#clouds
#nature #park #clouds #sky #trees #grass #field #water #gulf #lowtide #sand #lookingup #lookingdown #fromabove #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #360x180 #littleplanet #tinyplanet #earth #stereographic #projection #ricohthetas #stereographicprojection .. there would’ve been more shots after these if the park rangers hadn’t decided to close the causeway before sunset
#nature #sunset #goldenhour #trees #park #clouds #sky
#sunset #florida #clouds #water #reflection #nature #earth #colors #goldenhour #dusk #vibrant #colors
#sunset #nature #lake #clouds #sky
take a moment to stop & feel the breeze, and let it carry your worries away.

#nature #clouds #water #wind #breeze #cloudy #overcast #dusk #lake #park
#nature #park #sunset #dusk #clouds #bikeride #lake
we are not here to follow the ways of life that anyone else dictates to us.

we are here to be creators of our own lives & our own reality.

we have the power and freedom to choose to live any way we choose.

we can choose love, peace, and compassion, over any separation or division that outside forces are causing or wanting us to experience.

#driving #infrared #blackandwhite #ir #bw #trees #sky #clouds #golfcourse #monochrome
if some things in life aren’t as you prefer, rather than dwelling in the frustration or giving energy toward fighting what you don’t want, direct your focus toward visualizing & creating what you do want. if it’s difficult to do this at first, spend time realizing how much in life you can be grateful for. celebrate these and the good that you do enjoy. this simple shift in energy will raise your vibration, and you may soon forget about what was bothering you (and the very thing you didn’t like may have transformed into something more aligned with what you desire). a shift in perspective can be quite powerful, even miraculous at times.

#intracoastal #water #bridge #causeway #intracoastalwaterway #boats #clearwater #clearwaterbeach #florida #cars #clouds #island #sand #nature #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove #mavicmini .. i went out here to do a shot looking down at the water and island (similar to the second one posted here, which was actually the first one chronologically), though i didn’t get to fly very high due to strong wind warnings at around 70 ft altitude. i’ll have to go back another time, perhaps in better light conditions (or hopefully at least remember to lock the exposure settings next time). most of the shots were more of me just doing something since i was already there. although i much prefer to photograph (and be in) nature, i may make more images of man-made things as some perspectives and places can make interesting landscapes. at some point i’ll post more aerial videos on youtube, as having to speed up some shots a lot (the first two at 3.5x or 4x speed) to fit on instagram don’t do justice to the original shots (nor does using low res previews that have parts missing due to loss of full signal).
while we must be willing to fully embrace the darkness, we must also remember to always choose the light.

#nature #sunset #sky #clouds #park #walk #water #reflection
remember that just because someone can take one to a higher state of consciousness through a powerful meditation, blessing, song, energy transmission, or other process, modality, or form, it does not mean that everything they say, think, or teach is necessarily true or correct.  as individually sovereign beings, it is up to each of us to use our own discernment to feel & know if anything we see or hear is aligned with the higher truth we know in our heart. at the same time, we must be open to new possibilities and not quickly brush someone off whom has an opposing view.

#nature #trees #clouds #windy #aerial .. quickly testing #dji #mavic #mini with new manual white balance and exposure settings after firmware update #mavicmini
remember, the world we see and experience is a reflection of ourselves.  some parts we may like and some parts we may not, though we must embrace them all, for some part of ourself created them.  some parts of the world we may see and some parts we may not.. as we learn to integrate all parts of ourselves and surrender any resistances or desires, we dissolve the filters that prevent us from clearly seeing the world as it is.  when we return to this empty, silent space from which we came, we can re-create a new reality, how-so-ever we choose. we can create a beautiful new world filled with peace, love, health, and abundance for all beings.

#sunset #sky #water #clouds #lake #nature
remember to practice gratitude for all you have, especially in times when you may not be feeling too well. if you’re reading this, there are most likely many others whom are worse off than you, and regardless of any struggles you may be facing, you still have much to be grateful for in this experience of life.

#nature #sunset #sky #clouds #water #dusk #park #lake #gratitude #beauty #truth
when one learns to fully surrender into the present moment, one realizes there is a divine perfection beneath all of the chaos.  from this place, a deep sense of gratitude for being alive to experience it all may arise.

[it seems that the more one (or humanity as a whole) chooses to constantly be living from the mind (and its need to constantly be doing something), the stronger the divine call to relax, just be, and live from the heart becomes.  take this time, right now, to stop any activity (or distractions) and to simply be still & fully embrace anything you are feeling in this very moment.]

