Category Archives: Aerial Photography
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.
By Joped | February 11, 2014 | Category Aerial Photography
I received my Dronexpert Gimbal and this was the maiden flight with it. The video is far smoother then without the gimbal. However, I am noticing a few artifacts and “shimmering effects” from vibrations. I am going to try making some changes to the dampers to see if that improves it.
There was a bit of wind, so you will see that in a bit of yawing.
By Joped | January 27, 2014 | Category Aerial Photography
I was invited to fly my drone over a race track on January 17th at Thunderhill in Willows, CA. Most of the video was from the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. The remaining ground footage were recorded with a Canon 7D and 70-200m f/2.8 IS.
The video was assembled using FInal Cut Pro X. I still need a lot of practice on color correction. I am not totally happy with the color results, but didn’t want to sit on this video for weeks before posting it.