Filming the Northern Lights… in Real Time

DL CADE Capturing the Northern Lights in real time only recently became doable, with beautiful videos like this one popping up to show the potential of cameras that can handle high-ISO with low noise. But the folks at OZZO Photography took this idea to new heights… literally. They strapped a Sony a7S II to a drone and shot the northern lights from the air. If nothing else, it’s a different perspective we’ve not seen before; but it was also a very difficult piece of footage to Read More

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Drones for migrants: Refugee who made the journey wants to halt drownings

AFP, Lesbos, Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose. Far from being a hobby flight, this is a project to save the lives of drowning refugees, designed by a 33-year-old Afghan who was once one of them. Fifteen years after fleeing his home to escape the Taliban, this drone expert wants to help others like him survive the perilous crossing of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas that have claimed thousands of Read More

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If you think technology has no place in the national parks, think again

By Amelia Urry It’s easy to blame it all on the cellphone tower. It’s right there, ruining the postcard-perfect shot you line up on your smartphone screen on your visit to Old Faithful. Cellphone coverage and wireless internet are seeping into the parts of the country we like to think of as one-hundred-percent-natural, frozen in pre-industrial time. Of the 412 parks and monuments administered by the National Park Service, none is more iconic than Yellowstone National Park. Yet half of Read More

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Kansas football turns to drones for an aerial edge in practice

S. GARRETT SHAW When Kansas coach Dave Beaty hired Jeff Love as director of football technology this summer, Beaty asked him to bring a “new and cool” element to practices this season. To respond, Love looked up. The Jayhawks are using drones on their football practice field, equipped with video cameras to give the team a unique spin on developing players and gameplans from intricate angles.   In every practice, Love controls the drones, which record special teams, seven-on-seven, Read More

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Italy earthquake: Chilling drone footage shows destruction of Pescara del Tronto

By Alex Wheeler Rescue teams have been working through the night to try and find survivors who may be trapped underneath the rubble caused by an earthquake which flattened Italys central mountainous villages on 24 August. The death toll had risen to 250 on Thursday morning (25 August) and officials have said that the figure is expected to rise as search operations continue. It now appears that the toll is likely to surpass that from Italys last major earthquake in 2009 in nearby LAquila, Read More

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The Snap drone weighs 570g, will fit in your backpack and follow you on your ride

With a built-in two-axis mechanical and electronic gimbal, Vantage Robotics says the Snap will shoot stabilized video at up to 4k 30fps, or super slow-mo 1080p 120fps or 720p at 240fps, and can even shoot 12mp still images in bursts up to 10fps — for reference the GoPro Hero4 Black also shoots 4k at 30fps, 1080p 120fps or 720p at 240fps, but can take 12mp photos at 30fps. Measuring 13.9inx12.48inx2.48in (353mmx317mmx63mm) the Snap drone folds in half for storage and should fit in a decent Read More

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Watch close-up drone footage of the ‘mystery’ ships off Tynemouth’s coast

BY BARBARA HODGSON Viewed from afar, the three “mystery” container ships off Tynemouth’s coast have been labelled a blot on the horizon. Now, thanks to drone footage, we can get a first close-up view of the vessels which have become the subject of debate since The Chronicle reported how they have been moored there for weeks. Colin Chambers, who captured the footage, has only recently bought his drone and said: “I thought ‘what can I record that people haven’t seen?’. “I Read More

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Ways Realtors are using drones

By Liam McGurl That hovering white thing you might have seen soaring around your neighborhood isn’t a bird, a plane or even Superman — it’s a drone. But don’t assume the person behind the control is some kid trying out a new toy. As real estate brokers seek new ways to showcase clients’ property, many have turned to the 360-degree view drones offer. For Lisa Bouchard Hoe, the owner of Kinderhook Group, a Chatham-based real estate business, her drone has been Read More

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Drone Footage Of Clayton Fire, Now Fully Contained; Soberanes Fire Slows

BY JAY BARMANN Two large wildfires continue burning to our south, though the progress of the largest one has slowed, and meanwhile a smaller but more destructive and swiftly moving fire to our north, allegedly sparked by a serial arsonist, has been extinguished, and residents are now assessing the damage. The Soberanes Fire in and around Big Sur has been kept back from the coastal village and the redwoods immediately along the coast, and its spread to the southeast has slowed somewhat Read More

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Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drowning

ILIANA MIER Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesvos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose. Far from being a hobby flight, this is a project to save the lives of drowning refugees, designed by a 33-year-old Afghan who was once one of them. Fifteen years after fleeing his home to escape the Taliban, this drone expert wants to help others like him survive the perilous crossing of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas that has claimed thousands of Read More

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