#relax #meditate #calm #peace #now #nature #sky #clouds #sunset #trees #lookingup
remember, the outer world is a reflection of what's happening inside.  the more of us that dive deep within and face and feel the fears or emotions we've been resisting, the sooner we'll see a change of what's being projected onto the movie screen of reality.  if we don't like what's playing, all we need to do is change the channel by shifting how we're feeling internally, in consciousness.

while we still ought to stay somewhat aware of the world around us, the more energy or attention we continue to give any given thing or circumstance we're seeing, the more of it will continue to show up.  instead of feeding something we may not want, take that time to sit quietly, meditate, and deeply feel what's going on within.  fully embrace whatever feelings or emotions may arise, even if they're ones you may not want. [by doing so, you are loving and accepting all aspects yourself (and the world) as they are.  it is only through this unconditional love that we can truly grow.]

by letting go of the resistance and completely surrendering into whatever it is you're feeling, you'll allow yourself to fully experience it within.  upon doing so, you will be free of it, and through its release it will cease projection onto the outer world.  this inner healing work can be quite miraculously, both individually and for the collective consciousness of humanity.  as enough of us continue to awaken and heal, we'll see big miracles and shifts in our life experience here on earth.

#writing #feeling #healing #growth #awakening #consciousness #reflection #world #clouds #sky #lookingup #nature #earth #love
#nature #sunset #lake #clouds #water #dusk #park #sky
this past monday [2020.02.10] .. #nature #water #island #preserve #sand #gulf #earth #fromabove #aerial #flying #birdseyeview #natural #florida #beauty #clouds #beach #key
#clouds #sky #nature #lookingup
#flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone on #cloudy #overcast #winter day at #clearwater #beach #florida .. it was a little windy so i only flew up to 200ft altitude. #mavicmini #aerialphotography #lookingdown #fromabove #aerial #nature #gulf #water #sand #clouds #buildings #waves
#clouds #nature #sky #trees #lookingup #walk
#sunset #sky #clouds #nature #trees #lookingup #dusk .. shot with #rokinon #12mm #wideangle lens on #sony #a5100 camera. images are low res versions (that the camera wifi only seems to transfer to the phone). #rokinon12mm
looking up at the sky we are all connected, regardless of where we are. #nature #sky #outdoors #clouds #lookingup #earth
explored this park while waiting for my #electriccar to charge. this was one of the nicest #electricvehicle chargers i’ve been to, right in the #park, next to the #lake. #goldenhour #tree #trees #sunset #light #sky #clouds #grass #nature #dock #water #walk #florida #winter #windy #breeze .. all images shot on #iphone and edited in #snapseed #ios app, most either #hdr or #raw. #shotoniphone #iphonese

[in california]

it’d be much easier to do the aerial shots with a first person live view of what the camera is seeing or with a preprogrammed fly by gps waypoint system that modern quadcopters have.. not having either, i had to guess composition + direction and try to keep track of the tiny white dot in the sky and trust it’d come back :)

some locations include:

Crystal Beach
Dunedin Causeway
Fred Howard Park
Honeymoon Island State Park
Wall Springs Park

a week ago, last Monday #afternoon

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #tunnel #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #park #lake #clouds #trees #nature #cloudy @theta360official

locations include:

Bicentennial Park
Brooker Creek Preserve
Clearwater Beach
Cooper’s Bayou Park
Courtney Campbell Causeway
Crystal Beach
Dunedin Causeway
Fred Howard Park
John Chestnut Senior Park
Lansbrook Lakefront Park
Philippe Park
Pop Stansell Park
R.E. Olds Park
Sunset Beach
The Dunedin Youth Guild Park
Veterans Memorial Marina Park

here’s my latest masterpiece… err, well, really more of an experimental, proof of concept piece than a so-called “masterpiece”. there are some places where this could be better and i could continue to refine this though i’ve decided to leave it as it is. technically, there are a few errors due to buggy software [adobe photoshop, ffmpeg, and quicktime player pro all seemed unable to support the size of this project.. it was 18361 still images with the final tiff files taking over a terabyte of space before rendering the 4k uhd 2160p video], colors could be improved, the time-lapse film/movie/video could be edited down to something shorter, some of the little planets could be centered better, etc, etc, though part of the concept behind all of my work is to expand perspectives [and after working on putting this together for weeks, i’m finally calling it done, at least for now]. so many of us seek perfection, especially technical perfection in the photographic, or lens-based arts, and yes very beautiful works can be created with enough effort, though this same quest for perfection can drive one insane and keep pushing one further into the mind, and the mind’s desire/need for perfection (or need for more/better/newer/faster/etc). the underlying message in my work is to let go of one’s own self-limitations. let go of what no longer serves you. expand your mind, your viewpoint, your self, to new limits. when letting go of the limitations of the mind, one will discover a whole new reality in this experience called life. one will discover a deep sense of peace amidst the chaos. life truly happens outside of the mind and its attachments/desires. step outside of yourself. expand your way of seeing the world, your self, others, and life to a new level. there is beauty everywhere, we just need to learn to see it. and it’s done by letting go rather than struggling, striving, and yearning for more and more. when letting go, inspiration easily comes to you. in this place of silence, from a deeper place of silence, ideas and feelings emerge.

