December in San Diego, CA

Another beautiful day in Americas Finest City. Here's a shot I took at the Children's Pool in La Jolla, CA. 

Photo shot with the DJI Mavic Pro: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN

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Tesla Light Painting with the DJI Mavic Pro and Lume Cubes

Tesla Light Painting with the DJI Mavic Pro and Lume Cubes

After lighting up the Sunset Cliffs caves with my buddy Daniel, I've been due for another fun project. This time around, I found out Lume Cube was releasing a new mount for the DJI Mavic Pro. I reached out to the Lume Cube team to see if this product was available to test and luckily for me, they had a prototype unit available. This new mount is set to release early December 2017 so I was stoked to get a chance to play with these before then. Now the challenge was to come up with a unique idea that I could use the Mavic and Cubes on.

I've been a huge fan of Elon Musk and the Teslas for the past few years. My friend and fellow photographer Spencer Pablo just got his Tesla Model X wrapped flat black. The first thing that came to mind was to see if I can light up the Tesla at night with the Lumes. 

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We jumped in his Model X and headed off to location #1. Spencer recently photographed his Tesla's here so and I knew it would be a nice night shot with the downtown skyline in the background. The only concern was that this location was fairly close to the airport. After checking a few apps, the actually location we planned to shoot at seemed to be somewhat clear for take off.

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We got to location #1 and launched the app instantly is make sure we were clear for take off. Unfortunately, we were literary right at the edge of the no take circle in the DJI app. We tried walking around and got the same warning. Cannot take off.

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It was a race against the sun at this point so we needed to make a location change and make that change quickly. Scott Davenport mentioned a spot near Balboa Park that might work so we headed over there as fast as we could. It wasn't to hard getting there fast with the Model X :)

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It was all smiles when we took the Mavic up for a test flight with the Lumes Cubes. With only about 20 minutes before the sun crosses the horizon, we moved the cars into place and got the cameras set up. And yes, we had 2 Teslas this evening as Spencers wife brought out her Tesla Model S to join in on the fun. 

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After a couple tweaks of the car angles, the cameras were set. We wanted to capture images from the same spot as the sun went down, all the way past sunset so we would have a range of images to choose from as far as background went. Spencer manned the camera as I piloted the lights and Mavic Pro. 

As the sun went down and the skyline lights came on, we began flying, lighting and shooting non-stop. I would position lights over the main lines of the Tesla, making sure we highlight the curves of the body.  Spencer would take some long exposure photos at each position with the idea of compositing the highlighted pieces together later in post. 

After some Lightroom and Photoshop work, here is the final 20+ layer composition (plus multiple color correction layers) photo. We had a blast shooting, lighting and compositing this photo and I can't wait to set up another creative project soon. 

I hope you got some value my video and this blog. Below are some links for you in case you wanted more information on the products we used. 

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Follow Spencer: http://www.spencerpablophotography.com
Follow Scott: https://www.scottdavenportphoto.com

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▼ VIEW THE LUME CUBE MOUNT AND KIT HERE:

DJI Mavic Pro mounts: https://goo.gl/j6fxnW
DJI Mavic Pro Lume Cube Lighting Kit: https://goo.gl/YkEbmD


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▼ BEST PRICES ON THE DJI MAVIC PROs:

DJI Mavic Pro Alpine White: https://goo.gl/Gnz6Lx
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro Drone:  https://goo.gl/fq1bVN


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▼ LIST OF GEAR USED TO FILM THIS VIDEO:

Video shot on: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
DJI Osmo Extension Stick: http://amzn.to/2Ac63sv
DJI Osmo Tripod: http://amzn.to/2gYnZ1C
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn
Tablet holder: http://www.mavmount.com (Use promo code flytpath)
GPC Hard Case for the DJI Mavic: http://amzn.to/2umfRMt
PolarPro DJI Mavic large hard case: http://bit.ly/2zpXz4z


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DJI Releases an Alpine White Mavic Pro for the Holidays

DJI Mavic Pro Alpine White Combo: https://goo.gl/Gnz6Lx

OMG!!! Why DJI!!! And I say that in a good way. This Alpine White Mavic Pro looks so damn sexy!!! Not only does it look good, it comes in a combo package thats makes it a no brainer if you are looking at picking up a Mavic Pro. This Apple and DJI exclusive Mavic Pro comes with three (3) total batteries for only $50 more than purchasing the original Mavic Pro (dark gray color) which only includes one (1) battery. It's like you're getting the Fly More Combo for $1049 instead of $1299. 

