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Rice in the Sky
Great Ocean Road
Scenes from the Land of The Long White Cloud
Stone and Sky
2015 First Lap
Above Ancient Bagan
Here’s my end of year video. It’s a compilation of scenes from my 2015 travels. During the year I visited 16 countries on 5 continents over an 11 month period. This video doesn’t have scenes from every place I filmed, but it does have something from most of them. It was difficult to pick scenes for the video because I had a very productive year. I had literally thousands of good scenes to choose from, but only space for a little over 130 of them in a very fast paced production. I hope you enjoy this trip around the world with me.
Another 100% Aerial video filmed with my DJI Inspire 1. I spent a day in the highlands of central Bali filming Rice Terraces. Since Rice needs a shallow water filled paddy to get started, in hilly areas you have to carve the hillside into terraces. This makes the terrain difficult to film from the ground, but a very interesting locale from the air. Rice crops are staggered in Bali, so this video contains everything from fallow fields, newly plowed land, freshly planted paddies, green fields and golden rice ready to harvest. Bali has two seasons. One is hot and wet, the other is hotter and wetter. I'm currently here in the latter, so it's not a great time to be filming weather wise, but I lucked out with a great day that had some blue sky and fluffy clouds.
Here's a video that I did while I was at Lembeh Resort teaching an underwater video workshop. It's called "Goin Divin", but there's no underwater footage in it. As a matter of fact, it's 100% aerial. It is comprised of scenes filmed from the air as the dive boats departed for their morning dives. Also a couple scenes at the end of Lembeh Resort where the workshop was being held.
About a month ago, I did a drive along the Great Ocean Road in Southeastern Australia. It is famous for it's spectacular coastal scenery and offshore rocky formations called "stacks". The most famous is an area called The Twelve Apostles. Also in the area is Loch Ard Gorge, The Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. I spent several days in the area, and also some time inland while waiting for the coastal weather to improve. While inland I was able to film some of Australia's iconic wildlife, Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koala Bears. On my last day in the area, the weather cleared enough to fly the DJI Inspire and I managed to get some nice aerial footage of The Bay of Martyrs and The Bay of Islands. Nearly half of the film is aerial.
This is a compilation of the four New Zealand Themes. Nothing new, but now it's all merged into one film. I'm officially finished with my New Zealand footage But I'm pretty sure that I will do a slide show in the form of a video from stills that I shot there.
Here's the third short film in my New Zealand series. This week, I'm still on a "water" theme, but instead of streams and lakes and waterfalls, we're Going Coastal. Scenes in this film are from the gorgeous coastlines of both the North and South Islands. There's quite a lot of aerial footage filmed with my DJI Inspire. As a matter of fact, the entire opening sequence is aerial from Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island and the closing sequence is from the Pancake Rocks on the South Island. So nearly half of the film is aerial this week.
This episode of my New Zealand series of short films is a water theme. It's all about rivers, streams and waterfalls. It's a mix of scenes for the North Island and the South Island. About 20% of the scenes are aerials filmed with my DJI Inspire.
OK, it's showtime again. I've been busy filming for over 2 months in New Zealand and now I'm hanging out in Bangkok for a month to work on postproduction and organization. This little video is the first of several that I will do with footage from the New Zealand trip. The theme of this episode is Mountains. New Zealand has spectacular mountain scenery. Most of it is from the South Island in the Southern Alps, but there are a few scenes from the North Island too. There are several scenes that I filmed from the air with my DJI Inspire Quadcopter. There are a couple time lapse scenes, a few still photos and yes, even some sheep in the mix! Hope you enjoy it.
This is the second video offering from my recent Southwestern Deserts and Canyons trip. The first one was all aerial footage. This one is all terrestrially based. It includes some of the same locations that I filmed from the air, but also some places that you can't fly such as US National Parks (not drone friendly), and places that would be impractical such as the slot canyons in Arizona (Antelope Canyon and Cathedral Canyon)
I finished my Southwest Canyons and Deserts trip a few days ago and this short video is the first production to come of it. It's 100% aerial footage. I did a lot of flying with my DJI Inspire for the first time since I had radio issues with it in Africa. After 6 weeks at DJI, it was returned to me with much better range. Before, I was only getting about 100 meters out before I was encountering weak signal warnings. It's all better now and I did a number of flights that were over 1km out!
I have finished the European portion of my current journey and am now in Tanzania. I'm about to begin the Safari portion of the trip but since I have a brief interlude in my travels, I decided to upload a short video of the European portion. This film consists of footage from Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Venice and Sorrento. Most of the footage is aerial, hence the title. It was not possible to fly in each of the places that I have visited so far, usually for weather reasons. But I did manage to get a few flights in places that I didn't think I would be able to. Who would expect clear skies in February in some of the locales.
The aerial footage was all captured in 4K with a DJI Inspire Quadcopter that is traveling around the world with me. Since much of the footage in this film is within cities where you can't really fly very far from your point of origin, there are lots of "elevator shots". Now that I am in the vast Savannahs of East Africa, hopefully I will be able to "stretch my wings" a bit more.
This is a route map of my first 2015 trip. One lap starting in Bali and finishing in Bangkok. As you can see, I'm taking the long way around.
Here's a little sample of some of the aerial scenes that I shot with my DJI Phantom and GoPro camera on my recent trip to the amazing archeological sites of Bagan, Myanmar. Most of my shooting on the trip was with my RED, but I did 12 flights at Bagan over a period of 3 days. Each flight was about 5 minutes long, so I have about an hour of footage. This was the first test of my new Brushless Gimbal mount for the GoPro. It seems to work pretty well. All but the first three flights were with an FPV system consisting of FatShark video goggles that were monitoring a transmitted signal direct from the Phantom. It's pretty cool to see your flight from the perspective of the aircraft. I'm quite happy with these first results, but the downside is that now I want a bigger multi-rotor that can carry a larger payload: