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Posted by on Jul 20, 2018

Lake Panoramas

Lake Panoramas

Test Flights Complete With 20 problem-free flights between us (all in wide open fields in the middle of nowhere) there is now a good a level of trust building between me and my new flyer, so I am more  confident taking it where there are (a few more) people. Gotta watch out for defensive birds too, who can take a multirotor down if they take exception to it and attack. Fortunately today’s birds were quite chilled out and I wasn’t worried, having established in my pre-flight scout that there were no big raptors, or swallows about (the 2 main avian UAV aggressors). There is a lot to love about that machine, and today’s performance was one of its best. Whether it was gracefully side-swiping the tree line, or remaining nailed to the sky at any height for my various slow pans, the Typhoon H proved itself more than adequate to the task, although to be fair it was a particularly calm evening and even at 400 ft winds were...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2015

Petersfield Heath Summer 2015

Petersfield Heath Summer 2015

Rain stops, let’s go Hello archaeologists ! And Summer. Join me for an aerial view of some of Petersfield Heath, replete with burial mound dig sites, and a bit of lake action. There’s also a golf course over there somewhere. I say Summer, but not sun, as it had been raining all day (despite being the hottest day of the year) and this somewhat lucky flight is the result of me checking the weather every 10 minutes, and then running out with my RC gear to grab a skyfull in the single half hour in which rain had ceased. Eye on the sky… I can fly in rain, but choose not to on the whole, as it’s not much fun flying in the wet, and it also makes battery pack connections more sparky and unpredictable. But dry sky was mine for the whole session, despite rather impending clouds, and I had 3 pretty much perfect flights, of around 9-10 mins each on my Turnigy 5 amp power packs. Kept the...

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2015

Swan Dives, Episode 5

Swan Dives, Episode 5

Lakeside in slow motion It’s been a while since I was last feeding the swans, but earlier this week I was back, plentiful supplies of swan pellets in hand, and ready and armed with my GoPro 4, set to film at 120 frames / second, which will allow us to slow everything down to quarter speed for playback at 30 FPS. It’s also in its waterproof case, so we can freely dive underwater to get the view from below as about 10 swans and signets scrabble for my highly nutritious swanly treats. Attitude++ Whereas it is a good thing that the swans of Petersfield lake are used to me and my wheel, which allows me to get very close to them without getting into trouble, but it certainly doesn’t mean that either me or my camera are immune from inquisitive beaks, the controlling minds behind which seem largely unaware that it’s not a good idea to bite the hand that feeds you. Fortunately, they don’t really mean it, and none...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2014

Ultrawheel Week

Ultrawheel Week

3 Airwheel Rides a day, every day. And at least 2 videos a day gives us… a lot of videos. Far too many to do as individual blogs. So here they all are in one big pile. That’s a good half hour you can kill without even leaving the page :) We start…down on the coast – the blog video above is a fast track and glide along the coast… Then, we’re back home for a… Petersfield Town Center Test Run and now it’s time to look at some airwheel accessories for Airwheeling in the rain and at night, among other things… Airwheel Accessories Episode 3 And now for something…else, it must be… Motion Stills A serene collection of my favourite views about town, and down on the Southsea coast… Then it was back to the lake for a final Swansong Feeding the birds and trying not to lose my fingers in the process… and finally – that’s it from me for the first 2 days of this week… See...

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Spellbound

Spellbound

Watership Down… Back to the lake then, for some more spellbinding moments of serene loveliness as the sun floats away for another day… and lucky you – you have this video and a small gallery of things to see, including some clouds, some water, and a pair of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Time & Space There was a lot of proximity going on today, which was all very good. And the water was nice, and it wasn’t too cold, which meant I could stay lakeside for a good hour, so I parked my GoPro for the last bit of that, set it firing every 2 seconds, and captured the last of the dying light. Tomorrows cloudscape will be every 5 seconds, which should make stuff move a bit faster… See you soon, peoples…...

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2014

Afterglow

Afterglow

Waterside At first glance, Petersfield lake doesn’t seem to be a particularly spectacular lake. But those of us that live here know to look again, and keep looking ;) It would be easy to take that lake for granted, but it gives me such regularly amazing views and is one of the most relaxing places to sit, that I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live close to it. I must photo it more. After a long night’s gigging in Wales I caught up my sleep and was straight out on my little Airwheel, and down to my favourite lake to see what I could see as the sun went down. Sundown Tonight’s sunset really was exceptional – the perfect combination of 10 types of clouds over a viscerally deep ever-reddening purple-orange-crimson dragon-fire backdrop that made me wish I could climb into the sky and live there in a little cotton-wool house. It couldn’t last – it would surely catch fire eventually. Also lucky enough to be sharing it...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

