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!
Ramblings & Musings
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. 🚁🐝
A spring sunset in Tolland.
So soon for spring – looking forward to more days with sunsets like this (and warm enough to enjoy!)
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.
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.