I had an opportunity test a couple of different drone last summer and fall. Now I own a DJI Mavic Pro drone and I am getting use to it. I have set up a album at tdp.kuvat.fi and flickr account:
I think that I am abandoning ordinary photography and start to focus on video and drone photography more in the future. Few may have noticed those drone shots from my instagram or facebook feed.
Last summer I shot this video at Malmi Airport, with the permission from ATC and Malmi Airpot.
I have been shooting videos quite while but I never had the energy to make them in to complete videos, mainly due lag of a good editing software and powerful computer to edit with. I recently bought used Mac Pro 2010, that has potential for good 1080p editing, but now that I am unemployed I don’t have the benefit of using workplace softwares. There is Black Magic’s DaVinci Resolve that is free to use but it needs computing power that I hadn’t previously. And of course its all different to use than FCP or Premiere Pro. Good thing about me being unemployed is that now I have the time to learn and edit videos.
As Sunday was turning in to Monday I noticed that there was a strom front coming from west of our apartment. I didn’t noticed any thunder at the time and I went to bed. After few minutes I heard that distant low rumble of thunder. First I though, well I was already in bed and sort of falling in sleep and it will be probably are far far away and going wrong direction to catch anything. Then I decided to check thunder radar on geocaching.fi site and it was near and going from west to east. So, up from the bed, get the camera, check the battery and memory card and on the bath room. Luckily I had my tripod already standing by the window waiting for action. Attach the camera, quick check on the settings and fire the first 30 second shot. Few seconds later lightning striked in plain sight. WOW, that was lucky! After few minutes there was a second strike but it was mostly off screen and just the tail was captured and nothing after that. This years first thunder, first capture and first lightning! If I would have hesitated few seconds more in the bed wheather I should rise and try to shoot, I would have missed this shot. Again lesson to be learned, never hesitate too long and just do it. You never know what you are going to miss.
I was travelling to Rauma yesterday to pick up some parts for my El Camino and as I was driving on the highway that passes by old and legendary gas station on Lahnajärvi, which is resurrected from dead and there was AHS’s (AutoHistoriallinenseura / Automobile Historic Society) 10th Winter Drive, which is kind of car orienteering. So I stopped by and took few photos: https://tdp.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Tapahtumat/Muut+tapahtumat/2017/AHS+Talviajot/
Well it is that time of the year that show season starts the year and gather fellow car and bike enthusiastics from the cold and dark garages. I had a booth once again at the show and it was just a base for my gear. Had a brand new lens to try out and so far it has proven to be worth the money. It is Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD. Paired with Nissin ring flash.
I had an opportunity to go to Räyskälä Vintage Drags in a team bus as one friend from the garage where my El Camino is, was going to Räyskälä Vintage Drags to drag race his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. He has had that since late 1970s and when drag racing landed on Finland, Räyskälä Airfield was one of the first place where you could drag race. We borrowed Hollow Head Drag team’s team bus where we loaded the Camaro and had a sleeping quarters for five people.
Sun set at Räyskälä Airfield.
First we went to Somero to pick up slick tires and then on to Räyskälä Airfield. We arrived just as the sun was settling in for the night. We took the Camaro out and barbeque grill and set up our camp for the Saturday. We then proceed to have late night dinner and the older guys who had been there back in the days showed us the youngsters the site.
Late night dinner by the team bus at Räyskälä Airfield.
After sun had risen it was time to get some sleep and prepare for the drag racing. After few hours of sleep we started the day. As people was arriving to the airfield I set up the balcony on the top of the bus. From there I got to shoot live video on my youtube channel and got to shoot cars and happening at the airfield.
Cars started to show up at Räyskälä Airfield.
Day was hot and dry half way through and around 14:00 o’clock it started to raining and most people started their cars and started to drove off the airfield. We waited for awhile but as airfield started to get quiet we also packed our team bus and headed for Mustiala Estate for the night and have a party with Do-Dads Reunion party.
Vintage cars at Mustiala estate.
On Sunday I took a little stroll around Mustiala estate and shoot some of the cars that were there for the Kustom Life Outdoor Show. But we had to leave before the show started so I didn’t get to shoot that many cars.