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Old 07-23-2007, 06:30 PM
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Default New School Construction Thread

I was asked to provide photos for our school during the construction of a new Middle School on Campus, an expansion needed due to the overpopulation of students.

I'll use this thread to document the progress, and let others know the value of AP besides being fun for hobby.

This is the basic ground work, tear apart a field and make the necessary landscape adjustments before building the foundation.


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I'll just explain the plane and camera info in this first post.

Magpie AP wing on a SS fuse with homemade tail
Himax 2025-4200 w/ 6.6:1 gearbox turning a 12 x 8 apc e prop
Castle Creations 25 Amp ESC
Camera - Pentax Optio S5Z with PRISM switch for shutter control


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Old 07-23-2007, 07:21 PM
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Cool Dave! You are absolutely right about its uses. As you know, I've been doing the same with the construction of a new High School football stadium. I was just out taking more photos of it Saturday. Keep posting your progress.
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:17 PM
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Default 1 month progress

Here are some more pics. It was windy but not raining so I decided to fly. Looks like a lot of ground work has been done and alot more to go yet.
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:33 PM
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Here is their version of what it will look like, school buses are in the front...


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Old 08-27-2007, 04:45 AM
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Great stuff Dave, I only see one flaw. Theres no corn in any photos. :<
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:27 AM
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yeah... and wheres the school?? ;p

looking forward to seeing the progress!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:49 AM
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Great stuff Dave, I only see one flaw. Theres no corn in any photos. :<
I can't believe you beat me to it....
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:54 PM
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Very good Dave, following construction from the air is fun, and you learn a lot, I've been doing this for many years now (9 years I think) I worked for an architectural office dedicated to design schools, now I'm working with another architect firm and I'm following a big construction.

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Old 08-27-2007, 03:10 PM
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Wow! Derick! Those are great photos. Prefab concrete walls, pretty cool! You could have archery contests in that building!
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:41 AM
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Dave, those are very good shots too! I love to see photos of construction projects as they are being built.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:18 PM
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Dave: How is the camera positioned on your plane when the photos were taken - facing sideways, forward, aft?

Great photos!

I haven't done any still pictures, which is something I want to start doing... I definitely think there's a market for this type of photos - construction site photos...

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Here are some more pics. It was windy but not raining so I decided to fly. Looks like a lot of ground work has been done and alot more to go yet.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by iMflyer View Post
Dave: How is the camera positioned on your plane when the photos were taken - facing sideways, forward, aft?

Great photos!

I haven't done any still pictures, which is something I want to start doing... I definitely think there's a market for this type of photos - construction site photos...

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I have tried every way but I settle with rear facing. I position the camera so that the tail is just out of the view - this usually gives some horizon in the picture. Depending on what I am looking at I may adjust the camera down more as I did for that last sortie.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:37 PM
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did they stop building the school?

corn break...
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:41 PM
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Its still building in progress. I usually go out and fly at the end of the month to see whats changed. Seems the ground work is taking forever as I am there almost daily picking up kids and from the ground it all looks the same.


(Corn is all down, now we have wide open fields )
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:56 AM
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Well after a month we have walls. I'll try to get some more as these were low light pics and not the best.

The first run might have had better pics if I had remembered to turn the camera on. I landed after what I thought was about 20 pics to find the camera off. So I went up again.....I must be getting old
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:10 AM
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Default New Auditorium

On the other side of campus is the addition of the new Auditorium.

Here is the artists view:





And here is the progress -

I've also included a pic from Feb '06 to compare.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:11 AM
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Looks good and I do the same thing also with the camera when I get in a hurry. I cant even count all the times I have sent my plane up to get photos only to get home to find MANY short useless videos.

This will be a great record when its completed, Nice work.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:51 AM
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Dave, it's really going to be nice!
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Old 10-07-2007, 04:17 AM
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whoa, that's really cool! nice job.
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:51 PM
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Default Royal Springs Middle School

Thought I share my school related pic with you I did this morning.

A friend of mine is the Principal of a local middle school and she is building in the same new neighborhood as I am so I sent her some pics of her building site. She liked them so much she wanted me to take a pic of her school so I did that this morning. I'm proud of my shot but the ugly dead brown grass kind kills the picture though. I will try again this spring.

p.s. I also had a brain fart on this photo mission this morning. I flew my plane for about 45mins taking I thought around 250 pictures. When I landed and looked at the photo count it read 10 pictures. I didn't double check how my servo was hitting the shutter button. However, I got really lucky, because one of the ten pics is the one I have attached.

Dave and Derick very nice pics. I love pics that are perfectly lined up pictures with just a touch of horizon in the background.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:43 AM
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Browns, Nice photo!! those roof colors really jup out at ya!!

Dave, Im a bit lost, I thought this was a completely new school... are the "we got walls" and "New Auditorium" posts of the same school?
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:31 PM
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Good point Stink. I prob should have put a overhead view in the first post.

Here is the campus, it goes kindergarten through 12th grade. Approx 5000 kids and growing (6 are mine, 4 in High School and 2 in Grade School)

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Old 10-09-2007, 12:06 AM
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I seeee said the blind man... wasn't aware there were two campus'.
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:21 AM
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Cool pics Dave. Are you going to put them together in a video to show it evolving?

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Old 10-09-2007, 07:44 PM
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Hey Dave or anyone for that matter,

Iím a total newb to a lot of the ap\av stuff especially the editing aspect of the hobby so this is probably a dumb question.

Dave the last picture you posted is that a couple pictures put together or was that one shot.

How high were you? Do you use something on your plane to be able to see it that high up? Do others use something on their plane to get that high? I would love to get my plane up that high and take some shots through some clouds.

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