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Here is the first video taken with my relatively new drone that I have made public. I truly am still learning to fly this machine (and shoot video with it) and had not intended to do a flight that evening. However, as I was heading to downtown Beaufort, SC and noticed this interesting fog coming in over the Beaufort River, I decided to give it a try. As a photographer, I am glad that I happened to have my drone system in the back of my vehicle. The sun was setting and the fog was coming in, so I quickly set it up and took off. I probably should have made some camera adjustments for the lighting conditions, but I didn't want to take the time. I also realize that the quad-copter propellers are in some of the footage (a result of the camera gimble stop adjusted incorrectly). I purposely took the sound out so you didn't have to listen to the motor noise, and am just beginning to learn video editing and did not put any music on here either!
Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions or suggestions.
I recently acquired a drone. A quadra copter to be a bit more precise. I have only flown it for a few hours and am getting better at using it. Last evening I was heading downtown and saw an interesting fog rolling into Beaufort from over the river. I happened to have my drone kit in the car and decided to get it out an see what I could get. It was right a sunset and managed to get a few nice still images. The video I took is much better actually and I will post some of that as soon I figure out the best way to post videos on my blog.
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Last evening I had the pleasure of being the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Calliwassie Island Photography Club, in SC. meeting. They had asked me to speak about what the life of a commercial photographer is like. I presented a slide show that I had prepared and spoke and answered questions for about an hour and then helped them critique the members images from the monthly assignments. I had a great time and was told by more than one member that I was the best speaker they had ever had.
I had fun preparing the talk and thinking about the early part of my career and how I got to where I am now. I graduated from college with a degree in photography in 1980, when there really was no such thing as a personal computer. I assisted a husband and wife photographer team for three and a half years in Boston, before landing two consecutive jobs as an in-house corporate photographer for two large companies in the Boston area. I finally opened my own business in eastern NC in 1987.
Things were so different back then. Photographing with large and medium format film is such a different process and way of doing things than using the current digital technology. I used to even process my color transparency film in house, as there were no good reliable labs where I was located. Now, instead of spending hours in a darkroom processing film and printing black and white prints, I spend hours in front of a computer screen processing digital files.
However, I don't really want to go back to the film days. I love the freedom and feedback and the capabilities of today's digital capture devices that as a film photographer we didn't even dream about.
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If you are reading this then you have made it to our new website. Thank you for visiting and please feel free to let me know what you think of the site: the way it looks, feels and the images on it. The site is ready to go but we will be making constant changes to it and changing images often. I truly do plan on making frequent posts here with my some of my thoughts on the photographic industry, educational posts, and of course, images. I plan on using this blog in place of many Facebook posts.