Bob Patrick  

KRD-Canal by Bob Patrick

October 2019 - KRD-Canal

About the Image(s)

Another image from the drone. This irrigation canal is not accessible by the public. Sent the drone out from the gate. This view is a little more than 1/2 mile from launch site. Irrigation canals in this County are all restricted access. The irrigation utilities do a good job of providing water to the users, but the canals themselves can be dangerous to be around. I will save the political discussions regarding water rights between our farmers and the Yakima Valley boys for some other time. The Image was made at 6:40 PM, Sept. 24. ISO 400, 1/60 sec. F5.6 from a Phantom 4 Pro in Aperture Priority. Windy this night, but the drone survived.

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11 comments posted

Your drone photography is getting more interesting. I like the various tonal changes that enhance the three dimentionality. Most noticeable along the hills where the tops are lighter and the sides of the hills are darker. The "s" curve of the river is very nice. To my eye, you might try to increase the saturation s it looks a little flat   Posted: 10/07/2019 12:44:54

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Nice drone composition, and now I'm wondering what camera lens and processor is on your drone. Who woulda thunk the tree lines would mimic the curve in the canal. I think a little contrast would help.   Posted: 10/07/2019 19:03:40
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Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Bob, the drone is a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. The camera is a 20 megapixel, 1 inch sensor job that comes standard with the drone. These are Chinese products. No idea who manufactured the camera.

I understand that the current Mavic 2 Pro series of DJI drones offer 42 (?) megapixel cameras and a choice of a zoom lens model or a Hasselblad camera with even better color controls and a fixed lens.
  Posted: 10/08/2019 23:22:29
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Very cool. 20mpx, 1" sensor is unreal.   Posted: 10/09/2019 03:27:55
Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
How wonderful to explore the drone photography world. You are doing some nice drone images. Since you dangled the bait I did work on your image a little. It looks bright in the thumbnail, but it looked a little hazy when I down loaded it. To correct that I checked the histogram and tightened it slightly, then used "my old faithful basic 4 steps":In Camera RAW I moved the (with options compressed) highlights slider all the way to the left, shadows all the way to the right. Then with options compressed moved the whites slider until the color just began to show through, and repeated with the black slider. Clarity and contrast were increased to add depth. I found that I could only up the contrast to +8 without loosing too much detail, so upped the clarity to+54. It rarely works that way, but in this case I only lost a little detail on the tree truncks, which did not seem to be a problem. I cloned (at 67%) a little color into the sky where there were large white areas. Lastly I added a vignette of -8. You can decide if it it better or worse. Either way it is a really nice image. I love the lines of the canals. It is well balanced and a veiw that few have. Very nice.   Posted: 10/10/2019 22:20:11
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Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Sorry, Bob. I just realized that I mixxed up my Bobs. Please forgive.   Posted: 10/10/2019 22:24:18
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Probably nothing worse than having mixed up Bobs. I hear that they taste terrible!   Posted: 10/11/2019 07:48:31
Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Thanks for the laugh. I will try not to bite.   Posted: 10/11/2019 14:17:09

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
Awesome drone photography this time! I love the colors and the curving lines of the irrigation canal. Nicely done!   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:12:26

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
Beautiful picture, which shows well, how the green oasis, fed by the water, stands out from the surroundings. I like the curved water, which continues in the road below left. An accentuation of the colors by more saturation I find good.   Posted: 10/10/2019 10:34:50

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
At least over there you have room to fly them, overhear drones are becoming a swear word. You have captured a pleasing view of the watercourse and the valley.
I take it that this is a straight upload of the image from the camera, the focus and clarity could be improved.   Posted: 10/14/2019 06:28:30