 

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum - MP batteries, Return to Home and Hand Catching

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum - MP batteries, Return to Home and Hand Catching
►DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
►My San Diego Coffee Table Book: http://amzn.to/2wX4z5T

► You have questions, I hope to provide some video answers. Along with doing product reviews, tutorials, tips and tricks, I plan on doing short videos like this one to answer some common questions that are posted to my videos. In this video I answer a bunch of comments about using the original Mavic Pro batteries in the new Platinum. I also give you a little bonus Return to Home test and Hand Catching tips.

▼LIST OF GEAR USED BELOW:
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum fly more combo: https://goo.gl/DzRRt2
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Propellers: https://goo.gl/FbzU65
DJI Mavic Pro Drone: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST
GPC Hard Case for the DJI Mavic: http://amzn.to/2umfRMt
PolarPro DJI Mavic 6-Pack Cinema: http://amzn.to/2oSSKq5
Video shot on: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Bendy Tripod: http://amzn.to/2eM5cZC
Audio Digital Recorder: http://amzn.to/2ydmXs7
Microphone: http://amzn.to/2oCAamj
Remote controller stick protector: http://amzn.to/2qM0rUf
Lighting to USB 90 degree: http://amzn.to/2sbzGtM
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn
Tablet holder: http://www.mavmount.com (Use promo code flytpath)

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum vs Original - Flight Time Comparison

► DJI Mavic Pro Original versus Platinum - Flight Time Comparison
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
My San Diego Aerial Drone Photography Coffee Table Book: http://amzn.to/2wX4z5T

So the new DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is finally here and I was extremely anxious to get this video going. DJI marketed the new Platinum as an enhanced version of the original Mavic Pro by upgrading the electronic speed controllers and propellers. DJI said that these updates now extend the flight time 3 minutes. In this video, I put the original Mavic Pro side by side with the Platinum to see if there's really a difference worth talking about with the new Platinum Mavic Pro.

▼GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
GPC Hard Case: http://amzn.to/2umfRMt
Freewell Hard Case: http://amzn.to/2wGBZns
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST
Vlog Camera: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Center Shot Camera: http://amzn.to/2vL0r73
Side Camera - http://amzn.to/2mMC6aA
Bendy Tripod: http://amzn.to/2eM5cZC
Microphone: - http://amzn.to/2oCAamj
Portable Digital Recorder: http://amzn.to/2ydmXs7
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn
Apple iPad Pro: http://amzn.to/2yDRAoS
Tablet holder: http://www.mavmount.com (Use promo code flytpath)

► If you found value in my video, please don't forget to give it a big thumbs up. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks for watching and please don't forget to subscribe to be notified on new videos. To view my fine art aerial drone photography and San Diego Aerial book, visit http://flytpath.com

Unboxing the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

► Unboxing the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum The new DJI Mavic Pro Platinum has a couple upgrades over the original Mavic Pro. In this video, I walk you though an unboxing of the new Mavic Platinum (standard package). If you are interested in purchasing the DJI Mavic Pro standard or platinum, I've added links below.

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▼ GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum fly more combo: https://goo.gl/DzRRt2
DJI Mavic Pro: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
Video shot on: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Microphone: - http://amzn.to/2oCAamj

▼ MY DAILY GEAR
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST
GoScope Mavic Go Case: http://amzn.to/2uKlatt
Micro USB 2.0 OTG Micro USB to Female: http://amzn.to/2sgy3X1
Lighting to USB 90 degree: http://amzn.to/2sbzGtM
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn

DJI Spark Skeleton Case and Gimbal Lock / Lens Cover by PolarPro

► DJI Spark Skeleton Case and Gimbal Lock / Lens Cover by PolarPro.
Skeleton Mount: http://amzn.to/2zi5Ym6
Gimbal Lock / Lens Cover: http://bit.ly/2kXJ0xY

In this video, I talk about some new accessories from PolarProFilters.com. PolarPro is known for their amazing ND Filters for drones, but they have expanded their products line this past year to include a lot of accessories for Spark, Mavic and Phantom line-ups. The Skeleton is designed for the on-the-go flyer that wants to travel and fly quickly while still protecting the Spark in transit. Also I talk about their new DJI Spark gimbal lock / lens cover. Scroll down to see my PROs and CONs.

