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#1 jibeset

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:19 AM

a bad credit score because of their SHITTY accounting. This is MY monthly reminder to every newbie that might come in contact with them. They have shafted LOTS of people. Don't get sucked in and order pictures from them!

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:57 PM

Jibeset,
If you follow there directions they wont send you to collections, not that i am defending BP but its spelled out in there contract dont blame them.
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 05:22 PM

Jibeset,
If you follow there directions they wont send you to collections, not that i am defending BP but its spelled out in there contract dont blame them.
John


If you want to learn how to fly a helicopter, this is the school for you....

boatpix??

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 05:32 PM

And remember,

'Helicopters are expensive and the cost is recovered in the pictures. Our least expensive picture is a huge 16”x20” color picture, about the size of a 25” TV for $250. If this is out of your price range, please have someone photograph your boat from another boat.'


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Posted 18 March 2006 - 05:54 PM

Jibeset,
If you follow there directions they wont send you to collections, not that i am defending BP but its spelled out in there contract dont blame them.
John


If you do a search on SA for threads on Boatpix, you will see that people who followed the directions still ended up being sent to collections.

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:33 PM

BoatPix is pretty good and they are the only ones out there taking the shots from the air(at least here in NY).
If you send the Pix back and they still go to collections thats a whole different story?The photos are expensive
but there are ways to make the photos cheap ;) depends if you buy one or a whole package.I dont think there is another company out there that is gonna send you a bunch of Pix(5) of your boat at no charge with the option to just send them back if you dont like them?I would bet they get burned all the time, thats why they end up in collection.If you send them back and they still go to collection then you should have sent them registered or certified or whatever you call it when they have to sign for them saying they recieved them.You could also insure the photos when you send them back and then your totally covered(only costs a few bucks)so they are taking all the risk sending the photos. And they do take great Pix we have bought Pix from them several times and never had a problem.If they dissappear who will take ariel shots?

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 09:04 PM

... has anyone gone to the extent of purchasing one of those RC Helicopters with cameras mounted in them?

I've heard that they are becoming more popular and without a doubt far less expensive than flying a real helicopter around.

Not too mention an RC Chopper is far less likely to be OBTRUSIVE durning a race being that they won’t change the wind direction every time they hover near the course...

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 11:26 PM

... has anyone gone to the extent of purchasing one of those RC Helicopters with cameras mounted in them?

I've heard that they are becoming more popular and without a doubt far less expensive than flying a real helicopter around.

Not too mention an RC Chopper is far less likely to be OBTRUSIVE durning a race being that they won’t change the wind direction every time they hover near the course...



I've never heard of an RC helicopter with a camera mount. First off, there would be too much vibration that would lead to poor quality images. Secondly, they are very difficult to fly. And last of all, you'd have to follow the RC chopper around in a powerboat.

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 11:40 PM

I had Boatpix send me a set of pictures a few years ago. I think I kept 2 8x10s, and sent back the big ones. No issues, but it's a little more hassle to send stuff back that you knew you didn't want to buy.

This year, I just ordered 2 8x10s directly off the web site. Totally unique pictures of the boat, and nice quality.

I have no association with Boatpix, but thought people should hear another view.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 01:20 AM

Geez are them lawyers or fotographers ? Always seem to me that outfits who need all that lawyer yumble REALLY need it, cause they are out to get you....

Sending out photos with UPS to a private address without the remark : Has to PERSONALLY sign , do NOT leave on BAck door !!! AND THAN HAVE THE ODESSITY TO TRY TO COLLECT if the original recepient has NOT signed is just laughable at best ... C'mon guys

Sending a bunch of photos without having an order for everyone you receive ? And you have to send them back ... well you might do good pics, but this is way old fashinioned and so un necessary...
Option one : have thumbs on website with logo superimposed ...order exaclty what you need from Website.
Option two : have full pics and block the save as function ... I am not a web pro by all means but its done all over ....

250 bucks for one shot, and although you can use my picture, I cannot make t shirts from it ( not that I want to ) , or use it on my website ??????

It boils down to this, if you dont like those prices, dont buy from them, its their job ...if they dont make enough dough they go away and somebody else will step up .

Now it would be soooo easy if you could buy a pic and get full use no matter what . They wouldnt have to go through all the expenses of sending and back counting and processing and what else not, just email the original file and thats it... done ... easy fair and without any problems .......


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Posted 19 March 2006 - 01:37 AM

just scan all the pics when you get them, then send them back. sounds like free pics then, just cost you the shipping back.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 01:44 AM


... has anyone gone to the extent of purchasing one of those RC Helicopters with cameras mounted in them?

I've heard that they are becoming more popular and without a doubt far less expensive than flying a real helicopter around.

Not too mention an RC Chopper is far less likely to be OBTRUSIVE durning a race being that they won’t change the wind direction every time they hover near the course...



I've never heard of an RC helicopter with a camera mount. First off, there would be too much vibration that would lead to poor quality images. Secondly, they are very difficult to fly. And last of all, you'd have to follow the RC chopper around in a powerboat.


The latest Hobie calender has an aerial shot of the Tiger Worlds taken with an RC helicopter. Looks pretty good to me - I can read my sail number.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:28 AM

They are dirtballs and screw with every race course they shoot. so many bad stories about them screwing with good sailors and good people.

STAY AWAY.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:30 AM


I've heard that they are becoming more popular and without a doubt far less expensive than flying a real helicopter around.

