New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

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New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Antti_DD » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:46 pm

Finally a short film about Dolphin Dance's season 2013 is ready for publishing and it is now uploaded to Youtube. Making this video has kept me busy during January, but on the other hand it has definitely been good therapy during the dark mid-Winter. Here is a link to the video: http://youtu.be/JPKni5uK1S8

Hope you like it!
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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Martijn » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:40 pm

Great Antti! Really professionally made! I'm very much envying your sailing area by seeing all the beautiful places you visit with Minna. I have to make a confession about checking out the DD blog many times for the adventerous yet mythic feeling the content brings about. With this work you are able to provide precisely the right feel to the sailing experience and devotion to nature. The mysterious touch makes the audience believe the world is a perfect place, which in many ways is actually true. Thanks for your respected creativity!

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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Antti_DD » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:07 pm

Thanks Martijn, I appreciate very much what you wrote and I am happy if the video was able to capture even part of the joy and freedom of sailing that we all can relate to. I guess that it is also that feeling that keeps us doing this and devoting so much time for this hobby. During the long winter especially here in the Northern latitudes, one often gets a bit melancholic when thinking about how far away the summer is. So for me, the best way to express this is through these videos.
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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Chris » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:59 pm

Antti, it is my dream to one day sail the Baltic Archipelagos. Whether this will ever happen who knows. But your videos provide the next best thing. You capture the tranquility, and solitude so well. Beautiful.

On a technical note, I am impressed with your GoPro cam, it really opens up a new dimension of on board photography.

I was wondering how successful the new aerial devices might be. Years ago I used to build and fly radio controlled model aircraft and have often thought about building a small seaplane to play with while at anchor.

On board cameras were too heavy to be practical then but with modern light weight and hi-res cameras it is a reality. Might be a bit of a handful trying to film while underway though. Still, it's a thought.

Since first discovering your blog, I have always admired you very creative photographic skills - keep up the good work.

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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Antti_DD » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:24 pm

Chris, thanks for your positive feedback!

Yes, GoPro and similar 'action cameras' have definitely opened up a new world in sailing photography, and I think that I have barely scratched the surface of what can be done with these cameras.

However, there are still a limited number of places where you can attach the camera in the boat. Thus, it is interesting that you mentioned radio controlled aircrafts, as it is something that I have also been thinking and dreaming of having for quite some time. This actually dates back to the time when I found this 'Singlehanded Sailing Kitecam' video from Youtube many years ago: http://youtu.be/qKGupz_9mGc

I think that there is something very majestical about seeing and capturing a small boat sailing on the large sea from the bird's-eye view. I actually bought a kite and tried it a couple of times while sailing, but it did not quite work out as I had planned :) Thus, I did not dare to try the kite with a real camera. Therefore, I abandoned the idea for many years, but now these new and rather inexpensive compact sized water-proof cameras would make this kind of aerial filming and photography more accessible. I think that a radio controlled helicopter would be the way to go. I have seen some amazing videos shot with these things. Hmmm. maybe next season...
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Aerial GoPro video

Postby Antti_DD » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:50 pm

Earlier in this topic, Chris mentioned the idea of using radio controlled aircrafts for aerial filming. That is also something that I have been dreaming of being able to do for quite some time. However, these dreams were boosted even higher after seeing this beautiful GoPro video, which was made by a Danish HR29 owner. I think that one can even spot his boat in the video ;)

I would now like to share a link to the video here in the forum, so check it out: http://youtu.be/sqTxNCHnpFQ

Hopefully we will meet the filmmaker here in the forum in the near future...
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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Chris » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:59 pm

Really amazing video Antti. It feels like your in a hot air balloon, not that I've ever been in one!

After making my earlier post I had a look around the net for the kind of kit that would deliver good results and what I found seemed similar to the Danish guy's. I would estimate the cost of a complete set-up to be around €700. What do you think?

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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Antti_DD » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:10 pm

Chris, I have only recently started checking this kind of equipment, so this is definitely not my field of expertise, but it sounds to me that with the investment of about €700 one could very well get a decent RC helicopter+aerial filming kit, that is able to produce fairly good aerial material. Speaking of the video shot in Denmark, I got following info from the Danish HR29 sailor about his kit:

It was apparently shot with DJI Phantom multicopter with a Zenmuse gimbal, which stabilize GoPro.

I guess that to be able to produce stable video material, one needs to have a stabilizer such as this Zenmuse gimbal: http://youtu.be/ws0yARWD_bM

Now I understand better, how it is possible to shoot such a smooth video with these things. In addition, I think that a multicopter (or a quadcopter) is the way to go since they can fly smoother compared to a traditional RC helicopter. More I look into these 'toys', more excited I get, since this technology has just been developing so rapidly during the last couple of years. Hopefully, they are also easier to fly than those earlier RC helicopters, not that I would have ever tried one...
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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Chris » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:39 pm

Yes Antti the gimbal is the answer. Really cool kit.

GoPro Hero 3 - £350
DJI Phantom 2 - £350
Gimbal - £350

With all that you can make some amazing videos.

I like the fact there are also aspects of it you still need to do yourself like getting out the soldering iron. Great!

As far as flying them, on a scale of 1 to 10 the RC helicopter is 10, these drones are apparently about 2, so they're pretty easy to fly.

Gotta get one!

Oh hang on a minute I need a new sail - oh well…

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Re: New Video: Baltic Sea Adventure 2013

Postby Antti_DD » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:04 pm

I visited the Helsinki boat show last weekend, and in addition to Jimmy Cornell's lecture on long distance sailing, the most interesting thing at the boat show was surprisingly the Phantom 2 multicopter, which was on display there. I talked with the sales representative and most fascinating thing was, that one should – according to him – learn to fly these things just in 10 minutes (with zero experience)! Basically, if one lets go of the controller, the multicopter hovers by itself and maintains a constant position. In contrast, stable hovering is, to my knowledge, the most difficult thing to do with a real helicopter, so maybe also with the normal RC helicopter.

Also if one switches off the controller or when the battery is ending, the drone automatically flies back and lands to the 'home base'.

Interestingly, according to the salesman it should be pretty difficult to crash with these things, as the drone refuses to perform risky maneuvers, so I guess that these things have a sort of artificial intelligence, i.e. they constantly interpret the steering input from the controller in the 'best way'

As you probably notice, I am getting pretty excited after seeing the demo flight.

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