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I don't know if this is necessary but just in case some haven't found the photos thru Facebook or at RC Canada here's the link to my album on Flickr.


General Discussion / Re: RIP Gord
« on: November 26, 2017, 09:58:42 AM »
I'm sorry to read this sad news. I don't think I met him but read a lot of his messages at RC Canada & always found them informative & friendly.


FPV at KRCM / Photographing FPV racing.
« on: October 02, 2017, 08:47:43 PM »
I was invited to photograph some drone racing which was a new venue for me. I didn't know anything about it but I thought that the Auto focus systems of my cameras would not be up to this due to physical size and speeds. This proved to be true but fortunately it was possible to pre focus on a zone and wait for action within that zone. A bit of experimentation on shutter speeds (it was a bright sunny day) found a decent shutter speed range between 1/2500 to 1/3200 second to almost freeze the drone while showing some prop blur. With most of the action occurring at the single gate in the centre of the course that became my target zone but I hadn't brought a tripod so held the camera to my face to try to keep the gate in frame, watched the drones approach with the other eye and  used the "spray & pray" method of holding the shutter button down as they passed near the gate. A tripod and shutter release cable would make this a relatively easy job.
My advice to anyone trying to photograph these is to set your ISO high enough, (but no higher) to allow shutter speeds between 1/2500 - 1/4000 using shutter speed as the priority (Tv or SS setting) that produces an aperture in the f 8 to f 16 range. This should give a bit of a depth of field and freeze the drone. Try to frame the gate (or another area) and then let the AF focus your lens slightly in front of it Once the lens has focused turn the AF off (usually done with a switch on the lens). Repeat this if you move the camera relative to your target zone.
The album from my first attempt at it worked out better than expected & can be found here.

I'll check back to make sure these links work because I have switched to Flickr now & I do not fully understand some of the share functions. I split things up between 2 albums due to the number of photos used & also dedicated the Warbird album to the memory of Brian Fisher by adding several more photos of the Harvard he had built than of other planes flown.
The general album should be here .
And the Warbirds in flight here.


Well after a lot of mouse clicking & experimentation I think this is now the link to all my aviation related photos but unlike before the albums are in a random order rather than having the newest one at the top left of row 1.

See you soon at the Giant Scale Event.


As of earlier today Picasa Web Albums is now a dead link. Google has decided to abandon that photo sharing system & replace it with a new Google Photos site which I'll need to learn about & decide if it works well enough to stick with it. So far my thoughts about that aren't very positive because it looks like they don't think I want my albums in a chronological order with the newest event photos at the front so although all my albums are listed they are all mixed up. It may take a while to sort this out but in the meantime I'll start updating the album set I set up at Flickr some time ago.

Thank you. It was a very good show but I wish we could have seen the section of runway where they took off & landed. The Snowbirds completely blocked the view of that area.

For those interested My photos are now on line along with some of this years R/C event albums at my Picasa web page here.

I also am now using a Facebook page to keep people up to date & it's available here.

Here they are. Your field was in AWESOME shape & I enjoyed my dinner. Normally I have to race home to help get everything ready for my stepdaughter birthday party but we held it the previous weekend. Great job everyone.

Thank You & thanks for posting the link. I was about to do that but you've beat me to it. Your team of volunteers sure did a great job on the field. It's the nicest grass field I visit I it was groomed perfectly and I noticed you've lengthened the runway by mowing further east & west. 

General Discussion / Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:10:40 PM »
Thank you Ian for creating such a valuable asset for the club & it's members. Also thanks Shawn for posting the link at RC Canada. I've downloaded all the needed files & have it up & running & everything looks very familiar BUT I crashed on my landing. I'm guessing it's got something to do with the fact I chose to fly something way beyond my skill set (the A 10 Warthog) so now that it's up & running I'll fly something more appropriate.


Thanks Gary for the very kind words. I'll have to show this to my wife who thinks no one really looks at them. She's been very kind about me taking all the time away from home during the summer & after each event the editing time too. As always I'm already looking forward to my next visit to your field. Also of note Dave sent a request yesterday on behalf of Great Hobbies so that they can use some of the IMAA photos on their site. Permission was granted because a big part of why I do all of this is to help promote events & show potential sponsors what it's all about & how well attended these events are.


A very big CONGRATULATIONS & Thank You to your club & all the volunteers for such a well prepared facility & well run event. I really wish I could stay for the Sunday part of it but unless my stepdaughter stops celebrating her birthday (which is very unlikely) I have to host the rest of the family & be the cook too.

First 3 albums here cover Saturday.

Already looking forward to next year.


General Discussion / Re: Soaring Etiquette and Other Stuff
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:15:28 PM »
Thanks Gary, that is very useful info. I know you're used to seeing me & my cameras but I'm also into soaring. I have two 2 M & two 3 M E powered gliders & the luxury of being able to fly right behind the house. I have a DX 7 but so far just use it the old school way & need to learn about programming things like down elevator as the throttle gets fed in. My Spectra would really benefit from tha, and it's the one I fly as often as possible. . 

VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Re: KRCM IMAA Mishaps
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:56:16 PM »
Nice job. Dieters crash was the only 1 I saw on Sat.& I missed most of what caused it while I checked to see if I'd got the bomb drop. Once I had done that I looked up to see the plane heading for the ground with about 6 feet to spare before destruction. Too bad for sure but I think Kevin's prop & spinner was a far more dangerous event. Michel Pronovost gets my thanks for keeping me & those around me safe because he cleared us from the area PERFECTLY. I wasn't far from where it hit & hadn't known why he was clearing us out of there, but thankfully it ended safetly.

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