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11-13-2005 07:16 PM  12 years agoPost 3001
JohnC

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Well thank you Jason.

After the hard work of integrating all the bits together to build the helicopter, I now get the job of putting it through its paces with some test flights.

I flew blind yesterday because the downlink didn't work. I fixed for today and took this:

I only fly these on a weekend because we get a lot of military aircraft at 250 feet around here during the week. The other day, a C130 flew right over my flying site. I swear it was under 200 feet.

John C.

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11-13-2005 08:52 PM  12 years agoPost 3002
fitenfyr

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Nice.

You are delving into the realm where I just go get the Cessna.
I can do much more in less time with the 172, but then again not everyone has that option.

I just want to be able to do a GPS hover at 150' up to about 500' so we can do pre sale high rise work.

Jason Stiffey
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11-14-2005 04:37 PM  12 years agoPost 3003
JohnC

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I'm afraid I don't have the luxury of a cessna.

I would say it takes me under 15 minutes for the whole shoot. I don't use a cameraman and I can carry all the gear I need myself to the take-off point. There is no messing about with these electrics - just spool up and fly.

I'm gone before anybody realises I was there

John C.

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11-14-2005 05:11 PM  12 years agoPost 3004
jeffscholl

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John,

You can consistently produce +/- 2deg and fly a path along the same altitude
You have a valuable tool for small plot photogrammetry!
Especially when low ceilings ground general aviation survey flights.

Cheers,
Jeff

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11-14-2005 08:31 PM  12 years agoPost 3005
JohnC

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Jeff,

That should be no problem. My main limitation up until now has been a quality camera mount which I can stabilise with CARVEC. I really don't like the underslung bungee mounts and the fact that they sway means my stabilisation wouldn't be accurate.

I'm looking forward to doing some tests with this : maybe along the coastline taking vertical shots of the cliff. If I time it for high-tide, it will be really cool

I wish we had some of your scenery for me to fly in. Flat fields soon get boring.

John C.

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11-14-2005 10:04 PM  12 years agoPost 3006
Load Factor

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John.......That is just to COOL!

Do you notice much difference in the attitude of the heli with the camera mounted to the side?

Tanner

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11-15-2005 03:32 AM  12 years agoPost 3007
fitenfyr

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Hmmm

Ok John so are you stabilizing both the heli and the mount now with the CARVEC?
If so how about a test shot with some forward flight video and the CARVEC on?

Jason Stiffey
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11-15-2005 11:57 PM  12 years agoPost 3008
jeffscholl

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B&W fun with the 14mm:

Cheers,
Jeff Scholl
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11-16-2005 02:03 AM  12 years agoPost 3009
CrashTestDummy

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Wait... you actually have highway and buildings and stuff in MT??

Nice Shot

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11-16-2005 02:26 AM  12 years agoPost 3010
uh60ce

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been a while since ive posted anything...here ya go. http://photobucket.com/albums/d101/...=PICT0097-2.jpg

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11-16-2005 05:51 AM  12 years agoPost 3011
fitenfyr

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Jeff,
Isn't that full frame chip fun?

We are shooting a project on Thursday. Should get time for some fun stuff with the 5D while we are out.
Can't wait to see the results.

Jason Stiffey
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11-16-2005 05:10 PM  12 years agoPost 3012
jeffscholl

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Whitefish, MT

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"Isn't that full frame chip fun?"

On the short list is 2 - 36" x 48" verticals for a landscape architect so I'm excited to see the final prints.
But on the flip side, imagine what a 22MP back would look like :-)

Just need for it to stop snowing and a thin overcast day.
Scratch that....I just bought my season lift pass....let it snow!

Cheers,
Jeff Scholl
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11-16-2005 06:15 PM  12 years agoPost 3013
fitenfyr

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Already am...

But on the flip side, imagine what a 22MP back would look like :-)
You want to start the collection or should I?

Waiting to see the street price on the Mamiya or the Hassy version.

Jason Stiffey
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11-17-2005 07:56 PM  12 years agoPost 3014
flyboy

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If anyone is interested. I got one of my photos in the NY Times today.(actually PK and I shot this) The picture is of the old Bill Grahm estate here in Mill Valley. The article is on green building and specifically the architect, Sim Van der Ryn, a pioneer in green building.

The photo is a half page & color, it isn't tooo shabbby......... if I can say.
Page D6, if you got a bucck to spare.

Enjoy,
Flyboy

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/17/garden/17sim.html


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11-17-2005 08:36 PM  12 years agoPost 3015
jeffscholl

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Right on!

Was the white concrete/roof a pain?

You should pitch something to:
http://www.malooffoundation.org/

Sam Maloof's work is begging to be captured from low level.

Who is Russ Eddy?

Cheers,
Jeff

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11-17-2005 08:56 PM  12 years agoPost 3016
flyboy

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Yes the White roof was a pain. Thankfully I have friends that are much better at PS than I.
Russ Eddy is a good friend of mine who happens to be a location scout.
http://www.russeddy.com

Thanks for the tip and all of your help over the years. It is very much appreciated!!!!

Travis

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11-17-2005 09:50 PM  12 years agoPost 3017
groundeffect

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Canada

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Great stuff Travis, looking good... and great shot!

Cheers,
Dean

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11-18-2005 07:24 PM  12 years agoPost 3018
routybouty

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T-rex heli, panasonic fx8

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11-18-2005 10:57 PM  12 years agoPost 3019
flyboy

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Nicely done! Welcome to the club.
Flyboy

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11-19-2005 05:20 AM  12 years agoPost 3020
fitenfyr

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First day with the 5D

Ok not a great shot, but given the way our day went it was great.
It was getting dark as you can see, but this was shot at 400 ISO 1/1300 at F/5.0
Gotta love that 12mp sensor and the Canon Digic II chip.

The stretched Ion did well with the extra weight and we drilled and mounted (in the field...don't ask. ) the camera further back on the GMI.

The gyro was even spooling down here so the sharpness is all in the chip.
I didn't even use unsharp mask on this one. Just some brightness/contrast and saturation.

Just loving this camera....

Jason Stiffey
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