RC Helicopter Aerial Photography Shoot at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

RC Helicopter Aerial Photography Shoot at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

I finally had some time to do a little flying with the helicam after three weeks of moving across town.  My days have been filled with moving, painting, and fighting with the wheel on my office chair that keeps falling out, oh and did I mention painting?  Yuk.  Now that all of that stuff is out of the way, I decided to take the helicam out this morning and head for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A wide aerial view of the ticket office and gift shop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

I decided to change things up a little and shoot stills.  Shooting stills from the helicam uses a whole different set of flying skills than shooting video.  When shooting video I don’t mind if the heli drifts a little while I’m flying, but shooting stills requires the heli to be a little more locked in one position.

Flying in a little closer provides a slightly different perspective of the ticket office and gift shop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

When flying I often think, “ok, let me give that a try” and with anticipation and luck, the results can be interesting.

Here is a slight pan across the property while holding the helicam in the same position and altitude.
Continuing to pan the helicam produced a nice image with converging lines.
While still on the pan axis I was able to capture the security van coming my way and an interesting figure 8 on the drifting course.

 

Anticipation.  While flying alone, I consistently anticipate what the shot might look like if I was looking through the view finder.  With no camera operator on this day, I adjusted the camera angle based on what I thought how high I would fly and what I want to capture.  Adjusting for exposure is pretty straight forward.

Capturing my truck in the shot gives the viewer some perspective
A slight shift in the pan axis

 

Shooting at different angles around the speedway I was able to capture some unique perspectives.

Here I moved the helicam to the right to finish up on the pan axis.

 

Overall the flight went really well and it is refreshing to see the speedway from a different perspective even if it is a parking lot, building, or palm tree.   The helicam has opened up endless opportunities to combine my passion for shooting and R/C flying. The fact that no one has seen it, or shot it from “that” angle really pleases me.  It’s an amazing piece of equipment and even on the ground it can capture some interesting shots.  🙂

LVMS security takes a look at me, the helicam, and my hard card.