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Phantom 4 Pro – One Month In

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

It’s been awhile since my last post, life has been busy, busy with working, busy with flying my Phantom 4 Pro.  It has taken literally 2 years to finally decide on buying a drone.  The last 3 months on trying to decide which one.  In the end, I decided on the Phantom 4 Pro for numerous reason, but mainly the camera.  One month in, and I have to say I am absolutely loving it!

Phantom 4 Pro – How Easy is it to Fly?

The first thing that concerned me was how difficult would it be to fly this silly thing?  So of course as everyone does I set off searching the annals of Youtube and I was certainly not disappointed with all sorts of Phantom 4 Pro videos talking about the drone, how to fly the drone, and camera settings for the drone.

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

The first video’s I watched for the ones that compared the Phantom 4 Pro with the Mavic Pro and Air.  I have to admit, I was very close to choosing the Mavic Air and my drone of choice. Every time I was in the store ready to make the purchase the drone was not in stock.  I am so glad that was the case, as the reasons for me leaning towards the Mavic Air were really only the size or lack thereof.  I thought of getting the Mavic Pro, but with a $1799.00 fly more sticker price, I could not bring myself to pull the trigger when the Phantom 4 Pro was for sale at London Drugs for $1649.00.  It was really a no-brainer, 20mg Camera, full 1-inch sensor, mechanical shutter, I just had to do it.

After unboxing the Phantom 4 Pro, I spent a couple of hours updating all the software and firmware for the drone.  There is a flight simulator with the DJI Go 4 app, that I strongly recommend you go through before you actually fly the drone.  In the end, though, it is not really that difficult to fly.  Just remember, if flying manually just let go of the joysticks if you have problems.

Phantom 4 Pro – No-Fly Zones

One of the cool things with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the built-in No-Fly zones in the DJI Go 4 app, though it does not seem to stop you from launching.  The one thing I would strongly recommend is checking in at Transport Canada’s website for the rules for Drone Flights.  Really, in the end, common sense is so important.  I was an Advanced Air controller in the Canadian Navy, so I feel I have a good understanding of flight rules.  So, I work on the idea when IMC is said to exist, you fly VFR  see and be seen rules, keeping my aircraft 400 feet and below.

In the end, I have to say this drone is fantastic, and I am happy with it!  My next article will be about the cool Drone bag Michelle got me for Father Days.

Exploring Merritt

Exploring Merritt & Nicola Valley

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Valley

I can’t believe it but we have been in Merritt now for almost 3 full months. I am always amazed how fast time flies.  We’ve only ventured out to explore the area mainly because we have been working some pretty long hours.  Two weeks ago I was about to make it back to Abbotsford to pick up Freedom Freddy.  With Freddie back in the picture, we will be able to spend more time exploring Merritt.

Douglas Lake is an area we want to explore.  Photography is our main interest, we are constantly on the search for grand vistas to shoot that spectacular image for our Instagram Account.   Logan Lake is another area that has been recommended for us to explore.  However, finding the free time to get there is our issue.  As the weather improves and the long hours of daylight I am sure will make it possible to get the opportunity for Exploring Merritt.

Freedom Freddy  – Exploring Merritt

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Valley

The Clearwater River runs right past where we live, giving us an excellent opportunity to shoot the river during the sunrise and sunset times.   It’s challenging to find the best composition, however, due to all the areas are private property.  I thought I would in most cases simply ask permission to enter the area for the image, but it is difficult to find the owner, or who the property belongs too.  One option I have been leaning towards is starting Drone photography.  I think this could be the answer to many of the problems, but there is quite the cost involved.

Drone Photography – Phantom 4 Pro

Exploring Merritt
Exploring Merritt – Nicola Lake

The Phantom 4 Pro would be an excellent selection to help Exploring Merritt and surrounding areas.  Using the Phantom would allow us to find various trails as well as points of interest to hike to in order to spend time shooting there.  It’s pretty difficult not knowing the area overly well and not really knowing anyone in the area that is truly into Photography in the manner in which Michelle and I are.   Hopefully, over time, we will meet some like-minded people but until that point in time, we will slowly explore Merritt.

Anyone in the area interested in going out to spend the day exploring Merritt to shoot some excellent images.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Clearwater Hotel

Honey We’re Moving to Merritt

Moving to Merritt
Moving to Merritt – Clearwater Hotel

So far 2018 has kicked off to an exciting start.  Michelle and I had deiced we needed a break from the Van life.  We had one problem arise right after another.  The primary issues were the lack of heat and condensation the past couple of months.  The next thing that popped up was the possibility of moving to Merritt, and with that came the need for an apartment.  My employer asked if we could relocate to Merritt, so not one to turn down an adventure off we went.

Moving to Merritt

There it was the middle of January and the opportunity to take a promotion but it was in Merritt, I mean really what can you say other than “Hell Yes”  The funny part neither one of us have been in Merritt, and here we are deciding to move there.   Michelle liked the idea of living in a small town and well if you know me, I really don’t care where I live….so off we went.  Starbucks is fantastic since it is pretty easy to transfer, though Sue, Michelle’s manager from Seven Oaks Starbucks, worked so hard to screw her around it was disappointing.  Having had the displeasure of watching Sue in action, how she would demean her employees, and she especially disliked Filipino’s so we could not get out of there fast enough.

Moving to Merritt
Moving to Merritt – Clearwater Area

Since moving to Merritt, Michelle has had many opportunities, she is at the Starbucks here with an amazing manager and staff, and she has another job working at a local hotel as Front Desk staff, she is fantastic with this sort of work.  Michelle has this amazing bubble personality that screams happiness and she is always very welcoming.  For me, I have slid into the new position, having had the opportunity to develop new skills, and I am able to utilize my organizational skills honed while in the military.

Transitioning to Life in Merritt

Life in Merritt is certainly much slower pace than in Abbotsford or the Lower Mainland.  That is good in some ways.  When you think of traffic, here in Merritt that means 4 or maybe 5 cars, not the standard 3 or 4 mile stretch of cars that you see on Hwy 1, when you are heading into Vancouver.  Choices are few after 4:00 pm for stores that are open.  Kekuli Café is closed by 5 pm, there are not many stores open, though Walmart and Extra Foods seem to be your only choices for many things.

Kamloops about 45 minutes up the road offers the big box stores like Costco, London Drug, Home Depot etc are not far away, though in the winter there seem to be constant snow storms and highway closures.  Moving to Merritt has certainly been an adventure, we are looking forward to some free time to get out and explore so we can shoot pictures to post.  If you get a chance, be sure to come visit Merritt, I don’t think you will be disappointed.