Sunrise Time-Lapse

This is the setup that I used to take this time-lapse. Using a 32″ Slider and made a 90 minute time-lapse. Shot with my Nikon Z6 using Samyang 14mm ƒ/2.8.

Shot a photo every 9 seconds for 600 photos. Took 30 frames off due to needing to change a setting. So the time is 19 seconds rather than 20. This is one part of a larger project. Using maybe 8 to 10 seconds of this time-lapse. That will either be a clip or sped up.

Now here are some drone shots to show the location that we were working with to make the time-lapse. The client is the one who made the street Solar LED Lights.

[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/1600, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]
[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 110, 1/1250, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]
[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 150, 1/3200, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]
[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 150, 1/2000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]
[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 140, 1/2500, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

Don’t Forget Your Camera!

Shot this barn on Yellow Creek Road in Ball Ground, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 140, 1/2000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

I am starting to plan those little outings with friends that were not possible just a couple months ago. I am only planning these outings with my friends who have gotten their vaccinations for COVID-19.

Gibbs Gardens [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/640, ƒ/4, (35mm = 75)]

We drove up to Ball Ground, Georgia to visit Gibbs Gardens for the day. One of the things I love about the gardens are the bronze statues. Most are depictions of children enjoying the gardens. I think the artist did an awesome job of capturing their expressions.

Gibbs Gardens [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 110, 1/100, ƒ/4, (35mm = 24)]

For people from my generation or older, we grew up with our parents telling us to go outside and most of us did just that. We played all day long until our parents would holler to get us back in for dinner. We had not heard of kidnappings during my years growing up.

Gibbs Gardens [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/100, ƒ/4, (35mm = 105)]

When I was really young you could see me on this tractor peddling through Kennedy Home, an orphanage where my father worked as a pastor/chaplain to the campus.

My sister and me with my grandparents at Kennedy Home in Kinston, NC.

Later during primary school years I was on my bike exploring around my neighborhood. I remember the fun of going through the woods and stumbling upon beautiful scenery. Gibbs Garden’s scenery is a better version of those scenes, but still made me appreciate getting out and exploring.

Gibbs Gardens [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/125, ƒ/4, (35mm = 62)]

I enjoyed seeing the reflections in the water at Gibbs Gardens.

While driving to Gibbs Gardens I commented to my friend I wanted to stop by this farm scene on the way back. My friend reminded me of it and not only did I stop, I got out my drone to get a different perspective. The very first photo is of the entrance to the farm.

[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 110, 1/3000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

We didn’t go in, but I sent the drone up and above to get some different photos of this abandoned building on the farm.

[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 110, 1/1000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

This past year I helped a few families organize their photos. Because they were isolated at home they explored their photos. I hope you did as well. I just wanted to remind you to be sure you take photos as you explore once again beyond your home.

Be sure and put copies up on Google Photos, Amazon Photos [free with prime] or something else to help preserve these photos for your family generations from now.

Before & After Commercial Real Estate

The above photo is the final product I delivered to the client.

Now this is an available light photo of what it looks like without the editing.

This is another shot from the shoot. I am mixing flash with ambient light. Many call this Flambient Lighting technique. Take a look at this before ambient light shot below.

Take a look at the colors in the carpet and furniture. The biggest gain in using flash is getting more accurate colors. When you are shooting these photos for a designer, they want accurate colors. You can be in the ball park for most residential real estate projects, but commercial it has to be accurate.

I am working hard to make the photos not look like flash. You see it is impossible to put your flashes in the exact same location as all the natural lighting to get similar shadows.

Many photographers will just shoot all available light and then use multiple exposures and combine those for a HDR photo.

Comparing HDR Ambient vs Flambient

Here this is a 5 – Stop HDR photo of the location using just ambient.

This is the Flambient version. I think the colors pop and are more accurate. Also the lightning on the cabinets in the back are better than the available light.

