4K Madonna di Campiglio Drone

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In what is now a mandatory Winter challenge, I flew the Phantom DJI 3 Pro in sub-zero conditions (around -18C to be precise) in the Dolomite mountain range of Madonna Di Campiglio. This expanse of land is just east of the Park Natural Adamello Brenta, south of Fazzon and Folgarida.

The landscape isn’t as snow-covered as it was in the 2016 tour, yet it was exquisite nonetheless. The take-off points were just beside the Cascina Zeledria (try their excellent ‘piastra‘) and the ever-popular Boch (which also sports a very respectable restaurant in its top-most floor).

For the delight of other techies and geeks here are some specs:

  • Flight routes appear below.
  • I used an ND filter to reduce brightness yet I had some severe under-exposure in the darker tree zones.
  • I shot in LOG mode and then transcoded the resultant files using DJI’s app . This allowed me to implement some basic color grading in Adobe Premiere and retain significant picture detail and saturation.
  • The Phantom’s auto-exposure actually performed quite well (perhaps there was less snow to trick its exposure sensor).
  • I captured in 4K (UHD: 4096x2160p), PAL, 24fps and saved the output format in MOV. I’m using a SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3 Micro SDXC Memory Card in the drone as it gives me speeds of up to 95MB which is useful. I tried 24fps to add the cinematic element.
  • As usual follow the basic safety guidelines and also check whether there’s any specific legislation on UAV use in the country you’re in.
  • Music is by the gifted B. Dexter.
  • I uploaded in 4K on YouTube and SkyPixel

 

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