It's Winter Depression Season over here
So what's a guy to do when he can't drive his Corvette? He Looks for other toys. But what?
- Other cars? Nope, have to ask the wife for permisson to drive it (yeah, the SRT8 is hers)
- Model cars? Naah, got the real thing.
- Model planes? Nada, interesting, but not really
- How about a Drone then? Well now... that sounds interesting. Let's see..., oh, got one as a Christmas present, what a coincidence, let's try it out.
What intrigued me was the idea of having an HD camera on board. The one I got was the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. It's a quadrocopter and really more of a toy than a professional device. But man, is it fun. You steer this gizmo with an iPhone or iPAD and the camera transmits live to the screen. So in a way, I feel like I'm sitting in it and watch myself from above. Kind of a cheapo out of body experience.
It took me a few tries to get the hang of it and I crashed it into a tree and broke off a propellor and other parts. But thankfully, spare parts are cheap. Once I had it halfway decently under control, I tried to film and photograph the Corvette from an elevated view. Here's the first result:
Be kind with comments about my video skills. I'm still learning and I need to balance the drone properly to get the "wobble" out of the video sequences. I just pushed the Corvette out of the Garage for this test and filmed the surroundings.
My plan is to take it along in spring for my tour with friends through Italy (Tuscany) and film the C2s and C3s driving on the race track in Modena. It's of course utterly impossible to fly at high speeds, but some nice footage should still be possible. And you don't see Corvettes from the air all that often. Just for comparison: Here's the short clip I posted a few weeks ago on this Forum, shot with a regular camera. Imagine the things you can do with a drone filming the action.
Have any of you tried something similar?