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Hiking in Muir Woods National Monument - north of San Francisco
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Muir Woods National Monument is an amazing place to hike and see the giant redwoods.  It's located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  You can hike from the visitor center all the way to the coastal beaches.

On this day, we covered 8 miles of trails, and here is some of the stuff we saw!
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Men of the Woods! Was that JT along with you?? Beautiful day there - lucky you should catch it without a heavy veil of fog in place - fantastic shots, dare i say "cinematic" in composition and flow, enhanced perfectly by your expert post-production work. Thanks for sharing a rare glimpse of a sunny afternoon on the Central CA coast.
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Solestacz Posted at 2018-3-24 10:21
Men of the Woods! Was that JT along with you?? Beautiful day there - lucky you should catch it without a heavy veil of fog in place - fantastic shots, dare i say "cinematic" in composition and flow, enhanced perfectly by your expert post-production work. Thanks for sharing a rare glimpse of a sunny afternoon on the Central CA coast.

Haha he’s in that one shot...

I was so happy about the weather, since the forecast was for cruddy weather. It was cold, but super clear. Sounds like you are familiar with normal NorCal weather... you just never know if you’ll be able to see at all.

Thanks for your kind words. They are much appreciated!
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Clearly worth the effort hiking - great footage and place to fly!
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A CW Posted at 2018-3-24 10:56
Clearly worth the effort hiking - great footage and place to fly!

It is incredible. The park is so big too there are so many different trails to hike.
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Went there 2 years ago but only recently got a Spark. It’s a beautiful place and seeing it from the Air is awesome. Would love to go back to Joshua Tree National Park and fly over that.
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djiuser_byP15HYVLQSn Posted at 2018-3-24 13:21
Went there 2 years ago but only recently got a Spark. It’s a beautiful place and seeing it from the Air is awesome. Would love to go back to Joshua Tree National Park and fly over that.

Sorry to say, but I don’t think you can fly in any National Park. Maybe with special permission but not normally.
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Beautiful video!
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djiuser_byP15HYVLQSn Posted at 2018-3-24 13:21
Went there 2 years ago but only recently got a Spark. It’s a beautiful place and seeing it from the Air is awesome. Would love to go back to Joshua Tree National Park and fly over that.

It’s a truly spiritual place!
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Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it.
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-24 14:08
Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it.

You're welcome.
Always nice to see!
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-3-24 14:13
You're welcome.
Always nice to see!

The Pacific Northwest of the US is pretty amazing!
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-24 20:05
The Pacific Northwest of the US is pretty amazing!

Thanks for sharing that with us
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-3-25 00:28
Thanks for sharing that with us

It’s always my pleasure!
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-25 04:57
It’s always my pleasure!

One of the great things of this forum!
Seeing thing you would not see
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Wow some great footage. Beautiful Place well done
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Great video dude.
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Grant_Vorster Posted at 2018-3-25 05:15
Wow some great footage. Beautiful Place well done

Thank you!
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fansda31505e Posted at 2018-3-25 05:29
Great video dude.

Thank you! I appreciate it!
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Awesome video! Well done
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RjMllr Posted at 2018-3-25 16:17
Awesome video! Well done

Thank you! It was fun to film and edit! My legs are still sore from all the hiking as well!
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-3-25 04:58
One of the great things of this forum!
Seeing thing you would not see

Exactly. And I am finding that having a place to post videos makes me WAY more active with my Spark!
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Beautiful place, very nice video and editing, thanks for sharing.
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Viking-Pilot Posted at 2018-3-26 09:58
Beautiful place, very nice video and editing, thanks for sharing.

Thank you! It’s an amazing place!
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-26 09:36
Exactly. And I am finding that having a place to post videos makes me WAY more active with my Spark!

Very much.
Just like you want to be more active
Funny how that works.
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Montfrooij Posted at 2018-3-26 10:30
Very much.
Just like you want to be more active
Funny how that works.

