June 23, 2015

SUBJECT: Through the Mist - Aerial Views of "Our Neighborhood"


fog from above root river valley minnesota
Fog from above.

Over the past number of years I have been experimenting with aircraft for aerial photography and videography. It used to be that you either payed $8k or more for a ready-to-fly system or you built them from scratch. Not having that kind of disposable income, most of my flying ships were built from miscellaneous parts.

Nowadays, the price has dropped considerably and the technology has improved by leaps and bounds.

Case-in-point is DJI's Phantom 3 Professional. This quad-copter or what is sometimes called a "drone" is simply amazing. This rather small quad-copter carries a 4k video camera and is basically a flying camera — a very stable flying camera.

It's able to lock on to not only the U.S. GPS system, but also European and Russian systems. It's not unheard of for it to see 14 to 16 GPS (or more) satellites at one time. This leads to stability that is unprecedented. It literally hangs there in the sky without moving.

The video quality is not too shabby either for a very small sensor and with the ability to record in breathtaking 4k video makes you feel as though you are flying, not the camera.

This has opened up a whole new world for me and I cannot say enough for what the engineers at DJI have produced. Simply amazing!

The video at the bottom of this page was taken from right outside our door...well...maybe right above our door? Maybe a few hundred feet above our door? In any case, it highlights what an unbelievably beautiful place we live in.

Our house
Here's an aerial view of our house located in the Root River Valley in Southeast Minnesota. The field behind our house was once a corn field and now is a prairie.

And for those wondering when I will once again post bird pictures...stay tuned...I have many adventures to share.

Enjoy the video!


Through_The_Mist from Alan Stankevitz on Vimeo.

As always, please watch on Vimeo for best viewing. You can also download the video there as well.

—Alan Stankevitz


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