#flying
#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
#nature #water #earth #rural #cloudy #overcast #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove
if you are concerned about potential chaos that any darkness may inflict, remember that there are many more of us than them, and in our unity they stand no chance to cause any further harm [our division is what they need in order to retain power]. let us let go of any divisive thoughts and remain united together, from the place of our collective heart.  as we come from a place of compassion & unconditional love, and see that we have more in common than different, we will grow together in our collective humanity, and a beautiful new earth & reality will unfold before us.  remember that this outer world is a projection of our inner world.  if we want to experience life in a peaceful world, we must begin by choosing to live from a place of peace within.  each of our individual choices of peace & unity (over division) is a prayer.

#nature #beauty #water #mangroves #bayou #park #preserve #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove .. i split up the clips from both shots, as even at 4x speed they would've been longer than the instagram one minute limit (and would've been playing too fast to appreciate the natural beauty portrayed)
go for a walk in nature and see what you might notice that you’ve never noticed before. or see how you can perceive something you’ve always seen, but in a new way. relax, widen back, and take it all in.

#nature #lake #park #water #goldenhour #light #sunset #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove
learn to step out of your mind, and into your heart. this is the spiritual journey.

#nature #trees #birdseyeview #aerial #lookingdown #fromabove #goldenhour #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini
if you're struggling with how to spend all the free time you have, learn to sit quietly and embrace the silence.

[from the inner stillness inspiration arises.  and once you're able to face yourself and become comfortable with doing nothing, you'll discover a great joy and deep sense of peace in the quiet solitude]

#sunset #water #beach #goldenhour #gulf #nature #clearwaterbeach #florida #meditation #peace #inspiration #silence #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerial #fromabove #aerialvideo #dronevideo .. looks like #mavicmini flew pretty steady, despite getting high wind warnings in sport mode at only 70' altitude
i decided to go back again to clearwater beach yesterday before it closed.  i walked north, almost all the way to caladesi island, and got some nice shots.  there were more than these, though the old iphone i’m using for the mavic mini didn’t have enough space to keep the previews, so i’ll have to download them off the microSD card later.  the fifth shot is sped up by 3.5x to fit into the instagram sixty second limit.  the filters are from the dji fly app (where the shots were cut from the low resolution preview video file). #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #sunset #yesterday #beach #clearwaterbeach #florida #natural #beauty #birdseyeview #aerial #lookingdown #fromabove #dronephotography #aerialphotography #mavicmini #dronevideo #aerialvideo #sand #island #nature #water #gulf #goldenhour #landscape
#nature #aerial #landscape #earth #fromabove #lookingdown #water #canal #park #oldsmar #trail #goldenhour #light #flying #mavicmini #rc #quadcopter #drone #windy #breeze #aerialphotography #aerialvideo #dronephotography #dronevideo #birdseyeview .. these shots were done quickly, with no practice (other than redoing the first one (as i ended up in it at the end), and restarting the second shot as it wasn’t lined up as nicely as i wanted). there was no editing other than trimming the clips down to a minute long each and picking the slumber filter in the instagram app.  the video clips aren’t perfect though i kept them all at a minute long, and the quality could be better (as these were just the low resolution files that were saved onto the phone during the flight, rather than the original high resolution files that are saved to the memory card. downloading those to the phone would’ve taken a long time (and i think my fingers were a bit cold from the cooler temperature and the strong breeze) and it would’ve wasted battery power on the #dji #mavic #mini, the remote control, and the iphone.. and instagram compresses videos to a very tiny size, losing most of the original quality anyhow). it was pretty windy the whole time, until shortly after i landed (it was interesting as i think just a couple minutes after landing the sun dipped behind the trees across the way and the wind pretty much stopped there). looking at these low res preview files on the phone, the shots look nice and smooth (other than the minor corrections i had to make when it wasn’t flying perfectly lined up with the landscape), despite the wind (and getting strong wind warnings at low altitudes). its funny these ideas just came to me when i got there and started flying.. i recall envisioning these types of shots a long time ago, and had forgotten about them until now.  in the future i’ll post much higher resolution versions on my website (via youtube).. not sure yet if i’ll post the individual trimmed clips similar to each of these, or if i’ll make it all as part of a longer video (which i’ll likely do anyhow, regardless of whether i post the individual shots).
another minute clip from the same flight on this cloudy day, also unedited.

#flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerial #fromabove #lookingdown #water #lake #nature #cloudy #overcast
this past monday [2020.02.10] .. #nature #water #island #preserve #sand #gulf #earth #fromabove #aerial #flying #birdseyeview #natural #florida #beauty #clouds #beach #key
#nature #fromabove #trees #park #trail #goldenhour #light #canal #water #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #lookingdown #aerialphotography #mavicmini #aerial #dronephotography .. in the sixth photo you can see the tampa skyline 15.5 miles away on the horizon
#nature #fromabove #lookingdown #water #beach #trees #goldenhour #park #houses #boats #pier #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #mavicmini #aerial #aerialphotography
#nature #preserve #water #bay #bayou #mangroves #marsh #land #lookingdown #fromabove #birdseyeview .. #flying #dji #mavic #mini on #overcast day. #mavicmini #aerialphotography #aerial #florida
remember, it's okay if things don't go as planned or aren't as perfect as one desires.

this isn't where i was originally going to go fly, though it's where i ended up.  while not all the images may be the most exciting, it was good to test #flying with a bit of a breeze (and it was also good to use manual exposure for the first time on the #dji #mavic #mini, which certainly helped with consistency, so i was able to use all the same settings in the #instagram app when editing the photos.. any differences in color are due to there being no setting for manual white balance). i didn't fly up to near 400 ft like i had for some shots on my previous flights.. all shots here are at an altitude of 100 or 150 ft.  #mavicmini #nature #trees #water #aerial #aerialphotography #lookingdown #fromabove #florida #winter
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
often we just need to move forward through whatever resistance we may have, however it shows up in our lives.  upon doing so we can realize new, greater perspectives in life.  how and where we're looking from make all the difference.

images from first test flight with #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone (not really composed, just what i happened to get with timed interval photo mode as i was trying out the controls and fly app).

#aerial #nature #fromabove #sunset #flying #trees #road #water #goldenhour #mavicmini

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

building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration #earthmovers #rocks
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park
be not afraid to leave the tribe.  your inner calling is much more important than conforming to group thinking.

#sky #clouds #dusk #bird #flying #lookingup
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial
Tuesday #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #water #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #trees #sunset
 
#florida #intracoastal #water #causeway #beach #boats #watercraft #bridge #cars #island #palmtrees #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove
#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
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).
everything in this reality is only as solid or fluid as we allow it to be.  we solidify something by giving it attention, energy, thought, or belief.  as we let go of attachment to something, by no longer giving it attention, energy, thought, or belief (conscious or subconscious), we allow for it to change.  it is in this letting go of control that we re-gain our energy & power to focus on creating what we do desire.

it is time to let go of all fears of uncertainty, worries of survival, and needing for things to be a certain way (or how they used to be). as we let go of attachments we step into the present moment, and discover the beauty, peace, and perfection that is already here & now.  in freeing ourselves of fear & control, we realize how light we feel, without the past burdens we had been carrying with us everywhere we went.  with our new found energy, we can collectively meditate, pray, and create a new earth in which everyone lives in peace & perfect harmony with each other & the planet.  in this vision for a new earth, so many (if not all) of our individual struggles will cease to exist.

