Category Archives: Photography

AI: 30fps -> 300fps

Chinese 360°/VR camera company Kandao is promising 10x interpolation to create super slow-mo effects. I find the results impressive, although there are some (probably unintentionally) charming artifacts visible on the squirrel close-up below. It’d be fun to compare it to work from my teammate Aseem as well as more recent efforts from NVIDIA.

PetaPixel notes,

AI Slow-Motion will first appear in Kandao’s Obsidian and QooCam 360/VR cameras, but Kandao is planning to open up the tech to other cameras down the road. For now, if you own a Kandao camera, you can find the new feature in the latest Qoocam Studio and in the upcoming Kandao Studio v3.0 (coming April 23rd).

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Drones helped track & stop the Notre Dame fire

Even without purpose-made mods like available thermal cameras, DJI drones helped minimize damage to Notre Dame. According to The Verge,

Fire brigade spokesman Gabriel Plus told local media that the drones were instrumental in saving the cathedral’s structure. “The drones allowed us to correctly use what we had at our disposal,” Plus said in comments translated from French. Firefighters also relied on the Mavic Pro’s visible light camera and optical and electronic zoom… 

“The mission was delicate and they intelligently called for the Parisian Police Drone Unit cell, which is a dedicated team of professional drone pilots ready to intervene in critical missions,” the spokesperson added. The drones were borrowed from France’s culture and interior ministries, as firefighters still don’t have their own drones.

Deliriously awesome drone + drifting

Amazing flying, shooting, and drifting on what appear to be the roads above Silicon Valley:

See also this short racetrack clip. Seems that the footage comes courtesy of one of these little goblins:

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Check out my drone shot making the grade

…or at least getting the grade, courtesy of Stewart Carroll of the oft-linked Drone Film Guide. A few weeks back he solicited viewer contributions of content we’d like to see expertly adjusted. And voila, check out the clip below! (My wife didn’t even complain that he’s using FCP. 😌) 

Maybe this will finally, six+ months later, get my motivated to finally grade & post footage from that awesome beach in Cabo. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Long-exposure drone photography

Living in often bone-dry California, I can’t say that I’d thought of trying to capture waterfalls from a drone, but it’s a neat idea that Stewart Carroll covers nicely in this short overview. Meanwhile I’d like to learn more about paring a slow shutter with device motion to freeze a subject (e.g. a moving train) while blurring the background.

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