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May 25, 2016

The people I meet

In this business I keep meeting the nicest, smartest, interesting, most creative and talented people on the planet. This young woman was on her way to the FBI, CIA or some other place I can't tell you about.


May 24, 2016

DJI Matrice 600 gear up at sunset

Ahhhh, the end of another flying day with the M600 gear up at sunset. I'm smoothing its behavior and it's beginning to fly like a dream. I'm in love.


Aerial of Cavalier Hotel refurb

This morning's look at the 1927 Cavalier Hotel refurb into the 5-Star elegant Marriott Autograph Collection; work continues on residences on the grounds. Today, columns were being crane-lifted into place in the CGI job in the foreground.

Drone view from 100'.


May 20, 2016

New Bird; DJI Matrice 600

The new bird, a DJI Matrice 600, is assembled. Tomorrow, with the help of a Windows machine, it gets activated. Don't ask me why it needs Windows when most people flying these things are Mac users. It's a heavy-lift machine and flies a Sony, Canon, BM, Arri, Red and others.


May 17, 2016

Testing New D.E. Pool Filter

I'd like to be in the Exuma Cays.... a couple of weeks at Jess and France's StanielRents but, for now, I'm in Virginia Beach replacing a pool sand filter with one using D.E.. I checked the D.E. viz with my Dummy Fish and it works. If you go to stanielrents.com, the girl in the video is France. You can also check their gremlymedia.com for their Great White Shark session.

Reef Photo & Video Nauticam, Zendome 230mm, Canon EOS-5D MkIII, 16-35mm f2.8 (at 35mm), dual Ikelite DS-161 for fill.


May 14, 2016

Jerry Adams Sculpture

Polyester resin and fiberglass sculpture by artist Jerry Adams, 2001, Selma, North Carolina. Hangs in the open walkway between kitchen, living room and dining room spaces at Lakeside. She has an appeal if you have a certain mindset.


DJI Phantom 3 Pro Kit

For Sale - DJI Phantom 3 Pro Kit. I'm upgrading to a six-motor drone and the backup to my DJI Inspire quad needs a new home. It's in perfect condition and excellent for a beginner or intermediate flyer. If interested, send me PM with an eMail address and I'll send you specifics.


May 5, 2016

SUP Crystal Lake

Worked with a serious bicyclist, SUP paddler and foodie here this week from Florida. Monday's weather was good for a mix of the SUP board and drone on Crystal Lake, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Model: Jennifer Ransdell
SUP Board: Kings 9'6" -- with Jennifer Ransdell.


May 4, 2016

New Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) Pool Filter

Don't let your eyes glaze over; some of you will want to know this. Underwater photographers frequently encounter particulate in the water that can appear as hundreds (thousands?) of white spots in a picture when lights strike them. I've been having almost unbearable backscatter (the white dots) shooting in the pool and, yesterday, took steps to improve the situation by replacing a SAND filter with the pictured D.E. (diatomaceous earth) filter. Sand filters remove particles down to 70-100 microns (for perspective, a human hair is about 75 microns). The D.E. filter will filter particles down to 3-5 MICRONS, so starting today, shooting sessions should be significantly better. Get the picture?


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