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FlyingFish82
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One of my favorite styles of photography is Long Expo photography. Being able to combine aerial perspective with long exposure, opens so many new options for me when i travel. I always take my camera and Drone (Mavic Pro), in every adventure I embark on. Here are a couple of tips which i have found works best for me when taking long exposure shots with my drone:

1. Scouting locations before hand: I tend to reserach or visit locations to see if i can envision the shot prior to actually being there, in other words i plan my shoots. for long exposure you want locations with some movement to create the motion blurr.
2. Weather: I constantly look at the weather to make sure i have the best possible conditions for my shoot since i am not constricted with time. if it is a trip and i am, i try to find the best conditions for the location i will be visiting. what works best are sunny to partially sunny days with light to no wind. Less wind is better as the drone will be hovering over the spot for a couple of seconds and we dont want the drone to move too much or it will make everything blurr.
3. ND Filters: I bring a set of Neutral Density filters, which allow me to reduce the shutter speed when taking the shots. this is what creates the motion blur on the shot. I tend the use an ND 1000 the most which helps reduce the shutter speed by 10 stops.
4. Test shots: depending on the lighting conditions and the ND filter you have, you would need to try a couple of shots to determine what is the best exposure lenght.
5. Shoot: take your shots and review them to select your favorites when you get back home. Remember you want to have some movement on your frame to create the motion blurr that gives long expo shots its look.

Hope you all find this usefull and enjoy shooting some long exposure shots! Fly safe and enjoy my shots!


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very nice pictures!
2018-6-12
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FlyingFish82
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Thanks dj_dread! Much appreciated!

Cheers!
2018-6-12
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Nice reading and amazing shots!
2018-6-12
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DJI Grace Posted at 2018-6-12 18:36
Nice reading and amazing shots!

Thanks DJI Grace! much appreciated! amazing contest here.EPIC for sure!

Cheers!
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FlyingFish82
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dj_dread, have you tried taking long exposure shots yourself with the drone ?
2018-6-16
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-16 12:42
dj_dread, have you tried taking long exposure shots yourself with the drone ?

i've tried with the camera but not with the drone as i do not have ND filters yet. and Spark may not be the best for long exposure photos, but definitely this is something i will look more into it.
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dj_dread Posted at 2018-6-16 12:49
i've tried with the camera but not with the drone as i do not have ND filters yet. and Spark may not be the best for long exposure photos, but definitely this is something i will look more into it.

you should def try. Would be possible with the spark with an ND 64 on a darker day with barely any wind. let me know if you try, not sure if there are any ND 64 available for spark though?
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Awesome shots!
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-17 08:59
you should def try. Would be possible with the spark with an ND 64 on a darker day with barely any wind. let me know if you try, not sure if there are any ND 64 available for spark though?

I need to check i know the ND32 is available for Spark but i did not check for above specs.
You will hear from me in case of long exposure photos
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Thanks so much! which one do you like best?
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-18 06:26
Thanks so much! which one do you like best?

For me it's got to be Image 0019.  Great balance, enough movement but not too much to be distracting, good points of interest in the 3 people in the image and nice thirds of cliff, then rocks then sea/water
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-13 04:47
Thanks DJI Grace! much appreciated! amazing contest here.EPIC for sure!

Cheers!

CHEERS!
Happy flying!
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lifeofpiluckan Posted at 2018-6-20 11:43
For me it's got to be Image 0019.  Great balance, enough movement but not too much to be distracting, good points of interest in the 3 people in the image and nice thirds of cliff, then rocks then sea/water

Awesome! love the very detailed feedback! thanks for checking it out! have you done any Long exposure aerial photography?
2018-6-21
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nice one! love the 3rd one
2018-6-21
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Flying always makes me happy

Thanks DJI Grace! Cheers to you!
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jacksonnai Posted at 2018-6-21 05:09
nice one! love the 3rd one

Jackson! thanks for checking it out! have you done any long expo aerial photography?
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-22 05:28
Jackson! thanks for checking it out! have you done any long expo aerial photography?

you are welcome. no I haven't done it before
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jacksonnai Posted at 2018-6-22 05:56
you are welcome. no I haven't done it before

in that case  I hope you find my Tips useful in the event you decide to give it a shot in the Future

Cheers!
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-22 11:38
in that case  I hope you find my Tips useful in the event you decide to give it a shot in the Future

Cheers!

     
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-6-21 04:57
Awesome! love the very detailed feedback! thanks for checking it out! have you done any Long exposure aerial photography?

Not yet, need to get a few ND filters before my next trip down to the coast in August and then I shall definitely give it a go!
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lifeofpiluckan Posted at 2018-6-24 09:06
Not yet, need to get a few ND filters before my next trip down to the coast in August and then I shall definitely give it a go!

Looking fwd to see what shots you get!

Cheers!
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nice picture!
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Thanks man! Really Appreciated!

Cheers!
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-7-2 05:07
Thanks man! Really Appreciated!

Cheers!

you are welcome buddy!
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-7-2 05:07
Thanks man! Really Appreciated!

Cheers!

keep it up!
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always striving for better shots and footage! cant wait to see what DJI will announce in a couple of weeks! Stoked about maybe a MP2 ?
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-7-2 10:37
always striving for better shots and footage! cant wait to see what DJI will announce in a couple of weeks! Stoked about maybe a MP2 ?

I think it is a new class of drone
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Great works !
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nice work for long time exporsure
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Thanks Mountain drone! Much appreciated! which one do you like the most?
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DJI 0076.jpg  !
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ALLEN YIP Posted at 2018-7-3 17:27
nice work for long time exporsure

Thanks Allen! Much Appreciated! any one in particular you liked the most ? Cheers!
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Thanks MountainDrone! that one believe it or not was hard to capture, it was very windy that day. had to be patient for the wind to give a break and shoot at 2 sec, cause the drone would not hold steady for longer than that.
2018-7-6
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Beautiful shots; I have been aspiring to get beautiful long exposure shots. Nice post
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dronto Posted at 2018-7-6 17:06
Beautiful shots; I have been aspiring to get beautiful long exposure shots. Nice post

Thanks Dronto! much appreciated! which shot did you like the most ?

Cheers!
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-7-7 07:51
Thanks Dronto! much appreciated! which shot did you like the most ?

Cheers!

Honestly speaking they are all awesome FlyingFish82 however I would say the first shot was my favorite if I had to choose one. Well done! Thanks
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dronto Posted at 2018-7-7 18:00
Honestly speaking they are all awesome FlyingFish82 however I would say the first shot was my favorite if I had to choose one. Well done! Thanks

Thanks dronto! that was in Southern California, nice sunny day and barely any wind, great conditions for Long expo shots
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FlyingFish82 Posted at 2018-7-11 09:08
Thanks dronto! that was in Southern California, nice sunny day and barely any wind, great conditions for Long expo shots

Very nice work and glad that you have beautiful flying weather there in Southern California  
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Wow..are those cool or what?!?...great technique..like the first one..looks like the water is running as you view the photograph....nice job!
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