Drone at Sunrise

Because I am a total loon I got up at 5:45am to go and take some video footage around Ulley Country Park at sunrise. Technically the sun rose at about 5:10, but I figured that if I got there an hour after then I would have enough light to play with.

What I didn’t count on was flying my drone into a tree and then panicking that I was going to have to fish it out of the lake. But I suppose these experiences allow us to poop our selves and then learn from them. I made myself carry on flying the drone, because my gut just wanted me to land it and then drive home and be sad.

Ulley @ Sunrise

In hindsight I probably should have landed it to check that it was OK. This is defiantly what I will do next time, as it turned out that one of the propellers was ever so slightly cracked. On the flip side, I suspect that if I had landed it and seen the crack I would just have gone home and then possibly been too nervous to fly it again. So swings and round abouts. These things are bound to happen when your too excited about the mist and the sun beams to be properly keeping an eye on what is happening!

Ulley @ Sunrise

When I bought the drone I also bought some ProPlus ND filters for it. I had been using ND4 for the other flights, but as it was super sunny with no cloud this morning I used ND32 – I was pleasantly surprised to find no colour tinges on the footage!

Ulley @ Sunrise
Ulley @ Sunrise

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.

The Lake District – Day 2; Buttermere, Waterfalls and Derwent Water

Derwent Water Today I set my alarm for 645, and decided I would set off early, but not at sunrise. Buttermere

This decision was made on the basis that I wouldn’t be able to see sunrise because of the mountains anyway. When I woke up the sky was a lovely shade of purple/pink, so I was a bit annoyed! Never the less I set off whilst the sun was just below the mountain line and headed for Buttermere; the plan being I would shoot the trees as the sun hit them over the mountain, then walk to Scale Force waterfall.ButtermereWhen I got to Buttermere there were quite a few other photographers there. I set up shop and ended up being there for about an hour. The sun looked promising as it peaked above the mountain, but the higher it got it ended up being hidden behind cloud. Buttermere

At 9am I decided to move on and do the walk to Scale Force. I would rate this walk as “too much bog for the waterfall”. The waterfall itself was a bit disappointing, especially when considering how mucky I got walking to it.

Scale Force I think the most disappointing part of the walk, was the bit where I went up to see the top part of the waterfall. Loads of steep steps, and not a lot there when I got there. However the views over the lake from here were spot on. Buttermere

It was a nice walk (apart from the mud/boggy parts), just not a great waterfall.

Buttermere By this point, I’d walked 40k odd steps and up 300 flights of stairs, and I was getting a bit tired. I stopped it at a cafe at the start/end of the walk and bought a ham and tomato baguette. I’m not sure if I was just mega hungry, or if it genuinely was the best baguette ever, but I really enjoyed it. Derwent Water

I came back to the cottage for an hour and a half, and then went back out to see if I could get on the jetty that I couldn’t get on yesterday.

Derwent Water When I first got there there were loads of photographers around it, so I went off and did my own thing. On my way back there were only 2 photographers left so I joined them and got my shots. Derwent Water

One of the photographers who was there was local and said that the jetty on the other side of the lake is much better, so I’ve had a look and it’s a 20 minute walk from where I am staying so I’ve added that to tomorrows agenda.

Derwent Water Not sure what to do tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit pants on the forecast, but then didn’t look that bad on the BBC forecast on the TV so I guess I will go to the jetty in the morning and play the afternoon by ear. I was supposed to go to Helvellyn, but I don’t much fancy that if it’s chucking it down. I’ve also not managed to get to Ullswater yet either, so I have options. Derwent Water

Croatia (day 4)

Another lazy day on day 4, more swimming in the sea, more cocktails… However I got up for sunrise (again) but this time went into the mountain first, then came back down to the beach.

 

Croatian Sunrise Croatian Sunrise

Croatian Sunrise Croatian Sunrise

Croatian Sunrise Croatian Sunrise

Early Mornings – September 3

Getting up at 5am to take someone else to the airport so that they can go on holiday isn’t my favourite thing to do in the world; but non the less that’s what I was doing this morning.

Early Mornings
Early Mornings

The advantage to this though is that I was driving over the Pennines when the light was good, so of course I stopped for a shot.
On a side note I’m also quite pleased with my hair 😛

Day 6 – Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle

After a lovely tea at The Mizen Head we got up for the sunrise at the beach. It was a really nice sunrise, so that was lucky – I feel like we’ve been really lucky for the entire week in terms of weather! 🙂

Bamburgh Castle

When we got back to the hotel we had a lovely breakfast, nom nom, and for me the last fry up of the week.
The plan was to go to Bamburgh Castle for a couple of hours before driving home; but when we got to the castle it was shut. As we were both really tired we decided to just drive straight home.

Bamburgh Castle

We’re home now, washing on and almost unpacked. Heating is on but the house is still warming up 🙂

Bamburgh Castle

Before the Dawn

Before the Dawn // 29 12 15

363 // 365

Today me and mum went on out annual “lets brave the Xmas sales trip to the local shopping centre. This year we managed; Boots, Paperchase, Superdrug, Dorothy Perkins and M&S before returning home. I bought reduced lamb shanks and stuffing from M&S. We are pants at shopping. Totally pants.

Sunrise : )

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