Tag - aerial photography

The Amazing Fly Geyser

A few months before going to Burning Man, I had the opportunity to meet Will Roger Peterson at an annal event to watch the Perseid meteor shower on the Playa and we hit it off talking about drones.

Not to long after that I had an opportunity to have a private tour Fly Ranch outside of Black Rock Desert where the annual Burning Man event is held each year.

I went to Fly Ranch to work on a small test project with Will to map out parts of the ranch using drones.  With my trusty DJI Phantom 4 and Inspire 1 I was able to map about 400 acres before all my batteries on the P4 where depleted.  With this data we can build elevation profiles, visualize plant growth and issue, generate 3d maps and much more.  I’m working on a separate article to discuss outline the process, the software I used and end results so stay tuned.

Below is elevation profile of one of the sections we mapped and the yellow box outline is where I shot most of this video.

Elevation Profile of Fly Ranch Section 3 Mapped with my DJI Phantom 4

One of the best parts of all of this was the ability to take some time (I had no shots planned out, just playing around) to fly my Inspire 1 around one of the most unique geysers I have seen in my life, Fly Geyser.

Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser is a man-made small geothermal geyser located in Washoe County, Nevada approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir in the Hualapai Geothermal Flats and is approximately 5 feet (1.5 m) high, by 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, counting the mound on which it sits. – Wikipedia

I thought I would put together a small video of the geyser and share it with everyone.  I have to say though, that I had no shots planned so this to me is all B roll footage or stuff that would end up on the cutting room floor, but nevertheless I think I was able to put together something I felt comfortable releasing.

I also was able to get permission to use one of my favorite tracks “Here comes the Warrior” by Rebolledo and you can usually find him playing on one of the best sound art cars the Mayan Warrior at Burning Man.  Check out Sound Cloud for some amazing DJ sets from this years Burning Man that Rebolledo did.

Well I hope enjoy the video, please feel free to leave me comments, share this post and if you want to get involved with the Fly Ranch Project head over to their website and sign up!

Watch it in 4k on YouTube here.

Cheers!

Webber Falls Video

A while back I went out to this cool location to see if I could capture some water falls.  Note in California we have a serious draught issue so I wasn’t sure if it was flowing.  Webber Falls is about 20 miles give or take outside of Truckee, California.  After finding this little hidden gem I had to pack up the inspire 1 using a Microraptor backpack which works great and walk down a bit to the falls.

This wasnt a professional shoot, just messing around in this area seeing what looks good.  I finally got around to editing the video and did a lot of rough cuts but here you can see for your self the end results.  This was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro 2015 and the end credits where done with After Effects 2015.

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Youtube Link (please watch it in 4k if your computer can handle it, it defaults to 720p)

Aerial Photos around Lake Tahoe

Here is a gallery of some of the latest aerial photos taken from my drone around the Lake Tahoe, California area these last few months.

Another aerial photo to 3d landscape test

So here are some of the of the new 3d landscapes I have generated recently with my drone.  I’m still working out a few bugs and how to better capture data and am in contact with the companies that make the software.  One issue is water because its moving or has a nice reflections built in.  So you can see with my tests of a secret beach here in Tahoe some of the water is gone or the 3d model is deformed.

Secret Beach generated with Pix4D from about 300 images.

Secret Beach generated with Photoscan with the same image set.

You can notice between the 2 software packages that in this case with the water that Pix4D did a better job and some parts are missing in the Photoscan version.  I will try to do a recalculation of this data set again to make sure im getting the same results.

You can defiantly see the potential complexity of having the software try to build a 3d mesh with this type of data.

Here is another aerial shot right above the boat house that I posted on Facebook that got quite a few likes!

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Anyhow check out all the models I have processed so far here and feel free to provide comments below.

Here is a 3d fly through I did with the Pix4d software

 

Generating 3D landscapes from Aerial Photos

I love playing around with new technology and my I have a strong background in 3D modeling since I was a young kid and got a job in the video game industry.  I’m also always looking for new ways to use my skills test out new ideas.

I have been playing around with the idea of using my drones to build 3d landscapes and over the time tested various software to help convert 3d aerial photos into 3d objects.  Granted some of my first tests didn’t turn out as well as I thought so I kept playing around to see what I could come up with.

I’m using Pix4d to convert the Nadar type of photos (basically the camera on the drone looks directly down at the ground).  I use my iPad Ground Station from DJI to fly a grid style pattern making sure I have enough overlap of images taking fro the GoPro.

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Will the Truckee River have enough water this summer?

Updated with new photo from April 11th – 2017

Updated with 3d landscape recreated April 14th.

I have been watching and taking photos of the part of Lake Tahoe that mostly feeds the Truckee River.  I took a photo back in Jan and it went a bit viral on Facebook with over 250k views and tons of comments.

Here is a before and after photo of about 2 weeks since we had a few inches of rain and not how much snow fall last weekend.

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You can clearly see on the left that its starting to fill in a bit, I tried my best to take the photo at the exact location but this still gives you an idea.

I will try to do a pic once a week or every other week to keep this updated, the interesting time will be when the snow is really starting to melt off, granted today as I write this in Tahoe City its almost 60F so I’m imagining we are getting a bit of snow melt off now as well.

March 28th, 2015

Commons Beach March 28, 2015

Feel free to share this photo and if you want to use these in your posts I have the originals that can be used just hit me up via the contact page.

April 14th Update.

Here is a 3d landscape recreated by taking over 300 photos of the area and processing it with various tools to generate a 3d landscape.

2016 Photo Update, Lake Tahoe is now at its natural rim (article).

Here is an updated photo, note while its at the natural rim there isnt a lot of water to push into the Tahoe Dam thus not feeing the Truckee River, and unfortunately it looks like yet another year without the lazy river rafting companies.

2016 Updated photo

2016 Updated photo

April 11, 2017

Updated April 11, 2017

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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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.