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  1. Sorry, I realized I had the exposure too high on this, re-worked it. Here's the correct version I meant to send you. Catalog should match this one now. This also means there wasn't as much data loss in the highlights as I had thought initially.
  2. *spell correction: Lana'i - only one letter 'I' in the mix.
  3. Mahalo, Alan! I had a run through the image, and here are a few notes: In the future, if you'll pull the drone back another 300ft or so, there will be room to straighten the lines of the buildings, without losing the desired scene. I tried straightening this image, but it suffered a loss of sky or the pier, have to choose. Instead of sacrificing the scene, I omitted the process altogether. Found some critical data loss in the sky highlights, toward the center of the frame. I recommend shooting at least -1/3 EV, sometimes even -2/3, and on rare occasions, a full stop below. The Hasselblad seemed to do well recovering shadow tones, so I wouldn't fear exposing for the highlights a little more conservatively. The key to an image like this, as you'll find in the catalog, is brush tool, brush tool, brush tool. Over the years, I've created a few import presets that really help me get close. It reduces the editing time a LOT, because they're custom built to fit the settings I use. It makes shooting for your edit process a ton easier. Enjoy! Lightroom Catalog --------> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a7iwnifhjsochj7/AABK8dUSp3Wy1Iflc5FZL7MBa?dl=0 Edited image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/66osevynonhns92/DJI_0074_original.jpg?dl=0
  4. Aloha friends! Today I'm sharing an image shot for a recent work project. On this island, we have only 2 seasons - summer and winter. Winter cloud cover tends to bring some of the most dramatic sunsets, with fire in the sky, almost every single evening. In the distant left of the frame, you can see the island of Kaho'olawe (Kah-ho-oh-la-vay), with Molokini (Moh-loh-kee-nee) crater in front of it (looks like a little tiny island). In the distant right of the frame, you can see the edge of the island of Lanai'i (Luh-nah-ee), an island that is currently privately owned in it's entirety by Larry Ellison, of Oracle. 7 shots, 1 HDR merge, all manually exposed. Enjoy and Mahalo for viewing!
  5. Aloha Alan, This is a beautiful image, for sure! I have a few feedback notes, regarding a bit of color work. I could type them up here, or if you'll send me the RAW file, I'll make the adjustment in LR and send you the catalog, so you can see exactly what I did? Great shot, regardless, thanks for sharing! Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon
  6. Aloha gang! I'm proud to present a few images from yesterday morning's drone flight. Through LAANC, I was able to get a special authorization from FAA & the control tower manager to fly this location for a beachfront home (not pictured). While the mission was a beach home, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple shots of the airport itself. What I was most impressed with was how smoothly the approval process went. From request filed through LAANC (AirMap) to authorization was less than 2 weeks. I had to submit a custom unlock request to DJI, which was approved within hours, and loaded to the aircraft days before the mission. A quick call to the tower the morning of the flight, and the manager was already prepared, as he authorized the mission. We recapped the mission details (altitude, duration, radius of operation), and ended with 'Call me when you're done so I'll know, until then I'll keep the traffic off your spot as best I can.' This is the second '0 zone' I've been able to get approved for flight. The first was further away from the airport, but not by much. Seems like if you have a solid plan and a reasonable tower manager, there's a good chance you'll be approved. Details about the flight itself: Mavic 2 Zoom equipped with 3mi vis anti-collision lighting (top white, port, starboard), 300ft operating radius, 75ft AGL max altitude. Operation time was 8am-9am. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
  7. Aloha Mike, I use Final Cut Pro X for video, Lightroom & Photoshop for stills.
  8. Thought I'd share this one, kinda unique in it's own way. This condo comes fully furnished, including the two Peter Lik prints on the wall. It was fun to give this more of a 'feel the vibe' approach, rather than 'here's the living room, here's the kitchen'. Enjoy!
  9. Aerial media can do many great things for a property showcase. Aside from seeing the condition of the rooftop and the surrounding area (which can be both great and not great), an aerial shot can give a perspective otherwise unavailable to the average photographer standing on the ground. For example, last night I had a shoot where the bottom of the home is mostly garage, and the second floor is all the goodies. From the ground, the house looks pretty good, but you still cannot see much detail from the outside looking in, especially at dusk (when we do the dreamy lights on, dark blue night sky combo). So, the answer was to park the drone about 12ft high to balance the perspective and give a peek into a beautifully lit up home at dusk. In terms of video, it's also important to use low angle methods with your drone, because you can cover a lot more distance in one take than running through the yard and around the pool with a gimbal cam. Essentially, you can create CGI style panning & orbiting effects, but with real life video footage. Solar panels on the roof are another reason for aerial media capture. Sure, you could climb a ladder or rent a bucket truck, but one is less safe, the other much more costly. Drones fix that problem in short order. I've even flown drones up large elaborate stairwells to move the video sequence from one floor to another. (DISCLAIMER: Make sure you have more than enough general liability insurance, in case your drone goes whack and you take out a $100,000 chandelier). Personally, I don't really consider the drone anything more than another tool in the box to get a job done. Aerial shots help to create a more robust media package overall, and that's what I market, rather than specifically marketing drone services.
  10. This is very interesting, and a great way to motivate payment. I too can attest to the reality of the problem, as I've had to make a strict rule of no pay, no media delivery. It definitely lights a fire under the realtors, as they need their listings active ASAP (here they get fined $100/day if not listed within 2 days of signing the agreement). An automated system to handle this would save hours of process. Looking forward to seeing how this rolls out!
