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Posted by on Jan 24, 2013

Ruins In The Mist

Ruins In The Mist

Drive-by Flyings. Today was very cold and misty, and I was resolved to go and get some footage of a large foresty spruce / fir tree canopy that I’d seen on Google maps just a bit further along the A272 from where I usually turn off for Elsted Common. The best laid plans… As it turned out, there was nowhere to park, and no easy access to my chosen tree bank that didn’t involve being some sort of gymnast, so I abandoned that plan, and drove along the road with some opportunistic drive-by flyings in mind. Rounding a corner, I saw what looked like a little roundhouse or fort in the middle of a field from the road, and then chanced upon the entrance to Cowdray Park, a venue I recognized, having played several peoples weddings there. But I had forgotten it was anywhere near me, or that I had resolved to go flying here, so what a chance find as I’m randomly driving about… Inspection, check 1. Cowdray...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2013

The Winter Freeze – Ascents at Sunset

The Winter Freeze – Ascents at Sunset

Rewarding flights. Yep, it’s my ground zero practise field again, but I’d been diligently doing tedious tax stuff all day, and I finished just as the sun was going down, so I felt I deserved a quick flight or 4  in an effort to regain the will to live. The melt begins… This time we’ve got most of the snow, it’s nicely (and in the video more brightly than you’d think) illuminated by a setting sun, and in places I’m going up very high to look at it doing so. This proves a better idea than last time, as today there isn’t a layer of solid grey cloud 200 ft above the ground. So this video, whilst it has got some low stuff at the start is mainly about the high pans and smooth motion on a pretty much windless day. I say windless, there is no such thing when you are at that sort of altitude, but on the ground at least, it’s only 2 mph. So even...

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2013

The Winter Freeze – Elsted Common

The Winter Freeze – Elsted Common

In the bleak mid-winter… It might be bleak, and very very cold – indeed I very much froze my proverbials to the core getting you this footage, so let’s enjoy a Wintery look round over some evergreen trees, my second favourite quarry, and marvel at the intricate network of paths and symbols on the frozen ground that make up one side of Elsted / Iping Common… Yep, it’s one of my favourite flying grounds, and being determined to capture it in all seasons, I am pleased to add Winter to the list. Only Spring to go, and I have a complete year. Cinematically speaking… There wasn’t that much wind today, and what there was didn’t really get above 12 mph, so whilst it’s certainly not the smoothest flight vid I’ve ever made, at last I can add a snow-flight to my collection that doesn’t also involve the ridiculous shaking of previous efforts. I was on my own, and didn’t meet a single soul today, so was able to focus...

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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 Jan 7, 2013

Guildford Castle

Guildford Castle

To the battlements! Today was a rare day, here in the UK, in that there wasn’t much wind and it wasn’t raining. This doesn’t happen very often, so I was duty bound to venture forth and take advantage of excellent flying conditions. Actually it wasn’t that ideal because of all the fog, which ruled out anything really high, but fortunately the things I was trying to film were mainly underneath it. I’ve been getting a bit over-saturated with fields, trees, moors and commons recently, so I thought I’d go and fly round something a bit more interesting, and so I took expert spotter M with me, who was there to double check my flying and explain to the people what was going on / keep them safe etc, and headed to Guildford Castle, a building which has been on my list of photo-targets ever since I started flying. I suspect this is because it is a castle, vaguely near me. As castles go… It’s not the best castle in...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013

South Downs Heights

South Downs Heights

Cloud-bashing for beginners. There have been a lot of flights since Christmas, but not many have made it into videos so far in 2013, either because I’ve been using old flight grounds that you’ve all seen many times before in my vids, or because of our old friend the wind, and its comprehensive video-ruining properties. So this is another one that ends up more about the flight than the video footage… It’s Queen Elizabeth Country Park… Today, more specifically, I was meant to be heading down to the D-Day museum in Southsea, to do the seafront there, but aborted that plan because of distance and the likelihood of rain, so stopped half way at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and drove all the way to the top car park to see what the view was like from the hill the other side of Butser. Normally, given the blanket tree cover, I don’t fly from here very much because the clear spaces in the trees aren’t huge, which makes eyes-on contact...

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Winter Coast – Southsea Memorial

Winter Coast – Southsea Memorial

  Filmic fun in the cold winter sun. Yes, today was a lucky day, in which I was by the coast when there was not much wind, I had my hex in the car, and a full rack of batteries. So I parked myself at the base of the memorial, and trying to break as few rules as possible,  spent 50 mins flying round and about getting the nice sea and sun, and boats and greenery, and of course the architecture of the memorial itself and the views over neighbouring Portsmouth… Met some nice people down there (Hi Mick), but the downside of flight spectators means I am talking to them rather than concentrating on getting good film moves, so whilst I don’t feel I’ve done badly here, I do think I need to come back again with some planned moves in mind, because it could be a lot better. Will combine it with Southsea castle I think, which I also need to do properly, and is just up...

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