Bodie – From the Sky by Russell Brown and Aaron Grimes

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Aaron Grimes sent us this new DJI Phantom aerial video of Bodie (wikipedia entry about this ghost town)…


Love your blog, I just finished a video using a DJI Phantom filming Bodie, CA. Would love to hear your thoughts on this new tool!

My thoughts are that they're very cool and you've done a nice job. I'm still concerned about people crashing and burning expensive cameras (which is why many are ok with putting up the goPro) plus the dangers of operating around people… but if you're careful, you can get some very cool video.

We have a section of the forums dedicated to aerial multicopters!

Bodie – From the Sky by Russell Brown and Aaron Grimes

[tentblogger-vimeo 71185761] An aerial view of California's best ghost town.

From Aaron Grimes:

“Bodie – from the Sky” was a collaboration with Russell Brown and myself in preparation for Russell’s upcoming class at Photoshop World on aerial photography flying with the DJI Phantom.

Russell had been planning on going to Bodie, CA for some time, and I was lucky enough to get invited along with the intention of filming this amazing California location. I wanted to capture the loneliness of the ghost town while also showing off the agility of the Phantom. My favorite shot of the day was the church flyover towards the end of the video; it took me a couple of practice runs until I got a smooth enough shot that I was happy with. Once shot the footage was brought into Adobe Premiere were I made my first edit, sent it to After Effects to color grade and stabilize, and then sent it back to premiere for the final export.

Russell also captured several amazing panoramas from the air, which you can find on his Facebook page along with some tutorials.

Filmed with a DJI Phantom and a Zenmuse H3-2D on a GoPro Hero 3

The setup for the Phantom was:
DJI Phantom with carbon fiber props.
Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal
Fat Shark Predator (FPV Goggles)

It was shot on a GoPro Hero 3 Black edition and the settings were
2.7k – Wide
Protune ON
Auto White Balance

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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