Cornel Anderson test-flew the GoPro Hero HD sportscam mounted on top of his paramotor. the 170 degree field of view is spectacular.
I flew a 47 second cloverleaf slalom task at the 2009 World Champs in the Czech Republic, in unpleasant conditions. On my last turn, I had to go wide and high to evade some marshals who were inside the arena, which was rather upsetting at the time. Still, this placed me second in this task, with Grzegorz Kryzanowski of Poland beating me by 3.6 seconds.
Wednesday 25 November 2009. Awesome Sunset over Cape Town. This Timelapse video captures Two and a Half hours of weather in 1m 47s. Enjoy!
Launching PPG from Jordan Wines, on the lee side of the hills in a Westerley wind, with a localised breeze wrapping around the slope, i.e. cross-wind. A huge hole posed an obstacle, but here Callie Calitz shows us how to handle this like a pro... instead of slowing down or trying to run around the obstacle, sprint directly at it to launch before it and fly over it.
On Wednesday 22 July 2009, some interesting weather passed over Cape Town. This time-lapse video compresses 3h45m of weather into 3m30s. The Synoptic Chart for the day is shown (at beginning & end) to help understand the weather pattern. The video opens at 11h15 and ends at 15h00 when the camera batteries ran out, capturing 6324 images during this time. The original video is 640x480 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps) and looks silky smooth, however the file size is too large to upload here, so this video shown is 256x192 pixels at 25 fps. If you download the video to play offline, lay it at double-size (or try fullscreen). Enjoy!
Timpelapse phototgraphy. A pic snapped every 10 seconds over many hours, shows a cold front approaching Cape Town. With blue skies, a fain dark line approaches and appears to increase in apparent altitude. First, some orographic cloud starts streaming off Table Mountain. After a while, Lion's Head starts triggering an impressive Banner Cloud. Eventually the entire area starts over-developing. Next morning, the wind has backed from the typical pre-frontal NW to W and continues backing towards post-frontal SW as the weather improves once again.
I hacked the firmware on my Canon A710 compact Camera to add the ability to do automated time-lapse photography, then used JPGVIDEO to stream 560 individual images into a video. Unfortunately the camera batteries ran out a bit early, I so wanted to catch more stars after sunset. You will notice an occasional flash on the screen. These are aircraft on final approach to Cape Town international. Will try again in a few days with external power supply to the camera. The original images were 1600x1200 pixels (2MP) but I scaled and cropped them down to 1024x576 to fit perfectly on my Netbook's screen (Lenovo S10e).
A day in the life of... the Table Mountain View webcam. 11h 22 minutes compressed to 1min 48s. This webcam records an image every 90 seconds, which are played back here at 5 frames per second, i.e. 450 times faster than real life speed. This is a popular launching site for Powered Paragliding flights along Table Bay. See the live webcam at <A HREF="http://www.tablemountainview.com">www.tablemountainview.com</A>
From Morningstar Airfield, via Goedverwacht and Grootfontein airflields, over Fisantekraal airfield, via Swiss Radio Control Club, to the Boland Model Aircraft club in Agter-Paarl, then back to Fisantekraal for some hot coffee before returning to Morningstar airfield. 1h48min airtime and 80km actual flown distance per GPS tracklog.
I had an empty "super" (honey-box) stored alongside my house, but a colony of bees moved into it unexpectedly about 6 months ago. Not knowing how to transfer this colony to a brood-box, I placed an old brood-box under the super and hoped for the best. The bees have been happily collecting pollen and nectar all through spring and the swarm has grown to a reasonable size. Today I did a quick inspection, and found the main swarm has indeed moved down from the super to the brood-box. In this video, you can see me lifting the white super off the (black) brood-box first, where I could see most of the bees in the frames in the brood-box. I then lifted the lid off the top of the super and found far fewer bees in the super, but there is definitely some honeycomb in the super. Tomorrow I shall don my protective clothing to make a more thorough inspection, to see if the super contains mostly honey, pollen, brood (bee larvae), or what combination of these. If the Queen has moved down to lay eggs only in the brood-box, then I should be able to harvest some honey from the super in a few weeks time. Hoping for the best!