Do plan to take this up as a profession?

SD: I actually bought the quadcopter for doing aerial photography only. But after seeing the view from above, I knew only a video can capture the true essence of the experience up to some extent. And that’s why I started making aerial videos. I am a scientist by profession and till now Photography and videography have mostly been a hobby only but I am looking out for commercial projects so that I can sustain this expensive hobby.


Always with his camera by his side, Dr. Sandip De loves travelling to new places and use photography and videography to share the experience with others.

One of his photos were published in the National Geographic website and he is a part of a book on Drone photographers around the world, which will be published this year.

You can visit if you want to know more about this cool guy from Kolkata.


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