I have to admit that this image was a pleasant surprise. I've tried a number of different DJI drones trying to find one that produced acceptable, to me, still images. But the standard GoPro or other fisheye lenses and small sensors made capturing quality still images a challenge.
And although I still don't think that DJI Phantom 3 has a great camera, the lens is rectilinear so it doesn't have the fisheye distortion found in previous drone cameras and it captures images in RAW. Plus the stabilizing gimbal is quite good. This allows a pretty easy capture of multiple shots that can be stitched together in post.
For this shot I few to an altitude of about 300ft and yawed the aircraft to change the view by about a third. This gave me plenty of overlap for my post processing needs.
One other downside to the small sensor in the camera on the DJI Phantom 3 is its less than stellar dynamic range. I'm quite spoiled by the Sony full frame sensors but capturing any images with the sun in the frame can be quite a challenge. There is bracketing and HDR but for this shot I just waited for the sun to set just below the horizon. In addition to helping out the camera, it softened the light and created a pretty sweet feel over Fisherman Bay.
I'm still getting to know the ins and outs of aerial photography and drones so it's a nice bonus to capture a sweet shot while the training wheels were still on.
It's been a crazy busy spring and my commercial work has had me heads down so I've been a bit absent from social media and blog posting. But here's a quick update and a coupon for 25% off on notecards to thank y'all for your patience and great support. Just type in ...
If you're trying to figure out what kind of camera you're wanting or needing to buy, I'd wager that you're beginning your journey into photography or are rekindling an old love. If that's indeed the case ...
I thoroughly enjoy posting my personal list of favorite images that I do each year on my blog and my Facebook page. But It's also pretty interesting to see how my supporter "vote with their feet" at my online store. Here's a quick summary of my most popular notecards by number purchased.
I've updated the recent landscape images section of my website to include my fall shoots. Images on my website are of much higher quality with less compression than I can show on social media.
I'm also giving away 3 copies of my 2017 Calendar to my email list members
Sometimes it seems that I plan and go out shooting time and time again only to return home empty. So it can be a bit invigorating to go through my years worth of publish images to choose by favorites. And this year is turning out to be the hardest I've yet had. I'll start off with numbers 13, 14 & 15 and the runner ups. Then I'll update this post every day till ...
I've update the notecard section of my estore to add some new Facebook favorites. And since once a baker, always a baker, I've included a "Bakers Half Dozen" holiday coupon. So if you buy 6 notecards, the 7th one is free.
I'm pretty excited to announce that a selection of my notecards and my 2017 calendar are available on Lopez Island at Paper Scissors on the Rock. I've been trying to sort this idea out for way to long and I love having a presence in our local iconic...
Earlier this year I had the delightful opportunity to give a private photography lesson on Lopez Island. The lesson was primary tailored towards long exposure techniques but also include some general discussions on exposure and post processing techniques as well as some advice on gear. I thought I'd summarize the course...
Having just wrapped up my year long Morning Light Project, I was projectless, for about a day. I like having a project based theme to help add a bit of discipline to my photography and push me in a direction that I might not otherwise be going. So my next photography based project will be intimate landscapes.
It hardly seems possible that I started this project a year ago. But as "they" say, time does fly by. It's been a pretty wonderful year filled with, mostly, beautiful mornings and great light. So I'll end this project with this month's shot from Kauai as well as my favorite images from my year long Morning Light Project.