Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Camera Mount + HDMI Converter

Testing out the new cinestar 3 axis camera gimbal and HDMI converter. This gimbal is super smooth and allows Hannah to control pan, tilt, and roll while I fly around. With quadrocopter's new HDMI converter we can also view exactly what is being filmed with the Sony NEX 5n. We can also view all the camera setting and when the camera records and stops. It's a super awesome setup. Now we just can't wait to add a radian stabilizer to the roll servo.

 Hannah controls the 3-axis gimbal and views the live video feed as I fly the Cinestar.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

In with a BANG!

 (Me with my dad's gun on the left and my little gun on the right)

We’re bringing this season in with a BANG! As we do every Autumn, my dad and I just got done sighting in a couple rifles. I usually take some shots with my little Model 7 Remington 7mm-08 with a shortened stock to make sure that every thing is running just as smoothly as it was last season. We make sure that my gun is accurate, meaning that my shots are all falling in around the same area, and precise, meaning that my shots are hitting where I’m aiming. Also, I like to take the time to remind myself what it feels like to pull the trigger again. Not that I ever really forget. But, I like to make sure that I’m ready for when the animal is in my sights and I don’t jump from the sound of the gun or make some other silly mistake.

(My dad giving me the "thumbs-up" after check my hits in the spotting scope)

This season, however, we also brought out my dad’s trusty 7mm Remington mag. This gun has passed the test of time. My dad has used it for about twenty years. It’s been through many Montana seasons and has traveled to New Zealand, Kirgizstan, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. This year, we’re anticipating some longer-range shots and my little gun would probably do just fine, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s not worth wounding an animal by using my smaller gun.

But, I do have to say, my dad’s 7 mag has a bit more of a kick than I’m used to. 

(Even Jesse got to take a few shots)