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  1. 5 points
    Harley Kuehl

    The Sound of Silence

    The Sounds of Silence. Yes, I’m old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkel…but in all honesty, I think I was more perplexed by other songs in their library, but I digress. For the amount of reading I’ve done on this website, it’s been interesting to concur that our eyes do most of the work. Not that it’s criminal or anything…maybe surprising would be closer to the proper description. All of us have been in locations in our endeavors that we’ve feasted our eyes first and foremost. Maybe the nose might be second place, as we take in the aromas of the environment we’re currently visiting. I’m just in firm belief that the ears don’t get equal opportunity, and it’s a bloody shame given the right circumstances. As you folks do your tour de jour of abandoned buildings, am I wrong in believing that the only time the ears come into play, is when the other senses have been disturbed?….maybe a creak of the door?…maybe a rustle of material from a rat or a raccoon under the floorboards? The point I want to get to, it’s phenomenal how, where, when, and why we play upon our different senses. Whether it be traveling with the work crew, and somebody just has to cut the cheese….and our poor noses suffer for the split second before the windows are rolled down. Or how many of you got to feast your eyes on the recent eclipse? Now I’m not a parent, and I’ve been blue collar all of my life….my sense of touch is most disgusting! Taste….well now, I’m a food person that used to be compared to packing sand down a rathole….no end in sight…. But in reality, maybe I’m glad for having spent years in the quiet of Eastern Washington. Doves with their coo carrying on for a LONG ways….but I would not be fair if I didn’t also mention living on the beach, with the tide coming in under the house….the noise of the foghorns carrying on what seems like forever. In closing, I smile knowing silence…it’s made me aware when my life is too noisy!
  2. 4 points
    meepers

    Abandoned Apple Hill Ski Resort

    This weekend we went out and explored an old abandoned ski lodge. This was the Apple Hill Ski Resort. It was only open from 1962-1978. There were only a handful of slopes with two tow ropes (possibly more). They had lights for night skiing and a full rental center. The resort closed to larger resorts in the area offering more trials and more amenities.
  3. 4 points
    Well, it took me long enough, but I finally got my YouTube channel started. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSoQgzBtc-ImZmopTEIsLsA?view_as=public I'm there as "Random Coyote" and my general intent is to do Idaho specific exploration but with the occasional "outside" travel feature. Right at the moment I only have one video, though; a short flight I took on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor that came by the Nampa airport last year. I posted it mostly as an experiment (what is it like to post a video I made myself?) and to get at least one thing up for viewing. Ironically, I would have up to three or four more videos posted except that YouTube pulled the plug on their in-house video editor. I am trying to find a good new program that isn't too expensive. I trued downloading an "open source" video editor but ended up in a 30-minute battle with malware (vanquished thanks to "Malwarebytes"). I will probably purchase CyberLink PowerDirector 15 since that seems to get the best overall reviews for my experience level (ie, ambitious rank amateur). Just so you know I've been looking at a lot of videos from folks here on the forum to get an idea of what I think "works" for me and what I am not interested in. I've seen some Desert Dog and Area 51 Rider (for example) but I especially like "Explore With Us". I also see what other explorers are doing that are unaffiliated here, such as "RnK All Day" (they operate mostly in the East Coast of the USA) just to get variety. Anyhow, I have an actual "cabin in the forest" video mostly ready and a couple others, so hopefully I can get started walking the walk and not just talking the talk. Looking forward to seeing more vids from everyone.
  4. 4 points
    Yeah Coyote, I liked your new video. Wish I could get more subs on my channel, but I just don't have much appeal. As far as plates and faces go, I stopped caring. Yes, someone can run a license plate and....get your name? Address? By simply being on the Internet, you're leaving a footprint MUCH larger than a license plate, name, or face, can provide. Assuming one is not engaged in illegal activity, there's really little to worry about. On one channel I used to follow, the guy wore a mask (lol) but also a t-shirt with a web site address. In 5 minutes I had his home address, satellite and street-view imagery of his home, figured out past residences and relatives, learned where he (more often than not) takes his vehicle for service, and the names of a few prominent clubs in which he holds membership. Did I do anything with that info? Nope. It was an exercise (think of it as a 'war game' in HUMINT/OSINT/network security) for a guy who works in certain parts of the field. I did this without a face, a name, or a license plate. Then I advised him on how to better cover his tracks, if he wanted to, and left it at that.
  5. 4 points
    Good luck with the channel, have fun too.
  6. 4 points
    Second video posted, a more proper introduction to what my channel is going to be about. It's short but later ones will be longer. I have another video partway started on, now that my editing software finally got here.
  7. 3 points
    coyote

