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Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Blog, Video

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.

A muted Winter sun struggles to get through the low cloud above Elsted Common...

A muted Winter sun struggles to get through the low cloud above Elsted Common…

Wintery highs...

Wintery highs…

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 on getting nice and close to the tree canopy, and getting some sideways circular tracking shots in there. These worked in that the footage looks OK, and I didn’t crash, but I need to practise this sort of thing more.

Annoyingly there is some JFX present, which is my fault – I had a fit of paranoia and locked down the GoPro a bit too hard in it’s cradle, meaning the memory foam was excessively squashed and couldn’t absorb the vibrations in all directions and prop speeds.

A very good set of trees, though not as covered in snow as I hoped they might be.

A very good set of trees, though not as covered in snow as I hoped they might be.

Power problems ?

Had 9 flights today, one of which was cut short to a minute by a dodgy battery – that’s the third time I’ve had to land shortly after take off when on a Zippy FliteMax 5800. They are very cheap. It would appear they are also rubbish. If that has died, that really is crap, as it’s only had about 20 charge cycles – in fact it might be going back. Fortunately, the Turnigy 5000’s I have exhibit no such failure, even though they were bought a couple of months beforehand.

But never mind, these things are unimportant in the greater scheme of things, and today’s flights were so enjoyable that after 3 or 4 I forgot I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes any more. I did one brief bit of flight with the FPV goggles, a first for a while since I’ve had the field monitor, and I was quickly reminded of quite what a difference they make – you really do feel and amazing sense of freedom as you roll about the skies…

There’s more snow on the way, and as long there is, I’ll be out in it, capturing more of the frosty goodness. What we really need is snow and sun and sea and castles, all at once.