River ride to Zámky-Podhoří.

When the tourist number swell in the centre of Praha it’s time to get out along the less well beaten river path to Zámky-Podhoří. The route takes you out of town past the White Water Sport centre, the Praha Zoo and a significant number of riverside bars.

Melbourne, Australia

The end of April isn’t the best time of year for a week in Melbourne. Just as the Northern Hemisphere is creeping into summer, the Southern Hemisphere is sprinting into winter. So with a few breaks in the rain and extremely high winds, I managed to get the DJI Mavic Pro up at St Kilda…

Winter Herb Garden

Growing plants during the winter while living in an apartment is almost impossible.  Issues with varying temperatures, watering and light make things even more difficult! Enter the Lilo – a Kickstarter funded project to provide and easy way of lighting, watering and growing herbs indoors. Apart from the inevitable Kickstarter delay, the Lilo really does…

Sunrise over Ulaanbaatar

To say Ulaanbaatar is ugly would be quite right. The influence of Soviet architectural and town planning is evident. It seems that very little thought has been given to people and the environment. Factories, probably unregulated, are only separated by waste ground and opportunistic housing. Even the Mongolian ger makes a sporadic appearance. Whether or…

One afternoon in San Francisco

During a recent trip to San Francisco, I spent the afternoon walking around the city to tick off the must see sights – Alcatraz, Lombard Street, China Town and a cable car ride.  San Francisco is quite a good city to walk around, albeit a little steep in places! The starting point for my afternoon…

Prague Metronome from above

Letná Park is a great place for early morning walk, afternoon stroll or a beer. Site of the rather confusing Expo 58 Restaurant (the actual expo was in Brussels), a number of odd art installations (one below) and the Prague Metronome, Letná is a great place to relax and take in the wonderful views of Prague Old Town….

Blink and you won’t miss it!

Finally, another Kickstarter campaign has delivered on their promise – Blink.  The Blink camera package consists of one or more battery-powered home security and video monitoring cameras and a base “Sync Module” that proxies the camera to home wifi to online service.  With both iPhone and Android apps, set up is very easy.  Install and connect the Sync…

Gili Islands and Technical diving

Picture an idyllic island beach setting and then add one of the best technical dive clubs in the world!  That’s Gili Trawangan..  one of the three small islands off the north coast of Lombok. Accessible by local boat from Lombok or by speed boat from Bali (I recommend Blue Water Express), Gili Trawangan is an…

Chilled times on Miami South Beach

Miami is a very colourful and striking city – even arriving at night.  Visiting here as a stop over between Europe and Antigua for a couple of days, I stayed at the Hyatt on South Beach. Given the jet lag and time zone issues, I was happy to find South Beach largely deserted at 6am – except…

Best DJI Mavic Pro backpack 

My first real drone was the DJI Phantom 2 and getting that from A to B was simply a nightmare.  To transport the Phantom, you had to either have an enormous backpack or be prepared to dismantle most of it! Now, the DJI Mavic Pro is significantly more compact and can be accomodated in a…

Instant 360° pictures and video

The panoramic feature of the latest iPhones (including 7 plus) don’t yet capture the complete immersive 360° image or video. The Insta360 from the Shenzhen Arashi Vision Company is both a standalone and designed for iPhone accessory. Kuta Beach, Bali Central Park, New York Emirates A380 First Class

360° filming with the DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic can be used to take 360° images using a third party application called Litchi.  The example below was captured autonomously using the apps “PANO” mode.  To use it, simply launch the app (not the DJI app) and take off in FPV mode.  Once you’ve established the appropriate height and viewpoint for the…