  11. Used the ramping feature in FCPX on this one, thanks for the tip @Talon Six Aerial!
  12. Mahalo! Checked it out, put it to use in my editing tonight. I'll share once it's all wrapped.
  13. Actually, yes, I've been looking at this. Honestly, I gotta figure it out in FCPX. I know PP has a very easy tool for this, but I just don't use that platform much. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll see about it for the next one!
  14. I'm off to another shoot, but before I go...here's another short vid using the light kit. Enjoy!
  15. That's a pretty cool setup! I love the flexible pad into which the lights are embedded. Makes for a super versatile light. Don't knock the work lights too much. I've thought about grabbing a pair of them for super large spaces that just need a TON of light (dark wood interior, high ceiling, bright view outside).
  16. I'm using a pair of Dracast Bi-Color LED1000 Pro lights. They allow for color adjustment (5600-3200K) as well as brightness control and put out a LOT of light. I also have a pair of small Neewer CN-304 LED lights to fill in the smaller spaces and dark spots. While the Neewer lights only give brightness adjustment, I have a set of gels to somewhat control the color temp on them. How I used the lights is kind all over the place. It's a game of moving lights for every shot sequence, so as to hide their reflections in windows, hotspots on ceilings, floors and furniture, and still get an even spread of light in the space. For the wide shot of the living room that also show a part of the kitchen, I used 2 Dracast lights just behind the couch, angled toward the corners of the room a bit, along with a CN-304 in the far right-corner to light up the dark spot, and then another CN-304 in the dining room, hiding behind the fireplace, lighting up the kitchen a little more. If you get the lighting right, you can work some real magic in post to bring out the data that was captured. I'll see if I have any pull-back pics of the setup. If not, I'll be sure to get some pull-backs of the next shoot involving dynamic lighting. Here's a link to the Dracast set I use right now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LS6WFJO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Another note - I did NOT use the lights in every scene, only the ones where a beautiful broad ocean view was needed from inside a dark room. The rest of the place shot without lights just fine, but a lot of that is because the camera has 15 stops of dynamic range.
  17. Knocked out another luxury property, located in a magical place - Ulupalakua - where the cattle & sheep roam, the weather is mild all year long, and the views are spectacular. Side note: Loving the Dracast 1000 LED 2in1 lights. They really help bring in the view!
  18. Very well done @Talon Six Aerial! That camera height is so much more balanced, looks great. Despite being an empty house, I think you showed the place quite well. Empty homes are sometimes super tough, great job!
  19. Alien Bees are definitely an industry go-to for lighting, and the XPLOR 600 is a helluva lamp as well. The reason I stick with small speed lights is for their ability to be hidden in most spaces. Plus, sometime during the 80's and early 90's, some jack*** came to this island and sold everyone a full set of wall mirrors....for like every wall in every condo. Hard to hide anything bigger than a speed light there! 😂
  20. Great presentation! I enjoyed the interior shots even more knowing they were done with a decently sized UAV. Nicely done!
  21. Aloha Alan, GREAT idea, and I love the design. Personally, I'm a fan of the one with dates listed, but that's because I nerd out on history. I also prefer the light background / shirt option. Is there an option to get these printed on a long sleeve UPF shirt, maybe even with a hood? We all spend a LOT of time out in the sun flying, and sunscreen works great, but definitely makes things a bit slippery on the controls. If not, I'd go T-shirt, but I couldn't do a polo...would definitely stick out like a sore thumb here in flip-flop land!
  22. I second everything @Av8Chuck and @Alan Perlman said. Like I mentioned before, there are some great shots in your reel, you just need a little fine tuning to get it wrapped up. To speak a little more to what @Av8Chuck said, it's important to cut a scene after the actual 'start' of the action, and before the actual 'end' of the action. Hollywood filmmakers do this all the time. For example, if you want to communicate someone stirring coffee and taking a sip, you would be better off showing a short clip of the actual stirring, and cut to a clip of the cup rising to their mouth and tilting a bit...maybe even a second or two of them actually sipping, but that's it. Your brain will fill in the story-line gaps for you. It's basically the same concept as large TV displays...they only populate a number of the pixels with an actual image content, and your brain fills in the blanks to make the image you think you see.
  23. That was an entertaining video, I loved the horse riding shot! Lotta good action, good camera movements in there. Nice one!
  24. Mahalo Luke! The last is a single frame. I rarely do pano work for projects, unless I know they're going to print it large, like giant sign or even billboard (so glad we don't have billboards here...not allowed, and no need anyway...small island). Regarding making the images pop, I'll share with you some knowledge that was passed to me by a dear friend, who recently retired from Apple as Senior Photographer. Of course I'm paraphrasing, but I'll give it my best reiteration. From the moment you conceptualize a photo in your mind's eye, that photo begins a journey. Its journey will last through all of the steps involved -capturing the image with a camera, processing it afterward, being presented for final viewing, whether online or in print. You should have every step of that journey in your mind before you ever press the shutter button. The point is, shoot for your edits, so you can properly edit for your shoot. If you haven't already, find out where your cameras max out on dynamic range from light to dark, and then you know how to find the best balance of camera settings to suit your editing, producing the image you desire.
  25. No lights on the drone shots, just exposed for the highlights and brought out the darker details in post.