Monday, April 23, 2012

Milwaukee Skyline KAP

A quick trip up to Milwaukee yesterday to try and capture some aerial images.  I started at the Milwaukee Domes, but the gusty winds prevented me from getting a camera in the air safely, so I abandoned that spot for another day.  Headed down to Veteran's park on Lake Michigan and flew for about an hour to capture the skyline.  The position of the sun was not ideal, but I was able to capture a few interesting shots of the Art Museum and skyline with the camera over Lake Michigan about 300 feet in the air.

I like this shot, and need to plan on making the trip to Milwaukee in the morning so I have the sun at my back.

Veteran's park looking north.

Looking straight down at the edge of the park.  Lake Michigan doesn't look that bad this time of year, but water is still very cold.

Kite:  FlowForm 16
Camera:  GoPro HD Hero and Sony NEX-5
Winds:  NNE at 19mph

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Y6: MultiWiiCopter - First Aerial Images

The first few times I flew my new copter, I had the GoPro HD Hero attached and capturing video. I finally got to try using the copter to capture pictures, versus video. The GoPro HD Hero has a built in intevelometer, and I set it to take pictures every 2 seconds. The great thing about the MultiWiiCopter is that by default, it stays pretty level. If the propellers and motors are balanced, there is less vibration, and the pictures captured are more sharp. Here are a few images from Round Lake Beach.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Case for Organization: Harbor Freight!

I recently started working on building a custom case for my MultiWiiCopter Y6 copter. This road case uses components from Reliable Hardware, and took a lot more effort than I originally anticipated. A few months ago, I stumbled into my first Harbor Freight store, as I had seen a few people posting online about some cheap cases to store equipment in. I purchased one of their briefcase style Aluminum cases with customizable foam inserts, and put some of my miscellaneous photography equipment in there.

I quickly realized that I had more gear than would fit in the new case. In addition to a Pelican 1650 case, and a couple of photography backpacks, I didn't have a great place at home for some of my gear. I tend to put things in and out of the pelican case depending on what I'm shooting. For organizations' sake, I decided to pick up a few more of these cheap Harbor Freight cases to decrease some of the clutter. The "pick-n-pluck" foam allows you to customize the case for each piece of equipment.

This is the new KAP/PAP case and will keep my Aerial rigs safe during transport.

Even picked one up for my quad practive copter. Perfect fit with the transmitter.

Finalized the customization by creating vinyl labels for each case so I would know at a glance what was inside.

For $24.99, there cases are an incredible value and can protect your cameras or almost any miscellaneous camera gear.