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Wild Alaska: Glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, whales and bears with DJI Phantom 3
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sideyman
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My first video with the Phantom 3, with an opportunity to film wildlife. As a wildlife photographer, I am always cautious about causing disturbance to animal behaviour and approach slowly, always looking for changes in body language and behaviour. To my surprise the bears I photographed here were completly oblivious to the Phantom 3, pehaps it was just another mosquito, allowing for some great shots.


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dlongcamp
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That is amazing!  
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lexluther
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Very nice video!
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timswimm
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Great work!
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bastell
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Breathtaking
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RedHotPoker
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Very cool... ;-)
Gotta love the ice...

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laurence.barton
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Stunning work.
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daviskw2004
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Wow.... Thanks for posting that here
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motoscoddie
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The underwater shots you took with the Phantom were the best!
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TheDreamingWatc
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Mind-blowing!
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liningiv
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Easily the best, most interesting video I have seen on this site, with superb video editing.
But, it would be nice to know what was, and probably more important, what was not filmed with the P3.
Lots of out of focus backgrounds, focus pulling and other techniques that are impossible on the P3.

So more info please.
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KaiserSoze9
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OH MY GOD! Thanks for sharing this. I hope one day to visit this incredible land.
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Ulysse
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liningiv Posted at 2015-8-10 18:59
Easily the best, most interesting video I have seen on this site, with superb video editing.
But, it ...

No doubt one of the best video here.
For the question about what has been filmed with the Phantom the images speak by themselves !
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al.zamorski
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Beautiful work! I would like to know how you got the audio to go along with your Phantom footage? Like the overhead shots of the two whales where they are spouting off. It would seem if you had an additional mic it would pick up the Phantom rotor noise. Thanks
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gdonnybeck
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That is amazing, thanks for sharing.
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bradneal24
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Really nice stuff. How did you get the underwater stuff? GoPro on a stick?
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lcajiga
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My hat is out for you bro. I visited Alaska in a two weeks cruise and saw most of the things you posted. Didn't have the Phantom by that time. Great, great, great!!!!
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sinbad_uk
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Very nice job, beautiful scenery!
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liningiv
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Ulysse Posted at 2015-8-10 20:18
No doubt one of the best video here.
For the question about what has been filmed with the Phantom  ...

Hey Ulesse,
I'm not sure that so many people will recognise what has and has not been shot by the P3.  If these people think that they will be able to capture footage like this from the P3 they will be mighty disappointed.
The title implies that it was shot with the P3.
Maybe you could explain, and give your reasons?
Best regards.
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lukelewis
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Great piece! Some really nice camera movement, and those locations! What an amazing place and video, keep it up!
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Ulysse
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liningiv Posted at 2015-8-10 23:48
Hey Ulesse,
I'm not sure that so many people will recognise what has and has not been shot by the  ...

- Underwater video : of course not the P3 (and maybe not even a GoPro)
- Underwater sound : some specialized submarine mic ?
- Some parts of the video with a blurred background : of course not the P3 which is absolutely unable to do this. At least a DSLR with high end lenses.

For me, only the aerials where filmed with the Phantom. Everything else with high end material.
Sidey is a pro, not only for filming but also to produce a high quality video. Just check the transition at 1:18 : a slow dissolve from an aerial shot and finish the movement of the whale's tail with another shot from another angle. Everything is so smooth !!!
The aerials mixed with the other clips is the cherish on the cake. Only ground clips or only aerials wouldn't have made it.
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Toni_254
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I love it! Keep doing this work!
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sideyman
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liningiv Posted at 2015-8-10 18:59
Easily the best, most interesting video I have seen on this site, with superb video editing.
But, it ...

Thanks for the feedback. Only the numerous aerial shots are with the P3, the remainder of the footage is shot with the 5DIII and a GoPro 4 Black for the underwater whales (including whale sounds). The audio is captured with a small shotgun mic mounted on an SLR.
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sideyman
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al.zamorski Posted at 2015-8-10 20:37
Beautiful work! I would like to know how you got the audio to go along with your Phantom footage? Li ...

Thanks. Of course no audio is captured from the P3 with all the noise attributed to the device - even though it is a quiet drone. The audio is captured from a mic mounted on an SLR and edited to precision timing with the shots.
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sideyman
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bradneal24 Posted at 2015-8-10 21:23
Really nice stuff. How did you get the underwater stuff? GoPro on a stick?

Thanks - you got it.
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sideyman
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liningiv Posted at 2015-8-10 23:48
Hey Ulesse,
I'm not sure that so many people will recognise what has and has not been shot by the  ...

The P3 is one of the many tools used to create a film like this. Sorry if the title mislead you. The film is approx. 50% P3, all the aerial footage of course.
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skyme
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too much nice. I like it!
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bill
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Awesome work.  Some parts of our world are so beautiful, thanks for the reminder!
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sstriano
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Was that the Tracy Arm Fjorde? I was just there last month! Breathtaking!

Great work BTW!
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sideyman
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sstriano Posted at 2015-8-11 12:18
Was that the Tracy Arm Fjorde? I was just there last month! Breathtaking!

Great work BTW!

Yes the glacier footage is the sawyer glacier in Tracy Arm. All those Alaskan glaciers and you picked it. I'm impressed!
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sudiste
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Thank you for sharing this video, it's a bit more than just your Hobby ;)
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liningiv
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sideyman Posted at 2015-8-11 10:47
Thanks for the feedback. Only the numerous aerial shots are with the P3, the remainder of the foot ...

Thanks sideyman.
I'm sure that explanation will help anyone realise that many tools were used in addition to the P3.  But the P3 stuff was very well shot and edited to make the whole production a beautiful view of our world.
Thanks for sharing with us mere mortals.
2015-8-12
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lignow
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One of the best yet.
To think back in the 80s I used to pack a full size VHS camera  (about the same size of the P3)around to video my kids. These hi-tech hi flying stabilized video cameras are amazing.
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Fulgerite
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Breathtaking!  You are a consummate professional.  

I hope you are using really long lenses to get those Bear shots.  ;-)  
2015-8-15
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Northofthe49th
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Thank you for sharing...Beyond that, i am speechless..
2015-8-15
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Mudcon
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that was kick ass my friend..... nice shots
2015-8-17
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Spankybear
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You are my hero! I want to do stuff like this!

And to get that close to bears is cool... and you don't have to be Timithoy Treadwell...
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jhkiom.gmail
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Breathtaking stuff, so goos I'd like to follow your work.

Thanks for posting and sharing your practical experiences with wildlife and multi's.

I have done similar shots (think sheep and hares instead of bears, lol) and its only the birdlife that wants to acknowlege or nteract with them and thats purely down to teritory.

2015-9-12
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jayhkr
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Pure awesomeness!  You and your other photographer are very lucky people!
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Fantastic work and video.  Well done.
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