just like the idea for this. i don’t recall exactly where it all started, though many years ago when i first created little planet time-lapses (which, at the time, had never been done before), i thought taking it to the next level.. it’d be neat to see them in motion — where the camera actually moves physical positions, not just virtually altering the perspective of the little planet time-lapse video as i had done. i shot at least a couple with my old rig years ago (that i never completed), and now with newer technology, a year ago i was able to create an aerial 360×180 degree little planet time-lapse in motion by hanging a ricoh theta camera off of a kite and walking for miles with it at honeymoon island. back in 2014, i had shot little planets with the ricoh theta suction cup mounted to the moonroof of a car, or holding it up on a monopod out the window while driving (at very low speeds). however in most of these shots, the car took up too much of the frame. i knew that elevating the camera higher would make the car smaller in the frame/planet though didn’t have a safe means to do so. somehow the idea came to me to get a short extension to make the camera sit higher above the suction cup [it’s funny how this happens as i don’t recall exactly what i was looking for, though inspiration, or divine guidance sometimes, takes us on these long tangents and you seemingly ‘randomly’ stumble upon something that triggers something else and then an idea comes which leads to another, etc, etc, and you end up creating what you’re creating]. anyhow, that first attempt still didn’t give me what i was looking for so i ended up researching and creating the rig that let me do the shots where it looks like you’re looking straight down on the car from a bird’s eye view as its driving on the little planet. there were a number of unknowns in doing so as this is something that i don’t think has ever been done before. [it’s funny as this is where the ego/mind would want to shout out that it was the first one to think of or create something new, unique, or to a further extreme/record, though there’s really a higher and more important message here] i’ve never seen this specific look done nor heard of anyone mounting a camera so high above a moving car (except with a large custom fabricated system like on the google maps car that’s likely quite expensive). sometimes you’ve got to just trust where life is taking you. my car is still pretty new and i didn’t want any part of the rig to come undone while driving and cause damage, though by learning to listen to and trust one’s intuition or inspiration (and perhaps balanced with a bit of logic and analysis in research and development), one can invent new things and take one’s art to a new level. when i was determining what gear i was getting to create the car rig, the idea came to me of using the components in a different manner to get the shots where you see the front of the car (from a lower angle) driving on the little planet. [and the idea of the car driving around the planet came to me a long time ago.. though at the time i would’ve had to shoot it as a time-lapse (and either push the car or drive and stop for one frame of the shot every 5 seconds) before getting the camera that was able to shoot it as a video now. i’m grateful for technology continuing to expand and make creating images with specific looks much simpler]

things don’t have to be so complex either. start small, or work in small increments, and you can do something big. with the car rig shots, i drove quite slow during the first shots (both to make sure the rig held up before incrementally driving a little faster with it, and to have more shots in the time-lapse as the minimum interval timer setting available on the camera was not ideal). a lot of this is common sense and one who has done something similar before will see this as a simple, effective, logical way to approach creating something, though i realize, and have seen, that not everyone thinks of this sort of technical approach when creating something or trying something new. it really seems to be about a balance between feeling and thinking, between inspiration and logic, just like photography is a balance between science and art — one could get by with either approach, though when combining both, one can create (and live) in new ways.

this balance, or way of understanding both/all sides, is part of the whole underlying message of expanding perspectives. by being able to see, understand, and feel one way or the other, one can remove limitations in one’s life. spiritually, or philosophically (or whatever you want to call it) looking at this, it’s more of a non-dualistic approach. as we learn to transcend the limitations of duality, we embrace oneness. in oneness, we see that everything is connected and there is no right or wrong, no good or bad, and no separation. everything is part of the whole, and needs to exist in order for us to have this experience we call life. without up we cannot know what down is. without good or something we desire, we cannot know what bad or something we resist is. these dualistic perspectives give us the ability to experience life from a single viewpoint or perspective of separation, though as we learn to understand the whole, and see everything/everyone as connected and somehow related to everything/everyone else, new doors of perception will open to us. our current understanding through a vantage point of duality, is caused by existing and perceiving through the limitations of the mind. as we awaken and transcend the limitations of the mind, we begin to see the world as it is — before awakening, when perceiving through the mind, we are seeing a filtered world — we are not seeing it as it is — our viewpoint is clouded by programming/conditioning/judgment that we have been taught since we entered this world. we are told this is where we begin and this is where we end — anything outside of this defined endpoint is not us or ours, and anything within is us or ours. separation and conditioning is taught. the separate self, the ego, is a learned concept. yes, it is part of our current human experience, though it is also the root cause of all suffering. when we learn to see that we are all one, our lives will heal. we’ll also begin to see that there is no past or future.. these are merely concepts the separate mind has been creating. some concepts can serve us in various ways though many limit us. as we realize none of what we thought was real actually is real, we can much more easily let go of any attachment and suffering. we’ll find a place of bliss and peace when we can live fully in the present moment, in the now, and let go of thinking things need to be a certain way or cravings for what we don’t have or resistance of life circumstances we are experiencing but prefer not to. fully embrace the present moment. let go of anything that is not here and now. it is not real. your thoughts of the future, past, desires, resistances, etc, etc are only preventing you from fully living today, here and now. “carpe diem” seize the day, today and every day. do not dwell upon what is not. yes, you can vision, create, and manifest your future, though you must also let go, and surrender, to the present moment of where you are now in order for the creation to manifest. if there are any hinderances in thoughts, feelings, etc, etc preventing you from experiencing that which you desire, you will be taken through those so you may fully experience and release them and create the space for what you do desire to manifest and unfold simply in your life. the more we let go, surrender, and experience, the simpler this whole process becomes. the more we let go, the simpler life becomes. and the more we let go, the simpler it becomes to perceive and understand and fully know who we truly are (and all of the seemingly magical or mystical perceptions and understandings that come with this).

