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10-26-2006 11:39 PM  12 years agoPost 1
reelcut

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For those of you heli pilots that do Aerial Photography, which do you find easier to frame your shots???

A tripod mounted LCD screen or a pair of video glasses?

I've heard the video glasses are hard to use because you are focusing on a far away subject (the heli) and then focusing up close (the glasses) and then trying to find the heli again is difficult...

I'm thinking the tripod mounted LCD screen might be better but I'm looking for the pro's to chime in.

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10-27-2006 05:51 PM  12 years agoPost 2
reelcut

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Anyone?

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10-27-2006 08:07 PM  12 years agoPost 3
wesb1999

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You know it seems to be different for each pilot. I personally like the LCD glasses and after getting used to them find them incredibly useful. It's hard for me to imagine turning my head away from the heli, looking at a monitor, then turning back towards the heli. But that's just my preference.

I like the LCD glasses because I can maintain a bearing on the helicopter and "switch" views between the camera and heli. I think the better glasses would help tremendously (CV-3's) but they're still out of my price range.

I've gotten to where I have both video options available. I am using the LCD glasses while a customer uses the LCD monitor.

Wes

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10-28-2006 03:02 AM  12 years agoPost 4
kaptkaos

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Its not very safe to turn your eyes and head away from the heli.
LCD glasses is the only way to go solo.
You really need to work to frame the shots that people pay top dollar for.

If you give a Chimp a gun, and the Chimp shoots, DONT BLAME THE CHIMP!!!!

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10-28-2006 05:09 PM  12 years agoPost 5
wjw

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eyetops
I second the Glasses vote.
I used the LCD monitor for a while, even with a hood the glare made it difficult to see the shot. Taking you attention off the heli and moving you head to focus on a monitor, even for 2 or 3 seconds was very difficult. I used a tripod and tried placing the monitor so that it would be in my field of view and it never really worked out.
Now I use eyetops and it is so much better, I carry the reciever, battery packs and eyetops converter in a small pack that I strap to my waist. Can walk around freely with out restrictions and can glance to the eyetops screen any time I want to frame the pics.
I get better photos in half the time spent, with less agravation and safer.

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10-28-2006 05:49 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Torsten

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neighter one,

just learn to fly good pictures without them by concentrating on the helicopter.

for video i would think diffrent, but for pictures no thanks.

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10-29-2006 12:20 AM  12 years agoPost 7
kaptkaos

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Torsten,

I did it like for a while too, and its ok for low altitude and with a really wide lens. It usually took a whole of shots to get one or two good ones.

With a downlink you can get a good shot in less frames and time. The end result is usually better.

What do you do when you are shooting a blind shot?

If you give a Chimp a gun, and the Chimp shoots, DONT BLAME THE CHIMP!!!!

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10-29-2006 09:38 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Torsten

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i take about 30 shots from diffrent angles during a 4 1/2 minute flight and more than 20 will have the objekt centered.

i am far beyond guesswork i do this for a living since three years now. flying my photohelicopters is like driving at night with the high beams on. you know what image cone your cam has, fly acordingly, concentrate on heli position and trigger the shot.

what do you need zoom for ? cant you fly closer to the objekt ?

i carry a bw downlink and modified eyetop monitor mounted in Zurich shades and a second bw receiver with patch antenna and a ftf monitor a pinacle movie box and power supply in a downlink case just to answer question no. 1 from the cutomers.

"can you see what the helicopter see´s?" jepp sure can but i dont need that stuff anymore.

my quota of flying again in one location because i screwed up is below 1 % and those mostly on the shots were i am not standing near the object.

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to get back to the initial question though.

i would use the eyetop shades as a pilot for backup and leave the tft to the kameraman and customer (if on site) to look at.

i dont like having the customer looking at the downlink. they try to take over and reduce the pilot to a remote control. they describe what they want BEFORE the flight. i fly and present them with the results. i am the AP pilot.

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10-29-2006 02:05 PM  12 years agoPost 9
kaptkaos

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Just like the Germans, try to rule the world!!!!!

LOL!!
You got mad skillz man!

I agree with the last statement, I meet the customer at the office and they tell me what they want. Then I give them the pics.

If you give a Chimp a gun, and the Chimp shoots, DONT BLAME THE CHIMP!!!!

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10-29-2006 03:53 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Torsten

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Vee haff vays !

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