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Jan 20, 2007, 05:01 AM
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Dead battery terrorism

So yesterday was 20mph wind, but managed to keep it in the air through some extreme fighting. Every night out there is a fight with that country, like we're in some kind of marriage, or relationship, for lack of a better word.

So today's plan was to try a new camera angle. Many takeoffs, landings, and previews. Forgot to start the stopwatch on a flight. Dead battery at 15 ft. Must have forgotten 2 flights. Managed to air start the motor but before it could generate any thrust at all, the Castle killed it again. Air started it agai- screeeeeeeeeeeeeech. Killed it after it hit the Unowthecountry but not until getting in a few ground gears.

That castle is nihilistic. The moment it sees 4.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 Volts it kills the motor.

Tried a wide shot looking down on the field. Then tried another space shuttle shot with the camera directly below the copter and the copter
lifting staight up. Had to do the ascent from the side again because the copter made a blob when directly above.

Another twist with this shot was the use of a background plate. There isn't enough dynamic range in The Canon to see both the stars and the
copter simultaneously. Also the color of the sky can't be balanced without destroying the LED color.

This flight coincidentally produced 5 exposures of just stars and 1 exposure of the copter in the exact same position. The star exposures
were stacked and color corrected to make a very bright background plate. Then the raw image of the copter was added with no color correction.

The result was noisy but still the best night shot ever. Next time we'll definitely focus on getting better background exposures.
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Jan 20, 2007, 10:12 PM
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most impressive pictures... From the colors of the landscape it almost looks rendered..
Jan 21, 2007, 09:46 AM
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great pics

slow frame pic of you standing under the heli, looks like something from a sci-fi pic , a really awesome picture. Looks like your going to be abducted from the heli's from outer space!

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