What I want to do
We decided to check out Acacia Reservation, which was an old golf course that has been allowed to grow freely for the past year. We also wanted to test our new helikite using the Saturn V aerial rig.
My attempt and results
We used Mode 2 (9,9,8,6,3, slow) on a Canon S100 RGB Camera mounted on the Saturn V w/ Skyshield v2.041.
I discovered afterwards that the camera was only taking a photo every other angle, so we did not have enough photos to input into ICE, but I still tried to perform a 3D reconstruction using OpenDroneMap. I was unable to create a textured mesh, but still produced a decent dense point cloud:
You can download the original ply file here and view it using software such as Meshlab.
Here are a few photos from the flight:
Questions and next steps
Why did the camera only take photos every other angle? Is it a CHDK setting, or something in SkyShield?
We would like to fly acacia a few more times to get a full reconstruction. It would be interesting to see how the land has changed since the Metroparks acquired the property.