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My birthday was last week and the lovely lady got me perhaps the coolest birthday gift ever, a DJI Phantom remote control quadcopter.  WTF is a DJI Phantom quadcopter you ask?  See the image below.

DJI Phantom Quadcopter

DJI Phantom Quadcopter

The unit is a very small four propeller remote control helicopter with GPS function.  The copter comes with a GoPro camera mount so you can shoot video or still images from high above, like the shot of my house below.


HOG World Headquarters from above

Here is my first aerial photo of a golf course, River Oaks hole #12.

Aerial Shot - River Oaks Golf Course Hole #12

Aerial Shot – River Oaks Golf Course Hole #12

I learned some things today doing the golf shot above:

  • Don’t fly the copter in high wind unless you like chasing it 500 yards and having to hop a fence to get it after it crash lands in a tree, and then have to pick burrs out of your clothes for the next hour.
  • GoPro still images SUCK balls and the video isn’t much better. The fisheye effect is lame. This photo is massively enhanced, even the fisheye compensated for in photoshop, and still isn’t close to good enough.  I’m too used to shooting with my big Nikon.  All whining aside, the photo still is cool.

More quadcopter photos soon.  First though, I need to learn how to fly the damn thing.  I especially need to work on the emergency landing procedure!

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