JBR LIFE Photography

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  1. Last FAA airspace Wavier granted 9/11/17

    FWIW, I received an airspace auth today.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Chuck, I'm curious to know how quickly this can create an area survey map, thinking SAR?
  5. Inspire 2 package for sale

    I'll purchase this. I'm running mobile right now, but please message me to chat about details
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hydro Magic

    Pretty cool abstract vid! Very well done sir
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. The Village (Cinematic Short)

    Love this piece! The grading very much helped set the mood, love the sound, loved the videography. Outstanding work!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. What $7M will buy you on Maui

    Aloha fellow pilots, Today I'm sharing a cinematic property video that's all about the bells & whistles. This is an oceanfront luxury home on Maui, with so much style and class, it was difficult to choose what stayed in the video and what didn't. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
  19. Seaside in Portland

    Beautiful scenery, I've always wanted to visit the Atlantic Northeast. Like Chuck said, best Mavic footage I've seen on a long time. If I had any critique it would be to not reverse clips with waves. Mahalo for sharing, lovely production!
  20. Selling Tips

    Video editing requires a lot of computing power. We just upgraded our editing machine last winter to a 2017 iMac 5k Retina display with every upgrade available. As video files become larger, the computers must step up to handle the workload. I'd suggest you either get a super-computer laptop or jump into desktop editing solutions.
  21. Selling Tips

    Personally, I think the Inspire is a bit much for most real estate shoots. For a large isolated property, yea rock it out. But when trying to do drone work within a housing development or a condo, the smaller drones are a bit less eye-catching and fit between obstacles a bit easier. I use a P4A pretty regularly for most projects. For editing, we primarily used Final Cut PRO (Apple). It's intuitive, easy to use, and operates efficiently, requiring less system resource tax than others. Premiere Pro is also on our editor list, but really only when absolutely necessary. *** EDIT*** I'd like to add that the past month has been nothing but crash after crash with Premiere Pro. A quick google search reveals that many are plagued by this nonsense, with no response from Adobe as to a fix or an upcoming update. This program is a royal pain in the arse for me.
  22. Resort Living

    Aloha peeps! Occasionally I get to shoot luxury resort condos, which are being sold and could be either rented out short term (vacation rental) or serve as a residence at the resort. I've often entertained the idea of living in a resort. Sure, the tourists will constantly ask you for directions and 'what do we do on vacation' questions, but the bonus is that your neighbors turn over often, there's a cleaning service in-house, and you don't ever mow again...ever. Oh, and of course all the groovy island resort stuff that comes with it...restaurant, pools, courtyards, beach access, etc. Yea, I think I'd live here...
  23. Selling Tips

    This is a fabulous story, Dave, thanks for sharing! I think your approach is solid. I did this exact same thing when I started our real estate media biz. It all began with photos alone, and I rang the phone off the hook trying to solicit realtors. My pitch: Lemme shoot a property pro bono and see if we like working together. Whenever they said, 'I don't have anything coming up but I'll call if I do', I responded with, 'No problem, and another thought is that if you have an old stale listing that isn't moving, maybe I could shoot that to give it a fresh new look?' A few took me up on the offer, some never called me back, and those who did propelled us into an actual business. During the first year, I ended up shooting about 75 properties, which included vacant lots, tear-downs, fixer-uppers, nice homes & condos, and a few high-end luxury homes in the $10-20M range. We finished our second year (last year) with 206 properties captured in some way shape or form, and we're looking to break over the 300 mark for this year. From the very start with still photos, it didn't take long until clients wanted video, so I self-learned and began offering that. Immediately after video, they wanted aerial drone work, and most recently 3D matterport scans. Today, we pretty much do all things real estate media related, from virtual capture for multi-housing build projects to oceanfront estates. Like yourself, it all began with a humble start. One important key here, as you obviously already know, is to stay humble despite the success. It's an attractive trait to most, especially among lofty-minded realtors
  24. Property Videos: Past, Present & Future

    Damn bro, your 'rough edit' of you first ever property video could win an independent film award!
  25. Flying a Drone on Kauai

    As far as I understand, you'd be legal launching from the boat kayak. From what I've gathered, there's a considerable amount of heli traffic, so be on high alert. Have fun!