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Bachman – Combining Terrestrial LiDAR with Drone Photogrammetry.TELLURIDE, CO – Lightforce Media has been working with Telluride-based Avlaed, LLC to fuse terrestrial 3D point clouds with aerial point clouds captured by UAS.  Terrestrial LiDAR provides unparalleled accuracy and precision in creating point clouds, but the instrument is limited to the height of the tripod that it is standing on.  Capturing all of the external surfaces of a neighborhood would require dozens of scan locations and days of field time.  Yet, by using a UAS, all of the necessary data can be captured in just a few flights. The UAS flys a pre-programmed grid mission that has the onboard camera take photos at fixed intervals.  Once all of the photos have been taken, a computer program uses a mind-bogglingly complex algorithm to infer geometry from the photos, in a process called photogrammetry.  The end result is a point…
Babbitt RanchesI consider myself very fortunate to have opportunity to get to work with Babbitt Ranches.  This is a company that goes out of their way to do things right and is rooted in the relentless pursuit to be the best people and company that they can be.  Here’s a little excerpt that should paint the picture of just how exceptional these folks are – I give you Cowboy Essence: Cowboy Essence is the self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. The cowboy culture has long been admired for many wonderful characteristics: hard work, integrity, ambition, self-reliance, family values, confidence, honesty, loyalty, having a relationship with the season of the year, and perseverance through hard times as well as gratitude during the good times. We are fortunate to have the cowboy culture to…

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Canon Japan – Pixus Great Challenge CommercialTUSAYAN, AZ – Pretty cool commercial, right?  I got to spend a few days on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon working with the talented Holger Leue and three awesome fellows from Canon Japan to make this really unique concept a reality.  Light was measured and metered, and dozens of other measurements were taken to replicate the correct perspective of actually being in the Grand Canyon half a world away in a studio in Japan.  I have to say that I’m quite impressed with the concept, execution, and attention to detail that it took to create a monster print from thousands of individual prints and then light the final product in a way that emulated the sun.…
Gnarly Bay Films – The Time TravelersDear internet, I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Sometimes, you just get too busy actually working to write about the work later on – but you didn’t come hear to read my excuses… FLAGSTAFF, AZ – It’s 0300, 21 degrees out, and stupidly windy – another wonderful day in Flagstaff. Yet thankfully the coffee is hot and the warm smiles of friends meeting up quickly puts the weather from our minds. We’re all meeting up at zero dark thirty so that we can pile into a haul truck that rides about as well as a 2×4 and bounce down diamond creek road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. There, we’ll hop on the Colorado River with a bunch of guys from the US Mens Rowing Team who are fixing to take their shot at history. SUNRISE…
Can you Spy On Someone With a Drone?FLAGSTAFF, AZ – In light of the recent efforts of several municipalities to create some rather obtuse and misguided legislation relating to the use of drones, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the matter.  The municipalities in question are quite concerned that folks are going to start spying on them with drones.  Despite the fact that traditional cameras are a much more powerful tool for spying on someone, these municipalities seem hell-bent on keeping drones out of their local airspace (which also happens to be the FAA’s jurisdiction, not theirs.).  So I wanted to put it out there just how ineffective the average drone is for spying on someone. There’s a great video (there’s probably a lot more than one) on YouTube that quite effectively explains just how bad even a several thousand dollar drone (a DJI Inspire…