I’ve been experimenting with a DJI Phantom quadcopter for aerial video and landscape photos. The Phantom is a radio controlled quadcopter with built-in GPS. It carries a GoPro camera and is simple and easy to fly. Neat machine!
Here are a few sample shots
The video below was shot with a Hero 3 Black set on 1080 60 fps M. The camera was mounted to the Phantom via a vibration dampener with no stabilizing gimbal.
The video below was shot with a Hero 3 Black set on 1080 60 fps M. The camera was mounted to a Tarot 2D brushless stabilizing gimbal. These Tarot 2D gimbals are awesome at keeping video footage level and fluid.
The Snow King Pleco (armored catfish) is an invasive species that was likely introduced by aquarium/tropical fish hobbyists who released them into local streams. They are found in many Texas rivers but are especially problematic in spring fed rivers or bayous where the water temperatures do not drop significantly in the winter. Plecos are established in the San Antonio, San Marcos, Comal, and Guadalupe River systems, as well as Buffalo Bayou.
Plecos have been described as one of the most destructive and potentially threatening invasive fish in Texas. These tough, algae-eating fish can withstand a wide range of water quality conditions and can outcompete many native species for space. Their body is dense and bony, and they can survive out of water for long periods of time. Plecos often dig burrows into river walls and embankments which then collapse and erode.
To learn more about Snow King Plecos and the rules intended to prevent them from becoming more widespread, check out the TPWD page here:
This Pleco was inadvertently caught while bass fishing.
Here are a few short video clips of bumblebees and butterflies buzzing around giant sunflowers and zinnias. The camera used was a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition set on WVGA 240 fps and then rendered to 30 fps on the iPad Tiltshift Video app.
A big summertime grasshopper on the windshield makes a surprisingly good subject, and a decent reference photo for tying a few foam hopper patterns. Shot with Nikon D7000, 55mm, 1/120 sec, f18, flash.
A small cluster of flowering herbs attracts a myriad of crawling, hopping, and flying bugs.
The black hickory is a large, slow-growing hardwood tree found primarily on sandy well-drained hillsides from San Antonio eastward, often mixed with post oaks and live oaks. It has dark grey bark and Continue Reading
The “Trail Camera Pic” thread started in 2012 continues in 2013.
Here is a short time lapse made using a Gopro Hero 2 camera taking 11mp photos every 5 seconds.
Blackbirds and Grackles at a water hole, filmed with GoPro Hero 2 set at 120 FPS in WVGA mode.
I thought it would be entertaining to post an ongoing thread of trailcam photos here. These are photos & videos of skunks, coons, birds, deer, hogs, coyotes, or whatever else passes in front of the camera.
Wildflowers in mid-summer, 2012, White Mountains, Alpine, AZ.
Crossed paths with this buck while hunting with my son last winter in Atascosa County. Beautiful deer at close range in the morning fog. We opted to watch him and take pictures.
Tumblebugs (a.k.a. “Dung Beetles,” or “Scarab Beetles”) play an important role in nature’s nutrient cycle and pastureland hygiene. They are also fun to watch!