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Went down earlier this afternoon and talked to the fireworks director and a festival official. Had a nice spot picked out for launching and getting some aerial footage of the display. BIG thunderstorms moved in, K index went from 5 to 6, so I just stayed home. Maybe next year.
 
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Encoding mine now. I really f*cked up and went way too far south than I should have. I was aiming for a more "out of the city" area being people seem to get really freaked out by the quadcopters.

After this evening, I decided I'm going to stock up on about a case or two of smoke bombs for a few video ideas I've got.

I'm also going to chase parachutes tomorrow for some training. I'm still sloppy with flying. Thought this might be a fun way to track objects moving faster than normal.
 
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Fireworks over the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Video to follow soon. There were three other drones flying around the fireworks. I was flying the P3P all through FPV. The only person at risk during my shoot was me. I was flying over the 2500ft wide river. If a malfunction would have occurred I would be the one in harms way after I tell my wife how much money I just let sink to the bottom of river.

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Main fireworks in St. Louis at forest park this year instead of riverfront/arch. A couple other drones enticed me to join in although several news choppers were orbiting the fireworks lower than 400ft so had to keep in a corner . These were some stills. Most of the footage was video in Log so will have to color grade later.

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Fireworks over the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Video to follow soon. There were three other drones flying around the fireworks.
Wow - you were close! No news helicopters nearby?
 
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All great shots, New Orleans is a real standout for me as the water and the buildings make for a great backdrop. Are you guys flying purely on the FPV for these or are the lights bright enough on the Phantom?
 
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Here is all I was able to get, it's nothing fancy. It was quite breezy so the few photos I took didn't turn out as well I had hoped. I was pleased with the video though!


Check out my other videos too while you're there. I have been adding some recently and hope to add more soon.
 
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First big flight with my new P3P (retiring the P2+GP4), so I was keen to stay back a bit and over empty field areas. The craft preformed superbly, rock solid and faster than my P2 rig. I didn't want to get close enough to be a distraction to viewers or, worse, have some paranoid official halt the show or some other action. I was there to document, not become part of the story, haha. Shot auto, Log and neon white balance.
 
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Finally got this dang thing to post. Just some raw footage of the finale. Battery was critically low just before the finale started, so I pulled her down and climbed like mad. Most of this is from 300 to 950 feet. I had no idea I was that high till I looked at the log. My launch site was only 20 feet from the finale trailer, so he entire thing was up close and personal. You might catch the sprinkling of a shell that was above me.. by about 400 feet.
 

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