You may recall that I wrote about the Yamakoshi landscape images back in February – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/19/the-changing-landscape-of-yamakoshi/.

Yamakoshi 13th November 1970 (Showa 45)

Yamakoshi 13th November 1970 (Showa 45)

Yamakoshi, exact date unkown, however prior to 23rd October 2004 and the Chuetsu Earthquake

Yamakoshi, exact date unkown, however prior to 23rd October 2004 and the Chuetsu Earthquake

As I wrote at the time, the place where the above pictures were taken is, I think, now no longer accessible, destroyed in the 2004 earthquake.

Being now the owner of a drone, one of the first things on my to do list was to try and create the same picture using it, of course i could now fly the camera to the approximate camera position of the originals.

The weather was less than ideal as I headed out today, it was very hazy, even heading across the Shinano River out of Ojiya it was apparent that visibility was pretty limited.  Undeterred I carried on, hopeful of locating a good take of spot and if nothing less gaining a little more confidence about putting the drone in the air, it’s a whole lot different flying in the mountains from flying in a flat field!

I headed up to a large group of mudponds on the side of Koguriyama which I’d previously found whilst scouring the mountainside for this camera location.  It immediately became apparent, even go up i the air I was too low and also too far right.  The camera data tells me I was flying at 512m, off memory Kanagurayama is 640m high, so plenty of scope to get naturally higher, ignoring the height gain of the drone.  While there I decided to fly anyway the image below the result.

Yamakoshi Panorama

Yamakoshi Panorama

Click the image to view a screen filling version.  Alternatively you can get the full 5000 pixel wide image here – http://nishikigoi.life/drone_pan_full.jpg.


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To give you a sense of scale, from camera to Yamakoshi Ski Slope is exactly 4 miles (6.5Km).

The challenge continues, lots more to come from the drone on Nishikigoi.Life.


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