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Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Blog, Video

Harting Heights

Freewheeling over Harting Down

A very pleasing view on take-off…

Another one of the places I am very pleased to have revisited is Harting Down, a very pleasant fly site, a largely unobstructed wide open field, only made Level 3 by the often turbulent and prodigious wind, and by the difficulty of recovery should things go wrong while you are over the edge into the valley beyond. But the careful pilot who goes on the right day, when the wind isn’t too bad gets rewarded by some epic views of the Hampshire countryside in the afternoon sun.

Afternoon Artefacts

I am beginning to see the wisdom of getting a neutral density filter set. As I venture out on flying missions in the day, as opposed to golden hour / sunsets, then I find myself having to set exposures very low (shutter speeds of up to 1/1000 needed today), which, given that I was filming at 60 FPS, is a long way from ideal. 1/120 would be the perfect setting for ultra smooth video there, and today, an ND8 filter would have brought that shutter speed down to more reasonable values and given us slinkier video. I have ordered a set of filters – an ND4,ND8, and ND16 for midday shooting on the brightest days. However, it hasn’t ruined today’s shoot too much, and it’s still a pretty reasonable record of the day, the flyings of which were the best fun I have had so far.

Lush treeline despite the drought…

I am definitely worrying less while she’s in the air, and trust in the craft increases once more. The H really did master the wind, and powered through, headwind or not. Did 1 RTH test, which worked perfectly, so aborted and carried on flying a bit more at low level. Finally found out what the round thing was at the top of the hill !

The thing at the top of the hill.

Downstepping the framecount…

Today we are trying 60 FPS source video in a 30 FPS project, just to see how smooth things are without 60FPS. If it’s not so good we’ll try 120 FPS source in a 60FPS project – I like half-speeding footage, and the high source rate means you can drop to 50% without losing resolution.

Future Challenges

For the first time, I walked all the way to the top of harting Down today. This was its own reward as I found the second viewpoint, which was new to me, and especially good ! Here I met the first of the other people I met today, and had a good chat with a mad dog and an Englishman out in the mid-day sun :) Back at the second launch site, Bryan came over and did the session with me, and I enjoyed filling him in on all the exciting things we can do with a Typhoon H. Talking of things we can do…

I am going back up to that second viewpoint (even though it half kills me to walk up there every time !) in the early morning light, when the sun is at just the right angle, and I’m going to do a range test there. If my theories are correct I should be able to get all the way over to South Harting with luck and a following wind ! And indeed the wind will be an important factor as I must wait until it is against me as I head out, so that it is a tailwind on the way back when I am limping home with not much battery to spare…

There is another challenge just across the road. There is a full-on fort about 300 yards north of the HD car park. I don’t know how to get to it yet, but a more perfect candidate for Point of Interest Orbit Mode I cannot think of. Just gotta work out how to get there…

High sun – low shutter speeds…

See you back here when I do…

J