Yep, so true!
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Beautiful shots of Muir Woods. Good Job, and looks like a nice hike.
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ImTravis Posted at 2018-3-26 14:32
Beautiful shots of Muir Woods. Good Job, and looks like a nice hike.

Thanks! It’s incredible. If you’re ever in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!
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Great place !
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It's sooooo cool!  I meant to bring my prop guards so I could try the tracking feature in the woods, but I totally forgot them and I didn't feel comfortable trying it without them, especially considering my track record on crashing.

I'm trying to save up for an osmo, which is probably a better tool anyway since there were 3 in our party.
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Nice job.  I'm heading out there in a few weeks.  Wouldn't have thought to take my aircraft.  Will reconsider!  Thx for the thought!
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Nice video, what post processing did you apply, if you dont mind me asking?
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WebParrot Posted at 2018-3-27 08:27
Nice job.  I'm heading out there in a few weeks.  Wouldn't have thought to take my aircraft.  Will reconsider!  Thx for the thought!

It's an amazing place.  Just be careful, because inside of the borders of the park, drones are not allowed, but there are plenty of places on the outskirts to use them.  Also, I think "if a drone flies in the forrest and no one is there to hear it, did it actually fly?"
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Northwood Posted at 2018-3-27 08:38
Nice video, what post processing did you apply, if you dont mind me asking?

Thank you!

And of course I don't mind.  All of my videos have sharpening applied and basic color grading.  For the sped up parts, I just clip and speed up the clip, and for the slowed down parts, I slow down the clip and use the built in frame bending in Final Cut Pro X.  What editing software do you use?  If you're using the same software, I can get more technical, but what I'm doing is specific to FCPX.  I've used some other software, but this is what I have access to currently.
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-26 16:18
Thanks! It’s incredible. If you’re ever in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!

I've been there plenty of times, pre drone though. Unfortunately don't live in the area anymore.
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RobertWSimpson Posted at 2018-3-27 08:47
It's an amazing place.  Just be careful, because inside of the borders of the park, drones are not allowed, but there are plenty of places on the outskirts to use them.  Also, I think "if a drone flies in the forrest and no one is there to hear it, did it actually fly?"

Well put.  I appreciate that you posted that caution for all of us to read / heed.  I always check AirMap and Blue before flying anywhere, whether flying Spark or MP.  

FWIW, I'm also headed to Pismo and Morro Bay.... If you've been there, any suggestions for flight in that area?  I'll be with a Part 107 pilot as well and she just mentioned that we could venture up to Hearst Castle, too.  
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ImTravis Posted at 2018-3-27 09:33
I've been there plenty of times, pre drone though. Unfortunately don't live in the area anymore.

We tried to make it all the way to stinson beach, but we were on a time crunch and we took a wrong turn, so we didn't make it.  We did 8 miles in about 3.5 hours though, which is not too bad!
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WebParrot Posted at 2018-3-27 09:45
Well put.  I appreciate that you posted that caution for all of us to read / heed.  I always check AirMap and Blue before flying anywhere, whether flying Spark or MP.  

FWIW, I'm also headed to Pismo and Morro Bay.... If you've been there, any suggestions for flight in that area?  I'll be with a Part 107 pilot as well and she just mentioned that we could venture up to Hearst Castle, too.

That's smart.

I've never been to pismo, but they rent ATVs there and you can rip on the dunes.  I imagine that would make for pretty incredible drone footage!

I've also never been to Morrow bay, but all of the bays on the California coast seem to be pretty majestic.  just fly around a LOT and record everything.  Then, when you get it all on your computer, delete the boring stuff.

If you're around in the summer months, I'm sure there will be whales swimming around.
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Cool video just be careful. 36 CFR 1.5, makes it illegal to fly in national parks. and State parks are also illegal too.

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Sidd Finch Posted at 2018-3-27 12:51
Cool video just be careful. 36 CFR 1.5, makes it illegal to fly in national parks. and State parks are also illegal too.

Sidd

Indeed. I try to respect the wildlife, other people, and the intent of the law.
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