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.


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