life is beautiful. live it fully. today. every day. here and now. let go. embrace. live.

step outside of yourself. awaken. become aware. understand by perceiving [what is]. grow. expand. be.

 

here are some of the locations these were shot at (all in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, Florida):

Brooker Creek Nature Preserve
Canal Park
Countryside
Crystal Beach
Davis Islands
Duke Energy Trail
Dunedin Causeway
East Lake
Ed Radice Sports Complex
Fred Howard Park
Honeymoon Island
John Chestnut Park
Keystone
Lake Chautauqua Park
Lake Dan and Lake Frances Nature Preserves
Lansbrook Golf Course
Odessa
Oldsmar
Palm Harbor
Philippe Park
Safety Harbor
Selmon Expressway

 
#nature #beach #clouds #gulf #water #summer #florida #clearwaterbeach #tiltshiftlens #selectivefocus #waves #sand
its a bit crazy to think about how much time and energy humanity spends on things that don't really matter in the end.  so many of us spend a lot of our life pursuing goals, working hard to be able to have more things or experiences (or just survive), chasing after things we think will make us happy, or even trying to make changes and improvements to help others.. when all that really matters in life are not the achievements, things we had, nor perfect life we lived, but the heartfelt connections and cherished moments we shared.  even if one did much to improve the world or to inspire others, was one's life really meaningful if one didn't share much heartfelt connection with another?

#nature #park #clouds #water #lake #pier #dock #sunny #littleplanet #poleaerialphotography #littleworld #fromabove #lookingdown #lookingup #tinyplanet #ricoh #theta #thetas #360degree #360x180 #stereographic
#light #sky #colors #glow #radiant #sunset #goldenhour #magical #surreal #dusk #clouds #rain #storm #rainbow #raining #nature #water #pond #lake #beauty #love #earth #dream #peace #vibrant #fountain #trees #brilliant .. this was the best light i’ve seen on a #bikeride in quite a while. my iphone se (original, four year old model) couldn’t quite capture all the beauty nor the surreal feeling & experience of being surrounded by such magical light. i would gladly welcome donations or a gift of the iphone 11 with ultra-wide angle lens so i have more photographic capability in my pocket wherever i go. i may have to start carrying my 360 degree camera with me to capture the beautiful #florida summer skies.

feeling the cool air as i stepped outside, being surrounded by a magical glow of brilliant colors as rain drizzled from the sky and off the wet trees (and moments later seeing a hint of mist or fog near other trees in the distance), and being almost completely by myself with no one else on the path/sidewalk the whole way to the park (and barely any cars driving by), it felt like i was in a dream. its beautiful how nature can so perfectly express itself in the combination of all of these aspects as the storm quickly passed just in time for an amazing golden hour. although its been over a decade since i visited hawaii, the tropical feeling reminded me a bit of being out there exploring a couple of the islands.
#water #bridge #sunny #clouds #buildings #park #beach #hotel #sand #condos #highrises #skyline #intracoastalwaterway #gulf #sandkey #clearwaterbeach #florida #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #fromabove
far better to follow your heart & live authentically (and risk being seen as crazy by some with limited viewpoints), than to be trapped by conformity.  don't worry if some whom don't understand see you as a quack.. anyone's judgmentalism says much more about them than it does about you (and besides, a duck is versatile enough to walk, swim, and fly.. while many are stuck in a heard of lemmings unknowingly following mass media social programming to their own detriment).

also remember that often the line between crazy and genius is very thin.

#nature #sunset #spectacular #sky #colors #dusk #clouds #water #lowtide #beauty #island #gulf #park #florida
if another presents a viewpoint in opposition to your own, rather than see them as wrong or try to defend your own view, learn to embrace the other's perspective and understand how one may have taken on that view.  when seeing and feeling others through the heart, we become more connected and can live together harmoniously, regardless of any differences in preferences or opinions that we may have.

