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RV Boondocking: Trona Pinnacles Aerial Tour

RV Boondocking: Trona Pinnacles Aerial Tour

Of all the ways to RV, boondocking is our favorite. Generally defined as “camping in remote places without hook-ups,” it’s frequently awesome, and usually free.

Recently, our good friends Jason & Nikki Wynn, better known as Gone With the Wynns, invited us to join them on a boondocking trip to a great spot in the Mojave Desert that none of us had visited before.

Off the beaten path, but still easily accessible, Trona Pinnacles is an eyeful. So we launched our 3D Robotics Solo quadcopter to showcase its stark beauty in this fun & evocative video.

Check out the Wynn’s great post & video about Trona Pinnacles here.

Be sure to follow Nikki & Jason’s adventures at GoneWithTheWynns.com

To learn about visiting this great spot yourself, check out the following links:

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Doug Hewins

Monday 8th of February 2016

Have been lurking for quite awhile, but just thought I would send kudos for the excellent drone and time-lapse footage of a great-looking spot. Thanks.

TheRVgeeks

Monday 8th of February 2016

Thanks! Glad you liked it, Doug... and that it lured you out from the shadows! ;)

Steve

Saturday 30th of January 2016

Great video again. Wow the entire family (dog included) loved the drone shots.

The night time laps was excellent. I've not had much success with night time laps, Where those stills the processed by software to time laps?

As drone prices drop and battery life improves we may pickup one in the future to scout out paths to explore.

We'll be driving 395 this spring and Torna is on the visit list.

You and the Wynns should make a feature length travel log! I'd pay to watch!

Thanks again.

TheRVgeeks

Saturday 30th of January 2016

Thanks Steve! Here's how Jason taught me to do it.... ISO 3200, lens at widest possible zoom, set up the intervalometer (link to ours above, just below the video) to trigger a 30-second exposure once per minute (which will of course be 30 seconds exposed, followed by 30 seconds with the shutter closed). Leave the camera on a tripod untouched for as long as you can (all night even!). Then in post (we use Final Cut Pro X; Jason uses Premier Pro), you'll have all these still images (60 per hour). If you set the duration for each image to 2 frames, at 30 frames per second, you'll have 4 seconds of time lapse per hour of shooting. That's what we did here, but we have another one in the works at a duration of 1 frame each, giving us for 2 second of video per hour (at 30 FPS), which we like the results of better. I'm sure I've left out a lot, so if Jason sees this, my grades are gonna suffer. ;-)

Jon Barton

Saturday 30th of January 2016

The scrolling yellow text at the end was a wonderfully subtle nod to your epic lightsaber battle. Loved it. =)

Marianne Edwards

Saturday 30th of January 2016

You've transported us back to our own memories of several visits here. We first discovered The Pinnacles 16 years ago. Great video. Thanks!

Wheelingit

Friday 29th of January 2016

Fabulous video!! And cheers so much for the link love too :) Nina

TheRVgeeks

Friday 29th of January 2016

If not for your fantastic article, we might never have experienced it. Thank YOU! ?

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