Archive - November 2014

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 ūüôā

Emerald Bay Aerial Video

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

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…