#nature #water #aerial #park #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #lookingdown #fromabove #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #earth .. looks like i’ll have to share the best parts of this flight another time after i download the sd card (as the old phone only cached the very end of the video preview)
do not judge, criticize, or condemn anyone whom might have a different belief than you, regardless of how bad it may seem.  others' views, beliefs, and actions are merely a product of where one is in consciousness, and one can only do as good as they can given their level of consciousness.  if any given level of consciousness appears to not be helpful to others or the world, rather than use your energy blaming those whom don't know any better, direct your focus, attention, and energy towards helping more & more people (including yourself) heal, awaken, and continue to raise the overall level of consciousness. through our collective growth we will transform human consciousness and create a beautiful new earth where we all live as one, in peace & perfect harmony with each other and the planet. (also remember that the reflection they played, regardless of how bad or wrong it was, may have been exactly what you or another needed in order to grow to higher levels of consciousness)

#nature #healing #trees #earth #aerial #fromabove #birdseyeview #lookingdown #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #goldenhour #light
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
if its uncomfortable to sit in silence, learn to embrace whatever it is you're feeling and you'll soon discover you no longer need the distractions you once sought.  it can help to go for a quiet walk in nature or begin practicing a form of meditation where you continually bring your focus back to your breathe (or a mantra) whenever your attention wanders.

#nature #walk #peace #meditation #flying #lookingdown #fromabove #breathe
#yesterday #beach #water #aerial #sand #island #nature #afternoon #goldenhour #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #dronephotography #aerialvideo #dronevideo #lookingdown #fromabove #birdseyeview .. a few quick previews of video clips i shot yesterday at #clearwaterbeach #florida. these were trimmed with filters applied in the dji fly app (which works better than doing so in the instagram app). no tone adjustments or anything else was done to the low resolution videos (these were the backup copies that the app saves over wifi during the flight, rather than downloading the big original files from the sd card), other than speeding up 2 or 3 of them by 1.5x or 2x so they could fit within the 60 second instagram limit. i may stop posting to instagram as facebook is deprecating the old api that allowed me to automatically download all my posts to my website. i may have a workaround, though if it doesn’t work, look for new content on my website instead of here.
#nature #aerial #lookingdown #fromabove #water #mangroves #bayou #park #preserve #blackandwhite #bw #flying #mavicmini #birdseyeview #afternoon #goldenhour
today i flew my mavic mini for the first time to intentionally shoot video. here’s one of the clips, unedited (and shot on auto-exposure, without exposure lock).

#flying #dji #mavic #mini #aerial #lookingdown #fromabove #water #lake #nature #windy #nofilter #mavicmini
all we need to do is go explore in nature to get a better understanding of life and our connection to the world.

a #bikeride this past sunday [2020.02.09] .. #nature #water #trees #earth #fromabove #flying #lookingdown #birdseyeview #landscape #pond #lake #aerial #natural #beauty #park
[2020.02.02]

#goldenhour #nature #park #canal #landscape #aerialphotography #water #road #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #blackandwhite #aerial #trees #light #lookingdown #fromabove #mavicmini #bw
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 #clouds #sky #nature #lake #water #trees #park #fromabove #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #mavicmini #aerial
#morning #nature #trees #lake #golfcourse #road #houses #florida #winter #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone .. seeing limits of what can be done editing in #instagram app on phone with less than ideal lighting/exposure on some of these. #aerialphotography #fromabove #lookingdown #aerial
#flying #dji #mavic #mini in harsh light in the middle of a #winter day in #florida. looks one can get good images, even just quickly editing on the instagram ios app (some of these shots may be lacking vibrancy.. i discovered a bug in the #instagram app later in the evening when posting images i had shot at sunset, where it was losing the lux setting). #mavicmini #quadcopter #drone #aerial #fromabove #lookingdown #aerialphotography #nature #road #golfcourse #houses #trees