#nature #clouds #sky #lake #park #bikeride #bw #blackandwhite #monochrome #greyscale
while one is welcome to believe or not believe anything they choose, it would be wise to look deeply into where that belief originated.  if it came from any outside source, look into where that outside source got the belief and what motives they have behind it.  so much of what is believed is handed down from others, with a lot of propaganda and programming coming from those with large monetary or power interests, which often may only be good for those dictating the belief (and quite unhelpful to those whom don't know any better). whenever you hear anything from any external source, go into your heart and feel whether or not it is aligned with what you want to see in the world.

we have the power to choose what we believe and the reality we want to create.  we can unite in choosing a peaceful world with clean air, healthy non-gmo organic food, clean water, wellness, clean energy (or new/free energy), zero emissions transportation, sustainable living in harmony with the planet, abundance for all, etc, etc.  what future do you want to see?  visualize and feel what a beautiful new earth looks like, where we all live in peace & harmony with each other and the planet.  it's certainly possible, and its closer than many people realize.  its simply up to us to feel it, choose it, and believe it, and to follow any inspired action to help create it.  the more of us that choose it and not only believe it is possible, but believe it is our reality that is unfolding, the more quickly those of us whom have the solutions (that are aligned with our desire) will produce them.

#nature #overcast #sky #sunset #lake #clouds
sometimes all we need to do is simply stop, relax, and enjoy the breeze. being outdoors in nature can be quite healing.

#nature #intracoastal #water #dunedin #causeway #florida #clouds #beach #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove .. a short #mavicmini flight as i was getting strong wind warnings at only 60-70ft altitude, and i just used the remaining amount of a partially charged battery. i look forward to doing longer shots here, out toward the gulf, when it’s less breezy.
as things begin to open back up, some people may want to go back to 'normal'. remember you can still remain at peace, and you can easily choose not to participate in the madness that the mass media-driven consumerism brings.  the more of us that choose not to participate in the chaotic old ways, the more quickly we can birth a new earth, where we all live in peace & harmony with each other & the planet.

#clouds #sky #country #rural #road #driving #infrared #blackandwhitephotography #bw #monochrome #grayscale
if anyone is afraid that the world might end up in a dark place, relax and know that there are already well more than enough of us whom have awakened & whom are aligned with the light that this won't happen.  the golden age is just around the corner, and the more of us that continue to awaken & focus on the light, the more quickly we will see signs of the golden age unfolding in the physical world.

#nature #trees #park #sunset #goldenhour #clouds #sky #lake #dusk #bikeride #relax
at times we must learn to embrace both sides, or all views, and simultaneously expand in all directions.  through this expansion we step outside of any one limited view or persona, and into a greater, infinite perspective of who we really are.

#sunset #sky #dusk #clouds #colors #nature #lake #park
in silence and stillness, one can discover the source of unconditional, divine love.

#sunset #sky #clouds #nature #love #earth #beauty
the most important thing anyone can do right now is to step out of any fear and panic, and step into a place of peace and calm.  meditation or a quiet walk in nature can be quite healing.  if there are any strong emotional feelings arising, learn to love them, embrace them, and let go of any resistance towards them (as you quietly sit with them and feel them), so that they may be fully experienced and permanently dissolved.  when you are able to return to a natural state of silence and peace, spend some time to sit quietly and envision the beautiful new world you want to see.  do this regularly, at least once a day.  give much more attention, energy, and time to imagining and feeling what you want to see unfold in the world, rather than constantly looking for media updates of (the often negative news of) what's happening.

#feeling #healing #meditation #silence #peace #calm #love #embrace #nature #walk #sunset #clouds #sky #dusk #lookingup
remember, especially in times of fear and chaos, that our perception makes all the difference, and our emotions can greatly alter what we see. if you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, uncertain, worried, or anything else, take some time to sit with whatever you’re feeling. it may be difficult at first, though once you let go of any resistance, you’ll begin to work through it, and that uneasy feeling will soon dissolve. meditating, embracing whatever you’re feeling, or a quiet walk in nature can help you return to a place of calm and peace. from there, you can clearly see and know all will be okay.

#nature #walk #sunset #dusk #clouds #water #sky #reflection #meditate #calm #peace
it was very cloudy this afternoon, and i almost didn’t go here this evening, though i knew there’d be a chance we’d have a spectacular sunset (as well as a chance of having no sunset if the clouds stayed thick). gratefully i decided to go, as those of us on the roof of the clearwater library were blessed with a beautiful sky, a great view, and a slight breeze. i overheard someone whose been there every week saying it was the best sunset of the season.

#sunset #clouds #sky #nature #intracoastal #water #dusk #rooftop #terrace #fromabove #bridge #skyline
i was unexpectedly greeted by a spectacular sky after the sun went down as i waited for my #electriccar to charge. #sunset #sky #nature #clouds #vibrant #colors #dusk #lookingup #powerlines #lights
often the most beautiful moments in life are the simplest, like sitting with a few friends by the water as the sun goes down

#nature #sunset #sky #clouds #intracoastal #water #sand #dunedin #causeway #florida
#sunset #clouds #sky #nature #lake #water #trees #park #fromabove #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #mavicmini #aerial
remember, whenever any unpleasant feeling arises, simply choose to be with it long enough, and "this too shall pass”. [there is always a peaceful bliss on the other side, after we fully feel through whatever is there without resistance] #feeling #healing #beach #nature #walk #clouds #city #bay #palmtrees #park #water #sand #afternoon .. shot on #iphone, edited in #instagram app. #iphonese #hdr
more photos while practicing #flying the #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone.  shot using timed shot interval mode, so more of what i happened to get rather than carefully composed.

in the last shot, one can see the intracoastal, dunedin causeway, and honeymoon island, 4 to 7.5 miles away by air.  at the left of the image one can see buildings on clearwater beach, over 10 miles away.  even on the low resolution instagram photo hints of this are visible when looking closely or zooming in.  i think that shot was at an altitude of a little under 400 feet, where most of the lower ones were somewhere around 100-150 ft.

