Category - Aerial Photography

Oh water where art thou

If you live in the Lake Tahoe area you know that something is changing and thats out water levels.

USA Today wrote an article last year already stating the obvious to some of us who live here and said.

“We haven’t seen this for 20 years. We’re extremely dry,” said Chad Blanchard, federal water master. “The river will basically dry up below Lake Tahoe about the end of this month.” – USA Today

I thought I would share some aerial photos I took the other day of what is happening on the Lake Tahoe side and show just how bad it is right now. Granted we haven’t received much snow and anyone living here is hoping we see a lot of it in February but will the next few months help out? What will the rafting companies that supply summer jobs do if we don’t get a great melt off of snow?

Here is the raw video shot also

Eagle Lake Trail in Winter

Today I wanted to do some aerial photos and videos of this great little hike at Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Trail is a moderate 2 mile out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California offering forest, lake and High Sierra views. – All Trails

During the winter this is also a great hike provided lots of snow hasn’t fallen yet. I do recommend if you go during the winter to bundle up and wear some good hiking shoes because at various places on the way up their are lots of places to slip and break something. Don’t let that stop you just be safe and slow, the end result is amazing. First you get to see a great view towards Emerald Bay, then cross a small bridge. This time the bridge had a great frozen water fall. At the top Eagle Lake is a great small Lake at was frozen when I went.

Below are some still taking from my Phantom 2 and GoPro 4. Over the next few days Ill work on the video and post that as well. Cheers and I hope you enjoy these photos!

Aerial Photos around Lake Tahoe

I recently moved to Tahoe City from the SF Bay area and have been making my way around the lake doing various aerial videos and photos.  Here is a small combination of stills taken from my Phantoms recently.  I hope you like them and I will continue to post them here and at a new site dedicated to this type of content.  So after you view these please head on over to SkyPixel and view my videos and images.

I hope to go though the next few days of all the recent footage, its one thing to fly these things its another to take the time to look though all your photos, videos and edit them!

Aerial Photos and Video from Eagle Rock

This is a great little easy hike that gives you great views of Lake Tahoe once at the top.  If your ever in near Tahoe City, CA make sure to take out about an hour to check out this little hike a couple miles down on Hwy 89.

Eagle Rock Hike Info

I took up one of my DJI Phantom 2’s with a buddy and we did some aerial video and photos.  Here are some of the snots snapped from the Phantom 2.  It was from a GoPro 4 and it was set on 5 second timelapse for photos.  I’m working on putting together a video as well but takes more time than photos! 🙂

Let me know what you think!

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Gopro Zenmuse Bracket

II you have a DJI Phantom 1 or 2 and a Gopro you know it can be a pain to deal with having to take off the Zenmuse bracket all the time especially if you want to use your GoPro for other sorts of filming.  I was constantly fiddling with the this and taking it on and off and over the course of a year even lost a few screws while doing this.

I recently stumbled across someone who made a snap on bracket for both the Zenmuse H3-2D and H3-3D which I received in the mail today from Shapeways.  Shapeways is a 3d printing service and market place and I have found a few cool things on here not Phantom related but this was a savior for me.

You can see below that this bracket snaps onto the GoPro 4 and 3 w/o any issues.  I also turned on both Phantoms to make sure the gimbal was stable and wasn’t doing any sort of weird dance due to the weight difference or anything else it might of not liked.

Below is a gallery of images with this new snap on bracket.

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Aerial view above Talmont in Tahoe City

ITook one of my drones out today above the house and once I cleared the tree line here is what I saw.  Now granted it was a bit of a cloudy day but after looking at the footage and photos I thought I would share this simple but tranquil photo I took.   What your looking at is a view of Lake Tahoe close to Tahoe City and about 90 feet above where I was located looking towards the lake.

 

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

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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