Posts Tagged With: aerial

Droning on a bit

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UP…

A year or so ago, I posted a couple of aerial photos taken with the aid of a very long selfie-stick little flying drone thing that I had from the Snail as a birthday present. My intention was to take aerial shots of the garden (ours, no one else’s, honest) throughout the year.

Unfortunately, ghastly weather and being away from home working have meant that I have not really had the chance. BUT… yesterday was lovely weather, sunny with a chance of sun, so I headed out once more into the garden armed with the tiny drone – a dronette if you will.

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…UP…

I had already had to wedge a bit of plastic (from the end of the tuning pointer leftover from the wind-up radio repair) into the a gap to keep one of the motors making contact with the electicity, something quite important apparently, so I was being extra careful. The first launch saw the drone attach itself to the bird feeder, with a white rotor blade spinning off and landing at my feet.

The second lift-off was much better. With no breeze, the drone flew upwards…

I managed two pictures before disaster struck. That may be a record of some kind. The drone, like my career as a pilot, hit the gutter and plummeted to the ground.

The drone sustained a broken arm. It may be its leg, I don’t know. I have already replaced the arm/leg on the other side so this doesn’t bode well for robustness, but does give me the chance to redesign it a bit. Or use some glue. I’ll let you know what I decide.

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…and back to Earth with a bump.

oOo

 

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I Can See Your House from Here… and bits of mine

 

Flying High-ish

Flying High-ish

As befits one of my advanced years, I received a very mature present for my birthday – a quadcopter with a camera built in it. For those of you who have never heard of this toy, er, serious bit of equipment, it is a small flying thing with four rotors (one at each corner essentially) all attached to a light, reasonably durable body (I was going to put ‘like mine’ but it just wouldn’t be true).

Flying it is a challenge, even in light wind, and there is the ever-present danger of it flying off into the field next to the garden or worse still, ending up on the roof out of the reach of one who hates heights. So, I am still very much in the cautious phase of learning, the phase right before the ‘well, I never liked that solar panel much anyway’ phase.

A Close Encounter

A Close Encounter

Eventually, I want to be able to fly as high as is reasonably possible with the toy, er, quadcopter and take aerial pictures of the garden through the seasons to see the changes from above… and have fun in the process!

A Bird's-Eye View of the Fruit Cage

A Bird’s-Eye View of the Onion Cage

What follows is the most common photo I have ended up with so far:

Grounded!

Grounded!

Back to Earth now, I guess!

oOo

 

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