(i had quickly edited this twice in the #instagram ios app, though there seems to be a bug where it is not applying the lux setting and most of the vibrancy is missing as the other settings were minor.  these copies are edited in the #snapseed ios app.. it’s not an exact match to what i had originally done in instagram, but looks much better than the instagram versions without the lux setting.  at some point i may stop editing (or spending as much time and effort) on the phone, as even when it does work right, the adjustments made on a tiny phone screen are not as good as i could get on the computer, and often the color or density is off since the phone screen isn’t calibrated like a computer monitor can be)

#mavicmini #aerial #aerialphotography #nature #water #lake #laketarpon #lansbrook #park #dock #goldenhour #sunset #light #trees #outdoors #florida #winter #clouds #reflection #fromabove #lookingdown #houses
#sunset #dusk #nature #sky #littleplanet #tinyplanet #littleworld #360 #360x180 #stereographic #projection #stereographicprojection #fromabove #lookingdown #lookingup #elevatedphotography #poleaerialphotography #talltripod #hdr #dunedin #causeway #florida #intracoastal #water #palmtrees #sand #clouds #sun #moon #moonrise
#sunset #water #clouds #sky #nature #park #walk #goldenhour #dusk #trees .. #raw images shot on #iphoneSE and edited on #snapseed ios app #iphone #shotoniphone

[in california]

Wednesday #night #360x180 #stereographic #projection #tunnel #littleplanet #ricoh #thetas #360 #ricohthetas #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #longexposure #stars #beach #sand #water #gulf #moon #clouds #sky @theta360official
a week ago, last Monday #afternoon

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #walking #storm #clouds #nature #park #risingtide
a week ago, last Monday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #walking #clouds #trail #trees #park
be unafraid to try something new, even if it's something no one else has done before. innovation and fearlessness can open new doorways for you

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #talltripod #nature #park #clouds #water #afternoon #light #writing
 
we must choose to embrace all perspectives, even the ones that do not make sense at first. with a deep enough look, all views can be understood.

#nature #clouds #water #reflection #park #morning #tiltshiftlens
#goldenhour #light #trees #nature #clouds #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove .. decided to play this shot in reverse as the clip flying forwards was better than the one going backwards
#clouds #nature #sky #sunset #water #lake #beauty #park #earth #trees #reflection #dusk #goldenhour
#sunset #lake #park #nature #clouds #sky #water
remember to look for the beauty in the world.  going to nature and noticing the details & the unique expressions of the trees & plants is a simple way to begin to discover how beautiful planet earth is.

#nature #trees #beauty #sunset #walk #water #clouds #goldenhour .. looks like the instagram app somehow managed to lose two of the images here.. have a look at my next post to see them, or view on my website: http://www.markmarano.com/2020/06/02/19456/
have a look at the things or experiences in life that you like, and remember when you started liking them.. were you inspired by a sense of awe upon discovering it?  was the thing or experience you like something someone you knew liked or told you about?  as we examine various aspects of our life more deeply we can have a better understanding of where we're at in life, and know if any aspects of our lives that are still there are serving us where we're currently at now (or if its time to let them go as their temporary purpose no longer exists).

#nature #water #lake #sunset #sky #clouds #park
if we want to live in a peaceful world, we must choose to live with a state of inner peace.  we do this by facing the parts of ourselves that we may not like and fully accepting them.  by healing our shadows and subconscious programming, we free up energy so that we may naturally live in peace.

#nature #sunset #sky #clouds #trees #beauty #peace
when all else disappears, only the divine remains.

#nature #sky #clouds #sunset #dusk #colors #light #trees
it is time for all of us to let go of any tribalism.  while one may be interested in a particular group (and some may be really helpful in what they do), separation can easily occur through a group mentality.  the more attached one is to any particular viewpoint or group, the more prone one is to see or judge another as wrong (and the more prone one is to be manipulated by dogma, indoctrination, propaganda, or programming that can easily be introduced via the influential mechanism of the group). most people can easily see some of the division caused by people being for (or against) a certain political party, religion, sports team, nation, company, leader, technological preference, way of life, or any other sort of large group or thing that compartmentalizes people.

while one benefit that some may feel by partaking in something with like-minded people is a sense of inclusiveness, we can all easily feel this same sense of belonging through our humanity alone.  as we take our energy back from any divisive group thinking (or limited viewpoints), we can use our energy (that was previously being used to judge outsiders as wrong) to connect more openly with others.  these heartfelt connections will be much more impactful in one's life than any limited belief can give.  and if one wants to grow and ascend on a spiritual path, one must learn to embrace all viewpoints as part of the greater whole.

it is only through our individual sovereignty that we can truly gather together as one in our collective humanity.

