Ramblings & Musings


Spring Snow Surprise

March 23, 2019 in Blog

Quite the dump of snow overnight! If you look to the east and zoom in you can see clear and sunny snow-free fields down the hillside!

A Kendall Mountain Summer Sunset

July 23, 2018 in Blog

Lovely sunset with streaming clouds tonight. Super quick edit with PTGui – decided not to spend the additional 3 hours tweaking the blurs from the moving clouds! They were streaming past at a solid 30+ miles an hour, suffice to say they had moved quite a bit by the time the panorama had moved even from one shot to the next. 🚁🐝

Spring Sunset

May 7, 2018 in Blog, Photography

A spring sunset in Tolland.

Sunset Photosphere – Spring is coming

April 11, 2018 in Blog

So soon for spring – looking forward to more days with sunsets like this (and warm enough to enjoy!)

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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