An 8 second Aerial Exposure from a Drone !


Platform DJI ‎Phantom 3 Professional, ‬Camera: FC300X, ISO: 800, F-Stop F/2.8, Exposure Time: 8.0 seconds, 20mm focal length equivalent, no filter, Time 3:47am 2015-06-30, Image by George Krieger

I have seen people use filters to get some crazy long exposures on the Inspire 1 platform.  I wanted to see if the DJI Phantom 3 Professional was stable enough to do nighttime long exposures in calm winds. I did not want to use a filter. I chose a night with a 90.8% full moon that was setting an hour before first light.  I also chose one of only two nights a year that the moon sets far enough south to shine through the Keyhole Rock in Big Sur California.  The early morning moonset had perfectly dead calm winds and the fog stayed low over the ocean in the distance. This image was shot in manual camera mode on the DJI Pilot App.  The EXIF data shows that it was in fact a 8.0 second exposure taken at 800 ISO and f/2.8.  This opens up all kinds of new ideas for images that were not possible just a few months ago. I am not sure if this is the longest aerial exposure from a drone, but I have never seen anyone post an exposure over 4 seconds and most of them are blurry.

I can say that the DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the most stable aircraft I have ever flown.  This image proves it.



Date taken 06/30/15, 3:47 AM UTC
Dimensions 3992 x 2242
File name DJI_0101.jpg
File size 5.26M
Camera FC300X
Lens 20.7 mm
Focal Length 3.61mm
Exposure 8s
F Number f/2.8
ISO 800
Camera make DJI
Flash Not used
Exposure Bias -2.34 EV