Given the devestating news that I'd not be permitted to take the Phantom to Cambodia, it would be quite some time before the next opportunity to get out of Melbourne with it arose. That time came with my recent visit to Perth, where there could be no place better for a sunset than Challenge Harbour, Fremantle. Further photo evidence here.
Following some scary technical issues with the aircraft, this series of shots was achieved from close range at very low alititude where an emergency landing wouldn't mean a soggy loss of many dollars!
What went well:
- Low flying shots in positions usually achieved with a camera on foot yielded more interesting results with the wide lens of the GoPro. I've found that purely aerial footage has limited appeal.
- Knowing when not to trust the technology to save itself, and fly short-range until confidence is regained.
- Outstanding timing and location choice!
What I learned today:
- Learn the indications of flight readiness inside-out and wait for them before taking off. Failing to wait for self-test and GPS-lock confirmation caused two lost connections and forced landings, both nearly ditching the Phantom in deep water!
- Have a plan before shooting commences to maximise effective use of the batteries' flight time. Burning through power while experimenting might work, but with a little experience previsualising will always get more usable shots. Or buy more batteries!