    Coyote's Second Video

    Well, I made and posted my second video, "Cabin in the Woods". I think it shows a lot of improvement over the first video-- certainly more dynamic, and not just me yammering while swinging the camera around. Still, there's room for improvement. Any creative feedback would be welcome, and thank you in advance!
  8. 3 points
    BruceK

    Introducing Ourselves

    Hi, My wife and I have the explorer bug. We enjoy finding abandoned places and exploring each with the utmost respect for property. Neither of us take anything but memories and do NOT condone anyone who wants to take or vandalize property. Our region is the many abandoned places in Southwest Oklahoma. I have a passion for researching the history of places to better understand the life lived by the former occupants. The most fascinating things are remnant papers which reveal a more personal glimpse of the lives from the past. We enjoy the many revelations of life before our times. We are comfortably retired and have all the time in the world to research and explore. We are proud to be members of your group and hope to become Private members when the time is right. Many blessings to all... Bruce & Linda
  9. 3 points
    Backwoods Beast

    Hey Everyone!

    Hey everyone it's nice to find this place that I never new existed!!! I feel like I found my people! I cant wait to share my stories and hear yours, I'm also hoping to get to travel with some of you and explore some cool places!! I'm just learning so it will take me some time to get everything set up! Thanks, John
  10. 3 points
    braindead0

    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    You'll need to pack a complete court system on trips, laws are purposely written to be vague and often as confusing as possible.
  11. 3 points
    meepers

    Abandoned Apple Hill Ski Resort

    Thank you. It was a really small location, but pretty cool and interesting to see. Until the past few years I was an avid snowboarder, so it was really interesting for me to see an abandoned ski resort. There was also an abandoned farm house out front. But some guy rolled in right as we were setting up our gear. Told us he wasn't the property owner, but he "knew" them. We could take some pictures of the lodge, but stay out of the house. So we obliged and only went into the lodge. I was hoping for some ofthe mechs from the tow ropes to still be there, but no luck.
  12. 3 points
    wimc

    Hey Everyone!

    Welcome to EF John.
  13. 3 points
    coyote

    Hey Everyone!

    Welcome aboard! Wow, another Nevada traveler! Not surprised; you have a lot to explore.
  14. 2 points
    Scott1

    Glen O Dee hospital

    So, I was going to visit this really interesting hospital/asylum. However.........a kid decided to play with some matches and it resulted in destroying the whole place. Gutted as it's only around 40 miles away. Anyway, I thought I would share some photos taken by other people.
  15. 2 points
    EXPLORING WITH FLACO Hello friends! I am from Argentina .. I have been exploring for many years but this year I started uploading my adventures to youtube .. my channel is still small .. but I hope you like my explorations .. I like to explore all types of land .. from urban and rural exploration .. mountaineering .. exploration of caves .. abandoned mines .. of all .. Here I leave my link: www.youtube.com/exploringwithflaco A hug to all comrades!
  16. 2 points
    wimc

    Coyote's Second Video

    Very nice place and surroundings, cabin looks quite cozy, more so if cleaned up.
  17. 2 points
    meepers

    Haunted Decaying Slaughterhouse

    This is the second location of my exploration trip a couple of weekends ago. This was the larger and creepier of the locations we checked out. We actually heard voices at this location, though they didn't start until we had stopped recording. We split up to look around to see if we weren't alone... I turned my camera back on, but didn't catch any EVP's. Of course after I turned it back off.... again the voices came. And yes.... We were completely alone!
  18. 2 points
    meepers

