malcolml1

Lives in United Kingdom woking, United Kingdom
Joined on Sep 9, 2007

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Is lack of obstacle avoidance a problem for beginners??

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 17:14 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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AstroStan: Perhaps sectors of professional photography have become yet another "gig economy" where "crowd sourcing" and "sharing" shift liabilities to the "worker" who competes for the lowest $ reward? For generic stock photos that reward is rapidly approaching $0.00 as many amateurs perform as well as professionals. Money is not the motivation nor reward for amateurs who willingly operate at a $ loss. Needless to say, such amateurs comprise a large portion of DPR forums.

"The issue I encounter with these free photography sites is that the quality usually isn’t there, the subject matter is contrived at best"

That's quite condescending. Some of these sites have very high image quality (certainly good enough for the average consumer of the images).

Of course, that's a different matter from the question of whether large corporations should make money out of images without paying out a share. But that horse has well and truly bolted now, and I can't see it being reined in any time soon. It's simply that the barriers to entry are so, so low nowadays.

In a way it's similar to the way that interns in certain industries are almost expected to pay for the privilege of working.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2020 at 20:34 UTC
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LoneTree1: Onerous laws in the West have harmed the consumer drone industry.

@falconeyes - well, when the automobile was first introduced to the UK a man was required to walk in front of it carrying a red flag to warn onlookers....

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2019 at 09:54 UTC

They look reasonable at first quick overview. Of course there is the opt out clause that member states can still set their additional rules. Here where I live most of where you'd want to photograph from above is barred because it is an environmental zone. So nothing will change. Funny enough, a country like Switzerland, which you'd expect to be super strict, is pretty easy going (I know Switzerland is not in the EU).

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 19:45 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

And one day they'll add a touch screen.....

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 14:56 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the DJI Osmo Action (96 comments in total)
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Boeing skipper: I wish there was an action cam with a 1" sensor and a fast wide angle lens. Something halfway between a Gopro and a Sony RX0 II. Until then, I'll stick to my older Gopro.

Really that much bigger? The camera on my Mavic 2 Pro is pretty small and that's a 1" sensor...

Link | Posted on May 15, 2019 at 16:01 UTC

Ah..somehow they've managed to take a photo of the EU budget....

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2019 at 16:08 UTC as 11th comment
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malcolml1: To me they are all great images and the equipment is irrelvant. They say more about the photographer than anything.

Thoughts R Us - That is interesting to know. Especially if it's free!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2019 at 11:44 UTC

To me they are all great images and the equipment is irrelvant. They say more about the photographer than anything.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 21:04 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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MikeManr: And this is why we cant have nice things.

Yes, exactly. Idiots, plus the media....

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 22:48 UTC
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junk1: Wasn't the prior airport incident in the UK too?

Yeah, same airport as well...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 16:55 UTC

Interesting - the BBC now says that environmental activists are one line of enquiry in the hunt for those involved. I hope they were charging the drone batteries using renewable energy sources.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 16:50 UTC as 41st comment
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brycesteiner: Sounds to me like an easy way for the government to get drones banned - setup a drone that they "can't find" and then make it delay a bunch of flights. You automatically get people convinced.
I can guarantee you they can track exactly where the drone came from and where it's complete flight path was if they have ANY kind of radar and video surveillance recording systems going on. It would be seen instantly and tracked. The registration would be in the system since each one of these have GPS identifiers and locators built in. The government would have a dedicated satellite on it in minutes, if it truly was rogue. Then again, maybe in Britain they don't know how that works.

It's all very strange to me....Gatwick is not in the wilderness. Even if I were so inclined, I would not expect to get away with flying a drone there for more than 10 mins - most airports have boundary patrols for example. This happened again and again during the day, in a predictable manor (every time they opened the runway, the drone appeared again...). I find that hard to understand...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 14:02 UTC

It's all a bit strange, this whole incident. There is a nice woodland-scrubland area near me which has an ambiguous drone usage restriction (no signs or info anywhere - I live in NL, drone rules are similar to UK). Within minutes of launching my drone, rangers were patroling the area and I got politely asked not to fly.

Gatwick airport is not exactly in the wilderness and there must be CCTV cameras everywhere. Unbelievable that the only footage that seems to exist is a video of a police helecopter (mistaken for a drone) out of a plane window at night, and a few blurry shots of drones against grey skies.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 13:58 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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keolisho56: China Japan South Korea and US (shoulder-gun) all use special laser devices and shooting-nets to catch these drones. In Holland they have used trained-birds to knock drones out of the sky. In Britain they have done nothing except close airports on short notice; even after recent warnings by British airline pilots association. Typical

basleigh - the Dutch abandoned this approach a few months ago - it was never used in practice.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 13:41 UTC
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LeonT: Looking at the footage of that drone, I would say it's a DJI Phantom. And because it flies above the airfield, an older model, without geofencing. This thing flies about 30 minutes, leaves to be updated with a new battery and returns. I guess 2 teenagers without any notice about de mayhem they create.

Oh yeah, just viewed it. It's apoint of light viewed from a plane window. And the photos could easily be a bird. not disputing that it is a drone, just that the presented video and photos prove nothing...See what you think:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6517701/Dont-come-Gatwick-TOMORROW-Airport-drone-chaos-spreads-day.html

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 22:14 UTC

Even more amazing.....each time they prepared to reopen the runway, the drone reappeared. Why not prepare to open the runway and have spotters everywhere to see where the drone came from? Sonds very predictable behavior and unbelievable no one thought of this???

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 22:01 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
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LeonT: Looking at the footage of that drone, I would say it's a DJI Phantom. And because it flies above the airfield, an older model, without geofencing. This thing flies about 30 minutes, leaves to be updated with a new battery and returns. I guess 2 teenagers without any notice about de mayhem they create.

curious, not seen any footage...do you have a link to it?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 21:59 UTC

I have lots of sympathy with the people caught up in this. BUT...as others have said....how can this happen? You'd think that there'd be some sort of surveillance footage from CCTV, even witnesses with phones, especially since now everyone is aware that someone is causing disruption.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 21:07 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply

Very, very misleading title. But a sensible precaution.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 17:24 UTC as 19th comment
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