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Night flight

Night flight

I thought I would try and see what this little drone can do in low light- and I’m very impressed! The above is an HDR image put together in Lightroom from 6 images with shutter speeds from 4″ to 1/2″, and below is a single 4″ exposure taken to get the light trails ๐Ÿ™‚

Naughty Amazon!

Naughty Amazon!

Yesterday and today are Amazon “Prime Days”, when they try and unload all the crap they couldn’t persuade people to buy when they were stuck at home under quarantine. And usually there’s not that much to get excited about unless you need a new TV… but they did have a very nice deal on a flymore package with the smallest of the DJI drones, the Mavic Mini, which I just couldn’t pass up ๐Ÿ˜‰ And it arrived in less than 24 hours.

It’s actually a step down in quality from my other drone, the Mavic Pro, as although it is newer and basically has the same 12MP sensor it doesn’t shoot RAW (but I’m hoping that either they will fix that with a firmware update of someone will hack it) and doesn’t do fun stuff like auto bracketing and panoramas etc., but it is tiny in comparison (and quite a lot quieter)! It literally fits in the palm of your hand and weighs in at almost a third of it’s big brother (249g vs 734g), which makes it ideal as a “take anywhere” and “fly for the fun of it” drone that I can take to the woods or throw up anytime there’s an event or something fun going on outside at a moments notice.

And it takes surprisingly good pictures, even though they’re only jpg; these have had minimal tweaking in Lightroom:

It’s diminutive size and weight means it gets buffeted by the wind (and it was windy this afternoon), so the pano and the tries I made at HDR were not totally successful, but I’m really pleasantly surprised ๐Ÿ™‚

How many dogs?

How many dogs?

Holly & Faith went over for a bit of a run around with Malloy & Mabel and I took some pictures… Google decided to put a few of them together into a panorama- with interesting results ๐Ÿ™‚

Very sleepy Walter

Very sleepy Walter


Very dozy from the pain killers he’s on, but he’s eaten a whole bowl of soft food and is out from hiding under the futon in my office, both very good signs ๐Ÿ™‚ And the girls are being very protective and guarding him while giving him space (that’s their futon he’s sleeping on).