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Who said Nikon's can't Fly?????

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Doug Barber, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Well folks "it's official".....

    I've joined the "nutty flyer club"

    Tonight was my maiden flight and I have to tell you I was sort of wondering if I needed my head read....
    But once I got over the shock of watching my nikon gear leave my hands and head skyward... it was not that bad....:Confused:

    So here is a quick sample and a link to a little show....

    Please note that these images are done with a D40x and have not been touched. Heck I did not even bother to straighten them if it was required... I just thought it was better to show you the raw images.
    Hope you enjoy

    Yes that is me down there.... Taking pictures of Taking pictures....:Smart:

    Finally here is a link to the little show I built:

    http://dougbarberphotography.com/shows/up up and away/

    By the way.... I learned a lot of stuff tonight... But one thing that did catch my eye is..... I've got WAY TO MUCH GRASS. So if anyone likes cutting grass.... just come on up...:smile:
  2. That is too cool.
  3. Yes, reallly really cool!

    One question, Doug. How difficult it will be to fly a kite in arctic weather?
  4. Very cool! What triggers the shutter?
  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great images Doug

    This has been ,as you know, done for years. Quite interesting.
    Had a frind tell me about it and I had several web sites that showed great images done with this system.

    This will be great for your work.
  6. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    very cool... I cringed at first when seeing the camera in the sky
  7. Too cool Doug :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: 
  8. That is cool, Doug. I really enjoyed the video.
  9. Cougar8045


    May 25, 2007
    I was thinking the same thing. How do you trigger the shutter from that high up. Even with a remote, does it work that far up?
  10. Greetings Phil:

    To be honest, I'm not 100% sure about "cold weather shooting".... I know that batteries will be an issue but other than that it should be the same as flying in a southern location. So I guess the trick will be to keep the batteries as warm as one can till you send the rig skyward.

    Just thinking of you this AM... man one could get some effective pano shots in your area!!!
  11. The camera is triggered on an infra-red sensor that is linked into the servo that rotates the camera.
    mind you I could also trigger the camera from the ground if I only hooked my pocket wizards into the mix.

  12. Good morning Gaye:
    Yes there is a few folks doing this type of stuff around...

    One guy I bumped into is here....


    It seems like most of the people doing this are using very small (and light) P&S cameras as they are easier to fly with. So in my case I had a rig built to fit a DLSR as I wanted the larger (and better) files.
    Thanks for looking in.
  13. Greetings:

    I talked about the triggering with Dave Watts above....
  14. WOW, how cool is that.
  15. Really amazing!! I enjoyed your little video show -- the music was perfect -- and seeing the images. Man, what a trip!
  16. Thanks folks.... now if it would just quit raining here.... I would get out and try it again....lol
  17. Hey Doug, as high tech as this is already, why not just add an umbrella and then the rain is no issue :eek: :biggrin::biggrin:
  18. Tweetybrd


    Feb 8, 2007
    You are one brave guy!!:wink:

    I had never heard of people doing this, it is really neat. You have a gorgeous place. And with all the rain, we all know what you will be doing in a week or so.....you DO have a riding lawnmower, right?:tongue:
  19. No umbrella... but if I used my underwater housing.... let see....:biggrin:
  20. Hi Shannon:
    I'm sorry but being brave is not one of my strong points.... Having Nikon as a sponsor is a much better security blanket for a chicken like me....:biggrin: Mind you I better not say that to load or my phone will be ringing asking what the heck I'm doing!!!!

    you are right about the grass.... I was just walking back from the shop and I'm sure I could hear the darn stuff growing. Oh well it is better than not having any at all or having 4 ft. of snow.:smile:
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