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jimhare
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Happy New Year everyone!

I recently saw a post where someone was shooting in fog and asking how to process the pic to make it look clear.  My advice was not to try at all but rather embrace the fog!

One of my favorite Inspire videos was shot on a foggy day and it added a wonderful element.   
Here's my video, it was all taken within a few blocks of my house on a foggy morning.



Have a great day!

Jim

2017-1-3
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I love your work. I always have ideas like yours, They never come out as good. Thank you for sharing.
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Yes, embrace the fog!!
Last week I was traveling in the mountains.
It was quite foggy and I was hoping to shoot some video of it being able to rise above it.
What I ran into was so thick that you couldn't drive faster than 15mph.
I never put the bird up because it was so humid that when I finally did find a place to stop the car and got out, I was immediately very wet (almost like being rained on)
Not wanting to risk my investment, I passed. I was certain that even if I didn't crash into a tree or something, that there would be water damage.
Plus, I never fly out of LOS. Visibility was 10 feet. (3M)


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fansc23375ba Posted at 2017-1-3 17:53
I love your work. I always have ideas like yours, They never come out as good. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks for that!   Yeah, mine don't always turn out like mine either!    LOL!  

They can be hit and miss, the important thing is to not take a single shot at getting a great moment.  Practice is again and again, making small adjustments to settings and your flight, and maybe on the sixth attempt you'll capture lighting in a bottle.  

In this video I can point to cool rise above the tombstones into the fog.   I did that about four times.   The first time was pretty boring but I saw the potential.  By the fourth time I had the timing perfect, the settings right, and got one of my favorite shots of all time.

Nothing happens by accident so keep working on it!

Jim
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Aeromirage Posted at 2017-1-3 18:11
Yes, embrace the fog!!
Last week I was traveling in the mountains.
It was quite foggy and I was hoping to shoot some video of it being able to rise above it.

Very cool!   Yeah, looks a bit too thick!  ;-)
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Hi Jim

Good to see you posting videos again!  We are having about 7-8" of snowfall right now. Hard to find some fog when you need it
All the best
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RichJ53 Posted at 2017-1-3 20:16
Hi Jim

Good to see you posting videos again!  We are having about 7-8" of snowfall right now. Hard to find some fog when you need it

Thanks Rich, thought it was about time I show my face and monkey!
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Embrace the Fog , remids me of Be the Ball  Danny .....

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It's very lovely, thanks for sharing!
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Aeromirage Posted at 2017-1-3 18:11
Yes, embrace the fog!!
Last week I was traveling in the mountains.
It was quite foggy and I was hoping to shoot some video of it being able to rise above it.

I'm always hesitant about the fog as well, especially as dense as that. You're spot on to trust your gut, there probably would have been some water damage for sure.
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Donnie Stugots Posted at 2017-1-4 07:39
Embrace the Fog , remids me of Be the Ball  Danny .....

https://youtu.be/sWH811TcckU

Ha! It definitely feels like that.
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Excellent shots, Jim!

I like the effect of intermittent flares through the trees, which enhanced the depth yet transparency of the forest. And I agree with you about keeping on practicing is the key.

Thanks for sharing your view.

Henry
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You are the Man Jim. In total agreement with you, work with the light that you have. the effect is much more pleasing and creates the mood of the moment.
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Great shots. Love the filters and the flair.
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Here's mine shot the other day with the X5R, although only in 1080, not RAW. I am based at an old WW1 aerodrome that is being rebuilt as a living museum, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex, UK. I haven't processed the file apart from adding some music. Almost what I wanted, the buildings and scaffolded water tower poking through

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Truly amazing,  Jim
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Donnie Stugots Posted at 2017-1-4 07:39
Embrace the Fog , remids me of Be the Ball  Danny .....

https://youtu.be/sWH811TcckU

LOL!   Love Caddyshack!
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-4 15:50
It's very lovely, thanks for sharing!

Thanks Jamie!
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-4 15:52
I'm always hesitant about the fog as well, especially as dense as that. You're spot on to trust your gut, there probably would have been some water damage for sure.

