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Inspire over dreamy fields of ice on Chicago's Frozen Beaches

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I spent a bunch of days flying my Inspire over Chicago's frozen beaches back in February. I've been taking pictures of the lake when it freezes for the past 4 years so it was a treat to get my Inspire in time to capture some footage there this season.

This is my first drone and the main reason I bought it was to make this edit actually haha. I tried to focus more on the textures of the ice and less on the touristy parts of the city, but there's a few skyline shots in there too. Let me know what ya think!

 
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Very beautiful, congrats. That dog passing the fence was perfect timing ;-)

Curiosity: where do all the boats go? Sail south to warmer weather? Land space for all of them?
 
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So, what's the official min temp we can fly?
I'm in central Canada, so it gets a tad chilly here.
It would be neat to head out in the winter.


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Very nicely done. Good mix of shots, didn't get repetitive, sync with beat was comfortable, reveal shots were great and variety of locations and angles we're refreshing.

Bravo.
 
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So, what's the official min temp we can fly?
I'm in central Canada, so it gets a tad chilly here.
It would be neat to head out in the winter.


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Official Operating Temperature Range is -10° to 40° C.

I've flown in much colder though. Just have to be careful of sudden battery voltage drops and frost bite on your fingers.

Example: despite the video name, some of the shots were so cold (-20C with windchill) I literally could only fly for 5-10 minutes before jumping back in the running car for warmth. But the Inspire had no complaints.

 
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Thanks everyone! I tried to keep it short and sweet but wish I had another day or two worth of footage to put in there, a few clips I don't love in the edit..but oh well! I was trying to only fly on sunnier days too to keep the edit consistent. A few earlier drafts I thought were a little repetitive and I was trying to get away from that...I accidentally had the sharpness to +1 for a few of the shots too and you can see some noise in there a little bit.

Most of these flights were 10 degrees to 30 degrees fahrenheit...I didn't want to fly below 0 degrees and tried not to fly in too much wind either, it's nerve wrecking enough to have it out over the water!

I only had a sudden battery drop once, it dropped from 26% to 6% when I was flying back but was still over the water, barely got a chance to land it in time!
 
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Most of these flights were 10 degrees to 30 degrees fahrenheit...I didn't want to fly below 0 degrees and tried not to fly in too much wind either, it's nerve wrecking enough to have it out over the water!
You sir are a brave man but Wow! look at the video! Good Job! Where did you get the music?
 
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You sir are a brave man but Wow! look at the video! Good Job! Where did you get the music?
Thanks! I licensed it from premiumbeat.com

Very beautiful, congrats. That dog passing the fence was perfect timing ;-)

Curiosity: where do all the boats go? Sail south to warmer weather? Land space for all of them?
I'm not a boater but I'm pretty sure in Chicago it's required by law that everyone remove their boats from water for the winter, they have to store them indoors somewhere I guess
 
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I spent a bunch of days flying my Inspire over Chicago's frozen beaches back in February. I've been taking pictures of the lake when it freezes for the past 4 years so it was a treat to get my Inspire in time to capture some footage there this season.

This is my first drone and the main reason I bought it was to make this edit actually haha. I tried to focus more on the textures of the ice and less on the touristy parts of the city, but there's a few skyline shots in there too. Let me know what ya think!

Very nicely done video. The sound track matches the mood, the editing is sharp, and I love the mix of aspects between vertical and horizontal. Made me want to watch it a second time!

I flew mine in MN back in Feb during the Big Freeze, and I could only stand about 10 mins before my hands, even in gloves, were complaining big time. Keeping the batteries in a warm car kept them ready for flight, and I made some homemade neoprene covers for the batteries, so they stayed nice and toasty, unlike my hands. o_O
 
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Very nicely done video. The sound track matches the mood, the editing is sharp, and I love the mix of aspects between vertical and horizontal. Made me want to watch it a second time!

I flew mine in MN back in Feb during the Big Freeze, and I could only stand about 10 mins before my hands, even in gloves, were complaining big time. Keeping the batteries in a warm car kept them ready for flight, and I made some homemade neoprene covers for the batteries, so they stayed nice and toasty, unlike my hands. o_O
Thanks! Yeah i actually got a set of gloves with the fingers that peel back but then I had to get another set of very thin glove liners underneath that because my exposed fingertips would still freeze after flying the inspire for a few minutes. Had to run back to the car and warm up often too.
 
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Very very cool. Take out the skyline shots and it could pass for some sort of frozen post-apocalyptic wasteland.
 

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