Sunday, 5 April 2015

Fradley junction from the air - and I am the pilot

A good couple of years ago a good friend of mine John who lives on the west coast of Scotland got me interested in remote controlled flight... not the basic stuff but the technical stuff that included intelligent flight controllers that worked on GPS height compass etc.

My aim was to build something that I could capture the canals with from height to get a different perspective. I built and crashed a few and got some good footage but not of the canals..... until now.

Today was a day off as I was full on pain mode from a few days of excess. It was not too busy first thing so I got the copter out and up she went.....

As with all my photos best click them to see them full resolution




I then tried to see how close I could get to the images that you are now seeing more and more of using Quadcopters for TV to get some decent shots. I need more practice but this will be a nice reminder of the first days of Spring later in the darker days of winter.



11 comments:

  1. Whats the music Nev

    Chris

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    1. Chris,

      Its from the U2 Album 'Songs of Innocence' track 'Every breaking wave'. It is the album they released FOC so Apple Imovie lets me use it as I guess U2 put this album in the public domain.

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  2. Excellent photography :)
    How long can you keep it up before the batteries object?

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    1. Thanks Kevin, depends on how much thrust and movement you use - around 10-15 minutes.

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  3. Great stuff... very stable flying machine ....are you using Hero +

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    1. Hi Andy, not on this copter - I used one on my scratch built copter.

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  4. Wow Nev. Blogging has just gone up a level !!! Very impressive. After your time lapse, I've got myself a GoPro, but this is just brilliant.
    We'll be at Fraley tomorrow if you fancy a pint

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    1. Hi John, I am off fishing with a mate over in Nottingham tomorrow, not sure what time I'll get back but if it is at a reasonable time I might come and find you ! The Go Pro is a great bit of kit, plus if you have the waterproof case (I think it comes with all of them ?) You can use it for hull and rudder inspection - when the canal is clear of course !

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  5. Good video Nev, very stable image and good music over..... I guess that all comes at a cost!!!

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    1. Thanks Les.... it is not a cheap toy, but I have used it for work, and that scored me some brownie points !

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