Goose Creek Valley View, Blue Ridge Parkway — Montvale VA, Summer 2013
With the advent of new technology in the remote-control (R/C) world over the past year, new levels of capability are skyrocketing in the photo-video community. For those of you yet to do so, meet the DJI Phantom.
DJI Innovations has been a major force in the design of stable, satellite-assisted R/C flight systems that are making new levels of possibility available to photographers and enthusiasts around the globe. The Phantom is as easy to fly as it is affordable and, with new gimbal advances can produce truly stunning results. It is a learned skill to perfect, yet the Phantom allows for creative freedom virtually right out of the box. Continue reading
Hope you all had a safe and fun entry to the new year, let’s hope this one moves at least a hair slower than the last. Upon entering the new year, I thought I’d take my daughter’s advice and start a series of before and after shots. Always looking over my shoulder, she says it’s just more interesting sometimes to see the difference. So, in the spirit of youth I concede and hope you’ll enjoy.
This is our hometown — Roanoke, Virginia — from the vantage point of the town’s most popular overlook, the Mill Mountain Star.
Last weekend I happened upon this kind gentleman as he was unloading a rather large remote-controlled (R/C) glider from his vehicle. His name is Vic Ingraham and he lives and works here in the Roanoke Valley. I was curious if he would be opposed to my filming his launch (and what I could of his flight) with a GoPro-mounted Dji Phantom. More than interested to oblige, we quickly set up to shoot his take-off.
To do so, Vic firmly tosses the craft upward and forward, and engages a small electric motor to assist in climbing to altitude. He then turns off the motor and soars freely, sometimes for hours on end.
After roughly ten minutes of flight, having attempted in vain to chase Vic down with no FPV (first-person view) source, I decided to bag the quad and grab the camera as Vic was approaching to land.
In later processing the images, I found myself really wanting to push the motion effect at ground level. Having missed the pan-blur opportunity at capture, I decided to try adding a moderately over-cranked Motion Blur in Photoshop CC. The results were far more appealing than expected and served well in conveying a fluid sense of speed and velocity.
If you have a few action shots in the library, I highly recommend giving it a try. Selectively adding motion blur can be a great way to add new life and depth to an otherwise mediocre capture.
Thanks for visiting, hope you had an excellent Christmas season and enjoying a well-deserved calm after the storm.
A few additional captures from the Fashions for Evergreens display at the Hotel Roanoke and Convention Center.
Merry Christmas everyone, from our house to yours..