NEAR SPACE BALLOONING - STRATOSPHERIC PHOTOGRAPHY

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LAUNCH 6 : ARIZONA TO COLORADO

Launch 6 saw the first use of the new Go Pro Hero 3+ Black Edition. We had two. The first camera was affixed outside the payload box facing straight up. The field of view was set to "Narrow" and the video 1080p with 60 fps. This should have got great shots of the exploding balloon, had it not stayed aloft for over seven hours, allowing the camera batteries to die. The second Go Pro was positioned for landscapes with a "Medium" FOV and 2.7k 30fps video. Both Go Pros had the extra BacPac battery, but this camera was also hooked into an Anker Mini Astro 3000mHa external battery. It captured four hours of video, only stopping because the 64gb memory card filled. Both cameras were operating in ProTune mode because the resulting video was to get professional treatment afterwards. ProTune leaves video looking washed out unless properly processed and edited.

Reviewing the footage it was clear that the Hero 3+ had improved over the Hero 2 in low light, though in near dark, the video was still unusable. The image clarity seems improved. The sun looks more natural, and the camera seems to handle contrast better. You can also use a smart phone App to manage the camera settings via wifi instead of relying on the clunky in-camera controls. This works great. Driving around, we had cameras mounted in several places outside the car, and could watch real-time video from them on the smart phone, with just a slight delay.





LIFTOFF FROM ESPEE RANCH
HERO 3+ Black (Medium FOV/ProTune)

APPROACHING THE GRAND CANYON
HERO 3+ Black (Medium FOV/ProTune)


OVER THE GRAND CANYON
HERO 3+ Black (Medium FOV/ProTune)

ABOVE THE PAINTED DESERT
HERO 3+ Black (Medium FOV/ProTune)


SUNSET
HERO 3+ Black (Medium FOV/ProTune)


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