Bob Patrick  


Little Houses by Bob Patrick

January 2020 - Little Houses

About the Image(s)

This is a screen capture from a video shot on the Phantom 4 Pro this afternoon. (Drone 5 is still in service, but I am becoming nervous about the camera performance.) Very dark and cloudy today. The subject is the remains of a church summer camp off the road some distance on a side hill, which is now land locked. This is another lucky find from exploration flights. Not shown in this image is the remains of a swimming pool and sports courts, which were the elements that caught my eye at the computer, not in flight. I had originally been here last September and used a drone capture for the October DD33 entry. I didn't notice this as a subject until last week when I flew over the place from a different launch point, just exploring. After some discussion on a Facebook page with the locals, I got interested in searching for the ruins of the camp's buildings.
Next spring I'll attempt to obtain permission to explore the place on foot.


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4 comments posted

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I like this image, I think the composition is handled well. To my eye the colors are somewhat muted but that is indicative of the time of year. I like the whole ghost camp narrative.   Posted: 01/05/2020 18:10:27
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Thanks. This neighborhood is full of history and surprises, but they have to be searched out. The current crop of locals don't talk much about the past.   Posted: 01/10/2020 23:34:26

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Great image... gives me the willies though... feels like it might be from a scary movie, which I think is a compliment, lol. You find a lot with your exploration flights. Definitely go back another time to see the differences.   Posted: 01/20/2020 10:49:31
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
One hazard to this game (which has cost me some drones) is failed communication between the control unit and the drone. We get GPS for navigation, but must rely on line of sight radio for the flight controls.

The cool places I have found would provide more dramatic images if I could fly the drone lower to the ground at the sites. But, can't do it due to break up in the radio waves controlling drone flight. For this subject, I am several hundred yards away on broken terrain with the subject downhill from me in the trees. The Paulson Farm was the same problem at a distance of almost 1 mile. Still, it is better than no flights at all.   Posted: 01/20/2020 12:11:09