Spotlight: Drones Diving Down Waterfalls, Timelapse Spring in Denmark, and More

By David Schonauer   Monday September 13, 2021

You’ve got to be good to fly a drone deep diving down a waterfall.

Swiss-based remote pilot Ellis van Jason is. He has spent thousands of hours practicing his FPV flight skills, noted DP Review recently, and those skills paid off on a  trip to Venezuela, when van Jason was able to capture a “birds-eye” perspective of a deep dive down Angel Falls – the tallest waterfall in the world. Actual height of the falls: 3,121 feet.

Fast and maneuverable, FPV drones started out being used for racing but recent upgrades, including better cameras, have made them a useful tool for filmmaking, notes DPR. In fact, adds Digital Trends, action-packed “and artfully shot first-person-view (FPV) drone videos are all the rage just now.” Many, however, are shot in and around buildings and urban areas, making van Johnson’s video all the more remarkable, notes DT.

“I had this beautiful country on my bucket list for many years,” van Jason said in comments accompanying the video. “My friends and I explored the jungle for days by boat, foot, helicopter, and drone to show you something unique.”

“The pinnacle of the video, involving the dive, took roughly 17 seconds to complete,” notes DP Review. “Water drops splashed the camera occasionally as the drone flew perilously close to the surface of the falls. Besides flight training, preparation involved rigorous scouting.” Van Jason notes that he spent two weeks scouting the site.

If diving down waterfalls is too much excitement for you, try mellowing out by watching spring bust out all over Denmark in a timelapse from photographer, aerial filmmaker, and visual effects artist Casper Rolsted.

The timelapse features views of Skjoldungernes Land National Park, Ise Fjord, West Zealand, where, notes Rolsted. there is plenty of opportunity to experience charming old streets in the grocery towns and explore the Danish ice age landscape. Rolsted took up filmmaking after acquiring a Sony Alpha 6300 and a drone, notes PetaPixel.

Next up is a video from Joerg Daiber of Little Big World, who shot an aerial tilt-shift timelapse featured the abandoned site of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, then part of Yugoslavia and now part of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Daiber uses a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and the lightweight DJI Mini 2 drone for his aerial shots, noted DIY Photography. Because the Mini 2 weighs just under 250g, it isn’t subject to European Union regulations, he notes.

While timelapses make time fly, the Slo-Mo Guys are all about making time crawl. And it certainly does in their newest video, in which one second lasts for an hour. That may sound excruciatingly like going to work, but it’s actually fairly mind-blowing.

The Slo-Mo Guys “ordinarily shoot their slow-motion videos at 1,000 frames per second and then play back the footage at 25 frames per second. If you do the math, that means each real-world second captured by the camera turns into 40 seconds of slow-motion footage, noted PetaPixel. For this experiment, they used thePhantom TMX 7510 high-speed camera to capture 90,000 frames per second. “If you divide 90,000 by 25, you get 3,600 seconds, or 60 minutes, or 1 hour,” adds PP.

Remember filmmaker Casper Rolsted? The guy who documented springtime in Denmark? He recently shared some of his timelapse tips with PetaPixel. Discussing gear, he said, “I think it’s more important to focus on finding some interesting landscapes and building experience than buying expensive equipment. If you become more interested, then you can always buy a camera, but there is no need to invest in an expensive full-frame camera. An inexpensive APS-C camera would be just fine for timelapse.”
At top: From Ellis van Jason’s “Venezuela/Cinematic FPV over Angel Falls


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