#nature #trees #sunset #clouds #sky #water #reflection #dusk #park #bikeride #lake
one whom is awakened with a compassionate heart must sometimes be careful not to get caught up in negativity when helping another with lower energies.  just as one can be uplifted by sitting in the presence of a being with higher energy, one can also be influenced negatively by one with lower energy.  remember to regularly tune focus & attention to a positive, higher energy, preferably directly from the highest divine source.  especially when there is a lot of fear in the collective, keep returning to the unconditional love & peace that one finds deep within one's heart when connected to the divine.

#nature #trees #walk #park #water #lake #clouds
rather than feeling stuck or afraid of uncertainty, learn to meditate to quiet your mind, and spend time visualizing and feeling what you want to see unfold in the world.

[and don't be afraid to dream up the most beautiful human experience on earth you can imagine, regardless of whether or not you believe its possible.  remember, all is possible through the eyes of the divine source.  may all of humanity live in peace and harmony with each other and the planet.  and may we all experience well-being, inner peace, abundance, and unconditional love, as we step into a new age, a new earth.]

#sunset #sky #clouds #trees #nature #aerial #flying #meditate #peace #visualize #love #earth
one way to remain calm and unafraid is to realize this life is but a dream, and as the dreamer of this strange dream, you can not die, but rather, simply wake up.

[took my #electriccar on a #drive through the #country and averaged 6.0 mi/kWh.. the whole drive, 41.7 miles over 74 minutes, cost less than $1 in electricity and added zero emissions to the areas i drove through.  the still images were shot using a #raspberrypi noir camera board v2 with lee 87c #infrared filter .. #timelapse #video #driving #ir #bw #blackandwhite #monochrome #grayscale #greyscale #rural #trees #clouds #sky #light #driveelectric #florida]
relax, be still, and discover the beautiful inner peace within.

#sunset #nature #park #clouds #sky #water #lake #relax #meditate #heal #peace
sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.  relax, and allow yourself to take it all in.

#sunset #yesterday [2020.03.09] #bikeride #park #lake #water #clouds #nature #beauty #florida #dusk #sky #reflection .. #rokinon12mm #wideangle #lens on #sony #a5000 #mirrorless camera
we must collectively do what we can to preserve nature and protect the planet. places like this won’t exist if the sea levels rise.

this past monday [2020.02.10] .. #nature #island #park #water #gulf #earth #fromabove #florida #natural #beauty #sand #beach #clouds #trees #landscape #aerial
#sunset #sky #clouds #nature #intracoastal #water
it’s amazing what one can discover with good light, a higher perspective, and the beauty of nature.

after reviewing shots from my last flight on the beach and walking back towards my car, i saw the sun beginning to break through the clouds and had a feeling it’d be worth sticking around the area for another flight. i drove up the road to a public access spot that was taken by another car when i first got to the beach and saw they were gone. i parked and walked to the water to have a look, and the islands were dark at the time. i decided to go back to the car and get the mavic mini to see what i could capture. shortly after taking off and flying toward the closest island, the sunlight broke through the clouds and i got these magical images. after some days with bad light or too much wind, i was blessed with being at the right spot to get perfect golden hour light. it’s beautiful when the divine plan unfolds quite brilliantly (and unexpectedly).

#nature #goldenhour #magical #light #natural #beauty #island #intracoastal #water #clouds #lookingdown #fromabove #aerial #mangroves #houses #sunset #clearwater #beach #florida #clearwaterbeach #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #mavicmini #dronephotography #aerialphotography #landscape
#sunset #causeway #beach #intracoastal #water #dunedin #florida #littleplanet #stereographicprojection #tinyplanet #littleworld #clouds #sky #dusk #palmtrees #nature #cars #poleaerialphotography #talltripod #lookingdown #fromabove #lookingup #hdr #360x180 .. shot on #ricoh #thetas #360 camera, edited in #rollworld and #instagram apps
#sunset #sky #clouds #nature. part of a timelapse. #dji #mavic #mini hovering in air. #mavicmini
#rooftop #terrace #sunset #overlook #view #fromabove #water #sky #clouds #dusk #bridge #boats #park #harbor #marina #buildings #skyline #trees #roof .. shot with #vintage #pentax-110 lens on 7.5+ year old #sony #nex5n camera [sometimes you don’t need the latest gear to create nice images.. and the qualities of an old lens give a nice feel to the photos]
#sunset #dusk #nature #sky #littleplanet #tinyplanet #littleworld #360 #360x180 #stereographic #projection #stereographicprojection #fromabove #lookingdown #lookingup #elevatedphotography #poleaerialphotography #talltripod #hdr #dunedin #causeway #florida #intracoastal #water #palmtrees #sand #clouds #sun #moon

