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Old 02-05-2007   #1
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River scouting from the air

Anyone feel up to riding right seat in a Cessna Turbo 182RG and photo scouting some Front Range rivers in late March?

I want to get some shots of Cheeseman Canyon, Bailey Canyon, maybe a couple others over on the West Slope.

I drive, you click the camera....


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Im in, that sounds really cool. I can take pictures and or video, whatever you prefer and I am available all days except tuesday and wednesday. LEt me know when you are ready

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Sounds awesome. I'd be up for something like that.

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Old 02-06-2007   #5
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aerial photos

A few things to consider in getting good aerial shots-

Make sure your shutter speed is at least 1000 - the vibrations will make slower speeds look blurry. A 50mm 1.8 or 1.2 is a good lens if you are flying low enough, otherwise a 70-200 f/2.8 or f/4 will work and give better close ups. A polarizing filter on the lens will also help cut glare from the windows and the river.

Also make sure to give lots of overlap on shots if you want to be able to re-assemble them into a single picture of the river section you are scoping out.

If you want someone who can also fly while you get a good look I can help you out. I have soloed, passed my private written test and I fly in my pops TR182 when I get the chance (it's based in Boulder if you want to rent it - I can get you a good deal on it if you don't own the plane you mentioned). Cheers, Sean
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I have a 172 based in Boulder and have already begun scouting a bunch from the air. I fly 3-4 times a week, If anyone wants to go pm me. To get pictures pop the screw out of the window and fold it all of the way up. It is very hard to judge the difficulty of a rapid from 400 AGL. Everything looks small! It is good for determining if there is enough water or wood.
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give me a parachute for me and my boat, now we're talking...ha,ha. Good thread. Bilk creek, fellas - find out if she's a giver - then we'll get it done this summer.
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what I am thinking for the shoot....

I probably will use either a Maule-7 with bush tires, or a 182 Turbo RG II and fly over the course of two days. If I take the Maule up, I may consider landing on a peak and bivvying for one night. I've got a Private with Instrument, 750+ hrs including 100 hrs of bush flying. The Maule is actually the better of the two aircraft as I can set up for low and slow flight. Canyons are a bit goofy with wind and the Maule handles it exceptionally well. I have one HD digital video camera that I can rig to the starboard side wing strut. and pipe the video output to a laptop inside the cockpit and use the remote control for it. The hard part will be the stills as it will require several passes and a lot of patience.

My contact number is 303-704-8464 (cell) or 303-953-0483 (home after 6pm)

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bilk creek is huge but probably goes for those with an overabundance of cajones
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