Out with the Drone

Most of Xmas we have been ill.

Towards the Light   I was ill for 2 weeks before Xmas and I though “A-ha! For indeed I will be OK at XMas now.” And how wrong I was. Isolation

As a result of this my plan to go out with the drone every day hasn’t really panned out. Ive managed 4 times in just over a week, but to be fair the weather hasn’t been that great either.
Happy New Year What I have learnt is that the drone is better in wind than I thought it would be, and that I need to be more committed to panning and movement shots. I’m too focused on composition and so my footage is jerky whilst I try to correct it. I’m learning that in video this isn’t quite as big of a deal as with still images. It’s a learning curve. Happy New Year

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Waterfalls

Lumsdale

Today is the first day for the Christmas holidays, so obviously the first thing I did was go out with my drone!

Lumsdale

Lumsdale

Chatsworth House

Last weekend we visited Bakewell Xmas Market, this weekend it was Chatsworth. As none of us like to get there really late when it is busy, we set off to get there just as it opened.
For some reason this meant we had to park so far away we were pretty much in Baslow (the nearest little village) but had to pay for the privilege of parking in Chatsworth – £10!

Chatsworth So we started off our Xmas Market trip by hiking for 809743 years to get there. Once there the Christmas spirit never really hit me. We bought some brownies, cured sausages and a double chocolate scone. kB fancies some churros so we bought some but no one was really bothered about them. Chatsworth

We (me and kB) left the others in the market and went to fly the drone. On the way in (during our voyage from the car park) I’d spied the Chatsworth deer and though that they would be a good target for practice. So off we went.

I spent some time practicing different shots, but my app kept crashing. Apparently it’s pants on Android so when I came home I bought a stand thing so I can connect my iPad to it.

The weather forecast was nice, the air was still… So naturally it was a drone kind of day 😉

Bird's Eye View I decided to go to Ulley Country Park, and practice a bit more with my drone. There is a nice spot with a few benches on it that made for an ideal seating area and Return to Home point. I flew the highest I’ve flown before, but I am still hesitant about distance away from me. I think the next time that I go out with it I am doing to focus on distance more than height. Ulley Country Park

I’m slowly getting more used to the controls. I’ve gotten used to using the control to control the gimbal head.
I need to pay more attention to exposure though, as most of the shots were over exposed.

Drone footage v2

On Tuesday before work I went out to test the drone again. I got the highest I’ve ever been, but it still wasn’t very high in terms of the drones capabilities. It is definitely going to take some getting used to, and the idea of flying it high and far away is not something I’m feeling too confident with at the minute.

I was watching footage of people flying it over the sea and just watching that made me like hahahahaha nope!

Anyway, the second outing saw me trying to get a bit higher, and focus more on slow, steady movements. I also wanted to practice more in Premier Pro in terms of editing and putting a clip together. I got the sound from http://www.bensound.com

I need to work on everything really, but given that it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I get in from work this is quite difficult. Hoping for some still weather at the weekend.

New Drone

I look the look of arial photography, and I’ve been passively researching drones for a while now. As it was Black Friday I had a look around for some offers and found a DJI Spark. It’s not the best drone, but it looks pretty good for it’s price point, so I figured I’d give it a go.

Rother Valley

Once I had wrapped my head around the controllers it was quite fun. I still can’t quite get to grips with looking at my screen, rather than looking at the drone – but I managed to be able to quickly swap between record and shoot modes, and managed to move around using the controller pretty well by my second outing.

The main problems are that I’m either too fast at moving it, or too jerky with it. But this will get better with time!

This is a little video I put together from today’s outings.

The Lake District – Day 4; The Drive Home

Castle Cragg I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots. Derwent Water

Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.

Derwent Water

The Lake District – Day 3; Aira Force, Ullswater and Castle Cragg

Aira Force Today was the last full day. The weather forecast was a bit pants for it, so I was planning on having a wash out of a day, and was even considering coming home early. Waterfall

However, when I woke up the weather forecast had changed, and it wasn’t supposed to rain until 1pm, so I set off to Honister Pass as I wanted to hike around there.

Waterfall The problem with this plan, was that even though it wasn’t raining there was a lot of low hanging cloud, so I wouldn’t have been able to see much! So I settled on visiting Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall. I was glad that I did when I got there, a nice easy walk along woodlands, with a stream and lots of mini waterfalls along the way. Aira Force

On y way out of Ullswater I decided to visit this boat house to get a shot. Not quite as epic as I had hoped for, but I had to shoot from the road side which wasn’t ideal (And there was no path).

Boat House The weather forecast changed again, and so I set off for the cottage (Via a co-op to get some lunch). I toyed with the idea of Honister Pass again but I could see from my window that the cloud was still pretty low, so I knew it wouldn’t be worth the trip. I decided instead on a hike up Castle Cragg, which is pretty close to where I am staying. This turned out to be quite a nice little walk, even if the views weren’t as good as they could have been because of the weather. Castle Cragg

Glad to be going home tomorrow though now, my toes are sore from all the downhill walking.

At the mouth of the cave

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