► If you found value in my video, please don't forget to give it a big thumbs up. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks for watching and please don't forget to subscribe to be notified on new videos.

To view my fine art aerial drone photography and San Diego Aerial book, visit http://flytpath.com/shop

▼GEAR TALKED ABOUT IN THIS VIDEO:
DJI Spark Drone: https://goo.gl/YsrF57
PolarPro DJI Spark Skeleton Mount: http://amzn.to/2zi5Ym6
PolarPro DJI Spark Gimbal Lock / Lens Cover: http://bit.ly/2kXJ0xY
PolarPro DJI Spark Case: http://amzn.to/2uKdiIg
Video shot on: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Microphone: - http://amzn.to/2oCAamj
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST

▼ OTHER GEAR I USE
DJI Mavic Pro Drone: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
Tablet holder: http://www.mavmount.com (use promo code flytpath)
Remote controller stick protector: http://amzn.to/2qM0rUf
Micro USB 2.0 OTG Micro USB to Female: http://amzn.to/2sgy3X1
Lighting to USB 90 degree: http://amzn.to/2sbzGtM
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn

► View more products that I have used in my past videos: https://www.amazon.com/shop/flytpath

SKELETON
PROs
• Fast protection if you are in transit to multiple locations and want to travel as light as possible.
• Protects the props and motors
• Quick and easy to install and setup right out of the box
CONs
• Bottom of the motors and lights aren't protected, leaving it open to get banged around while hung

GIMBAL LOCK / CAMERA COVER
PROs
• Quick and easy to put on and off
• Holds the camera and gimbal steady during transit
CONs
• Would have been better if it covered the sides a little more

DJI Zenmuse X7 Camera for the DJI Inspire 2 - DJI Product Release Event

► DJI Zenmuse X7 Camera for the DJI Inspire 2 - DJI Product Release Event. DJI Zenmuse X7: https://goo.gl/mVKuEv

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the most recent product release event by DJI. Once again, DJI steps up their game with the new Zunmuse X7 Super 35 Sensor camera. Is this the most affordable competition to the RED camera? In this video, I take you with me to the event, show you the size difference between the X7 and other DJI cameras, and even picked up an extra gift bag for one of you.

► If you found value in my video, please don't forget to give it a big thumbs up. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks for watching and please don't forget to subscribe to be notified on new videos. To view my fine art aerial drone photography and San Diego Aerial book, visit http://flytpath.com

▼GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:
DJI Zenmuse X7: https://goo.gl/mVKuEv
DJI Inspire 2: https://goo.gl/4VUvh9
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST
My daily drone: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
Video shot on: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Tablet holder: https://www.mavmount.com
Microphone: - http://amzn.to/2oCAamj
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn

 

DJI Mavic Pro - Flight time test with the Original and Platinum Propellers

► DJI Mavic Pro - Flight time test with the Original and Platinum Propellers. Platinum Propellers: https://goo.gl/FbzU65
So we know there's a significant noise difference with the new Platinum props. The question now is if there's a flight time difference I test the original props against the new Platinum props to see if we can get more flight time out of them. Watch the noise test here: https://youtu.be/Wx16PZMoDzo

► If you found value in my video, please don't forget to give it a big thumbs up. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks for watching and please don't forget to subscribe to be notified on new videos. To view my fine art aerial drone photography and San Diego Aerial book, visit http://flytpath.com

▼GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO:
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Battery: https://goo.gl/pLgsSg
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Propellers: https://goo.gl/FbzU65
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/fDNx1U
DJI Mavic Pro Drone: https://goo.gl/fq1bVN
Tablet holder: Mavmount.com (Use promo code flytpath)
Main camera: http://amzn.to/2nGYg2X
Audio Recorder: http://amzn.to/2ydmXs7
Microphone: - http://amzn.to/2oCAamj
Remote controller stick protector: http://amzn.to/2qM0rUf
Apple iPad Air 2: http://amzn.to/2sSYJhn
Backpack I use: http://amzn.to/2uB9kST GoScope Mavic Go Case: http://amzn.to/2uKlatt