Tag - GoPro 4

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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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!

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 🙂