i’m very grateful that i was able to recover the quadcopter with my iphone on it.. i recall on one of the shots where i had it flying out over the middle of the lake, i couldn’t tell which way it was pointing as i had spun it around to get different views (and it was a tiny dot in the sky), and the return to home emergency button didn’t seem to be responding. i tried different modes to try to bring it back to me though i didn’t know if it had gotten the proper gps lock and compass direction or whatnot.. the flight had gone longer than other ones and i didn’t know how much longer the battery would keep it in the sky so was a bit concerned. i think i had to ask for divine grace to help me at that point and surrender to the possibility that i might lose it in the water. shortly after that, i don’t remember exactly what i tried (as this shot was over a year and half ago), though i somehow managed to fly it back. i was so glad to see that it appeared to be getting bigger and that i was able to tell which direction it was heading as i guided it towards me. as it kept getting closer, i kept hoping the battery would last long enough to get it back over the dock or close enough nearby as i saw the red light blinking indicating it was just about out of power. another time after this at honeymoon island, i don’t know if it was in this series of shots or some other time, i had an issue where it wasn’t responding and i think it was windy and i didn’t know if i was going to get it back. i’m really grateful i’ve always somehow managed to fly it safely back (and was able to retrieve it from a tree the one time i lost sight of it and it crashed way up high in a 40+ ft tall tree).

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

(some of these weren’t shot to be used in a video, though they fit in nicely) locations include: A.L. Anderson Park Bicenntennial Park Brooker Creek Buffer Preserve Clearwater Memorial Causeway Countryside Community Park Courtney Campbell Causeway Crystal Beach Ed Radice Park Fred Howard Park Harbor Palms Nature Park Honeymoon Island James E. Grey Preserve John Chestnut Park Kapok Park Lake Chautauqua Park Lake Dan and Lake Frances Preserve Lake Tarpon Lake Tarpon Canal Lansbrook Park Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve North […]

building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration

(some of these weren’t flown to be used in a video, but i’ve included them anyway) locations include: Anderson Park Aripeka Sandhills Preserve Bayside Bridge Belleview Biltmore Golf Club Brooker Creek Preserve Clearwater Beach Clearwater Memorial Causeway Courtney Campbell Causeway Bridge Crystal Beach Dunedin Causeway Florida State Fairgrounds Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex John Chestnut Senior Park Lake Maggiore Lake Tarpon Canal Marsh Pointe Mobbly Beach Park Philippe Park Pine Island Beach Park Pop Stansell Park R.E. Olds Park Sand Key […]

Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #dusk
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf #waves
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf #waves
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk #sunset
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk #sky
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #sunset #dusk
 
#nature #preserve #earth #water #bay #trail #park #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove .. tampa skyline visible in first/last clip ~13 miles away on the horizon
if you're feeling stuck in life, often all you need is a new perspective.  if you've been looking at life a certain way (or through the viewpoint of a certain teacher, leader, influencer, etc), simply exploring the perspective of another may open your eyes to what you need to see or hear (and the new perspective may come from a source you didn't necessarily expect.. simply follow your heart and intuition, and you'll be guided along to whatever you need to see, learn, or experience). in repeatedly hearing the same underlying message in the same ways, it may become dull and no longer effective.  hearing someone else who's essentially saying the same thing you've already heard, but using different words or a new vantagepoint, may be exactly what allows you to open your eyes and heart to the message you need to hear and feel.  with anything in life, its good to take a break from what you're doing if you're doing it all the time.  time away from a project, goal, practice, or everyday life will allow you to explore other possibilities and create the space in which you can start over (as you feel called to) from a more energized place.

#nature #trees #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #mavicmini #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove
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.
in the journey of opening one's heart, one may find it helpful to limit time spent on activities that are more mind-based, such as working on projects that require a lot of mental problem solving, following a rigid schedule, or watching the news, competitive sports, serious dramas, or "how-to" programming.  learn to spend more time in heartfelt activities, such as going for a walk, sitting in nature, connecting with another, or watching videos that are funny or that open your heart into the life of another.  when living from the heart, solutions will be inspired, felt, or known intuitively, and life can flow much more smoothly than when constantly looking for an answer or trying to control the outcome with the mind.

