Last Saturday I had my first experience shooting D-Log on my Phantom 4 Advanced during sunrise at Otmoor Reserve near Oxford, England. It’s basically a big swamp. Since D-Log profile is locked at 500 ISO my main concern was obviously the noise. I as per many recommendations I was shooting with +2.0 EV, following ETTR method – exposure to the right – in reference to the histogram, where you try to expose footage in such a way where most of the data is stored towards the highlights. The theory is that D-Log is optimised for preserving highlights more than shadows, i.e. the profile allocates more bits for highlights. So by overexposing you shift shadows towards midtones.
Now as you see from the screen grabs (not yet properly colour graded) I got absolutely stunning footage.
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Got up at 3am today to take the new drone for a spin. Went to a lake, canal, mountain drawing, windmill and a hill.
Had a really close call first thing in the morning when the drone went into the brunches of a tree. No way did I think it would be able to survive that and I thought it would plummet into the canal under the tree. To my surprise the drone came unscathed! No propeller damage, just dirt from the tree. Phew! Great job DJI!
Again the collision avoidance just made things worse! It is now permanently turned off.
The parabolic reflectors seem to decrease the range rather than increase it, so they are going to the bin.
Positives: managed to clock about 2 hours of flight. Phantom 4 Advanced seems to get along very well with Phantom 4 Ver 2 propellers and I’m averaging 29-30 minutes of flight time with 10% to spear!
Got a lot of great footage, which needs to be cut, edited, colour graded etc.
Some photos from today:
Still can’t believe how great the camera is. UHD footage looks awesome!
Well, it’s not National Geographic, but having your work featured on the cover of local magazine feels good!
My next big project
Have a lot of video footage of the above. Will need about 5 days for post-production