Alien Invasion Skydive Vienna Boogie 2013 and Prague Tunnel Camp

Skydive Vienna located at the biggest and oldest grass-only airfield in Europe (LOXN) organized the Skydive Vienna Boogie : Alien Invasion 2013 (1st August to 11th August 2013). The boogie started with the AXIS Flight School Tunnel Camp at Skydive Arena in Prague. All the skydivers from several nations did not only enjoy the blue sky – but also the available coaching for FreeFly and FS with Niklas Daniel & Brianne Thompson from Axis Flight School and the Canopy Control Seminars with Curt Bartholomew from Team Alter Ego. Nice Sunset jumps combined with the awesome Vienna scenery and nightly barbecues made this event unforgetable. The boogie ended with a big celebration party and a Alien costume competition – the winner received a free Mirage Container.

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Visitors from : Austria, USA, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland

Plane Type : Dornier DO 28 D2 (12 Minutes to 13.000 ft with 15 skydivers)

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Just in case you were wondering what is up with the Champaign bottles and the fancy bottle opener…

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Camelback Mountain

Even though it is legal to BASE jump Camelback Mountain, it is no place for a beginner. From the exit point, it is 240 feet to impact. The landing area is located another 120 feet below that. I followed DZ friends David and Andrew to this location to check it out and take some pictures. We reached the exit point after a 45 minute hike, where I took a 360 degree panoramic of the area with my phone.

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iPhone 4 Test

For those of you who watched my time lapse experiments and wondered how I did it, here are some things I learned so far that I would like to share with you.

First you will need to get comfortable shooting images in “M” or manual mode. If you allow the camera to make any auto adjustments, you will encounter flickering when you put the movie together. Next, you will need to invest in an intervalometer. This little gadget plugs into the camera and allows you to take pictures periodically (ex. every 4 seconds). Once you have taken your set of images, you will need to compile them into a movie using software like Quicktime Pro or After Effects.

There are many more toys that allow you to add another dimension to this style of photography. For example a bulb-ramping intervalometer will allow you to time laps a scene in varying light conditions such as day to night. Cranes and dollies can ad movement, when combined with the right set of motion controls.

Since I currently don’t have the budget to purchase one of these cranes, here is another test I did using my iPhone 4. I downloaded a time lapse app from the apple store, gaffers taped my phone to an egg timer, and set it all up on a tripod in the desert. Since the egg timer makes a 360 degree rotation in one hour, I though that it would be just the right speed for the movie.