It takes about 10 – 20 minutes to shoot each photo and about the same amount of time to edit each photo. This is one of the reasons why commercial real estate photography costs a more. The other reason for increased cost it is being used more widely for marketing and advertising.

City in a Forest

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 120, 1/1250, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

Granite quarrying at Stone Mountain, Georgia was the area’s lifeblood for decades, employing many thousands. The excellent grade of building stone from the mountain was used in many notable structures, including the locks of the Panama Canal, the roof of the bullion depository at Fort Knox, Philadelphia’s Liberty National Building, and the steps in the east wing of the U.S. Capitol.

Downtown Stone Mountain, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 110, 1/3000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

When you are selling real estate it is all about Location, Location, Location. For the Park Springs retirement community the location they are promoting is the proximity to Stone Mountain. The population was 5,802 according to the 2010 US Census. 

Club House at the Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 130, 1/1600, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

Drone photography is the newest Aerial form of photography. As long as you can get your photo from 400 feet or less then this is the best way to capture your property. If you have a massive location needing you to be 500 feet or better in height, then you need a helicopter or plane to get those shots.

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 130, 1/1000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

While showing the Park Springs community near Stone Mountain, this wasn’t the only reason to shoot photos from a drone.

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/1000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 8.4)]

Showing the lake in the middle of the community was also important. From the air you get a great perspective.

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 8.4)]

Right next to the property is also a golf course. This is really impossible to show from the ground as it relates to the retirement community.

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 110, 1/2000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 8.4)]

While I was flying the drone and showing the client the images, they commented on from the air you do see how Atlanta is the City of Trees.

Park Springs Retirement community in DeKalb County, Georgia [DJI Air 2s, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/1600, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 8.4)]

The city of Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation as the “city in a forest” due to its abundance of trees, uncommon among major cities. Tree coverage was estimated at 47.9% for 2008 in a 2014 study.

Are you using aerial photography to help communicate your location and what surrounds your business? Give me a call and we can get it done for you.

Bird’s Eye View Can Help Marketing

[DJI Air 2s, Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1000, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 22)]

Storytellers Abroad Workshop Bucharest, Romania Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania

Selfie sticks not only let you get more people in a photo, most everyone like the slightly higher perspective. Just take this principle to a property and you understand why you would like to use an aerial photo of your location.

Chatham’s Greenway Neighborhood [DJI Mavic Air 2, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/30, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 24)]

In Real Estate aerial photos help you get a perspective of the location of a property and what is around it.

This is me on that day of getting aerial shots of the campus for the school. [photo by Craig Carden]

Back in 2014 I rented a Helicopter to photograph a private high school. That was $600 for an hour. The client then paid for my time on top of that photo shoot.

Shot from Helicopter [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 800, 1/800, ƒ/8, (35mm = 19)]

It took more time waiting on the helicopter and getting in the air than getting my drone up in the air.

There are going to be times that the property on the ground will require you to fly more than 400 feet above the ground. In those cases you will still need to hire a helicopter. FAA rules keep drones at 400 feet above the ground or say a building. There is a 100 feet buffer between the drone limit and the rest of airspace for manned aircraft that cannot fly below 500 feet unless they are landing.

The advantage of having a drone capture images from the Bird’s Eye Perspective is they don’t need to be extremely high above the ground. Actually, you just need to be just above a property to get a good perspective.

St John’s Baptist Church in Connelly Springs, North Carolina. [DJI Mavic Air 2, Mode = Normal, ISO 100, 1/40, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 24)]

Keeping your drone flights safe and legal is the other part of the “flying smart” equation. Always do your research and due diligence to know and comply with local and federal laws. Before taking to the sky, a FAA Part 107 certified pilot will run through a quick safety checklist and ensure that the aircraft is in tiptop working shape.

Aerial photography is the perfect way to show off the surrounding environment around your property. Why? Because location is everything. And in many industries, location sells.