JBR LIFE Photography

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  1. Seems to be a summer filled with challenges for us all...as this big fancy home had to be shot hand held because my Zhiyun Crane Plus decided to die that morning after about 10min of use outside. The spare gimbal was at home...on the other side of the island. 😳

    So yea, a few wonky things I'd normally never allow in this video, but the client loves it, and I think it'll help sell the place.  Enjoy! 



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  2. 20 hours ago, Talon Six Aerial said:

    This was a little challenging with the proximity to other houses and trees, but the Mavic 2 Pro came through again.  There's a drone shot at the end where I had the drone on POI mode going clockwise around the house while I was manually climbing, making for a nice corkscrew shot.  The M2P kept the camera pointed at the POI (the window above the garage) allowing me to very smoothly speed ramp the clip in post.  

    On the non-drone side, I also whipped out the slider and 35mm lens for the first time to get three closeup shots during the video.  


    Nice work!  This one gave me a very HGTV feel (except with better camera work), which was refreshing.

  3. 11 minutes ago, Alan Perlman said:

    0:12 — You misspelled "introducing"!

    1:21 — you take a shower while you're there? (just kidding, I like the effect though)

    And I love the last few shots showcasing the hiking, surfing, etc. options around the property. Such great storytelling!

    OMG THANK YOU!!!  I cannot believe I did that...never happened before on a final cut.  Fixed it, thank you!

    I did not take a shower. lol. I usually don't love doing the running water thing, but this place needed something to break the monotony of 'bedroom, bathroom, hallway, laundry, etc.'

    Thanks for the compliment, I very much appreciate it.  This process is always a fun time, and I'm super stoked when someone understands that it's a story, not just a walkthrough :)

  4. Hazy days...they can be a real challenge sometimes, especially when it comes to showing the view out the windows.  Even with the Sony a7r3's 14-stop dynamic range, this production took a good bit of work in post to squeeze the data as much as possible.  I used a pair of Dracast LED lights to help out, and I think overall it was a good call, otherwise there would be a lot of contrast and noise.  I could've used MORE lighting, but then I'd be dealing with harsh, unwanted shadows.  I've been enjoying the challenge of using lighting and retaining a natural feel, or at least that's what I think I'm doing at the time.  You can see for yourself and decide :)




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  5. Aloha UAV community,

    I just returned from a trip to Europe, where we rambled through a few countries, ending in the Swiss alps.  Switzerland, as it turns out, is super drone friendly, and has a well developed, easy to understand set of rules for UAV operation.  To satisfy the insurance part of their rules ($1M CHF liability for all operators, hobbyist or commercial), I found that my PPA coverage is global...so that's awesome!

    The trip itself was a whirlwind, and I was able to snag only one flight in this town, during fading light, so I made the most of it and had a go.  Here are a couple of my favs from the set, shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom. 

    Enjoy, and Mahalo for viewing!






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  6. I agree with everything pointed out here.  I'll volunteer this as well....the FPS thing is great, but don't let that dictate your life.  Too many people get hung up on using 60fps as a bandaid to their inability to maneuver a camera slow & steady.  That's not to say that shooting 60fps isn't great, but really only when necessary, such as high speed panning, high speed action that you intend to slow down in post, etc.  But for the normal just flying around, it's best to get a good set of ND filters and use a lower frame rate.  You'll be pleased with the results.


  7. Aloha gang,

    I had the pleasure of filming a 1min video ad for a local clear bottom kayak company last week, thought I'd share.  The entire shoot took less than 3hrs, including gear setup, waiting on models, signing releases, briefing cast & crew, all the way to packing up and heading to breakfast with friends afterward.  I already had a relatively constructed timeline for the video mapped out before we showed up, but as you know, there's always some extra footy to grab in the moment, or a quick new concept to fold into the mix.

    Since this company is all about the see-through kayak experience, I tried to capitalize on that aspect, as well as the idea that it's an experience, not just a neat boat.  

    The camera lineup for this shoot was as follows:

    Sony a7r3 + G-Master 16-35 - gimbal mount
    Sony a73 + G-Master 24-70 - tripod mount
    GoPro Hero5 Black on a floaty handle
    Mavic 2 Zoom

    The M2Z came in so handy for the closing shot.  Since we cannot fly directly over the cast, as they aren't part of the flight crew, I hovered the drone just behind the paddler, zooming to 48mm focal length, to give the feel of being directly over the clear front section of the boat.  Then, began lifting off, while zooming out to 24mm, and panning up for the finish.  That'll all make sense when you watch the vid.

    This is the proof cut, so there will be some intro/outro titling to be done, but I wanted to share before it's cluttered up with that stuff.  Best viewed in 4k, sound on.  

    Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing!


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  8. Aloha and welcome to the forum!  

    To get straight to it... Mavic 2 Pro will give you the best bang for the buck in terms of quality, portability, ease of deployment, and versatility.  It travels well, the camera is a great 1" sensor Hasselblad, and you can most certainly aim the camera up and not see the rotors (they spread the arms wider on the Mavic 2 lineup).  

    However, all this goodness most definitely comes at a cost...altitude and airspace restrictions that are increasingly proving to be inaccurate and over-stepping in application (i.e. abandoned air strips showing as NFZ's and whatnot).  This plagues all DJI products, and as much as I love my own, I cannot wait to find a suitable replacement and be rid of those jokers once and for all.  The problem is that their product is great, just their geofencing not so much.

    But I digress, and will still maintain that you'll be most pleased with the M2P.

    Mahalo for posting!

  9. Exactly what @Av8Chuck said.  Steer clear of this type of mission, it's definitely not worth the risk overall.  A legal hemp farm should be asking you about how you can help survey their own crop, not surveying others' crops.  In some states, surveillance of private property with intent and without express permission over an unreasonable period of time can easily equate to a violation of privacy, which is trouble no one needs.  For example...passing over a property while rolling video is one thing, but stopping to hang out, grab pics of the details and habits of the property and its inhabitants...those types of things.

  10. On 10/3/2018 at 7:22 PM, Aushim Relemton said:

    I've been following your post man, and you never fail to amaze me. You're the real deal man Nice!


    54 minutes ago, Cyclops55 said:

    Nice shot!

    Mahalo to you both for the great compliments!  A little positive reinforcement sure goes a long way, and it's much appreciated.