By Joped | January 1, 2017 | Category Time lapse
Another year goes by, another selfie of the day project complete! My selfie of the day project started back in 2015. It started as a bit of an experiment and quickly became a challenge. How do I get a new background every day ? Luckily I live in a city and go out quite a bit.
The big question is, will I do the same project for 2017 ? Absolutely! I already started and it will be released on Jan 1, 2018!
I haven’t played around with Blender in a few years, and wow it has improved. The new cycles engine is truly amazing, hats off to the engineers who came up with it.
This took me a night to build, and 2 days to render. I used my Mac to create the scene. I had issues with network rendering, so most of the rendering was done with my Windows 10 box. I hate to say it but the Windows 10 box did render a hell of a lot faster than my Mac Pro. But to be fair, I have a 2 x GTX 980ti setup in that box.
I also found issues with exporting the video in Adobe Premiere. For reasons unknown, playing it on YouTube with on a Mac resulting in very washed out colors. I tried a few ways to fix it and ultimately decided posting the direct MP4 was a better solution.
By Joped | October 12, 2016 | Category Photography
Every year Fleet Week comes rumbling into San Francisco. Causing reactions among locals like running to hide, or running to complain on Facebook.
I on the other hand, run to grab my camera and get photos. Every year I feel like my skill at catching them gets a little better. The first year I tried was extremely challenging. I have gone from a crappy point and shoot to a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm-400mm lens. Good camera equipment can make all the difference.
I love doing time lapse video and wanted to try something new. This time I did a time lapse assembly of the lego 42038 Arctic Truck. It was a fun build and fun project. I learned a lot from this and already working on my next build.
By Joped | May 27, 2014 | Category Aerial Photography
During a surprise visit to my grandmother in Jersey, I took my DJI Phantom Vision 2+ with me. Outside of the annoyance of having to ground ship the batteries I had a good time.
Areas featured: Brick, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Boro and Bay Head.
By Joped | May 1, 2014 | Category Aerial Photography
The weather was near perfect. It was sunny, next to no wind and very light haze. It’s very rare to experience a day like that. I didn’t hesitate leaving work early to bring out my new DJI Phantom Vision 2+.
I previously had a DJI Phantom Vision with a Dronexpert Gimbal. It worked well, but I really wanted the 3 axis. Based on the results of my new video I say it paid off. The PV2+ also provides increased range, which was used in 2 shots of the video. I was able to fly up to 650′ away while still having video. In the past, I had the video start cutting out after 450′. Because I was flying over water most of the day, I really didn’t want to do a range test. That will have to wait for another day.
The camera feels very improved. The fisheye is less harsh which leads to higher quality video. I don’t want to completely turn off the fisheye, otherwise the video will look too flat. The fisheye adds a nice level of depth. The new fisheye lens also has the advantage that I don’t need to fiddle with it as much in post. I only did an analyze color and mild color adjustments. There are a number of areas on the video I felt I could have done better on the color correction, but I am still learning.
By Joped | February 26, 2014 | Category Aerial Photography
imgur hosted their 5th birthday party in Golden Gate Park. I brought the drone along to video the event. It was rather fun making my entrance by flying the quad in. Only one person knew that I was bringing it and they went nuts trying to find me. I was well hidden on top of the hill.
I still haven’t solved the vibration issues with the Dronexpert Gimbal. It’s currently raining in San Francisco, and the weather forecast doesn’t show that changing anytime soon. So I won’t be able to test out some replacement dampers that I purchased.