Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Sunset Mists of Spring

May this year in the Pacific Northwest has been a month of rain and mist, the fog swirling in after the clouds have passed to lay a low blanket over the landscape. From this shallow sea of vapors rise trees like haunting ships sailing through the translucent waves, and hills become looming islands, with distant continents glimpsed over the distant water haze.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Cliff Diving with the DJI FPV


Towering cliffs from which waterfalls plummet and trees cling soar upwards over distant rivers and forest valleys. Down these vertical slabs of rock I dove with my drone, risking near certain destruction should my frail craft strike the crumbling stone walls along which it cruised. However, the DJI FPV drone was up for the challenge!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dingweed Dodging with the DJI FPV


The alpine forest in winter is a seussian wonderland of trees frosted by the cold winds that coat the fragrant needles of the silver firs with elegant serenity. Buzzing through this maze of mountain splendor with the DJI FPV was a ton of fun, despite a few close calls!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Forest Cruising with the DJI FPV Drone


Cruising through the complex web of the temperate rainforest with the DJI FPV drone, one discovers just how grand our wild forests truly are. Layer upon layer of green and growing things living together in perfect harmony, which every level from canopy to the mossy carpet of the forest floor being it's own secret world thriving with an ecosystem that twines together in a sprawling interconnected web of life. Join me as I embark on this journey of discovering through the woodland realm.

Friday, March 19, 2021

DJI FPV - Troubleshooting activation issues


The DJI FPV Drone is a fantastic device, but activating it for the first time can  be the source of frustration and headaches. In this video I'll help you troubleshoot two of the big sources of difficulty typically encountered when activating this drone. Hopefully after watching this you'll be able quickly and easily take to the skies!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

DJI FPV Motion controller - Setup Guide & First Flight Video

I put together this how-to video on setting up the DJI FPV motion controller, and included my first flight with it. It's a ton of fun, and way easier to pick up and fly than I had expected. It's remarkably intuitive and makes flying feel more natural and immersive, though it will take some getting used to for me to be completely comfortable with this input method. I do have a few complaints though, it's really easy to hit the record button by accident (hence why the footage from the drone picks up midway through the flight!), and it was pretty annoying having to bind the controller to my account and activate it. Overall though, this controller is pretty cool. I'll be making a review video about it when I've had a chance to really get to grips with it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Mountain Surfing with the DJI FPV Drone


I packed my my DJI FPV drone up into the mountains for its second flight ever this past week. It poured down snow for most of the trip, so I was worried I wouldn't get a chance to fly, but fortune favored me and I was granted a 15 minute break in the weather to cruise through the snowy alpine forest and try my hand at mountain surfing right at the edge of a wall of falling snow.

Now, as some may point out, this isn't a traditional long range mountain surfing video which typically begin with an ascent from the foot of a mountain and end with the descent in one long cinematic experience. Since the DJI FPV drone is limited to 500 meters above its takeoff point, this isn't really possible for this drone. For me this hasn't become a serious limitation yet, as I'm still getting used to flying FPV at all, and I don't feel comfortable taking it far away from me or trying really daring high speed stunts. For this video I aimed to get the feel of mountain surfing more than the full lengthy experience of long distance mountain surfing.

Next up I'm going to try flying in thick forest, so stay tuned for that!