What started out as wonderful cruise over a beautiful vista ended in tragedy when the quad only a few feet from landing fell into the lake. I suspect a loose connection/solder joint was the culprit. I had resigned myself to the fact that it was gone but even if retrieved it would be worthless. Gary, who manages the course, felt bad and arranged for the diver who usually retrieves golf balls from the lake to come and resurrect it. So after spending 4 days at the bottom of the lake (around 2 meters) I was able to spend the day cleaning it up and stripping it down. First I tried the GoPro, but as expected it was dead. Then I tried plugging in the quad and surprisingly the Naza beeped to life but one of the ESCs started smoking so switched off immediately. After further testing it appears all 4 motors & 1 ESC still work in addition to the Naza controller and receiver. The Naza GPS & OSD have not been tested yet. As you can see I was able to save some of the corrupt video file from the SD card in the GoPro. Sometime next week I […]
David Lowe from Lowe Wines has been kind enough to allow me to hold the October ACC sunset photo workshop at the famous Tinja Lane winery. I’m looking forward to some wonderful shots from our participants as the views are breathtaking. In addition to landscapes I’m hoping we will also fit in some portraiture, macro & environment photography. Just to whet your appetite here is a quick birds eye view video of the winery.
Whilst down in Wagga Wagga for the Stone the Crows festival we visited Cottontail Wines and were fortunate to meet Gerry McCormick who was gracious enough to allow me to fly around the property. Gerry is the perfect host and before we knew it we were tasting the food and wine on offer and both Deb and I were very impressed. I would love to revisit on a brighter day with less wind. Didn’t notice the overhead cables across the vineyard as I was doing a sweep, but fortunately it all ended well. One thing is certain, when we return to Wagga Wagga we will definitely be visiting again.
Just came back from the Stone the Crows festival at Wagga Wagga last weekend and I have to say Deb & I had a blast. The weather held and the long weekend went great. The event was well organised with fantastic entertainment, outdoor activities, informative seminars and a fun loving crowd. Sure, if you tried you could nitpick some things, but all-in-all Jim, Chrissy & Grant did a terrific job for their 1st effort and we eagerly look forward to next year. To find out more about Jim Haynes, click here.
A great flying field down at Jugiong. 1st half – There are a few visits from an inquisitive flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos. Had a cleanup to do when it landed LOL. 2nd half – New altitude record for this quad.
….of over-processed images especially when HDR is involved. However there is no denying that some subjects are enhanced by this technique. Entirely subjective of course, but I find dimly lit and/or grungy subjects such as rusty wrecks or dilapidated buildings scream for it. In the case I think a mixture of the pre-dawn light and marble textures work well.