JBR LIFE Photography

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    An Italian Man's Story

    Aloha gang! I'm back with another outside-the-box video project & happy to share it. This is a property listing video, using an on-camera interview approach to tell the story. I won't belabor the description with words, just let the video do the talking. Enjoy!
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    An Italian Man's Story

    Well said, Chuck. I think your productions were much more involved, as far as filming effort, than the one I posted. Mine was kept to a simple on-camera story-telling session, and a day of filming the property with no one around. Even at that, I pushed the envelope of the market in this area, regarding budget. It continually blows my mind that realtors, during an INCREASING housing market, are constantly trying to get DECREASED media costs.
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    Final Demo Reel For Submission and Graduation

    Aloha and thanks for sharing your post-class project! Looks like a very unique property, congrats on that opportunity. If this was your very first attempt at creating an aerial video, I'd say you did alright, especially once you factor in the innate nervousness and trepidation that comes with such a project on a first-time basis. Chuck's write up is spot-on...in fact, you could probably print that post and let it be the beginning page in a film-maker's bible. I have only a few things to add, which compliment what Chuck said, if you don't mind the constructive critique. Straight cut, straight cut, straight cut. Dump the transitions unless absolutely necessary, using the guidelines Chuck laid out above. Yes, always be careful and sparing when using subtitle text overlays. Many of my clients require it, so I am obliged to provide the product they desire. However, if left up to me, my vids would rarely contain subtitle text. Remember orbit style aerial shots. The camera movement of an orbit allows the background & foreground subjects to move seemingly independently, helping to create a sense of depth. Another tip is to utilize foreground subjects. Allow the boughs of a tree or some structure of interested to slip through a portion of the foreground in your shot now and again, which will also make for a feeling of depth, even in noon day sun. Get into some color-grading forums, start submitting screenshots of your color grades for critique. I saw yours could use a little red-tinting to balance the green, but these things come with time. They require a properly calibrated monitor and discipline of tuning your eye to see the subtle differences. And, really, most clients will never look at a production and say, 'That green needs a little red' because most people don't even know to look for it. lol There's not much else to say, really. The rest comes with practice, and it looks like you're well on your way to figuring this stuff out. Great job, and thanks again for posting!
  4. Aloha everyone, I have a question that's been on my mind for a while. Where I live (Maui) there are 2 main airports. One is big enough for jets (Kahului Class C) and the other is a small strip for commuters, helicopters and private small planes (Kapalua - Class E2). On the attached map, you'll notice that the red no-fly squares associated with Kapalua cover considerably MORE area than the red no-fly squares associated with Kahului. Kahului, mind you, is a city, where the majority of Maui's residents & businesses reside. Kapalua is out on the west side, in the tourist district. The coastline is littered with high-rise resorts, which most definitely keep low flying aircraft at bay. So...why do y'all reckon FAA sealed off that entire coastline of resorts?? It's not even in the glide path, as the runway parallels the coast. Fortunately, Kapalua closes at 6pm and the airspace defaults to G. This is all fine and dandy for summertime, but not so much for winter, since it's dark before 6pm.
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    What determines the size of a no-fly area (red squares on the map)

    You wouldn't find it on this map. Here's a flight manual excerpt. I realize this is only suggested flight path info, as they use words such as 'Avoid' rather than 'DO NOT', which are entirely different. But the point remains that with this being the general idea for aircraft, the coastline being littered with high-rise resorts, and the fact that manned aircraft must be at 1500ft when crossing the coastline, there is absolutely no reason I can find to limit self authorization via LAANC on that stretch of beach.
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    What determines the size of a no-fly area (red squares on the map)

    I took the deal, for sure. Now hold a blanket authorization for the entire area, save for the 0 square areas. I'll try calling the tower to get access to those specific areas, but it'll be hit or miss. I think it's time to shower the ATC for that facility with gifts. lol
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    What determines the size of a no-fly area (red squares on the map)

    It helps, indeed, and makes sense. The original purpose of my post, however, was to figure out what determines the size of the 0-square (no-laanc) zones. This airport is tiny, and the area they've marked along the coast is specifically a 'do not fly over' zone for manned aircraft. So, as drone operators, we would be operating in airspace devoid of any manned air traffic. Having seen how politics work around this island, I would not be surprised to learn that hotel district managers and ATC managers for that location are in cahoots, coming up with a 'keep those commercial drones outta here' idea. Sounds crazy, but so does most of the stuff that actually happens here. lol In recent news, I saw where ATC can give permission to 107 pilots. Straight out of the mouth of Mr. Jay Merkle, ATO Chief on a live stream broadcast. Only bummer is the JO that was sent out to ALL ATC centers instructing them to direct all airspace auth requests to the online portal...a completely inadequate and defunct system, which still relies on ATC to give clearance, thusly adding a needless step into the process. So the result is we contact the tower, they say go to portal, we say it's not required, they say 'I got this letter from the FAA, you gotta go online'. #facepalm
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    Post-Production Course Feedback for Improvements

