#island
[2020.05.02 – 2020.05.03]  driving along the pinellas beach islands the weekend before re-opening .. see full video at slower speed (also with infrared shots) here:  https://youtu.be/o27wO4_RkPk .. or here:  http://markmarano.com/2020/06/15/driving-along-the-pinellas-beach-islands-the-weekend-before-re-opening-2020-05-02-2020-05-03/

#360degreevideo #360degree #360x180 #beach #BEV #driveelectric #driving #electriccar #electricvehicle #EV #fiat500e #florida #fromabove #island #littleplanet #littleplanettimelapse #littleworld #lookingdown #lookingup #palmtrees #sunny #tinyplanet #timelapse #hyperlapse #stereographic #projection #stereographicprojection
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
#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.
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

sounds at honeymoon island a few minutes after sunset

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 Tuesday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #nature #park #beach #sunny #palmtrees #sand #island @theta360official
Sunday afternoon. let out 1000' of #kite line for this shot, part of a time-lapse sequence. #ricoh #theta #360 #degree #360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #stereographicprojection #ricohtheta #theta360 #fisheye #ricohthetam15 #aerial #fromabove #lookingup #lookingdown #kiteaerialphotography #kap #aerialphotography #water #island #gulf #intracoastal #boats #causeway #islands #beaches
surrender. let go. relax. new insights will magically appear when you take a moment to slow down and breathe.

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #nature #park #gulf #water #beach #sand #island #writing
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour #sunset #water
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour
Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park #dusk
Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park
Friday #evening #nature #park #island #water #gulf #goldenhour #beach #sand
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk #waves #rocks
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida
Wednesday #park #island #sand #walk #clouds
Wednesday #park #island #beach #construction #restoration #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island
Thursday #walk #park #nature #island #clouds #water
open your heart and embrace life

Tuesday #sunset #clouds #water #sky #nature #island #park #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
feel the excitement of life and the exhiliration of being alive!

Tuesday #sunset #goldenhour #water #gulf #clouds #beach #nature #island #beauty #simplicity #sun #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
stop trying to figure it out. simply relax and take it all in.

Tuesday #nature #goldenhour #island #walk #park #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
sometimes there is much more excitement and peace found in doing something simply to release the energy and attention consumed in its desire than in actually doing or having whatever it was you wanted

Tuesday #nature #goldenhour #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer #clouds #park #walk #island
Friday #evening #dusk #sunset #sky #clouds #water #beach #walk #island #nature #park
Friday #sunset #evening #water #gulf #clouds #sky #nature #park #island #boat #telephoto
know it is infinite

Monday #beach #dusk #water #clouds #island
 

this was shot over two days as the camera battery died shortly into the first day (despite thinking i had plugged it in long enough to charge it). there were a lot more people on the road this weekend compared to a few weeks earlier when the beaches had just closed (where it felt like barely anyone was out).

i still did the drive all the way south both days.. driving to the beaches and back (and also out of the way east before heading home the second day), i drove a total of 208.7 miles, and was able to average 7.0 mi/kWh in my electric car (the equivalent of over 235 mpg). with electricity rates being lower in may (likely due to less demand, meaning less usage of dirty & expensive fossil fuel sources on the grid), the cost to do this drive was just over 1.5 cents per mile. gotta love electric vehicles (for many reasons).. i look forward to seeing the transition to renewable energy and clean transportation unfolding much more quickly than most people expected or imagined.

i planned the drive on the second day to get to a spot where i could mount the camera and start the time-lapse right around the same time of day that the first one stopped [it ended up being about 4 minutes later on sunday to drive past the same spot of the last shot on saturday], and luckily it was sunny both days and the camera position was similar enough on the mount/rig, so the jump between days is barely noticeable, even knowing when it happens in the video. this was shot using an lg 360 cam as it can do time-lapse intervals at 2 seconds rather than the 8 second minimum of the ricoh theta s camera i also have [i welcome donations or a gift of an insta360 one x, one r, or other newer 360 camera that has more capability and better quality for stills and video]. i also shot an infrared time-lapse parts of both days, though this is just the little planet shot, as davinci resolve kept giving an error during multiple hours-long attempts to render the whole video the past few days (and i’ve only used davinci resolve briefly a couple times so far, and need to figure out any of its quirks like this).

here’s a version with the full uncropped infrared images. the infrared time-lapse was shot with a raspberry pi noir camera board v2 with a lee 87c filter (that is causing some strange flare when the sun hits it, possibly as the flexible filter is bent/warped). [it looks like the failure during rendering that was happening before was due to davinci resolve still needing a significant amount of temporary space on the internal disk (which was low) despite specifying an external drive as the location to save the file.]

this last version has the infrared shots cropped to a widescreen aspect ratio. i had also thought about doing a cylindrical projection of the 360 degree shots in place of the stereographic little planet, though may save this for another shot where there are clouds in the sky.

