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Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Blog, Video

Hampshire High Rise

The Road to the Top

I wasn’t planning on doing this flight, but my target fly site for this afternoon (a deserted building site) wasn’t looking very possible when I got there, so I found myself driving out of town and into the high hills of Hampshire looking somewhat opportunistically for somewhere new to fly… tried loads of places, but each location I explored had something about it that dissuaded me. Pylons, livestock, tree cover, access, rules etc, so on I went, again and again for about an hour and a half !

Butser from afar…

Scout Mode…

Typhoon H ready for wind-battling action…

Pretty much random chance intervened, and on the way generally back in a homeward direction I eventually I found myself near the top of the highest hill in Hampshire. Not wanting to fly the summit yet (conditions not perfect) I did think this evening would be a good chance to see how the Typhoon H gets on in far proximity to the mast on the hill, and in the rather high winds we can get up on the Butser High Ridge… let’s call it a scout flight for the daytime summit flight I will be doing at some point soon…

So here we are, in a field about 800m away from the top, a bit later than I’d hoped, so dying light, but good sunbeams at the end…

Video Fail

We are equipped with a Neewer ND4, but with hindsight, I should have left that off – the CGO3+ camera struggles with low light and high contrast as it is, and this made it worse, and darkened things excessively making them hard to rescue in the grade… the blurriness we can see particularly in some of the trees is a result of that, and mistakenly setting exposure the same as the frame rate, when it should ideally be double it. Never mind – the flight itself was very successful, and I can always go back in better light to do this again. Posting the video anyway so I am reminded to be more careful about settings next time ;)

AeroJ