Not too mention an RC Chopper is far less likely to be OBTRUSIVE durning a race being that they won't change the wind direction every time they hover near the course...


hustler found some free space on the foredeck after they moved the mast parnters so they now are going to have an RC pilot monkey during all OD regattas.

s.





Yeah and you can always recognize the heli by the fact that it is the only one out there with the guido chains on it

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:52 AM


... has anyone gone to the extent of purchasing one of those RC Helicopters with cameras mounted in them?

I've heard that they are becoming more popular and without a doubt far less expensive than flying a real helicopter around.

Not too mention an RC Chopper is far less likely to be OBTRUSIVE durning a race being that they won’t change the wind direction every time they hover near the course...



I've never heard of an RC helicopter with a camera mount. First off, there would be too much vibration that would lead to poor quality images. Secondly, they are very difficult to fly. And last of all, you'd have to follow the RC chopper around in a powerboat.





RC, Helicopter and RC plane photos and videos aren't anything new, however they are becoming more and more widely used. The US Airforce has been using RC spi-planes for a fair while not to mention Geologists doing Aerial surveys, all from the back of a station wagon.

As technology gets better with respect to Gyro-stabilizers and anti-shake, the pictures are only going to get better, and given todays Offshore Capable speedboats, this form of photograghy could well be the "Normal" thing of the future.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 05:30 AM

Jibeset,
If you follow there directions they wont send you to collections, not that i am defending BP but its spelled out in there contract dont blame them.
John



John, I did and they still sent me to collections a year and a half after I had sent the pictures back.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 05:38 AM

The RC heli photos are all the rage on the RC sailing circuit. Pretty soon there will be RC drinking after the RC sailing events...

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 05:44 AM

from the 3rd world ...?

http://www.helicam-asia.com/

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 12:37 PM

Some of the RC Helicopters they are using for aerials are awesome bits of gear - oh yeah and big too?

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 07:07 PM

I dont think there is another company out there that is gonna send you a bunch of Pix(5) of your boat at no charge with the option to just send them back if you dont like them?


From my memories in the UK all of the photographers did this until about ten years ago when some clever spark invented the digital camera and now photographers do not need to go to the expense and owners do not need to worry about sending pictures back. Are you telling me they can afford a helicopter but not a digital camera? Seems to me they need to update their equipment if they still have to send out un-solicited photos.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 09:35 PM

from the 3rd world ...?

http://www.helicam-asia.com/



I stand corrected, but you need to get offshore, still need a boat, right? Now you have some extra expences. Rent a plane for $120 an hour.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 12:43 AM

Jibeset,
Sorry to hear that, I've dealt with them for years no problems I guess Tom knows what would happen if he sent me to collections, I do the collecting!
And then I would bend up the blades on his toy.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 01:01 AM

Why not take a few pictures of the copter and send them to them, wait for them to be reutrned and then send them to collections? If everyone does it maybe they'd move on.

It sounds as if the satisfied customers are those that choose to purchase the pictures sent to them. Everyone else thinks they suck.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 01:23 AM

Why not take a few pictures of the copter and send them to them, wait for them to be reutrned and then send them to collections? If everyone does it maybe they'd move on.

It sounds as if the satisfied customers are those that choose to purchase the pictures sent to them. Everyone else thinks they suck.


That would most likely be true. For those of us that do return them like they want and then 1 1/2 years later they send you to collections for the photo's you didn't return. How long do you need to hang on to a ups or fedex label before you think its ok to throw away? I guess it is longer than year and a half.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:13 AM

Not trying to hi-jack this thread, but since we are discussing RC aircraft for photography....

I was at a rugby tourni at a field just outside of Chicago that was being shared with the local RC fellows. Two planes collided over the pitch and crashed to the ground. The game was stopped while the RC boys went out onto the pitch to recover there busted up toys. When the planes collided and crashed, the folks on the sidelines cheered. When the lads went out to get there broken gear off the pitch they were harshly boo'd.

As for the boys at boatpix, you reap what you sow. It’s a small community…..

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 12:50 PM

Jibeset,
Sorry to hear that, I've dealt with them for years no problems I guess Tom knows what would happen if he sent me to collections, I do the collecting!
And then I would bend up the blades on his toy.



You're all talk! B)

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 02:51 PM

Out of all this trouble all I know for sure is that they have some very PISSED OFF people bad mouthing there business.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:04 PM

Uhoh, Here's Boat Pix problem, look at their pilot
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:20 PM

RC helis could be used to take pics, but recovering the heli is the problem. Helis are not easy to fly, and are very expensive to crash. I fly them regularly, and have crashed them regularly as well. Plus they sink.

The issue is landing on a moving boat. Prob possible, but only on a large platform. People could get killed.

Also, the time and visibility is an issue. RC have between 5 and in the commercial field 1 hr of flight time. The pilot has to be in visible range of the heli, etc.

Basiclly it is great for on land, but would be near impossible over water.

And yes, I fly helis on occasion for a construction company to take pics (RC) of commercial job sites. The pictures are better and more consistant than from a moving plane. Plus quicker. I can take accurate heights (500ft normally) and positions (gps locator) with downloaded information to a base station. Heli can be positioned within about 5 feet of the ideal spot. I have done work for underwater surveys in some military zones, and even did a survey of several "hot" storage zones that people could not safely work in.




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