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What’s behind Tesoro?

If you’ve ever been to Tesoro High School, you’ve probably always heard rumors of the cow-tipping that renegade students did in the wee hours of the morning. Behind the cement school, there is open space — and a lot of it. In my four years though, I, like most students, never made it back there, because that land was inaccessible.

But now, the drone cam can show off what is hidden by trees or not possible to see otherwise. By standing in the public Tesoro field, you can see the great beyond!

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 8.47.58 PMAnd for those of you who just care to see the high school and want another shot similar to what I showed yesterday, here’s YET ANOTHER drone shot, this time of the Tesoro baseball fields! Pretty, right?Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 8.47.49 PM

 

High school throwback (of the future)

I wasn’t flying a drone in my high school days. But these days, I can fly a drone over my high school.Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 10.25.35 PM

The photo below is of Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca, where I attended for four years. The high school is down in the canyon, in the middle of nowhere. Ask any Tesoro student, and they’ll probably share with you all about fighting for that last parking space at the top of the hill, the 6:40 a.m. Zero Period start time, tutorials, and our awesome football team. If you don’t have a local Tesoro student to chat with, hopefully this photo helps capture part of the campus. Take note of the rolling hills in the background, the stellar pool, and our mascot painting on the building (he sort of resembles Santa Claus, no?).

Week Two thought roundup

Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 12.06.22 PMIt’s been two weeks since I flew my DJI Phantom on its maiden voyage– crazy that it hasn’t been that long. Anyway, here are my first impressions on the first couple weeks.

Everyone has been so nice and friendly! I’ll be walking through a park and so many people will make a quick comment like ‘cool copter.’ Other times people will ask what is it. And I’ll fly, and then people get interested and ask tons of questions. I love when people ask questions! It’s great to see curiosity and friendliness within the community. People want to ask what I’m doing, where I got my drone, etc. Continue reading Week Two thought roundup

From the Back Bay

Upper Newport Bay is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Orange County (and not just for drone flying). The Back Bay Loop Trail is 10.5 miles and runs from the Newport Bay through Irvine and up into Weir Canyon. If you don’t have a drone, you can still enjoy the bay by running or biking – or by looking at my photo below.Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 12.07.35 PM

This photo was taken at a lookout point just off one of the main road’s Jamboree. The foreground is the bay, the right side is the road, and in the back are lots of Irvine office buildings.

Meet my drone(s)

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So it’s time I share my gear with you. As I am a mere hobbyist, my gear is (relatively) simple and cheap. I was a bit hesitant to share my gear, including the cost, but in an effort to be transparent about this hobby, I thought you should know.

The first drone I ever bought was a Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quadcopter, with a bumble bee shell. I got this because before I started flying around with my pricier drone, I wanted to practice on this one. If you want to buy a drone, I recommend you invest in a cheap, practice one first!

The controls require some hand-eye coordination, though for people who played video games growing up, it seems to feel natural (I spent my childhood playing with Barbies and my parents wouldn’t let me have video games). Thus, I’ve gotten this little guy stuck in trees and on top of roofs. Never fear, I’m a much better pilot now. Here are the deets on the BeeCopter.

  • Name: Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter – BumbleBee
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com (toys and game section!)
  • Price: $43
  • Producer: Syma
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Pros: Cheap, light, easy to fly, durable, also comes in a UFO design (but the bee is way cuter!)
  • Cons: Can’t attach a camera to it, doesn’t really do anything except (if you’re an experienced pilot) be a fun pet toy or cool party trick

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