Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Connecticut Shade: This isn't in CT but it is a tobacco barn where you can sometimes see the finest cigar leaf wrapper drying - Connecticut Shade tobacco leaf. It's been a product of the CT river valley for a long time.

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    I pass by here regularly on the way home.
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    Add my vote to those who said they like the drone shots. There are many times when I saw where I could take a great shot, if only I could get in a position that I couldn't get into. A drone opens up a lot of different potential angles to take a shot from.

    I liked the shot of the old town hall with your bike in the bottom right corner of the pic.
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    Not that any are shabby but, that is one cool and pretty walking bridge. You captured some very nice pics there! :nod I enjoyed the view for quite a bit myself. The pic with the orange caution spheres upstream of the dam is nice too!
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    With your helicoptering pilot skills, Win, you would be a natural at flying and positioning one of these. Am going to comment more on your comment a bit later when I gather up the pics. At present, I am still too focused on flying and not enough on using the camera POV to position the shot.
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    Droning On A Bit: I thought I would drone on a bit about what I am learning about this type of aerial photography. The first ,and perhaps most obvious, lesson is don't get in a hurry to take pictures. Take time to learn to fly the thing. There's several reasons for this that I will touch on later in this post. Having had some stick and rudder experience in my youth, it is taking some practice getting used to having two joysticks and a camera gimbal POV switch. Below is the cockpit you're flying in.

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    You can fly the thing with just an iPhone alone but I found that to be a less-responsive PITA. Thus, I am quite glad I opted for the controller accessory, which is easy enough to handle. POV switches are on the back. As for taking the time to learn to fly before getting carried away taking photos, there are two very good reasons for focusing on this first. The first should be obvious - you want to make the drone go where you want it to. The second, less obvious, reason is that you want to get it there in the shortest amount of time to conserve the battery change. This unit has about 23 minutes of flying time in a fully charged battery. You want enough battery time to bring it back without worrying if there's enough life left in it. Below is an example of a subject I took several pictures of. First is the shot taken with the new pocket camera.

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    After that, I used the drone to get an aerial shot.

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    As you can see I hurried the shot by not pointing the camera up a little more to get the whole of the church steeple. I was worried about having enough battery life to get the drone back and land in the safe spot (i.e. on top of the case). Had I been more experience at flying the thing, that wouldn't have been much of an issue and I could have gotten in a whole bunch more.

    More on this to follow.
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    Droning On A Bit More: After several flights today, I am starting to gain better control and form some hypotheses about what makes for a good aerial picture. I made a deliberate attempt to go to the town common and find an open spot that gave me reasonable POV access to the local church. I was worried about the spot because there was a woman sitting on a nearby bench holding her pet (support) duck. Acting like support ducks on a leash were a common thing, I asked if flying the drone would upset the duck. She said no and told me to please fly as it would amuse the duck (I am not making this up) but don't take any pictures of her. Anyway, I launched the drone and figureed I go up to a height above the small trees and slightly above the roof line of the church. The result pic is below.

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    What I learned was this idea (i.e., about or slightly above the roofline of the subject building) turned out pretty well, perhaps well enough to be a rule of thumb for future shots. An added bonus was the drama of the sky to put the whole picture into a greater perspective and context. I am pleased with the picture. More on this to follow.
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    I like it!
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    These are great! The drone give a whole different perspective.
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    Two Interesting Houses: Below are two houses in Townsend, MA, that I passed on a June 10 ride. Both of which prompted a quick stop to get a picture. The first of these looks to be the kind of place someone of means would have built in the late 1600s or early 1700, judging by the large, central chimney and lean-to side shop.

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    The house above is located at coordinates 42.677106, -71.74782. The multi-sided, nearly-round house below was at coordinates 42.677113, -71.747819.

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    Pastoral: A pleasant aerial view of a country estate.

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    Railfan: Taken last week, the picture below shows an avid railfan, who was taking a video of an oncoming CSX train heading towards Worcester, MA.

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    Train Fix: A nice shot of this older (1978) GP as it was rolling by.

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    Below is another view of the above, but taken at a lower altitude.

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    Bridge Fix: The Buckland side of the Deerfield River bridge.

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    Early Americana: A colonial home across from the old church. Not the best shot but it was part of the early learning.

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    This would make a great shot in the fall if it was higher up and a little closer in.
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    A Peaceful Pond: The picture speaks for itself.

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    Nichewaug Revisited: There was once a a hotel that was famous throughout New England and drew guests from as far away as New York. It was the Nichewaug Hotel, shown in the post card illustration below. There was supposedly a golf course out back.

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    Every several years I revisit the place and today was one of those days. Here is how the place looked this afternoon.

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    Built for the third time in 1899, the hotel survived until around 1952 when the building and grounds were purchased by the Sisters Of The Assumption, who expanded the building and used it as a parochial high school for about 20 years. The building has been abandoned ever since and is currently owned by the town, who's been looking for a buyer. Today's visit made me think the local garden club has been busy.

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    I had planned to get a drone shot of the place but winds were too strong. The last time we'd looked the place over to any great extent was in May 2014 when the following picture was taken.

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    We've a lead on a possible affiliated structure that we're investigating. More on that in the near future. In the meantime, anybody need an old hotel out in the middle of nowhere? It's located at coordinates 42.489838, -72.186677.
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    Crossing The Diamond: Taken as local switchers were moving out.

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    View From Above: Atop the Petersham, MA, common looking at the country store (left of the flagpole) and old meeting hall (right of the flagpole).

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    Plane Porn Post: Previously unseen pics of planes - Douglas A1E Skyraider

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