Park Life – Parts 1 & 2

Park Life – Parts 1 & 2

Find me a lake in the Summer Sun… I thought to myself as I awoke in steaming humidity this morning. So out I went with my Airwheel for Day 10 of my learning diary, and to have a lovely afternoon summer glide about the heath, in the nicely muted receding sun, recording it all as I go to share with you later. If you play the videos fullscreen and point a fan at your face, it’ll help with the realism. Here’s part 2, the slow relaxed actual speed glide around the lake – no de-shake – pretty much raw footage, 1080P from a GoPro3 Black Edition, ProTune Off… Whilst Part 1, top, is more of a speed-through, and mostly at 100-400% real time. If you like airwheels or lakes, you’ll like them both. Part 1 has been stabilized, which leads to some very odd and giddy camera motion, but I thought it suited the speed run we were doing, and riding a wheel feels a bit ‘all-over-the-place’ initially, so I...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014

Sand Pit Grove

Sand Pit Grove

Stedham Common 3… Another good flight session today – 4 good long 8 minute+ treks around yet another new fly-site ! To be fair, it’s a sand pit / lake arrangement we’ve seen many a time before, but never from this side, which allows us to go a bit closer to the working area with all the interesting machinery, and the surrounding trees and scrub present a nice range of things to see on the ground, and the small village of Stedham is just off to the left there. However the sand pit planners have done their job well – I can’t overfly their machinery because then I wouldn’t have line-of sight over the tree bank that was between it and me, but at height, I could go where I dared. Not far – never forgetting this is still a test flight session, so no directly overflying water or anywhere where I can’t get it back if she goes down… But not to worry, the Naza Lite did another...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2014

Spring Heath

Spring Heath

After the rain… There has been a lot of rain recently, and this has very much disrupted the flyings, but today it stopped for the early evening, so pre-loaded up and ready to take advantage of any such break in the cloud, I drove down to the local heath to have a quick few flights as the sun went down. Still on the rubber isolation mounts, but taking the time to carefully balance the craft every time a new battery pack went on, I was pretty pleased with the footage I got, which was mainly free of annoying vibrations you can get with an unbalanced craft, GPS mode, and any amount of wind. Frustratingly, I packed up after flight 4, just before the ground mist really kicked in, but not to worry, I’ll be back here again before Spring is out, I’m sure; it’s one of the few places I’ve definitely got permission to fly ! In the meantime, we’ve got some nice relaxing sail-planing around the common, and...

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Posted by on Jul 6, 2013

Town Rise – Petersfield

Town Rise – Petersfield

To a small field in the middle… …of Petersfield, the home town of me, and a fair few of you reading this, I’d bet. I don’t often venture right into the center of town, but this is the closest I’m safely going to get, and it’s an almost windless night, so let’s get in the air and see what’s what. All About the Sky. And the Ground. And the Lake. The sky is very much what’s what. I arrived with my good friend Rich just as golden hour kicked in, and wasted no time in strapping on an 8000 pack, and pushing some sky past that lens. The sky was ablaze with high cirrus and various other noctilucent cloudforms, which only got better as the sun went down, until it was finally just a blazing orangey red on the horizon. Beautiful. Rich and I sat entranced. Rich more than me – I was trying to make sure the gimbal was aimed mostly at the right thing at the right...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2013

Sand Pits @ Sunset – Episode 1

Sand Pits @ Sunset – Episode 1

It’s there if you dare… Hey Internetsters – it’s me, back with another trip out to see something nice, mainly from the air. Today’s niceness is… West Heath Sand Quarry, or as some people know it, Borrowers Sand Pit is just outside Rogate, off the A272.  Google maps found it for me, and I’ve flown here once previously, well before I started this blog, so it’s an aerocam.org.uk first. Let’s not get bogged down (pun intended) about what constitutes a quarry or a sand pit… we’re flying over it whatever it’s called. Double Bill Not much wind in my bit of the air today, so quite a lot of usable footage ! And because I had so many nice comments about my last adventure, up at Stoner Hill, I thought you deserved another multi-parter. Part 2 isn’t up yet, but will be, hopefully within the week. That one will be ultra smooth and ultra slinky, but this one is pretty much straight out of the cameras and up, give or...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2013

Pole Diving for Beginners

Pole Diving for Beginners

What no flyings ? What the hell is going on ? Oh, shush. I’d already been out with the hexcopter that morning, so batteries were still charging when the sun finally got its act together and appeared for the first time in bloody ages ! So really I was duty-bound to improvise a Heath Robinson-style pole-mount for my GoPro2 (broom handle, screw (waterproof case obviously) and I went down to Petersfield Lake (to the areas in which I have agreed not to fly because of all the people and animals etc) to see what was going on underwater and up-close-and-personal with the wildlife. In general, the wildlife didn’t seem to mind, although I was bribing it liberally with bread I’d previously sequestered from a passing child. Here’s some lovely swans. So what’s in the water ? Nothing is what’s going on underwater; the lake has visibility of about 5 cm and is fairly cloudy / scummy water, so we can see almost nothing of the wildlife that is (promise)...

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2013

Sunsetting – Petersfield Heath

Sunsetting – Petersfield Heath

Up, up and away. Mostly away. As in ‘away in a workshop at home’. Haven’t done any flying this week, for reasons that may include what might later be referred to as ‘The Great Warning-off of Feb 2013’, but today the sky was doing good enough things to tempt me out and over to the Heath with a fresh rack of batteries and set of gloves B. My temporary flight area extension kindly granted by Petersfield TC so I could get extra good snow vids has expired, so I’m back in my ‘normal’ permitted areas. Never mind though, the sky is looking good wherever I point a camera this evening, especially if I then point photoshop at it afterwards… Mainly about the sky… Apart from a short whinge about battery / flight times, and wondering if that red light is trying to tell me something other than ‘battery low’, and also testing my new FPV cam mount that allows it to move with the main camera (that went very well...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2013

The Winter Freeze – PF Lake & White flights

The Winter Freeze – PF Lake & White flights

No Business like snow business. 2 vids in one this time, as one really isn’t very good, and yesterday’s flight is just me whazzing about in some real-time snow, so we’ll gloss over that (it’s at the bottom somewhere if you really want to watch it), and get on to today’s, which is much more interesting… Songs of Fire and Ice (no songs, or fire though) So, I woke up today to find it had stopped snowing, which meant I could venture further afield than the field by my back garden. To the lake then, which seems the obvious choice, given that Petersfield Town Council have just kindly extended my flying area until March so I can capture the wintery goodness. So here I am, doing that. What’s that, Mummy ? Loads of people, and their children / dogs about, so mostly flew over the lake where they weren’t, and my rigorous preflight checking paid off in that I didn’t fall into the lake at any point. So that’s...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2013

Drive-by Flyings 9 – Petersfield Heath

Drive-by Flyings 9 – Petersfield Heath

Circles in the mist. Well, it’s one of those rare virtually windless days, so it is my duty to be in the air doing something with it. I’d got up late, even by musician standards, and didn’t manage to get out the door until the light was failing, so decided to head to my favourite training ground, Petersfield Cricket Club Field. Seen it all before ? I fly here so often that not much I film here makes it into videos, as I don’t want to keep showing you stuff you’ve seen loads before, but it’s a been a while, and I don’t think I’ve made a video all about here for quite some time. Anyway, I was struck by the beautiful Winter colours – all that amazing russet brown and purple, and I love the crazy textures on the ground over the heath as old paths and new carve their ancient way across the heathland… Sailing the tree line Video quality is a bit suspect, mainly down to...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2012

Flying with JW (narrated FPV flight)

Flying with JW (narrated FPV flight)

Does exactly what it says on the tin. My first and possibly only narrated FPV video, which isn’t really FPV (I wasn’t wearing the goggles, but was sort of looking at a 10″ screen giving me the on-board view AND doing normal tail-in, eyes-on flying), and isn’t a narration recorded in-flight, but one I threw on afterwards when I got home after the session. Nothing insightful either – just random thoughts that occur to me as I’m remembering the flight. I could have recorded it live, but I was using my stereo mic plugged into the GoPro and mounted on the underside of the hex, where it is much more protected from distortion-inducing prop-driven air movement, so now we get true stereo motors, and JUST the sound of the motors and props (which sound really nice – those T-motors and Carbon Fibre 11 x 5’s are the one). It’s useful to have stereo motors because you can hear what control movements you made as each side spins up and...

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

Wind Chasing Episode 1

Wind Chasing Episode 1

Although I very much got into quadcopters for the aerial photography aspects of it, it has been a revelation to me just how much fun, and what an exciting experience it is to pilot a multi-rotor. With FPV (First person view) of what the craft is seeing on my video headset, it is the closest feeling you can get (with zero pilot risk) to flying as ‘free as a bird’. Despite all the clever technology I employ to provide the smoothest, easiest, safest flying possible, sometimes it is fun to just turn all that off, and practice your piloting skills by ascending into some reasonable level wind, and fighting your way round a location for nothing more than the sheer fun of it. It is in these situations that I tend to abandon the smooth cinematic moves I am aiming for most of the time, and it becomes more about speed, judgement, decision-making and calculated risk. The fun stuff essentially. I have several of these ‘training grounds’ at my...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

Petersfield Cricket Ground Aerial Panoramic

Petersfield Cricket Ground Aerial Panoramic

‘The Only Way Is Up’ warned 80’s pretend musicians Yazz and the Plastic Population in their horrible song of the same name. But I mean ‘up’ as in the sky, and it’s not the only way. Sometimes I am painfully reminded that there is ‘down’ too. But not today. Today it’s up all the way… As I didn’t have any spare friends this evening, I thought I’d try a solo height challenge and some ‘quad-walking’. This video is about the first bit of that. Deliberately chose launch sites right in the middle of trees, so that I become comfortable working very close to them, and become less paranoid that I will lodge my quadcopter in one, as happened with my original RC helicopter several hundred times. But a quadcopter, especially my one, with its GPS / Naza Flight Controller, is not a little toy heli, and it has the sort of power and control that makes the fear of trees entirely unnecessary. Yes I don’t want to fly into...

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