SQUAM is an aerial cinematography film created by Will Strathmann in the area surrounding Squam Lake during the summer of 2015. Located south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Squam lake is known for its pristine, clear waters, diverse wildlife, and surrounding mountains.

Filmed entirely with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional using Snake River Prototyping filters (ND/CP8, ND/CP16, GND16-8) –snakeriverprototyping.com/. Edited & graded with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

To answer concern about the shot with the plane in it – I was unaware the plane was in the area when I originally took off. It was just after sunrise when I noticed it flying across the lake, having taking off from the other side of the lake. As soon as I saw it I brought the Phantom down to 15 feet and hovered it over the dock I was flying from. As it flew by I rotated the Phantom to track the plane. After the plane passed I landed the Phantom in case the plane continued to fly in the area. Fly safe and always be aware of your surroundings when flying!

Music: A Thousand Burning Suns (Instramental) by Reaktor Productions via Premiumbeat.com

Will Strathmann is a freelance photographer and film editor based out of Philadelphia, PA. This is his first aerial cinematography film.

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Filming locations:
The Secret Spot (by boat)
Mount Morgan
Otter Island
Bennett Cove
Rockywold-Deephaven Camps
Loon Island
Rattlesnake Mountain
Five Finger Point
Church Island


Featured on Votiv Earth on October 11th, 2015