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short Spark video: Sri Lanka (Kirinda Beach)
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Donalbain
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Two flights on a rough beach in southeast Sri Lanka. Footage is not modified, colour corrected or stabilised. All settings were on auto. Spark drifts off a bit from time to time due to heavy winds. Hope you like it.

Music: "First breath after coma" from Explosions in the Sky.
2017-9-6
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DJI Elektra
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The beautiful view makes me want to go to the beach. But be careful when you decide to fly over water or rock. Thanks for sharing.
2017-9-6
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FatherXmas
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Awesome view, very nicely done.
2017-9-6
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Montfrooij
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Very very nice video!
What framerate did you edit your video?
2017-9-7
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Donalbain
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Montfrooij Posted at 2017-9-7 08:36
Very very nice video!
What framerate did you edit your video?

1. Thank you!

2. should be 30fps. Why?
2017-9-9
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Montfrooij
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Donalbain Posted at 2017-9-9 15:48
1. Thank you!

2. should be 30fps. Why?

The sideway shot (0:31) was less smooth, but that might be my eye.
2017-9-10
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Centraltooth
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You mentioned strong winds but this look pretty stable to me. Nice shots
2017-9-10
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Wachtberger
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Absolutely beautiful, thank you very much!
2017-9-10
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Rubik
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Like it..
2017-9-10
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pr777
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Lovely video .
Was it tricky to register to fly in sri lanka going soon may take Spark if not too much hassle !
2017-11-17
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Donalbain
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pr777 Posted at 2017-11-17 12:32
Lovely video .
Was it tricky to register to fly in sri lanka going soon may take Spark if not too much hassle !

Yes. It  was indeed so difficult that I did not finish the process. Or better: The Sri Lankan officials did not finish the process.

I emailed them, got a nice reply with lots of PDF files, filled them out and sent them back, asked about the fees (I did not really understand the sri lankan legalese) – and did not get a reply.

There was also a clearance I had to get from the OCDS – but they never replied – even though it said that I could get clearance via email.

There was also a form that was impossible to fill out honestly: They wanted to know every date and location of intended flights weeks in advance … Also It looked like the fee was ridiculously high for such a mini drone.

So I flew without permission. No one ever bothered us. When the area is touristy, the locals are used to the drones and ignore them. Otherwise they are interested, smile and look over your shoulder on the display :-) So, no problem. I stayed a bit out of sight and did not make a big fuss out of it.

The policemen were fine with it. Some asked no to be filmed while they were drinking and relaxing on the beach (while on duty).

Good idea would be to ask in hotels or guest houses or tuk tuk drivers if there has been hassle concerning drones in that area. But I doubt that the policemen even know that you might need a permit. But stay clear of anything military! Temples might also be a sensitive matter.

In the end the biggest obstacle to flying was the high wind almost everywhere, so be careful and bring back nice videos!
2017-11-17
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Danny Dinh
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very nice video and the beach, i want to swim right now. thanks
2017-11-18
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djiuser_Kf4iPA3
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It's a beautiful country in general... visited there last February (off the monsoon season). Unfortunately I didn't have the Spark yet then.
Nice video there.
2017-11-18
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BerkoZg
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Nice video. Good job.
2017-11-18
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mtnlandpix
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Very nice.  I lost a good friend several years ago who was from Sri Lanka.  Great to see the beaches he described.  Thank you.
2017-11-18
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Looks awesome, nicely done!
2017-11-18
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CharlieZ
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Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!
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