Technique

Drone has smooth point-of-interest, follow-me, and tripod modes with a 20-megapixel, one-inch sensor for detailed photos and 4K video.  Complementing is a 4K 30-magapixel professional camera with zoom lenses, or an actioncam on a flowing gimbal stabilizer, or a 360 camera — or yet another camera for coverage with timed editing and picture-in-picture.  Methods employ external and lavalier mics, flash modifiers, motorized pan and fluid-head tripods, and live broadcast to social media.

Processing is done with Final Cut Pro effects and Luminar and Pixelmator corrections.  (No Photoshop fakery — except for obvious whimsical combinations done in Photoshop.)  Journalism training looks for photos that “tell a story.”  (Not much time for contests where award winners seem rather mediocre.)  The news media, not wanting responsibility for a drone, have used my photo/video files shared on events.

Galleries

I am selecting some favorites for the galleries on this page.  Tap on the thumbnails to see larger views.  Then tap on the image for fuller resolution.  Framed 19×13 prints can be had for $50.

Please go to the links on the About page in the Menu for more photos on Flickr, Dronestagram, and my Facebook page.  Best of all, I think, are my videos on YouTube, which often took days to edit each in Final Cut Pro.

New website

I decided to take a WordPress class through Continuing Ed.  This website may change, although I want to keep it simple.  I like having more control than just a Facebook page where my videos get blocked by a “gotcha” copyright algorithm.

After struggling with plugins, I settled on Envira Gallery and MetaSlider, plus Google Fonts.  I used WP Smush to set a maximum 1280 pixel width so that photos load quickly — but bear in mind they look and print better from full size.  The main gallery on this page was re-smushed to 2560 pixels, and there is a page of selected photos at full size.  There are still issues to be worked out with the Home page and the Header video working on mobile devices.  I could  mess with the code on display size.  But video backgrounds generally are not available on mobile devices  so it is replaced by a static Media Poster image.  (Users are not happy if you start a video streaming that consume the monthly traffic, so this is considered as a best practice in web development.)