Flights #4, #5 & #6

Last week I had to drive to Teesside, which is quite close to the Yorkshire Moors, an ideal place to get in some drone flying. After my meeting, I headed off towards the park but was thwarted by heavy rain so abandoned the idea.

So with the weekend weather improving, it was time to try to get some flying in so off I and Rio headed to a field nearby. On arriving I found that the farmer had even cut down the long grass for me, what a result.

I soon had the drone up in the air, surveying the surrounding countryside, including the River Nene and the local lakes. I then spotted a worrying view at the far end of the field from the on board camera; a gathering of travellers and the vehicles was growing! I hastily moved back into the corner, not wanting to trigger a gypsy aircraft attack and carried flying until the battery alarm signalled it was time to bring it back down.

With my normal dog walking route to the nature reserve needing to go past the visitors; I packed up my bag and headed off towards them but found that instead I’d stumbled on a metal detectorists gathering (ah that was why the farmer had cut down the grass!). I stopped and had a chat with the marshall before continuing the dog walk.

Interestingly I’d never come across a treasure hunter meet before and assumed it would be organised so that every blade of grass was covered. Not a chance! They fanned out as they arrived in their cars, every saddo to themselves, digging holes as they went.

If you look carefully you can see the cars starting to line up along the edge of the field.

Anyhow here is the footage for flight #4.

My next flight was Sunday evening when I went out with the family and did some flyovers, making good use of the foreground interest they afforded as well as the low sunset glows. Rather than use Final Cut Pro I created a video using the DJI software. I will edit the full footage but was quite please with this short effort.

https://www.skypixel.com/share/video/family-flyover

[update: And the longer Final Cut Pro version is now below]

My latest flight was last night, again making use the great sunlight and was rather pleased with the outcome. Check out the start of the big reveal from 1:30, a great cinematic shot.

I have also been looking up local spots to fly from, using Ordinance Survey maps to find footpaths; I have a few marked so hopefully I’ll be able to get some different countryside shots over coming weeks.

And now for something completely different

river

Early Sunday morning and I decided to take my Canon D450 out with me whilst walking the dog. The intention was to try out my wide-angled lens that I bought last week. Whilst I took many shots with that lens, the best photo was this one, taken from the river bridge close to the nature reserve. The sky is a bit blown out so probably could do with some post-shot alterations but not a bad photo, especially considering it was taken on my Samsung S4 camera phone!

Final Cut Pro

Over recent years I have been interested in creating films and particular editing the videos I have recorded of the dog, Rio and family holidays. The iMac is so easy to use for this type of work and I found Apple iMovie intuitive and allows the user to create really good looking videos. The templates for making home movie trailers are particularly easy to use and can look quite professional.

My favourites are the Grand Canyon helicopter ride…

and the San Francisco trailer…

But over recent months I’ve been wanting the do more of the editing myself and whilst iMovie is a good package, I really wanted to give Apple’s Final Cut Pro X a go. The problem though was the cost! FCP is a professional package used extensively in the film and video industry and therefore comes at a relatively high price of £199 and so kept me from downloading a copy.

And then a month ago I won an award at work and a prize of £250 Apple voucher. I duly downloaded the trial FCP X, a fully working version and soon got to grips with the new controls. My first effort was the Gran Canaria holiday video…

Having decided that the application was worthy of the price tag I then decided to buy it using my voucher only to discover that I can only spend it on hardware at an Apple store. Doh! Oh well at least I’ll be able to use it for the new iPhone when it comes out in the autumn.

So have I bought the package?

You guessed it, yep and I’m loving it.

Here’s the latest video I have created, updating a film I made last year with new footage.

Enjoy…

My next plan is to try to persuade Tina to come with me to do some filming using a second video recorder so I can do some editing of multi-camera shots. Yeah right!