    Abandoned Apple Hill Ski Resort

    Naw we didn't get any shots of the farm house. I had planed on doing a walk around, but the end of the video was my drone freaking out, then flying backwards on it's own and crashing. So I was pretty bummed out after that as we just left.
  19. 2 points
    wimc

    Introducing Ourselves

    Welcome to EF, Bruce and Linda.
  20. 2 points
    Harley Kuehl

    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    They keep making things complicated, it won't even be worth the time and money to own the stinking things! http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/28/faa-bans-drone-flights-near-major-us-landmarks-gra/ And of course you'll have your police forces that will take this measurement into their OWN interpretation...and that's the part that scares me. As a former transportation official, I pretty much have a heads on what can be done, and what might be questionable...but now as a basic photographer, I have recently made it a habit of carrying the "bill of rights" as a photographer because now the pendulum has swung so drastic on what's allowable, and how everybody views those freedoms. So now I can see having to pack an encyclopedia the same size to do photography with a drone?
  21. 2 points
    Sin

    Explore Foum DECALS?

    Does this site have any decals for sale? I run local businesses that I frequent or sites and apps that I use, figured it'd be free advertisement for the forum as well..
  22. 2 points
    Bob

    Explore Foum DECALS?

    Nothing available yet, but soon hopefully we will get something together.
  23. 2 points
    Backwoods Beast

    Hey Everyone!

    Thank You Guys!! Yeah, I don't even know where to start! I've been to so many growing up but now I want to share them with everyone. Hey Bob, What part of NV do you like to roam around?
  24. 2 points
    Bob

    Hey Everyone!

    Welcome John.
  25. 2 points
    wimc

    Abandoned Apple Hill Ski Resort

    Yep not much, still quite nice to see.
  26. 2 points
    Bob

    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    Awesome photos David, the Phantom 4 is phenomenal with video and photos.
  27. 2 points
    A friend of mine recently bought a DJI Phantom4 Pro. He piddled with it for about a week wit hout success to get it airborne. I was unaware of his purchase until he brought it to my house to see if I could get it airborne. Through some intuition and just plain dumb luck, I had it in the air in about ten minutes. Since then, he's been enjoying playing with it at his property. He's brought it over to my place and I've done a lot of photos of my home and property. We even took it into the hills above his home to an abandoned quarry that we target practice at and had the drone hover and video us taking turns tossing clay pigeons and shooting them with our shotguns. It has an amazing camera, very high resolution. Putting the videos on his notebook computer, plugging it into his big screen TV with an HDMI cable, reveals sharp video. Though fairly far out, we were able to clearly see the clay pigeons fly out and vaporize in a cloud of dust when hit (of course we kept the drone at distance ... I certainly didn't want to be the one blowing his $1,500 drone to smithereens!). Below are some video stills and images taken while target practicing, and views from above my property. My friend just hit a clay, as annotated in the photo. I had just launched a clay pigeon by hand, using a plastic sling. I'm at the controls, bringing in the drone for a landing. We are standing next to my truck. Above my place, looking east at the Sonoma Range. Looking northerly. Winnemucca Mountain dominates the scene. The two silos in the distance at extreme right belong to the potato processing plant, town is beyond and off the image to the right. The mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad approaches and curves across the scene. View southwesterly across Grass Valley to the northern end of the East Range. View southerly along Grass Valley with the Sonoma Range at left, East Range at right.
  28. 2 points
    Just in case you see my video and wonder how the heck it can be done in a 4x4, take a look at this video.
  29. 1 point
    I never went to Mexico friend .. the abandoned mine that I visit is called La Mexicana .. but it is in Argentina .. someday I have thought to go to Mexico to climb the Peak of Orizaba ..
  30. 1 point
    Harley Kuehl

    Glen O Dee hospital

    Looking at the design, that building had some history behind it...not your typical cracker box building!
  31. 1 point
    Kwest

    Glen O Dee hospital

    What aa shame.
  32. 1 point
    wimc

    Old house photo

    Old house somewhere in central Washington, need to find exact location and get a better photo.
  33. 1 point
    wimc

    Old house photo

    How time passed, and someone forgot they started this. Without a decent camera, no idea when.
  34. 1 point
    wimc