Every time we fly there is a certain degree of risk.  For me I'm happy with a bit of extra risk to get extra special footage.  As soon as I bought the Inspire I acknowledged each Inspire flight could be the last!   Be the ball!  ;-)
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Henry M.Y. Posted at 2017-1-4 21:51
Excellent shots, Jim!

I like the effect of intermittent flares through the trees, which enhanced the depth yet transparency of the forest. And I agree with you about keeping on practicing is the key.

Thanks Henry, much appreciated!
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rodger Posted at 2017-1-5 04:39
You are the Man Jim. In total agreement with you, work with the light that you have. the effect is much more pleasing and creates the mood of the moment.

Thanks Rodger, always great to hear from you!
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NavigatorNL Posted at 2017-1-5 11:00
Great shots. Love the filters and the flair.

Thanks NavigatorNL, much appreciated!
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DenisStr Posted at 2017-1-6 12:30
Here's mine shot the other day with the X5R, although only in 1080, not RAW. I am based at an old WW1 aerodrome that is being rebuilt as a living museum, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex, UK. I haven't processed the file apart from adding some music. Almost what I wanted, the buildings and scaffolded water tower poking through
https://vimeo.com/197309252
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Very Cool!  While flying try to go for longer periods before adjusting the camera angle, this is what breaks the magic.   Find an angle that works and stick with it.  Then edit out all the bits in between and you'll get an amazing end product.  

I understand you said this was basically unedited and unprocessed, but it looked like you were moving the camera quite a bit.
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Thanks Mauro!  Much appreciated!
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jimhare Posted at 2017-1-8 00:33
Thanks Rodger, always great to hear from you!

not a problem my friend. Great to see your work again.
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Jim,  I loved your video.  Am I correct that you are down under?  Here in the US, this could not have been done as a commercial piece without requesting a waiver from 14 CFR Part 107.51 which requires visibility be no less than 3 miles.  

Please don't shoot the messenger
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MJones Posted at 2017-1-8 05:24
Jim,  I loved your video.  Am I correct that you are down under?  Here in the US, this could not have been done as a commercial piece without requesting a waiver from 14 CFR Part 107.51 which requires visibility be no less than 3 miles.  

Please don't shoot the messenger

This wasn't a commercial piece, did it for fun.   I don't shoot with the drone commercially.

Plus the drone was never out of my line of sight, furthest it ever was from me is about 20 feet and visibility was more that that.

And yes, in Australia so all good anyway.
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looks great, music fit perfectly .
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jetforce Posted at 2017-1-9 08:40
looks great, music fit perfectly .

Thanks jetforce!
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Cemeteries are beautiful and creepy at the same time , well done mate.  I finally purchased a new MAC with 5K resolution 27 inch screen ( might be a bit much )  and am really seeing what I have been missing , Just WOW.

\Thanks for sharing Jim

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Donnie Stugots Posted at 2017-1-10 05:56
Cemeteries are beautiful and creepy at the same time , well done mate.  I finally purchased a new MAC with 5K resolution 27 inch screen ( might be a bit much )  and am really seeing what I have been missing , Just WOW.

\Thanks for sharing Jim

Yeah, I love walking through cemeteries.   They did an interesting thing at that cemetery a couple of years back where they got actors to portray the people in each grave, telling their story in costumes of the day.

Pretty cool idea.
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I'm curious to know how much better these shots would be with a P4P, really love the big sensor and improved data rate/compression.  
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Nice work! You've got some good mechanics goin there. Keep it up!
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Real Boy Posted at 2017-1-15 14:09
Nice work! You've got some good mechanics goin there. Keep it up!

Thanks for that!
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Awesome video, love the content!
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Seanblase Posted at 2017-1-22 07:56
Awesome video, love the content!

THanks Seanblase!
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wow what an epic video!! I love fog shots hopefully I'll capture some good ones soon I just need to learn to wake up earlier...
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BentonJoyce Posted at 2017-1-22 21:40
wow what an epic video!! I love fog shots hopefully I'll capture some good ones soon I just need to learn to wake up earlier...

Yeah, I happened to wake up early and looked outside.  Grabbed the drone and ran out the door as quick as I could!
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jimhare Posted at 2017-1-22 23:26
Yeah, I happened to wake up early and looked outside.  Grabbed the drone and ran out the door as quick as I could!

haha I have definitely had moments like that.
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