Finally some snow thats sticking in Tahoe

Over the last 2 weeks we have had some storms come though here in Tahoe but its been to warm and today it finally started to snow pretty good at least at altitudes higher than 6500 feet.  I got up early and went to a cafe in Tahoe City this morning and it was pouring rain, after a few hours I decided to go home and finish off my work day and to my surprise at the cabin it was snowing!

Now, I gotta head down this crazy hill to go watch the new snowboard movie from Jeremy Jones Higher!

TouchFish

A while back we finally released a game that most of us at TouchFactor have been working on for some time.  I’m extremely excited to announce that I can finally talk about it and show the world what I have been working on.

TouchFish – Nurture, Build, Play & Share in a build-your-own-world social experience like no other for your iPhone and iPad.

Of course instead of writing about it, Its probably easier for you to watch one of our trailers.

Basically you get to save a lost fish that gets kicked off a cruise ship and bring your buddy home with you and such your journey begins.

With a small team we always wear a lot of hats during game development and for this latest title I shared many roles such a designer, web developer, content back end developer and many other things.

Anyhow I hope you enjoy this game, we are extremely proud of it and you can download it for free from the Apple App Store here.

Timelapse Test with GoPro 4

I was out the other day taking some aerial footage with my drones when I decided to set up my brand new GoPro 4 on the dock and take a small timelapse of the waves while flying. This also give me an opportunity to work with some new tools I’m testing out to do timelapses.

Btw if you haven’t I would recommend reading this great blog post first about the GoPro 4 and photo modes.  I should probably take the time to create a small cheat sheet I can carry around on my phone for the various light settings and conditions.

I find it quite handy to use the GoPro app to change settings with one exception, their is no way to set predefined shooting settings so your always scrambling to change the settings based upon what your trying to shoot and can find your self forgetting to make a change to some setting which throws off your shots.

GoPro are you listening? Please add the ability to save custom shooting profiles!

So I mentioned this was a quick test for me and probably not the best I could do given the circumstances but I was waiting for this couple at the end of the pier to stop taking photos so I could fly the drones around before the sun went down.

So after coming home I decided to follow this work flow using both Adobe Lightroom and LRTimelapse.

Basically I followed this great video tutorial which gave me a good incite as to what Ill want to do in the future and give me a good working solution for timelapses.

Anyhow on to my short uneventful timelapse, I promise to do better ones but this was more about just figuring out a good work flow.

The little thing that shows up every so often on the right side of the screen is a capture of the drone flying by, its not some mystery UFO thats blinking in and out of space time :)

Emerald Bay Aerial Video

Emerald Bay
Early this year, around October I decided to head up to Lake Tahoe and do some serial footage of the world famous Emerald Bay.  This is a great location and the water is so clear, most of Lake Tahoe is a nice blue shade, but when you head to Emerald Bay and hike down you will see why they call it Emerald Bay the water has a nice emerald color to it.

I finally had a chance to go visit Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, CA. I took both of my DJI Phanton 2’s out for a spin and around the famous Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe btw.

I did both manual flying and the ground station system that works on my iPad allowing me to plot a course. Note what I dont show in this video is loosing the connection for the ground station a few times. Thankfully I have experienced this a few times and knew it would come back, but I’m not sure what the issue is.

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Adjusting the DJI GroundStation

Phantom 2
A while ago I decided to put the DJI Ground Station inside of my Phantom 2, but started to notice on the various flights I would loose connection with the ground control system.  While I like everything to be nice and compact inside the Phantom 2 shell I’m going to remove it and put it on the bottom next to the Immersionrc 600mw.

Here is a picture of how the current set up was, the ground station was next to the controller and the iOSD mini neatly tucked at the back or well I should say the front of the Phantom.  One word of caution putting it their is that your battery might not slide all the way in so be careful because I ran into this issue and was wondering why the drone wouldn’t turn on.

Phantom 2

Phantom 2 with its shell casing off

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Gizmodo Party at Northstar

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I went up for a quick trip to Lake Tahoe for some spring snowboarding and also hit the Gizmodo party at NorthStar. Gizmodo is a gadget site and if your a geek or just love gadgets its defiantly worth a daily read.

Gizmodo has a cool party with lots of food drinks, and a pretty kick ass DJ. Rumor has it that their will be a download of what he was playing soon.

The snow was great the weather was about 40-45F and well the lines where non existent. Anyhow here are some pics of the last of the snow season in lake tahoe… Enjoy…

Only in Texas

Drive though Margaritas

Well I’m sitting here at Austin airport waiting to board the plane but I found on my way to the airport an interesting sing and am not quite sure what to think about it.

 

Five Lakes Tahoe Hike

The five lakes hike near Alpine Meadows is a must do if your in Tahoe.

Moderate: 4.0 miles, Half day
Other Information: Family Friendly

Overview: Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe, the Five Lakes promise dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, a place to relax fish or swim, more can be found here along with a map and details.

Paige Meadows Lake Tahoe

Paige Meadows

Update: (post updated)

Since I have moved to Lake Tahoe for a while this is a great little small hike, or even if you want to take your mountain bike out for a loop, of course as it becomes winter it will be harder to do this, but snow shoeing isn’t out of the question!  I have some aerial footage of this place that im trying to get done and edited.

This is very close to the cabin in Tahoe City, in fact its about 25 min walk from the cabin. Each Year this meadow changes from snow, to a swamp, to a nice field. Just thought I would share this picture from Lake Tahoe. It’s been a while since I had a chance to update my blog.

Of course this was during Memorial Day weekend, usually this time of year its in the 70’s and shorts weather, but we ran into snow this time around.