    Haunted Decaying Slaughterhouse

    Lots to see, would be better without the garbage. Liked the video nonetheless. Could not imagine what it would look like without any kind of human inference (unnatural decay, trash).
  35. 1 point
    Hey, nice to see you guys have youtubes as well, i'll definitely follow!! Check out some of my vids, if you like! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfibOXhWqiptBHqENnnYjQ
  36. 1 point
    dery

    Explore Foum DECALS?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=explore+outdoor+forums+bumper+stickers&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjP2MK_0sHWAhUQySYKHbxGCooQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=638 Appears, one version for sale at best so far.
  37. 1 point
    Okay, I made a YT Channel! Only one video up so far, just trying to figure all this out haha! I subscribed to everyone's channel who has posted so far, here's mine: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBdzPr6kmxYZyoP1GHYFqFQ
  38. 1 point
    dery

    Critters

    Eastern coachwhips and rosy boas are both far worse pain. Rosy boas because they're boas, Eastern Coachwhips because their mouth is far filthier than even a rattlesnake. And they sure as heck don't have the sparkling clean gums of a fisheating moccasin subspecies. As for my musking experience, the only known snakes to me that have worse musk than ribbons and garters are the subspecies of the salt marsh watersnake and maybe, maybe that of nerodia fasciata. That includes fisheating moccasin musk.
  39. 1 point
    dery

    Critters

    Pool of garter snake venom(moderately neurotoxic in terms of North American Colubrids) on my hand. No persistant armpit pain. However within 30 minutes the area of the bite showed a temporary freezing sensation. Still, I'm glad that symptom showed because it distracted me from the god awful smell from the musk he/she dumped all over me when I first picked the snake up.
  40. 1 point
    El Polvo

    FLOWERS

    Great shots, Robert, the bottom one looks like a lupine
  41. 1 point
    David A. Wright

    FLOWERS

    April 23rd found me in the Humboldt Range again. This time I was driving on my own time and in my own vehicle. These two photos were taken next to each other in Spring Valley, the east side, south of Unionville. The subjects are lupin and phlox.
  42. 1 point
    Jack Freer

    Drones For Scouting?

    Thanks Bob
  43. 1 point
    Jack Freer

    Drones For Scouting?

    Thanks Bob. Lots of trial and error, borrowing ideas from others, and using things on hand. Attached are photos of another example of a ground station that was built using a discarded medical equipment case. I wouldn't go as far as saying the CIA but maybe a road department. From a distance the ground station on the tripod looks like a laptop. When I have been operating next to roads people passing by are so interested to see what I am doing with the ground station they never look up and see the drone. The drone and the DSLR each have their own important place in the camera bag. I only shoot video on test flights to note any equipment problems. Team Blacksheep does excellent videos so I leave the video making to them. Team Blacksheep Batteries and chargers: Phantom 1 - 13 batteries and 1 bank charger that will charge 4 batteries at one time. The Phantom 1 batteries also power the ground station. Phantom 2 - 14 batteries and 4 individual battery chargers. Six of the Phantom 2 batteries are over a year old and are showing slight puffing along the sides. I got 8 new batteries and those are the primary batteries with the older 6 used in reserve. If a location is interesting enough I will take both ground and aerial photos and dump them in to their own dedicated galley. So the aerials compliment the ground photos and vice versa. Below are links to examples of that, but I think you may have seen them already. Faultless Fort Ord Dixie Valley Shoal Rancho Seco I think I am caught up on the trip photos for this year. Below is a gallery of ground photos taken recently, photos 1 through 56. Great Basin
  44. 1 point
    Jack Freer

    Drones For Scouting?

    Bob, here are a couple websites that might help with your research. I get a lot of my miscellaneous parts from these companies. Get FPV Ready Made RC
  45. 1 point
    Jack Freer

    Drones For Scouting?