    Mahalo for the reply Christian! I'll give this approach a shot and see what I can figure out. Right now it's ridiculous how large the library is in standard proxy format. I wish Apple would add a very simple 'choose the size of your proxy' option upon import. This would solve the issue entirely, by allowing small 720p tiny sized proxies. You'd be amazed how living on an island, you still need to pass editing back & forth electronically.
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    What determines the size of a no-fly area (red squares on the map)

    Aloha Ed, thanks for commenting! I totally understand the theory behind the LAANC system and subsequent mapping, however I don't believe the FAA staff fully understand it themselves. See pasted email response below, regarding the specific airport in question in my original post. Mr. Russell, Your application as written seeks a specific location considered a “zero area.” If you are requesting a broad area authorization for “all available airspace associated with PHJH (Kapalua Airport),” a separate application will be required. I can amend this application to include the broad area, but your specific location will be excluded. Please advise of your choice of the broad area or the specific location, at your first opportunity. Best Regards, MARK ANTHONY HUMPHREY ATC Analyst UAS Integration Team, ClancyJG International
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    Last FAA airspace Wavier granted 9/11/17

    FWIW, I received an airspace auth today.
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    Post-Production Course Feedback for Improvements

    I'd be interested in learning how people pass projects back & forth using proxies in FCPX. I've done this with PP and the files are super small...great for sharing a project back & forth. However, FCPX seems to require making the library several GB, despite containing only proxies, which makes sharing across dropbox pretty much a moot point. Days and days of upload time there. At this point, I'm only using editors who use PP, then I use Send to X to convert once they're done. Royal PITA.
  12. Aloha all, I volunteer / serve Maui Search & Rescue as a ground-pounder and the drone team leader. We're looking at pre-search mapping options, so I gave the trial version of Drone Deploy a run yesterday afternoon during a training mission, specifically utilizing the live mapping function. Here's my input: As usual, the Drone Deploy platform was simple and easy to work. Drag your finger around the screen to create a flight area, set the altitude, hit go. Pretty straight forward. The real-time mapping function was awesome at first. Seeing it populate a map of the search area was exciting, as we could zoom and analyze data WHILE the drone was mapping the area. However, there was a stiff wind (around 18-20kts sustained, gusting to 25+kts), and the map was completely inaccurate. The drone could not go any slower than the wind speed on the down-wind runs, and fought hard to get more than about 6mph heading into the wind, which I suspect was the cause of the misaligned portions. For instance, the live map stretched and skewed the area, and showed broken driveways, roads, trails...sometimes to the point of about a 100ft variance. As you can imagine, this is not good for SAR missions, where properly reading the terrain is vital. Yes, we were able to find our missing subject (trash bag full of grass & leaves, wearing a shirt) in crazy short time using the aerial data, but I can see how inaccuracy could lead to trouble and unnecessary spending of resources in the field. I realize now, looking back, that perhaps I should've adjusted course heading to stretch perpendicular to the wind, so as to be able to achieve a fairly consistent flight speed throughout the mission (save for the turns at the ends of a run). I'll try again on a high wind day, but I can tell you now that this is a big fat flop, in terms of accuracy. Anyone have any other solutions for real-time mapping? I'm entertaining desktop solutions, which could be processed at basecamp, but in reality, I need something that I can see in real-time during a mission, as sometimes we're deploying drones in the middle of nowhere, far from base camp. Warmest Mahalo!
  13. Chuck, I'm curious to know how quickly this can create an area survey map, thinking SAR?
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    Inspire 2 package for sale

    I'll purchase this. I'm running mobile right now, but please message me to chat about details
  15. Aloha everyone, thanks for taking a minute to step in... I posted this video already in the film forum, but I wanted to share here, just in case no one caught it. A client recently came to me with a similar example of a video and asked if it's something we could create. Of course, I like to take an idea and see how I can elevate it, so we did exactly that. The concept here is to let the home owner tell his unique story, and tell a few important details of the house itself. I set up an on-camera interview, asked maybe 3 questions, and it was like opening the flood gates. This wonderful older Italian gentleman poured out his heart, telling the tale of how he built this home and raised his family. In the end, we came away with the video posted in the link below, and so far I've gotten random texts from other realtor clients telling me they saw & loved the presentation. Feel free to offer creative input and such, as I'm plenty thick-skinned enough to handle critique. Enjoy!
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    Is Golden Hour A Bunch of BS?

