I spent this Memorial Weekend in Buena Vista, CO with a big group of friends. We all crashed at our friend’s house that is affectionately known as Dalton Ranch, and in between kayaking the Arkansas River, mountain biking, and BBQing, I got some flight time on my new Phantom quadcopter. I wanted to capture the scene from a unique vantage point, and I think this aerial image really shows what it is like at Dalton Ranch when we all converge in BV—a dozen vehicles parked/camped in the drive way, rafts/.kayaks/bikes everywhere, and stunning views of the Collegiate Peaks.
This photo has been adjusted slightly in Adobe Lightroom based on some great tips I found online. In particular, I tried to minimize the typical GoPro fisheye distortion by going into the Lens Corrections under the Develop panel and choosing the Nikkor 16mm AF Fisheye profile along with manual Distortion value of +58.
On Sunday, I had enough confidence to finally use my Phantom for my ultimate goal—aerial video footage of a river. Just down the road from Dalton Ranch, I eased the Phantom out past the staircase that lead down to the water and trusted that it would function as expected. My heart was pounding in my chest, but the little copter did exactly as it was commanded. And then finally, with the sun producing the best light at the end of the day, I flew the Phantom up and down the river 150 yards in each direction before landing on the rocky bank and calling it a day. The footage is a little shaky due to the movements of the copter during flight, but overall, I’m as excited as can be with my first river overflights! Check out a little compilation of the Arkansas River as seen from my Phantom quadcopter: