Who is The Droney?

My name is Jim, AKA, The Droney.  I started this site out of a fascination with Drones, coupled with an affinity for writing and photography.  The demolition and reconstruction of the Paris Landing Inn, in Buchanan Tennessee became the perfect project to document.  My goal is to provide arial ‘still’ footage on regular basis of the Paris Landing Inn construction progress so you can monitor the progress .  Then once it’s complete, I’ll post a time lapse video starting with Labor day of 2018 until completion of the project, sometime in 2020.

My interest in Photography/videography began when I was in The U.S. Air Force stationed in Hawaii. I felt the burning desire to collect images of my time spent on the islands, so I could remember them, years later. I specifically remember the time when my love for photography blossomed. I saved up and bought a new Nikon 601 in 1990 and had to take it out to test its capabilities. In Hawaii, nearly every image caught by the camera’s viewfinder is incredibly beautiful. If you haven’t been I recommend it… But, this particular day I went to Waianae Kai Forest Reserve, a place I hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting yet.

I loved every minute of it, especially the adventure it took to capture the images. It wasn’t like pulling over at a scenic overpass and cracking off a couple pictures. No, the hiking, climbing, and then the execution of capturing the image, is what I fell in love with! The challenge of getting the picture, the process is what made me dig photography so much!

But then came Drones…..and OMG, my photography interest went to a whole nother level. I still love Landscape Photography, but drones have so many possibilities which is why I created TheDroney, so I can share with you; the Next Level.

My Camera Gear

The equipment listed below is the gear that I regularly use and can highly recommend for others.

Canon 5 D Mark iii

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 61-point AF system. Image type : JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording enabled



Canon EF 24-70 MM Lens

  • Focal Length and Maximum Aperture: 24-70mm, 1:2.8.
  • Lens Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups.
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 84° – 34°.
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner- focusing with USM.

Benro Slim Carbon Fiber Tripod

    The Benzo Slim TSL08CN00 is a lightweight Carbon Fiber tripod kit which features a Slim profile shoulder allowing for the tripod legs to be more compact when folded.  


    Go Pro Hero 54-70 MM Lens

    Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there.

    Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes Charger not included

    My Drone

    The equipment listed below is the gear that I regularly use and can highly recommend for others.

    DJI Mavic Air

    • DJI Mavic Air, Arctic White
    • Supported USB Port Types- Lightning, Micro USB (Type-B), USB-C



    Freewell Standard Day

    The Filter Standard Day 4 Pack for DJI Mavic Air is an excellent choice for beginners to learn to ropes of professional aerial photography in an efficient way.

    Camera Backpacks

    LowePro Flipside 400 Backpack

    • High-Capacity, dynamic storage system adjusts to fit a wide range of gear plus dedicated laptop storage
    • Full structure and padding with all weather AW cover provide protection from the elements


    Manfrotto PV-610

    My previous main backpack which I now use only when the F-Stop is too big, such as when photographing cities but I still need most my equipment. 

    Other Stuff

    Adobe Lightroom Backpack

    Adobe Lightroom is a family of image organization and image manipulation software developed by Adobe Systems for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and tvOS. It allows importing/saving, viewing, organizing, tagging, editing, and sharing large numbers of digital images

    Lee 100 Landscape Kit

    LEE Filters Landscape Kit Includes: LEE100 Filter Holder with additional spares and pouch LEE Filters 100x150mm Graduated ND 0.6 Medium Edge filter