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christangey

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Over the years I've made many short Australian landscape films. For the first time I've created one exclusively featuring our unique wildlife, every shot from the Mavic 3. Please note there are many considerations in filming wildlife, I do this for a living so am happy to give tips on how to do so with minimum disruption. I hope you enjoy "Living Australia".
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Wow! As usual, a great piece of work. Thanks for sharing.
 
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This video is outstanding! In fact, one of the best I've seen in a long time. Very well filmed and put together. This, in my opinion, is an award winner!
 
@christangey - I am in awe of your videos. This one is outstanding! You capturing wildlife in a way that looks very natural. Interesting that some of the kangaroos almost looked like they posed for you. HAHAHA The music was perfect for this.
 
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I do this for a living so am happy to give tips on how to do so with minimum disruption. I hope you enjoy "Living Australia".

I'm very interested in any tips you'd care to share.

I don't have access to the exotic and diverse species you have in Australia, but there are Whitetail Deer, American Alligators, and some smaller photogenic critters.
 
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This video is outstanding! In fact, one of the best I've seen in a long time. Very well filmed and put together. This, in my opinion, is an award winner!
Very kind of you, I just might enter something and find out 😎
 
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This video is outstanding! In fact, one of the best I've seen in a long time. Very well filmed and put together. This, in my opinion, is an award winner!
Very kind of you, I just might enter something and find out
I agree, this video is one of the best that I've watched
Thanks a lot Sarah
 
@christangey - I am in awe of your videos. This one is outstanding! You capturing wildlife in a way that looks very natural. Interesting that some of the kangaroos almost looked like they posed for you. HAHAHA The music was perfect for this.
yes, I was surprised at how calm they were too, from memory it was on the 3X so that helps!
 
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I'm very interested in any tips you'd care to share.

I don't have access to the exotic and diverse species you have in Australia, but there are Whitetail Deer, American Alligators, and some smaller photogenic critters.
Creatures are funny, some species are quite skittish as a species, others have very different behaviors within the same species. Emus for example can run at the first sound of a drone but others will let you fly among them from just feet away as they peck away at the ground. Corellas are the only bird I've found that have consistent behavior anywhere I go, and that is to initially take flight but then, if you maintain a very slow constant speed and course, they will actually come alongside you and "escort" you through their territory either side of you up very close. People say "aren't you scared they'll run into you?" and I say "have you ever seen them run into each other?" 😎 Main things for any animal or bird is: 1. approach from downwind if you can and even better if the sun is directly behind the aircraft, 2. motor revs or sudden change of revs is your worst enemy, so best way to achieve both low noise and noise variation is to go really slow once you are getting close to them. 3. Further, I always say "use half your battery in the final approach". Of course this is an exaggeration but you get the idea. You can certainly use a faster setting to get to the animal but once within about 100 yards you're flying needs to be "delicate-city". This is where you need to be super patient and prepared to change cameras (and focus!) as you assess the situation, and they will all be different. Come in just about as slow as your drone will fly, and be prepared for that to take minutes not seconds. But do NOT suddenly change course or vary the revs. Instead of holding the joystick you should be very gently leaning on it from right at the bottom of the shaft. Practice that on stationary objects first and you'll be fine. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
 
Creatures are funny, some species are quite skittish as a species, others have very different behaviors within the same species. Emus for example can run at the first sound of a drone but others will let you fly among them from just feet away as they peck away at the ground. Corellas are the only bird I've found that have consistent behavior anywhere I go, and that is to initially take flight but then, if you maintain a very slow constant speed and course, they will actually come alongside you and "escort" you through their territory either side of you up very close. People say "aren't you scared they'll run into you?" and I say "have you ever seen them run into each other?" 😎 Main things for any animal or bird is: 1. approach from downwind if you can and even better if the sun is directly behind the aircraft, 2. motor revs or sudden change of revs is your worst enemy, so best way to achieve both low noise and noise variation is to go really slow once you are getting close to them. 3. Further, I always say "use half your battery in the final approach". Of course this is an exaggeration but you get the idea. You can certainly use a faster setting to get to the animal but once within about 100 yards you're flying needs to be "delicate-city". This is where you need to be super patient and prepared to change cameras (and focus!) as you assess the situation, and they will all be different. Come in just about as slow as your drone will fly, and be prepared for that to take minutes not seconds. But do NOT suddenly change course or vary the revs. Instead of holding the joystick you should be very gently leaning on it from right at the bottom of the shaft. Practice that on stationary objects first and you'll be fine. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Amazing cinematography.
Majority of the shots seem to be in slow motion. What frame rate are you mostly shooting wildlife at?
 
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Amazing cinematography.
Majority of the shots seem to be in slow motion. What frame rate are you mostly shooting wildlife at?
These days I always shoot slomo with the 180 shutter rule, so in my case in Australia 50fps @1/100th. That used to be because Australia is PAL TV format but with most stuff seen on phones and laptops these days it doesn't really matter much if you shoot 60fps @1/120th if you like. I obviously use filters to achieve that throughout the day and my current favourites are the Polar Pro split ND filters.
 
One of the absolute best I’ve seen here. Many could do well to try to learn from your stick technique, flow, and transitions. Very, very nice!
 
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Over the years I've made many short Australian landscape films. For the first time I've created one exclusively featuring our unique wildlife, every shot from the Mavic 3. Please note there are many considerations in filming wildlife, I do this for a living so am happy to give tips on how to do so with minimum disruption. I hope you enjoy "Living Australia".
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Wow, what videography mastery. I cans see just huge amounts of time capturing the video and then post…My highest compliments to you. Just out of curiosity, how much personal time did you spend collecting the video. I see transitions in the film to many discrete locations…..
 
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Fantastic.....the travel/tourist organizations in Australia should be all over you to use your videos! Great to read about your shooting parameters.
Where did you find this music track? If fit really well.
 
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That is some fantastic footage! Thanks so much for sharing. I watched every second of it in awe of the beauty! I look forward to traveling to Australia and New Zealand in the next several years!
 
Over the years I've made many short Australian landscape films. For the first time I've created one exclusively featuring our unique wildlife, every shot from the Mavic 3. Please note there are many considerations in filming wildlife, I do this for a living so am happy to give tips on how to do so with minimum disruption. I hope you enjoy "Living Australia".
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I was blown away. Simply gorgeous. Brilliantly done.
 
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