I recently figured out that I had maxed out my paid time off, accumulating a considerable stockpile of time. Being maxed out means I can not accumulate any more vacation time, so I decided to take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off.
One thing I promised to do each day during this break was to create something or build my skills with available free time. So yesterday morning I got up early, grabbed my DJI Phantom 3 Drone and drove down to Huntington Beach Pier to take some aerial video. I don’t want to squander this short break, and vacations can be a time to create good content.
Thanks to the quantum leap in consumer drone technology and advances in smartphones, average consumers can capture amazing imagery. For me, in recent years, vacations have become more about capturing moments, making memories with video and photography, having something to document an experience. With UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), you can capture stunning video clips and integrate them into your other video clips and produce wonderful short films. That was my goal on this occasion.
At the beach it was in the chilly 40’s. A dark blue sky covered Huntington Beach as the sun started to rise. I strolled to the pier with a coffee passing shopkeepers and the occasional jogger. After taking a few short clips with my OSMO camera I set the Drone on the pier for take off, but due to high electrical magnetic levels coming from the underside of the concrete deck, the drone would not take off, so I packed up and moved down to the beach, where I enjoyed a solitary view of the surf for take off. You can see the results in the below video. It was a delightful time, partly because I was able to capture the video I needed in plenty of time before the Lifeguard drove up and told me to stop filming.
I must think of other great places to make videos this week and create something that I can look back on and remember.