Dick Burr  

River Run by Dick Burr
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March 2020 - River Run

About the Image(s)

This Video was shot in September 2019 on the Fox River in Big Bend, Wisconsin, USA. After shooting the Video I talked to the kayakers and offered to send them the video. They were very happy after seeing the video.

Video was shot using My Phantom 3 Pro drone and edited with Movie Studio Platinum

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I just stumbled upon this group and I'm fascinated. I would like to offer a few observations if I may. I would ask that you this preamble with the other group members so I don't haveto type it over and over for each video. Thanks.

This may well end up being a long comment but I want you to understand my point of view before I begin.
I consider myself to be a hardworking nature and wildlife photographer. I spend a great deal of time researching my subjects before I venture into the field. Recently while on a shoot I was approached by a videographer who asked if he could photograph me at work. Over the course of the day he worked much harder than I did. He was relentless in his efforts, when I took a break he was still gathering clips. He wired me for sound, forced untrained me to think out loud and led me with questions. Since then he has made two videos of me at work. I have the utmost appreciation for him and his craft. I think the video required much more work than me captured that one special shot. Video required that one shot and so much more.

  Posted: 03/18/2020 08:46:16

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
When I viewed this video I was first struck by the clear title (thought I was at the movies). The surrounding scene with the added insert was a unique touch that drew me in. Since the action was not fast this simple step help maintain my interest. I thought the music fit the tranquil feeling of the entire film and was a good choice. From my point of view the drone seems more difficult to use (maybe not) so another kudo to you. I realize you had to set a scene but I felt the whole into think was a bit long and some of the parking lot scenes may not have been necessary. Please note, I don't know your requirements (is there a required length?). I found the river itself quite interesting. The 360 turn of the camera was a nice touch. It felt to me that a great many skills and techniques were incorporated in creating this and that in itself was very impressive. The five plus minute video held my attention to the end, and I actually watched it twice. As a photographer I worry and focus a great deal on the light and its quality and I thought the light was well handled throughout the film.

My only real suggestion would a change or two in the camera angle. Perhaps it this started with the drone at a lower, closer view of just moving water and then rose to show the grand view it might create more interest. I will note that when the camera turned it raised my interest.

I don't know the rules for flying drones and if this may have impacted camera angles.

I am not trying to be critical of this, I am just musing. I found it quite good and from my photography point of view this was well done indeed. You worked much harder than I did to create this months submission.

If you would take the time to address some of my thoughts from your point of view, it would make my next visit to this group more meaningful. Thanks.

Next time I'll bring popcorn.   Posted: 03/18/2020 09:10:34
Dick Burr   Dick Burr
Hello Larry,

Thank you for your input and thoughts. You had mentioned camera angle. If you notice at the beginning of the video I was flying low to the water, probably 10 feet off the water then I went up to over tree level. When I was flying near the Kayakers, I didn't want to get too low, it could be dangerous and you never know what could happen. When I'm flying the drone, I am first concentrating on my flying and on photography second or not at all. The FAA rules for flying are that you can not exceed 400 feet and you must stay a safe distance from people, so I was cutting it close with the Kayakers.

Looking at the video again, I agree the few seconds of the parking lot could have been cut, but in the very beginning of that scene, you can see me standing there with the remote control. I wanted to leave my cameo in the video.

We don't have any formal requirements for the length of the videos, but it is suggested that we try to keep them to about 5 minutes.

I'm glad you enjoyed our group, please visit again and spread the word.


.   Posted: 03/23/2020 15:46:35
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Ah, it seems you are having your own Alfred Hitchcock moments. You are certainly entitled to do so. :-)
That is you in the white shirt correct???

Your comments about altitude were about what I figured, but I had to ask.   Posted: 03/23/2020 17:59:55
Dick Burr   Dick Burr
Yes, that is me   Posted: 03/23/2020 18:14:28

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Please allow me to add an additional thought. As a still photographer I watch several video showing how the movie 1917 was made. I did this to study camera angles and techniques. I watched these videos several times each. As I write the critiques for this group I thought maybe some of you could used some of these techniques yourselves.

This forum is about making our photography grow and I thought this was a good learning tool. If I'm off base, please forgive me. Enjoy the videos and best of luck in your future film making efforts. I have really enjoyed my visit.

There are two video links provided.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMBnvz-dEXw   Posted: 03/18/2020 12:14:15

Peter Shi   Peter Shi
Beautiful drone video!
1. Drone was operated flying lower along river
2. Track the subjects (boats) with 180 degree turn smoothly
3. Nice frame in frame effect
Question: Was the video shot at 16:9 ratio? It shows black edges on both top and bottom sides.   Posted: 03/25/2020 16:34:10

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Dear Friend,
A lovely serene drone work. Enjoyed the video.
I have few suggestions too.
The opening scene, could be from the very low flight following the streams and the "Title" could appear from that panning of the stream as the drone pace forward on the stream. The kayaks were an added interest. But the scene was shot from little bit higher height. It would probably be interesting, if you could descend a little bit more to zoom in - on the kayaks as it is approaching and as they are going away. The track of the drone, I believe are well planned and decided. It was a lovely drone work. Congrats again. Cheers.   Posted: 03/26/2020 12:30:56


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