    Thanks for the compliments on the photos Bob! Looks like there was a deal on New Egg for the 3 Standard. $549 after discount and rebate. New Egg 3 Standard You will also want to check out battery prices for the various models. B&H wants $85 for the Phantom 2 battery and $143 for the Phantom 3 battery. The Phantom 2 and 3 are rated for 25 minutes of flight but that is under optimum conditions at sea level. Get up in elevation and with a breeze and the times are going to drop. You only want to use one battery per flight. Even if the flight is a very short one you don't want to use the partially discharged battery for a second flight. So you will want to get as many spare batteries as you think you will need for each location you will be exploring. You might also want to consider a good travel case to protect the drone when bouncing along back country roads. I like the hard cases from Go Professional Cases. Drone cases Other things like at least one spare set of props, lens brush, can of compressed air, extra memory cards for the aerial camera, spare GoPro camera battery if using a GoPro, gimbal brace or lock, can come in very handy in the field. You will also want more than one battery charger as it can take up to an hour to recharge a battery. If you have to charge 6 batteries and only have one charger you would be up all night charging the batteries for flights the next day. B&H wants $35 for the Phantom 2 charger and $48 for the Phantom 3 charger. You also want to be around the batteries when they are charging. Never put a battery on charge and leave it unattended. It's a lot to think about and research to select the right make and model for what you want to do with it. But you go to so many great spots I am excited to see what you come back with. And then I will have someone else to share and hear about all those "oh shit" aerial moments! (Come to think about it I know Dave has heard one of my "oh shit" moments on a ground station video of a flight that went bad at the old mill in American Flats. Right Dave?)
  46. 1 point
    Bob

    Drones For Scouting?

    Just went through your entire Aerial collection, and all I can say is, wow, great stuff!
  47. 1 point
    Bob

    Drones For Scouting?

    Perfect info Jack, thank you. Also, awesome photos!
  48. 1 point
    Jack Freer

    Drones For Scouting?

    Hi Bob, My experience is with the DJI Phantom 1 and the DJI Phantom 2. The Phantom 1 is a fixed camera mount with a GoPro 3 Black camera. The Phantom 2 has the gimbal you tilt with the RC unit and it carries a GoPro 3+ Black camera. My other drone is a custom built Tarot 650 using the 3DR Pixhawk controller. The Tarot also has a gimbal and uses the GoPro 3+ Black camera. The RC unit for the Tarot is an advanced Taranis Plus. But I don't think the Tarot would be a good fit for what you are looking for. For scouting in rough terrain you don't want to put too much money in the air with a drone system because there is a chance you may not find it if it goes down. I am also seeing a lot of complaints about cracks in the Phantom 3 body and firmware issues. DJI also has plans to upgrade its no-fly zones on the Phantom 3 and the Inspire 1 and it sounds like there will be problems until they get the bugs worked out. So you could be out at a location, outside of cell service, and the Phantom 3 or Inspire may not lift off due to no-fly programming conflicts. If I was going to get a drone for scouting that has a chance of being damaged or lost in rough terrain I would go with the DJI Phantom 2. B&H is selling the Phantom 2 with a gimbal for $660. B&H photo DJI Phantom 2 with gimbal You can then get a refurbished GoPro 3+ Black series camera from GoPro for $280. And that's what I am using on the Tarot 650 and the refurbished camera looks and operates just as good as a new one. GoPro Refurbished 3+ Black Series camera So you save an easy $200 on the more reliable Phantom 2 and you are flying a GoPro that you can take off the drone and use on another drone or for ground filming. But doing it that way you will need a ground station monitor. I do not like using a cell phone for the flight monitor and would never consider using one. I also don't use iPads so I built my own grounds station kit with a nice large monitor, the video signal receiver and a separate DVR for the ground station. So should I loose a drone I have the video on the ground station DVR to play back to help find the missing drone. The ground station DVR also captures the flight log info which can include lat and long on the video. A problem I have with the DJI cameras is that when they come out with a new camera they also come out with a new drone. And there is probably nothing wrong with the current drone except that it doesn't have the latest camera. I haven't seen DJI offer interchangeable cameras except with the new Inspire and those are running thousands of dollars. But I see you are thinking about the Phantom 3 Standard and B&H has those for $600 and you don't need the GoPro. B&H photo DJI Phantom 3 Standard So your idea would be the least expensive.
  49. 1 point
    I tried to clean up and add a little color to this one.  
  50. 1 point
    wimc

    Old house photo

    May be add them for another thread/topic.



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