#nature #preserve #trees #fromabove #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #mavicmini #dronephotography #aerialphotography #goldenhour
let us take some time each day to sit quietly and see the new earth we wish to create.  visualize a peaceful world, one where all of humanity lives in perfect harmony with the earth, and where everyone experiences perfect health, divine love, peace, abundance, and joy.

#nature #aerial #flying #fromabove #goldenhour #water #trees #creek #lake #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialvideo #dronevideo #lookingdown #birdseyeview #meditate #peace #harmony #love #abundance #joy #earth

i redid these shots that i had previously posted (using the low res preview images) on instagram. this was the second time i intentionally took the dji mavic mini out to shoot video clips [during the first few weeks i had it, other than a couple of test videos clips, i only shot photos]. it was windy and they’re not perfect, but a good example of how i’d like some of my work to look.

it is up to us to choose to live in harmony with the planet. by collectively changing our relationship with earth, we’ll create a healthier world where both humanity and nature can thrive.

#nature #goldenhour #water #river #aerial #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #dronephotography #mavicmini #aerialvideo #dronevideo #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove #sunset .. low res preview video clips sped up (some by a lot) to fit in #instagram sixty second limit, with trimming and filters applied in dji #fly app.
last monday, on the drive furthest north in my #electriccar [2020.03.02] .. some shots i quickly picked out on the phone from the timed interval shots i got, and edited in the #instagram #ios app.. black and white looked much better than color in the bad light (and could really look better if i were to spend more time to edit these on the computer) .. #nature #aerial #fromabove #lookingdown #water #florida #trees #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #dronephotography #aerialphotography #blackandwhitephotography #overcast #cloudy #blackandwhite #bw #monochrome #grayscale #greyscale #planet #earth
one last clip from today’s flight. i’d like to do these again in better light and when it’s not as windy so i can fly higher without the strong wind warning.

#flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #aerial #fromabove #lookingdown #water #lake #nature #cloudy #overcast #park #aerialphotography #aerialvideo #dronephotography #dronevideo
this past thursday [2020.02.02]

i took a few quick aerial shots while waiting for my electric car to finish charging (on what may have been my longest drive yet in it, at just under 300 miles) at babcock ranch, the first solar-powered town in the country.  hopefully we see many more towns and cities running completely on renewable energy soon.

#solar #town #lake #aerial #fromabove #goldenhour #electriccar #renewableenergy #electricvehicle #sustainability #ev #flying #dji #mavic #mini #rc #quadcopter #drone #lookingdown #dronephotography #aerialphotography
i ended up #flying my #dji #mavicmini here, as i wasn’t seeing good parking close to where i originally wanted to fly (and i still have the max distance set to the default limit, which is under 1600 ft, so i couldn’t make it all the way to where i wanted the #mavic #mini to be.. and i didn’t want to extend this limit as the battery on the #rc was almost empty). i’ll have to go back there another time when the water isn’t overexposed from backlighting. the #desaturated look could be better (i’m only quickly editing these in the #instagram app on my small phone screen). #flying #quadcopter #drone #aerial #nature #fromabove #park #water #gulf #landscape
#nature #water #landscape #river #land #park #lookingdown #fromabove #flying #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #aerial #florida .. i filled up and downloaded the micro-sd card for the first time since i got #mavicmini, and quickly edited these in #adobe #lightroom instead of on my iphone like i had been doing with all the previous shots i took with it.  since the beginning of the month/year/decade, i’ve been photographing and posting something at least once per day, editing all on my phone except for these and the infrared ones (as that memory card also filled up while shooting those), though think i’m not going to keep forcing myself to take and post something daily.  the workflow and interface is so much nicer on a computer compared to going through hundreds of shots on a tiny phone screen, and, although i’ve been able to get good images (despite bad light and weather some days), creativity (like anything else in life) flows so much better when one is inspired and relaxed (rather than trying to force oneself to do something, especially at or within a limited time period). i think soon i'll start to experiment with shooting video clips on the mavic mini as, other than two video clips i didn't post (one of which i think i shot by accident), i've only been shooting photos in the timed interval shot mode (which also makes sorting through photos difficult as there are so many (and composition may not be ideal on many of them), though it will allow me to later put everything into a time-lapse video of all my flights). it'll also be good to play around with not always flying so high and using the mavic mini more for its smooth camera movements via gimbal stabilization rather than for its aerial perspectives.  its great how much one can do with a flying camera.  i remember many years ago wanting to be able to just set a camera out in front of me and have it stay there without a tripod.. its nice to see this idea have manifested into radio-controlled quadcopters with stabilized cameras (and now pocket-sized too!)
#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
i’ve always been drawn to quiet, natural, and wide-open areas of #land.  i look forward to when i live in a quiet natural area, and am glad to have rural areas and nature preserves so close by in the meantime.  a drive to or through the country is a good break when living in dense urban or suburban areas.

