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Aerial imaging using small, unmanned aircraft systems. Also, I work at DJI.

Aerial footage of ~70,000 people watching The Burn at Burning Man 2014 at around 9:30pm on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Shot with DJI Phantom 2, GoPro 3+ Black, and DJI Lightbridge wireless HD transmission. Black Rock City, Nevada.

A lot of my flights were live-streamed to the Burning Man webcast, which was very cool. DJI’s Lightbridge wireless HD system did a great job in getting 720p footage from the Phantom 2 to the streaming container in Center Camp (behind Media Mecca), where it was real-time transcoded to 480p and streamed to Ustream using a Teradek box.

Special thanks to Gerard Mattimoe and George Krieger!

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A shark aggregation in the surf near Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa. Shot by DJI Global Phantom 2, Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal and GoPro HERO3+ Black. The real Shark Week is seeing sharks in the wild!

There is a cape fur seal in the second picture (it’s in the lower-right hand corner). The seal surfed down waves and chased sharks until they scattered.

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We hiked up Lion’s Head in Cape Town, South Africa, for sunrise, and arrived at the top for an absolutely-beautiful morning. Clouds rolled over Table Mountain just across the valley (locals call clouds like this the “table cloth”), and a slight haze made for warm, dramatic morning light. I popped a DJI Phantom 2 w/Zenmuse gimbal and GoPro HERO 3+ Black camera into the air and took some stills. Perfect.

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Morning flight with a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter from rib at Duiker Island near Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa, with Animal Ocean Snorkeling and some friends. It was a beautiful morning—the first clear skies in days—but the wind started to pick up and was blowing around 15 knots by mid-afternoon.
Morning flight with a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter from rib at Duiker Island near Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa, with Animal Ocean Snorkeling and some friends. It was a beautiful morning—the first clear skies in days—but the wind started to pick up and was blowing around 15 knots by mid-afternoon.

Morning flight with a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter from rib at Duiker Island near Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa, with Animal Ocean Snorkeling and some friends. It was a beautiful morning—the first clear skies in days—but the wind started to pick up and was blowing around 15 knots by mid-afternoon.

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A secluded inlet near Duiker Island outside of Hout Bay Harbour, Western Cape, South Africa, houses three poacher rowboats sitting on a bed of thousands of illegally-harvested abalone shells. Aerial perspectives like this one (shot with DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter) show the power that low-cost drones can give to conservation organizations. 
A secluded inlet near Duiker Island outside of Hout Bay Harbour, Western Cape, South Africa, houses three poacher rowboats sitting on a bed of thousands of illegally-harvested abalone shells. Aerial perspectives like this one (shot with DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter) show the power that low-cost drones can give to conservation organizations. 

A secluded inlet near Duiker Island outside of Hout Bay Harbour, Western Cape, South Africa, houses three poacher rowboats sitting on a bed of thousands of illegally-harvested abalone shells. Aerial perspectives like this one (shot with DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter) show the power that low-cost drones can give to conservation organizations. 

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Check out this Lightbridge HD video from last night’s NightLife event, which was recorded using an Atomos Ninja Blade connected over HDMI. George Krieger took my Lightbridge-enabled Phantom 2 and walked down the entire length of CalAcad (we were watching live on a large display). At times, the entire rain forest and planetarium was between the Lightbridge ground end and the Phantom.

The reason you see “FAILSAFE” and “RemoteControlSignalLost” is that the remote control was not turned on.

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DJI hung out at last night’s photography-themed California Academy of Sciences NightLife. We had Phantoms and a couple S1000s on display—lots of fun! Huge thanks to Romeo DurscherMark JohnsonBarry BlanchardGeorge KriegerJeff CableSteve MandelArcher Koch for helping us out.

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Come hang out with us at the California Academy of Sciences (in San Francisco) tomorrow night (Thursday, July 31) between 6-10pm! This Thursday’s NightLife event is themed, “BigPicture,” and features CalAcad’s first-ever photography exhibit (and, more). DJI will be there showing off aerial imaging quadcopters, and you can meet local aerial imagers Romeo Durscher, Mark Johnson, Barry Blanchard, George Krieger, Jeff Cable, Steve Mandel and me.21+ only. Buy tickets online for $12, or login with your membership details at the NightLife webpage.
Come hang out with us at the California Academy of Sciences (in San Francisco) tomorrow night (Thursday, July 31) between 6-10pm! This Thursday’s NightLife event is themed, “BigPicture,” and features CalAcad’s first-ever photography exhibit (and, more). DJI will be there showing off aerial imaging quadcopters, and you can meet local aerial imagers Romeo Durscher, Mark Johnson, Barry Blanchard, George Krieger, Jeff Cable, Steve Mandel and me.21+ only. Buy tickets online for $12, or login with your membership details at the NightLife webpage.

Come hang out with us at the California Academy of Sciences (in San Francisco) tomorrow night (Thursday, July 31) between 6-10pm! This Thursday’s NightLife event is themed, “BigPicture,” and features CalAcad’s first-ever photography exhibit (and, more). DJI will be there showing off aerial imaging quadcopters, and you can meet local aerial imagers Romeo DurscherMark JohnsonBarry BlanchardGeorge KriegerJeff CableSteve Mandel and me.

21+ only. Buy tickets online for $12, or login with your membership details at the NightLife webpage.

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Yesterday, I hung out with the lovely Coco Rocha (oh-so-coco) and her husband, James Conran at their place in New York. Coco successfully completed her first flight with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision, and even managed to catch it out of the air, which is how most experienced pilots “land” their Phantoms. If you catch a Phantom and hold the throttle stick down for a few seconds, the props will disarm and stop.

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Behind the scenes at the TV Guide Comic-Con hangout: Phantom 2 w/Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, GoPro HERO 3+ Black (at 2.7K / 17:9 / 24p), DJI Lightbridge and Atomos Ninja Blade (monitor and local recorder).
Behind the scenes at the TV Guide Comic-Con hangout: Phantom 2 w/Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, GoPro HERO 3+ Black (at 2.7K / 17:9 / 24p), DJI Lightbridge and Atomos Ninja Blade (monitor and local recorder).

Behind the scenes at the TV Guide Comic-Con hangout: Phantom 2 w/Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, GoPro HERO 3+ Black (at 2.7K / 17:9 / 24p), DJI Lightbridge and Atomos Ninja Blade (monitor and local recorder).

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