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It’s Friday – I’m Missing My Old Hobby!

3 July 2009 6 Comments

OMG... as I sit hear Thursday evening to type up this post for Friday, it has been THE LONGEST day of my life!   Seems like it anyways... Working long hours at work because we're off Friday and of course when you're excited about having a long weekend and holiday, the last day at work seems to take forever to end!  But 5:00 finally came and the weekend has started!  Misty and I have been looking forward to this July 4th weekend for a long time!

Friday I'll be on the golf course and Misty's going to go do her favorite past time which is swimming!  I'm sure our next home will have a pool hahaha... IF this one doesn't have one first!  THEN... Saturday morning we are headed to the mountains with friends for a long awaited weekend in a cabin and a visit to one of our favorite winery's Chateau Morrisette... Then we're off to the Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Fest!  WAAAAHHOOOOOO!!  hahaha

It should make for a fantastic July 4th weekend with my sweetheart and our friends!

Leftwich Aerial Photography

A couple of days ago I was going through some old pics and came across my collection of aerial photography pics.  Several years ago, I got into the hobby of remote control airplanes.  Not long after I was in the hobby, I began reading on the internet about how some people were using their rc planes to do aerial photos.  I thought it was so interesting and just had to try it!

Before long I had a full fledged business called Leftwich Aerial Photography.  It was the coolest thing to be able to send up a remote control airplane with a digital camera attached and take snap shots and/or videos.  I did some homes and business shoots along with some churches.  But... the more I got into it, the more it became a job and not a hobby so I got burnt out and ended up selling everything except my radio.  I do miss the hobby though and always enjoyed flying in the back yard and at the local RC field.

The plane I used most of the time for aerial photography was a and I had a custom made camera mount that held a Nikon 3700 digital camera on the bottom of the plane.  A servo, which is used to control the movement of the plane (rudder, elevator, ailerons), can be mounted on the camera and a switch on the radio can be used to move the servo to trigger the shutter on the camera.  It's really cool and there's all kinds of little gadgets you can use depending on what kind of setup you have.  I even had a video feed transmitting to a digital screen on the ground so I could see what the plane was seeing!  It was a pretty sweet setup!

Maybe someday I will get another plane... I don't think I'll get into aerial photography again, but I would like to fly again!

Anyways...  Like I said, I was browsing through some old pics and videos and thought I would share a few of the pics and a video for this Friday's Video.  I've actually shown the video here at the blog before, but since I have quite a few new readers, I thought I'd share it again!

Soooo, enjoy the pics and video and BE SURE to enjoy your holiday weekend!

Everyone have a blast and STAY SAFE!  LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE!

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  • ottidid said:

    Now that is a hobby I could get into….

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  • fas said:

    Wooooow Jake, that looks awsome. Would love to do this. How much did it cost to setup?

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  • coffee tables said:

    i wanna try this too! also, scuba diving!

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  • Aluminum Fencing said:

    I’m 31 years old and have been into anime , comic books , and video games for most of my life . About 10 years ago , I went through two bad relationships that took up most that time . I didn’t get to do much but work and take care of a household .

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  • Jake (author) said:

    @ Otis – It’s a blast! I had one plane called a Devastator which is referred to as a flying wing. 80 MPH! Talk about getting your adrenaline going! haha

    @ Fas – If you just wanted to fly, you can get a RTF (ready to fly) setup for under 100 bucks.. BUTT you will be limited.. If you wanted a nicer radio that would hold programming for up to 10 planes, a slowstick kit and batteries, charger etc… You’re looking at 250 to 300 bucks to get going.. Full fledged Aerial Photography, you can spend 500 bucks easy!

    It “can” be an expensive hobby but just like any hobby it’s what you do with it and how much you get into it..

    @ coffee tables – Yeah I would love to do the scuba diving thing myself!

    @ Aluminum Fencing – I hear ya… those bad relationships can drain you haha.. physically and financially!

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