Miami Beach Starts Using Blimps After Florida Drone Ban Comes Into Effect

Drones get a bad rap, that’s for sure, but they offer a lot of advantages in certain areas.

One of those is helping police and emergency personnel.

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But a recent law in Florida banning the use of drones in monitoring private citizens has caused the police department there to get a little creative.

In fact, they’re bringing back an old – but classic – technology to help them get around the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act, passed in 2015.

FStoppers describes the Miami Beach device as a “tethered aerostat” that has a camera gimbal attached to its bottom. If that sounds a lot like a drone to you, it does to us and FStoppers as well though remarkably less agile and controllable we would imagine.

The Miami Beach officials think that the device meets all of their needs and doesn’t violate the Florida law. Citing its necessity in crowd control and for monitoring for situations like terrorism, the city manager Jimmy Morales said of the blimp that it “provided an ideal vantage point in an unobtrusive manner, with a sleek, yet friendly look.”

FStoppers also points out that several companies online sell tethered aerostats as “light than air” drones. How that comports with the Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act, we don’t know, but the blimp has made a public appearance already at a December 28 sporting event.

2018 was a wild year for drones, with the Gatwick airport incident topping off what can only be described as a stream of headlines bemoaning the social ills these innovative devices bring. Unwanted surveillance is definitely a concern but not one as common as the fear that malicious UAV pilots will use their drones for terrorist attacks.

The fear for that is so overwhelming that airports in the UK were closed based on the mere allegation of a drone being the vicinity.

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Photo Of The Day By Gerry Groeber

Today's Photo Of The Day is “Alone” by Gerry Groeber. Location: Superstition Mountains, Arizona.
Photo By Gerry Groeber

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Alone” by Gerry Groeber. Location: Superstition Mountains, Arizona.

“The desert at night is very special,” says Groeber. “This time of year, cool air will blow across the desert floor sometimes with a 5- to 10-degree temperature change. It’s quiet and you can hear animals off in the distance. There is beauty in silence.”

See more of Gerry Groeber’s photography at www.gerrygroeber.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural

When increasing saturation in Photoshop, it happens that we get a little carried away and end up overdoing it. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect proposes an interesting method for increasing saturation, yet keeping the image natural-looking. It takes only a few seconds, and it does make a great result. Start by opening the […]

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“You Break It, You Buy It!” Photographer Takes Adobe to Court for “Deleting” Photos Worth $250k

Have you ever accidentally deleted a ton of stuff?

I know I have, and I’m sure many of the readers of this blog have as well.

And, boy, what a time that can be in life.

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From hating yourself to the whole world, accidentally getting rid of troves of digital data can be a compromising situation for anyone.

One photographer, however, who claims Adobe deleted his files, is taking it to the next level: A full-fledged lawsuit.

Alleging that Adobe deleted $250k worth of files, photographer Dave Cooper claims that an error with Premiere Pro CC 2017 version 11.1.0’s “Clean Cache” feature accidentally deleted non-temporary files.

Adobe, for its part, was aware of this error and issued a fix in May 2017, posting the following message: “The update changes the behavior of the media cache deletion. With 11.1.1, only files that are within the Media Cache folder’s subdirectories will be deleted. Files that sit next to it will no longer be affected. However, we still strongly recommend keeping the Media Cache folder separate from your original media.”

Cooper claims he moved the “Media Cache” folder to another drive but the “Clear Cache” feature still deleted all items beyond 90 days old, including “JPEG files, PSD files, PDF files, and 100,000 individual video clips representing about 500 hours of footage captured between 2010 and 2017 in countries around the world” according to PetaPixel.

Dave Cooper works as a professional commercial photographer and commands high sums for his work. The lawsuit alleges, “Plaintiff captured the Footage using professional-grade video equipment, including Canon C100 and Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III cameras and lenses. Plaintiff estimates that the Footage cost approximately $250,000 to capture and create.”

He apparently tried to work with Adobe to come to a settlement but they were unsuccessful. Now he wants a jury trial and is seeking “compensatory, incidental, or consequential damages” that will be set by a jury.

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Twiggie & Rose Skincare Branding by Menta

Graphic design, art direction, and packaging design by studio Menta for Twiggie & Rose.

Graphic design studio Menta was commissioned to produce a fitting visual identity for Twiggie & Rose, an organic skincare brand from Los Angeles, California. This facial oil is composed of nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory oils in order to accelerate cellular turnover and clarify the skin. The oil is delivering intense hydration and defend against free radical harm. Menta’s goal was to produce a sophisticated brand identity including communication materials and packaging. The design masterfully portraits the finesse and care considered in the rich oils. Menta’s creative team has created a bespoke serif typeface with warm feminine highlights, which is both elegant and well readable. The natural packaging provides tactile finishes with subtle touches of rose gold foil.

Below you can find some images of the stationery and packaging range. For more, please visit studio Menta’s website or follow the creative team on Behance, Facebook, and Instagram.

Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Two-sided business cards.
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
Twiggie & Rose skincare branding by Menta
The packaging provides tactile finishes with subtle touches of rose gold foil.

All images © by graphic design studio Menta. We recommend you to have a look at our Graphic Design, Branding, and Packaging Design categories to find more projects produced by countless designers and studios from around the globe.

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