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Drone / Heli photography

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sam Posten, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Mike Frezon

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    Wow! That is too cool.

    Pretty much automotive porn. Hefner couldn't have done better in his heyday! :laugh:

    The only thing missing was a shot of the car being driven toward the camera. Might've been dramatic before the shot of the car driving away into the hills. But that is so freaking cool, Mark. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
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  2. Mark Booth

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    I edited the video in Final Cut Pro. I finished the video part first and then went looking for the right soundtrack. The song was longer than the video and FCP automatically added black video. I cut the song short (and faded the music out) and I *thought* I deleted the black video too.

    I'm just gong to leave it for now. If I output a fixed one and upload it to my photo site the links I created will be broken.

    Sorry about that.

    Mark
     
  3. Mark Booth

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    Thanks, Mike. I had fun making it. But I also got lucky making it. The opening shot with the drone flying toward the car was first attempted with obstacle warning turned on. That didn't work very well because I had to get pretty high to not have the auto stop kick in (due to obstacle). So, I shut the obstacle warning off and did several practice runs at and over the car. Then I started recording and on my second attempt I got the one I ended up using. The drone was not more than about 4 inches above the windshield header of the car as it flew over. TOO close, actually. I held my breath and was VERY relieved when it didn't hit the car.

    I won't be getting that close again. Not at speed, at least.

    Mark
     
  4. Mike Frezon

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    Yikes!

    I'm afraid I know nothing about flying drones (or even RC airplanes)...but that sounds downright scary for everyone involved (for both safety and financial reasons!).

    Cool video. I showed it to some videographers I work with (we don't have/need drone technology) and they thought it was impressive too.
     
  5. Sam Posten

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    No sweat. My coworkers liked it as well, and they think my vids are boring =) They wanna know where it was shot. Willing to say?
     
  6. Mark Booth

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    It was shot along Lyons Valley Road here in San Diego County. The two clips at the end, when I drove away with the drone following me, were shot here:

    https://goo.gl/maps/7a17uG6Ruu52

    The earlier clips in the video were shot on this patch of dirt next to Lyons Valley Rd.:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7479883,-116.6684009,164m/data=!3m1!1e3

    Mark
     
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  7. Mark Booth

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    SPECTACULAR Rocket Launch on West Coast!!!!!

    This evening's rocket launch from Vandenberg was the most spectacular one I've ever seen here in San Diego. Happily, I was prepared. I sent my Mavic up 400' above the house and shot video of the launch from the very beginning. The image is a bit noisy but still very watchable.

    My regret is I didn't think to switch the setting for 30º angle on the gimbal before I started. I assumed the Mavic's vertical field of view would be enough. When I realized the rocket was going to exit the top of the frame I tried to find the gimbal angle setting to change it but couldn't find it in the settings menu. Frustrating. But NOW I know where it's at for next time. :)

    Click the link to view. At the beginning of the video you'll see the rocket rising from the horizon as a red ball in the right third of the image. The launch starts getting crazy spectacular at 1:24 into the video.

    SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch - Vandenberg Air Force Base

    I've posted this video to a Mavic Group on Facebook and it's kinda gone mini-viral. The group has 70,000 members and the "likes" are rolling in about 1 every minute. :thumbs-up-smiley:

    Mark
     
  8. Mike Frezon

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    Mark:

    I think I just saw your video on Fox News!

    They were teasing a story on the launch in an upcoming story..heading into a commercial break.

    They cited Twitter as the source of the video.

    EDIT: Nope. Just played it back on the DVR. It was ground footage...with trees in the shot.

    Sorry for any confusion.
     
  9. Sam Posten

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    This is the best version I have seen!
     
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    Very cool. :thumbsup:

    In Canuckistan, sending a drone up the way you did would probably get you charged with an air regs violation, under the insanely draconian rules that have been put in place by the Ministry of Transport here.
     
  12. Mark Booth

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    Thanks, guys! I responded to your Tweet, Sam. Thanks!

    BTW, I checked stats on my video and it is approaching 8,000 views since I posted it. By YouTube standards, that ain't nothing. But it's easily the most viewed video I've ever posted. And YouTube would've pulled it down due to the background music.

