Ramblings & Musings


Connecticut River Icejam

January 17, 2018 in Blog

Ice Jam? Not a new kind of winter music festival, as much fun as that sounds. The only music is 6 miles of ice creaking, groaning, and loud shattering that is hopefully ice but is sometimes property. Spent some time Tuesday (1/16/2018) trying to document the scale of the ice. It is not something that is easy to grasp through words, pictures, or even video. Arriving home last night, the one word I would have used to sum up the day? Humbling. The scale and sheer, latent power just resting there was truly humbling.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Panorama Mode review

January 11, 2018 in Blog, Photography, Reviews

Tried out the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro panorama mode yesterday. tl;dr – Wow. two thumbs up. A lovely little holiday gift from DJI with the 2017.12.25 firmware! First up, here’s my review plus a few tips of shooting panoramas with this new Panorama mode. Next up – more details on processing them.

The Past & Expectations

I’ve shot a lot of 360 degree photospheres, tried I think every 3rd party app available for them,  in the end I always went back to shooting them by hand. Nothing else really worked, and they were always SLOW, often taking up to an entire full battery. Shooting by hand I could shoot a couple of panos with lots of overlap in a single battery, using AEB mode.

So, I was absolutely expecting the DJI app to be less than useful when I tried the new mode yesterday. Wow, I like pleasant surprises! It may not be perfect, but it’s pretty darned good and a huge upgrade over every app as well as handheld shooting 95% of the time. Most importantly, it is FAST. The drone just whips around completing an entire pano is less time than a handful of shots would have taken from any app in the past.

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Streaming Sunrise Panorama

January 10, 2018 in Blog

Captured this panoramic view yesterday morning just as the sun crested the horizon. A happy 2018 indeed!

The sunrises the past few mornings have been so lovely. Beautiful golden light filtering through the trees with just the right amount of cloud cover. 🌄 😎

PS Can you find the deer still sleeping in the snow? 💤 🦌 💤

Snowlapse Jan 4th, 2018

January 5, 2018 in Blog

The big ‘ole nor’easter that plowed through New England Jan 4th, 2018 dropped about a foot of snow here in northeast CT. It was also a perfect excuse to create a pre-sunrise to post-sunset holy grail 4k timelapse!

Click full screen to watch the fun details, like how the winds fought off any real accumulation on the railings.

Mooning Over the Moon

January 4, 2018 in Blog, Photography

Been having some fun the past few days shooting the moon! With a recent focus on some astrophotography putting the sky in my mind, the excitement over this month’s supermoon on Jan 1 & “blue blood” lunar eclipse Jan 31st, not to mention some clear skies before the big snowstorms, it was time to create some pics.

The first shot I’m a bit extra happy about, as it is the first image shot w/ my new Sony A7Riii. It is love at first sight.

Waning Gibbous Moon ~89% full Jan 3rd, 2018

Full “Supermoon” low on the horizon glowing yellow Jan 1st, 2018

Waning Gibbous Moon Jan 2nd, 2018


A Trembling Sunrise

December 28, 2017 in Blog

A lovely sunrise this morning. Little color from the clear sky, but that simply results in the beautiful shadows of winter trees flowing across the field, trembling in the winds.