Got to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Pro over BPA Trail

Last year, I took a quick flight over KCAC and BPA trail with my DJI Phantom Pro 3. I haven’t really taken the Phantom up too high or far as I’m still apprehensive about losing the drone to evil trees and power lines. 😛

I love coming down to this area to exercise on the BPA trail. It’s one of the better-maintained trail ways for people to do some light exercise. I’m more of a jogger than a runner so it’s a great conditional for people getting in shape. Lately, I’m eyeing the trail ways around Columbia district of Seattle.

It’s starting to get sunnier around Washington and I’m hoping to start recording some more flights and practice drone flying again.

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Suck it up, Seattle!

Ever seen vacuum cleaner art? This was a wonderful find for me to see a creative shop owner turn non-functional vacuum cleaners into pieces of art.
Shot with the Letv X500 using the Osmo Mobile. The Letv X500 did not connect to the Osmo Mobile but you can still use the stabilizer and it’s joystick control to move the camera around.
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Drive by shooting in Columbia with the Osmo Mobile

Its been a while since I’ve used the Osmo Mobile and my excuse was that I was trying to get the Bluetooth connection working between the Letv X500 and the Osmo Mobile…
This is a quick drive through Rainier Ave in the Columbia area of Seattle.
I’m using my Letv X500 on an Osmo Mobile Stabilizer. The Letv X500 is having issues connecting to the Osmo Mobile and I know it’s not the Osmo Mobile as it’s connecting fine to other phones tested. You can still use this for stabilization without the additional options available when using the DJI app.
I used the Filmic Plus app for this recording. Using the Osmo Mobile stabilizer and the Filmic app is a great way to capture. I love the app but wish I could have the Pro version.

Driving thru MLK suburbs in Seattle

I took a drive along Martin Luther King and it’s amazing to see the transformation of MLK with the addition of the Light Rail. I say this though I’ve never visited MLK before. I do see that new constructions and blocks of business that have been opened by the Vietnamese community. The major Vietnamese business I’ve ever known of was in the China Town district in Seattle and 38Th Street area of Tacoma, Washington.
Perhaps Little Saigon will become as big as Koreatown in the Los Angeles district soon?
One thing for sure, I can’t wait to find some great Vietnamese restaurants to try out!
I shot this on my Samsung Note 4 in 4k and edited in 1080. I wanted to play around with zooming in and out between shots.

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Drone flies over Celebration Park

 

I love what the DJI Phantom 3 Pro is able to do and flying it over Celebration Park in Federal Way, Washington was fun. I believe Celebration Park is probably one of the most well-maintained parks in Washington state. The soccer and baseball fields are probably the cleanest and well maintained that I have seen in all the parks!

I flew it early in the morning so I believe I had the ISO up high. I noticed a lot of noise in the video while editing. I have to attribute the noise to the high iso and the compression used by the DJI Phantom for the 4K video.

I’ll have to play around with the settings for the best video quality. I also think I started looking at the quality of the video compression due to watching one of Phillip Bloom’s review of the Mavic.

I also didn’t have the gimble calibrated correctly, its seems, it looks like the horizon might be a bit off.

I edited the video in Adobe Premiere Pro 6 with the 3-way color corrector and used letterbox matte.

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Trying my first Caribbean meal

I visited a newly opened branch of Paseo in the Sodo district of Seattle.

Paseo is well known in Seattle for the Caribbean sandwiches and I’ve heard about them for the longest time but never tried it. I believe the original is located in Fremont, Washington but I never found a time to visit that location. When I heard they were open in Sodo and I was close, I had to stop by for lunch!

They opened in a formal BBQ joint which is located right on the corner of 1st and Holgate and right across the street is Krispy Kremes. Now you can get your meal and dessert!

As the recommendation was to try their most popular sandwich, it’s just what I did. The sandwich was greasy but it met all expectations for a tasty consumption. I was in heaven.

I guess you can say that it tastes like any grilled meat sandwich but it’s got the seasonings and sauce that make this sandwich a Caribbean flavor. I can’t describe the taste…I can only say I wanted more afterwards.

Some great NOMS I’ve had in a while!

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Be a bit nutty to cross this bridge

Ever seen squirrels on a bridge? In Longview, Washington, there is a bridge made out of a fire hose for squirrels!

It’s the world’s narrowest bridge and was put up in 1963. Why? To keep the squirrels safe and they deserve their own bridge across treetops.

Amos Peters saw lots of squirrels getting run over by vehicles and decided to build this for their safety, who knew it would become a tourist attraction!

When I read about this bridge, of course I had to drag the family to visit this place back in 2007 – we didn’t see no squirrels. Curse you squirrels for running such a fine trip.

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