    Mark
     
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    I joined a Mavic Pro discussion group on Facebook with 70,000+ members. I was immediately appalled by the number and frequency of personal attacks in the group. Lots of complaints from enthusiasts and the admins did nothing. After a week of that nonsense I decided to start a new Facebook discussion group for the Mavic Pro. I set the group up and posted about it on the bigger group, explaining that it was a "no personal attacks allowed" group.....

    HOLY COW... I had 70 requests to join the new group inside of 30 minutes. Over at my post on the bigger group every other comment was filled with hate. The trolls that have infested the place were in high gear. About 45 minutes in, one of the admins deleted my post and banned me from the bigger group.

    I expected that to happen. I'm thrilled that I managed to get the new group going with 80 members to start. It will grow from there.

    If anyone is interested in joining the Mavic Pro discussion group I started, please point your browsers here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/309191296244939/

    Please answer the three questions to be considered for the group.

    Mark
     
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  14. Mike Frezon

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    Don't get hurt during the moderatin' process, Mark.

    It really should just be done by professionals! :laugh:

    That's an interesting story. I didn't realize FB discussion groups even had admins (I don't spend much time on FB).
     
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    Sam, if the Platinum was out when you picked up yours, would you have bought it? I get the extra few minutes' flight time and quieter operation, but right now the standard Mavic Pro is $200 less. Not sure if that extra flight time and fewer decibels are worth 200 bucks.
     
  16. Sam Posten

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    Uh, maybe? Typically I tend to buy the best package I can and not worry about FOMO, but in this case I am not sure the noise would have been a deciding factor for me.

    I got a new set of whisper blades for Christmas, will test them out soon.
     
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    I actually have some experience at it. I was a moderator on GEnie and CompuServe back in the late '80s and early '90s. I spent nearly 10 years as a moderator on the web's largest Miata forum (106,000 members). And I've been the admin of a 2016+ Miata discussion group on Facebook for a little over 2 years.

    Anyone can start a group on Facebook. All you need is two people to start. The groups are easy to set up and the groups pop up in search results when folks search for the name/brand/subject/topic. The group can have a single admin, multiple admins, plus additional moderators that have fewer admin powers.

    It's my experience that there are a LOT of people that prefer to get news and discuss their hobbies via Facebook groups instead of visiting traditional forums. It's also my experience that far too many Facebook groups don't get any moderation at all. The Mavic Pro group I just got kicked out of is a perfect example. I bet thousands of people are there just to be rude trolls or watch others be rude trolls.

    Here are some of the comments that were posted to the thread I started (about starting a new group with a ban on personal attacks):

    "Boriiiiiiiing"

    "go ahead and look at the back of your computer, find the cord that leads to your router/modem and just unhook it. Go back to your fantasy world..."

    "go ahead and create your "snowflakes who are triggered by humor" group, thus furthering the butt-hurt culture that is destroying our society."

    "anyone else feel like they should join to insult the whole group so you dont break the "personal" attack clause? not personal if its all of the snowflakes right?"

    "FUCK that shit!!!!!! AND FUCK YOU!!!!!"

    "Hahahaha of course a Miata group would be congenial it’s got to be all women."

    I got that last response because I mentioned in my original post that I was the admin of a Miata group that was successfully personal attack free.

    Some of these idiots actually think they are being funny when they tell a new Mavic owner to get off his lazy ass and read the f***ing manual.

    Mark
     
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    I have two friends with standard Mavic Pros. I've heard them fly. The Platinum model is noticeably quieter. And it's not just the blade design. The Platinum model's motor escapements have less "buzz" to them. Less high-pitched whine.

    At standard MSRP there is only $100 separating the two models. In my humble opinion the extra $100 is well worth it. But the standard Mavic Pro is currently on sale for $899, $100 below its regular MSRP, which makes the difference $200. Maybe a bit tougher choice.

    Still, having heard a Mavic Pro with my own ears and NOT having heard a Platinum with my own ears, I opted for the Platinum. As soon as I fired it up I was pleased I paid the extra.

    Mark
     
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    Your description of Facebook groups is depressing. :laugh:

    Sounds like a tough crowd.
     
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    When did Santa get a sex change? ;)

    I loved the videos you posted, Mark. The Miata video was a great first effort. For the rocket launch, was that taken from your home or somewhere nearby? Either way, it's cool that you were close enough to capture it.

    It looks like you are having a lot of fun with your new drone.
     
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