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DJI Phantom over the Lech River, Augsburg

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Augsburg features some interesting spots. The Hochablass is one of them, a landmarked weir that spans the Lech river. I bet that most pedestrians who are crossing this bridge have never seen it from the bird’s eye perspective -which is quite impressive, by the way.

It’s a nice place to hang out and fly on warm summer days. The artifical waterfalls tend to cool the air temperatur down a little bit, you really appreciate that on a hot day. There is a lake nearby with some beer gardens, but you can also dive right into the cool water if you feel to do so.

Right-hand of the Hochablass, you see the Eiskanal. The Augsburg Eiskanal is an artificial whitewater river in Augsburg, Germany, constructed as the canoe slalom venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics in nearby Munich.

The first artificial whitewater course of its kind, it introduced the sport of canoe slalom (using decked canoes and kayaks) to the Olympic Games.[1] However, because of the expense of building artificial rivers and supplying them with water, canoe slalom was missing from the next four Summer Olympics. It returned with the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, and has been featured in every Summer Olympics since then.

The Eiskanal has thus served as the prototype for six Olympic whitewater venues, from 1992 through 2012, and for more than fifty training and competition facilities in eighteen countries (see list). Despite being the oldest, it is still one of the most widely used, hosting two World Championships and numerous World Cup races. It was a World Cup venue for all but four of the years 1990 through 2010, and it was so again in 2013 and 2014.

My Drone Shots

Most of my aerial shots and videos are done from first-person view using Fatshark goggles and the DJI Phantom 2 V2 with the Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal. I am not a fan of the latest "once click" drones with all the built-in smartphone stuff. Digital video submission does not provide the same, smooth experience than analog 5.8GHz submission and suffers from a low framerate and a high latency - which is absolutely deadly for a pleasant FPV experience.


FPV DJI Phantom Augsburg Lech Hochablass

FPV DJI Phantom Augsburg Lech Hochablass

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