(shot with ricoh theta s and lg 360 cam.. includes shots experimenting with the new interval composite model on the theta s)

somehow managed to get out and shoot some video while literally spending the whole month editing the old life on the road films..

here are the details (and order) of the cameras and exposure settings used for the star-lapse shots in this video:

2014.10.25 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.10.27 R.E. Olds Park, Oldsmar
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 5 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
(followed by walking + driving at same 5 second exposure)

2014.11.02 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 3200
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.03 Indian Rocks Beach
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 3200, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 1600, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.04 Trinity (car on unfinished street)
– Canon 5D with Sigma 12-24mm Lens, 30 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 1600, zoom at 12mm
– Canon 5D with Sigma 8mm Circular Fisheye Lens, 30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Sony 16mm Pancake Lens with VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide 0.75x Converter, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400
– GoPro Hero4 Silver, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.07 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 800
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 400
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 800

2014.11.09 Crystal Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 1600
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 3200

2014.11.10 Clearwater Beach
– Canon 5D with Canon 35/2 Lens, 30 sec @ f/2, ISO 800
– Sony NEX-5N with Nikon 20/2.8 Lens (via LensBaby Tilt Transformer adapter), 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 1600

i shot these over a year and a half ago so i don’t remember all the exact details.. (and i didn’t include details above for all of the few frames / quick shots between the longer starlapse shots.. this isn’t meant to be the most scientific test as i have made some quick adjustments to the images in lightroom too) i think i first started these tests to explore how well the new gopro camera would perform with its nightlapse mode compared to my then current setup for ultra-wide angle night shots with the 12-24mm lens. (all the gopro shots have been ‘defished’ in lightroom as this is how i would process them and this could possibly replace the 12-24mm setup) i think i was thinking that when i travel, it’d be neat to be able to shoot everything with the gopro camera rather than have to bring multiple camera systems (especially as the gopro can be charged and run off of usb power, and the life on the road videos i was working on back then were taking a very long time to edit having been shot with multiple cameras). then i probably became curious as to how the 5d setup would compare to the nex-5n for night shots, and also tried the 5d with the 8mm lens as depending on how that looked, i could sell the 12-24mm and begin to reduce the amount of gear i had if i were to defish the circular fisheye image (which i didn’t do in this video) and effectively use that as an ultra-wide angle lens. after doing these tests, i decided to compare the 35/2 and the 20/2.8 with both cameras as these would give a similar field of view with the full frame vs cropped aps-c size sensor.

a few weeks later, after seeing that i don’t necessarily need all of this gear that i had to make certain shots, i sold most of my canon gear except i kept one 5d body with the 8mm lens as i could still use this with a custom rig i had to create little planet images and time-lapses (i had the first ricoh theta camera back then though the quality was nowhere near what my custom setup could do and it couldn’t shoot at night). nearly a year later, toward the end of the summer of 2015, i ended up selling the whole 360 degree rig, including the camera, lens, motor, custom head, and tripod mounting components. it was nice to get rid of so much extra weight that was just sitting here taking up space. i can’t remember the last time i had used the rig and shot something before that. the last time i used the 8mm was to shoot these tests and i only used the 5d one other time after the tests to shoot a few pinhole images. shortly after selling the gear for the 360 degree rig, ricoh announced the latest theta s camera that would be able to shoot night shots. gotta love divine guidance! :) perfect timing on selling the gear. the theta s camera is so, so much simpler to use than my old setup. my old setup could’ve gotten some more detail but the tradeoff for being able to use a camera that weighs next to nothing and fits in my pocket versus having to lug around many pounds of gear plus large and heavy tripods or stands to mount it is definitely worth it. i can shoot so many more images having less gear to carry, and i can go much further with less and mount a smaller camera in many more unique places. to be able to shoot a single elevated 360×180 degree image, i’d be looking at 45-50 lbs of gear i’d have to carry with the old rig compared to less than 2 lbs with the new setup (and i can hold the new pole i use above my head for a higher vantage point than the large light stand i used to lug around). simplify your gear. (and your life) it takes away the burden so you can focus your time and energy on creating images and embracing the moment rather than carrying and keeping track of things.

Wednesday #night #360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #thetas #360 #ricohthetas #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #longexposure #stars #beach #sand #water #gulf #moon #clouds #sky #littledipper @theta360official
a week ago, last Monday #afternoon

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #walking #storm #clouds #nature #park #trail
a week ago, last Monday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #walking #water #clouds #bridge #trail

here’s a shorter version of the december 2015 time-lapse video i posted the other day..

i was asked by Udi of diyphotography.net to write about how this was made so i will explore some of it below. i did write a bit about the technique and idea the other day when i posted the long version of the time-lapse. you can check the film and writing out at:

most of the shots in both films were created with either [...]