i was originally going to go somewhere else instead of here, then spontaneously decided to head toward the nearby country area as i wasn't quite feeling the other spot i was thinking of going to.  i actually stopped somewhere else before this preserve, but i saw a few other cars there and preferred to get shots of the empty landscape without anyone walking on the paths (and wanted to be able to concentrate undisturbed while flying with some wind). when i first got to the big grass field for parking here, there were lots of bugs and i started to leave to go fly somewhere else, though am glad i decided to stop alongside the entrance road (and it was bug-free) so i could get these images.  as it was a little breezy i only took the mavic mini on a short flight not higher than 200 ft altitude.  if one looks closely at the shot facing south one can see the tampa skyline on the horizon ~17 miles away.

#nature #preserve #agricultural #farm #rural #country #landscape #trees #flying #dji #mavic #mini #aerialphotography #fromabove #lookingdown #mavicmini #aerial #florida #winter
a simple shift of perspective is all we need to see the bigger picture.

#nature #preserve #trees #water #canal #flying #lookingdown #aerial #fromabove .. all images #uncropped, shot right at mid-day in harsh light with #dji #mavic #mini #quadcopter #drone #aerialphotography #mavicmini
#flying #dji #mavic #mini. #morning #light #trees #nature #road #water #houses #fromabove #mavicmini #aerial #aerialphotography #florida #winter

it’s nice that the last couple years when i’ve gone up to chicagoland in november, that i’ve felt like seeing snow and have had the first snow of the season show up during the week or so i’ve been in town. as you can see in the video, the morning commute in and evening commute out of the city weren’t exactly the most pleasant. it’s hard to fathom why so many people put themselves through that every single day, especially with the long winters up there. i was a bit upset that my friend didn’t pay me for the time i was up there evaluating a new business opportunity for him (and he never got me any work out of it), though i’m grateful i don’t have to be dealing with that sort of traffic on an everyday basis. i enjoy the long commute i have from one bedroom to the other :) i’m also grateful that i got invited to multiple thanksgiving dinners while i was in town. it was really nice to spend time with different friends while i was in town in the cold winter.

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 [...]

building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park #sand #construction #restoration #earthmovers #rocks
building a new #beach #water #waves #gulf #aerial #fromabove #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #yesterday #park

(some of these weren’t flown to be used in a video, but here they are anyway)

Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf #dusk #waves
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf #waves
Tuesday #storm #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial
Tuesday #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #beach #gulf #sun #sunset
Tuesday #beach #clouds #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fisheye #island #nature #park #trees #goldenhour #water #fromabove #aerial #gulf
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk #sunset
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #beach #water #gulf #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #dusk
last Friday #nature #park #clouds #island #water #goldenhour #flying #dji #phantom #quadcopter #drone #gopro #fromabove #aerial #lookingdown #trees