Apr 13

DJI Phantom :: Indian Creek

I just got back from two weeks in the Utah desert, with a few days in Moab and about a week climbing in Indian Creek.  This time I left the Cinestar 8 at home to mess with a new DJI Phantom, and the early prognosis is that it’s pretty amazing.  It flies a GoPro Hero 3, which has some limitations, but it’s still very capable of producing incredible photos.  For now video looks wobbly and problematic – it’s plagued by rolling shutter problems, and the fixed mount gives it a very un-cinematic feel.  DJI is on the verge of releasing a stabilized gimbal, which should drastically improve the capabilities of the whole setup for video, which is very, very exciting.

In any case, it’s super easy to fly, has a bunch of advanced GPS capabilities, and with its tiny size, can fly from anywhere with virtually no assembly time.  It was great for climbing photos from crazy, otherwise impossible angles – it’s easy to hand launch and land from the base of the crag, and in good light the GoPro shots look great:

If any at GoPro is listening, can we get a RAW file output on the still photos? That’d take the Hero3 to a whole new level for stuff like this and it seems like it’s just a firmware upgrade away…

As for DJI Innovations, they’re an amazing new company with an innovative foundation and a bright future:

DJI presents “THE FUTURE OF POSSIBLE” from DJI Innovations on Vimeo.

Feb 13

Mato Atom :: Seagulls

Wow, amazing:

seagulls from Mato Atom on Vimeo.

Feb 13

All Things That Fly Interview

I spent about an hour last week talking with Daniel and Lucien from allthingsthatfly.com about my experiences so far in the aerial world. These guys get pretty technical and most of their knowledge is way over my head, but we kept it pretty focused on the photo and video side of things, and my successes and some notable failures so far. The full audio is below, and the direct link to the site is here. I come in around 20 min 45 sec into the show:

Aug 12

Helio Collective :: Searching For West

Searching for West from Helio Collective on Vimeo.

Found this on the Kessler Crane website last night – it features some beautiful aerials on both R/C and full-size platforms, and a bunch of other great camera work too from Montana-based Helio Collective. From the Searching for West website:

The hunt is a pursuit of balance, while searching for the unknown. The balance that death has struck with life, the one sustaining the other. Everything we eat was alive once. The farmer clears his field in autumn for new life in the spring, and there’s a rhythm to it all. One man in one place, doing just one thing at a time.

Mark Seacat’s son, West, was born 10 days before elk season. Husband. Father. Hunter. Where does he draw the line on how much to sacrifice?