Clearance & Time Of Day
"Clearance, Clarence," that's kind of an old Airplane reference, Airplane the movie, but so not just clearance with the location, but also the airspace which we talked in airspace section how you can use airmap or aviation sectionals to make sure that you're not flying in any regulated airspace, no class B, A, well obviously not A, but A, B, C, D, you're able to fly in class G without a waiver which is unregulated airspace and this was totally clear of that as well so this was a perfect location, the Santa Cruz Steamer Lane location for us, and so we did get a permit and they gave us the day to fly there and I think one contingency day, 'cause that's the thing with... doing aerial stuff anytime you're doing outdoor stuff you always need a contingency day and that's what I'd say as you're starting to do more commercial work, make sure you communicate that with your clients, that yeah we're gonna make a plan for this day and the weather looks good, but you never know. In Colorado, that's...
specifically an issue because the weather reports are like, they're just so inconsistent with reality oftentimes. Time of day, the time of day is big, I was showing a friend of mine some of my footage that you saw in some of the introductory lessons there, some of the footage of Iceland, and with my Blade Chroma and he was like "man, I got this Phantom 4, "the footage doesn't look anywhere near as your Chroma" and as far as I understand, they were really using a similar sensor, if not that same sensor, and so a lot of it has to do with like regular photography considerations, it's all about the lighting and so typically what that means is really early mornings, getting there an hour or a 1/2 an hour before the sun comes up so that you're getting that nice contrasty golden hour morning light and to do that, I use an app, I don't know if you all have heard of an app called Magic Hour, but if we go over to the iPad, are we connected, yeah, nice, so when we were doing our pre-production planning for the Steamer Lane shoot, I simply went over and we can use just general San Francisco as a location, but you can see today, it says "Magic hour is coming" and it begins at 5:39 and ends at 6: with sunset being at 6:16, so this is... there's other tools out there, but I find this is really handy, this is actually an iPhone app, I don't know if they have it for Android, but one nice thing about this is if you're planning something out in advance, you can hit that calendar and you can say, okay you're coming up on November 23rd, we got this shoot and then you can look at the Magic Hour and then you can set up your team to know when we're gonna need to get there and when we'll probably head out, so that's what we did in the case of Steamer Lane, we shot a lot in the morning, took a nice big lunch break, charged up, it took us about an hour and 1/2 or so to get batteries back charged again and then we headed to our next location.
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