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/.
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.
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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.