    I agree, and I'll add that this is why shooting in a desaturated, contrast-pulled LOG profile for video is much better than standard. The data captured tends to have a higher dynamic range, and can be recovered better in post.
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    Is Golden Hour A Bunch of BS?

    I can appreciate all of what you said here, but never write off the value of shadows on a property, even on the structure. Here's a piece where the outside of the property was captured during sunset / golden hour. Yes, there are huge shadows on the property...and that's exactly what I wanted. Creates a feeling outside of the standard 'bright sky, blue water, everybody's at the beach' video theme that's around these islands. And here's another, where the only option is to fly early. Around 11am the clouds roll in, blocking off the volcano in the background, the Tradewinds whip up enough to make the water look dark & white capped, . So, morning shadows it is...and I like the depth created by this. Give more of a feeling / mood to the piece.
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    Hydro Magic

    Pretty cool abstract vid! Very well done sir
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    Maui Daydream

    Mahalo for the encouragement, Chuck! I agree, I feel as though I'm pushing the limit of the Phantom platform. Most viewers probably won't notice it, because people watch things on phones and iPads these days, but I know it when I view on a large screen. I know most professional film makers prefer DSLR or Cinema cams mounted to large drones, but for what I get into, the next logical step is an Inspire platform. Yes, I'd love to get away from full DJI mode eventually, but the out-of-the-box solutions they provide really do set me up for smooth integration and solo small project flights. I've never shot on any of those platforms your mentioned, although as of late I've been eyeing the Sony A7R iii. As I understand, you can use an adapter from Metabones to fit Canon EF glass, which I already own. Plus I've read that the Canon glass is a bit better quality overall. For now, I'm limited to the following lineup: P4, P4Pro, Canon 7D mk ii, GoPro Hero 5, iPhone 7+, and that's it. Re: Rudy's shots...totally sic man.
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    Maui Daydream

    Aloha everyone! I finally took a little time to put together a video for my own entertainment, showcasing some of my own favorite Maui scenery. Mostly aerial imagery, a little 'other stuff' folded in here and there. Making this piece has inspired me to choose a theme / area of the island and make a more specifically focused project. The grading on this project was challenging, as I mixed old footage with new, spread between multiple cameras and multiple shooting modes (because now I shoot differently from how I shot 2 years ago). Feel free to comment & offer any suggestions or advice for improvement. Mahalo for viewing!
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    Unprofessional real estate photographs

    Yup, exactly what Av8Chuck said. Gorgeous professional photos alone will not be enough in this market. Video, 3D immersive media, aerial photography and in some cases geospatial mapping, survey, & virtual space renderings are all pretty much required to be competitive, and scaling is a major balancing act of maintaining quality and increasing productivity without suffering profitability. Yeah...all those $5 words come into play.
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    Is Golden Hour A Bunch of BS?

    In my opinion, the only bad real estate lighting is that which glares blindingly into a window or door. I've shot beachfront condos facing the west at 4pm and it's a nightmare from inside the unit. With that said, I still make whatever available lighting situation useful, and continue to improve my techniques in order to properly showcase a property. With that said, golden hour & blue hour are great times of day for interior real estate photography, as the outside lighting isn't quite so contrasty, in comparison to interior lighting. The more balanced interior/exterior lighting becomes, the less flash is needed, resulting in a more naturally lit space. Of course, HDR is available, but these days I've eliminated it nearly entirely from my real estate workflow by using remote speedlites, which has drastically reduced edit time. Regarding exterior aerial work, I prefer anything that's not midday. High noon sun makes for super short shadows, which translates to a flatter feeling image. Shadows help create depth in the scene. Hopefully something within all of that babbling is useful to you
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    The Village (Cinematic Short)

    Love this piece! The grading very much helped set the mood, love the sound, loved the videography. Outstanding work!
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    Simple Beachfront Spot – Highlights 4K

    That was quite entertaining! I love the idea of living in a stilt house on the sea. I really enjoyed the speed at which this piece moved. Great music selection, well-timed, and good job using a diverse set of transitions. If I could offer any creative input, it would be to maybe use fewer transitions overall, saving those gems for just the right time. Nothing wrong with straight cuts Aloha!
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    What $7M will buy you on Maui

    I can appreciate the critique, Mahalo for taking the time. It's true, the auto exposure adjustments on the top down shot from the house to the beach is a bit 'adjusty'. I'll keep the ae lock in mind on the next one-off which is just a few days away.