Gotta love the colors and the texture….typical of Sunda Kelapa !
There were only 4 of us this time around. A nice small group. Our timing was perfect! When we got there, it started to rain just a bit. It then stopped, and my friend Fred and I went for a short photowalk before the races began. This guy was sitting on the side of the street with crutches and asked me to take his photo. I happily obliged, and it ended up being my favorite portrait of the day.
The weather cleared up nicely, and we were able to shoot the races for a couple of hours. I flew my drone as well, and got the shot below of the entire scene. As soon as we left, it poured buckets of rain….just in time!!
I still love my Leica, but I have had my share of troubles, and have a new problem. Two years ago, I had the CCD replaced (they did it for free) as it suddenly went bad. It took a few months to have the new CCD replaced. Now, that new CCD is giving me problems. I thought it was just dust on my CCD, so I brought it into the shop to have it cleaned. The guy at the shop told me that the “spots” were under the protective cover of the CCD….Apparently, in hot humid environments (like Jakarta), the CCD gets small water spots under the protective covering….not really sure if I explained that right, but it is annoying as I have to send the camera back to Leica to get it repaired….arrrrrgh.
I took the photo below with my Leica, and had to use the spot removal tool about 100 times to get rid of all of those spots. I still get amazing files from that little M9, but those spots are really annoying….
As I have written before, I have had a lot of trouble with my drone since purchasing almost a year ago. I finally have it up and running, and took it to Raja Ampat last month for a week of filming. My buddy, Max Ammer, of Papua Diving, provided me with a boat and a captain, and basically told me I could go wherever I liked to film. We sat down, and marked out a few good locations, and I spent five days trying to get to them, and do as much filming as possible. I did miss you on going to Fam, but other than that, I was able to hit all of the locations I wanted to film.
The drone was fantastic. I am amazed at the stability it has, and the video and photo quality is outstanding. I was able to film in 4k, and the uploaded video on Youtube can be viewed at 4k as well…..as long as you have a good internet connection, I would recommend viewing it in 4k.
I was also fortunate to go an entire week flying over water, trees, and mountains without crashing!! I am getting pretty good at flying the beast, and even took off and landed from a small boat on most shoots.
When I got back to Jakarta with all of my footage, I enlisted the help of my friend, Larry Detwiler, to help edit the footage into a short film. I paid him with Diet Coke…haha….Larry teaches a video editing class, so was perfect to enlist. He did a great job. I tweaked the final version this past weekend, adding a couple more clips, but the ground work was all done by Larry. Thanks, Larry!!
So…here it is….check it out, and try to watch it in 4k if you can….