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).
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
a week ago, last Tuesday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #nature #park #beach #sunny #palmtrees #sand #island #water #gulf @theta360official
a week ago, last Tuesday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #nature #park #beach #sunny #palmtrees #sand #island @theta360official

sounds of nature at honeymoon island

Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #dusk
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour #sunset
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour
Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park
Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park
Friday #evening #nature #park #island #water #gulf #goldenhour #beach #sand #bird
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk #colors
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk #waves
Thursday #sunset #beach #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection
Wednesday #park #island #nature #walk
Wednesday #park #island #nature #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds
Wednesday #driving #park #island #road #nature
feel life

Tuesday #dusk #beach #clouds #water #nature #island #park #walk
be inspired. be the light. radiate it out to the world.

Tuesday #sunset #clouds #water #sky #nature #island #park #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
life is awesome and full of bliss [if you choose to see it and allow it]

tuesday #goldenhour #beach #nature #park #water #walk #sunset #simplicity #island #sand #clouds #gulf
you chose to show up here on earth. you might as well choose to enjoy the experiences life is bringing you.

Tuesday #nature #goldenhour #island #walk #park #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
Friday #evening #dusk #sunset #sky #clouds #water #beach #walk #island #nature #park
Friday #sunset #evening #water #gulf #clouds #sky #nature #park #island #walk #dusk #yasuhara #madoka #180 #circular #fisheye #lens #madoka180 #circularfisheye
Friday #sunset #evening #water #gulf #clouds #sky #nature #park #island
 
#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
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
this past monday [2020.02.10] .. #nature #water #island #preserve #sand #gulf #earth #fromabove #aerial #flying #birdseyeview #natural #florida #beauty #clouds #beach #key

sounds of the waves at honeymoon island in the early evening

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).

i went to honeymoon island this past Monday and saw how low the tide was with the full moon. i had never seen the sand and land at this part of the island go out so far... i decided to go back again on Tuesday to capture some little planet images. i'm grateful for being inspired to go to this part of the island so i could see it and experience it in a new way.
#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #thetas #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetas #theta360 @theta360official #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #poleaerialphotography #elevatedphotography #fromabove #sunset #island #water #gulf #park #lowtide
a week ago, last Tuesday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #nature #park #beach #sunny #palmtrees #sand #island #water #gulf @theta360official
a week ago, last Tuesday #morning

#360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricoh #theta #360 #ricohtheta #ricohthetam15 #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet #nature #park #beach #sunny #palmtrees #sand #island @theta360official

sounds of nature at honeymoon island state park

and a little bit later at the beach at honeymoon island

Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #sunset #dusk
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour
Saturday #beach #construction #restoration complete #island #park #nature #sand #goldenhour
Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park #dusk
listen to, embrace, and feel the healing sound of the water

Friday #sunset #clouds #nature #sky #island #water #gulf #beach #park
Friday #evening #nature #park #island #water #gulf #goldenhour #beach #sand
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk #waves
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection #dusk #waves
Thursday #sunset #beach #sand #water #gulf #clouds #island #nature #florida #sky #reflection
Wednesday #park #island #nature #sand #water #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #park #island #beach #construction #restoration #sand #water #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand #water #waves #gulf #walk #clouds
Wednesday #nature #park #island #beach #sand
Thursday #walk #park #nature #beach #clouds #water #island
it can be as simple as you allow

Tuesday #dusk #beach #nature #island #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
open your heart and let love pour forth

Tuesday #sunset #goldenhour #water #gulf #clouds #beach #nature #island #love #beauty #simplicity #sun #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer
another amazing day to be alive!

tuesday #goldenhour #beach #nature #park #water #walk #sunset #simplicity #island #sand #clouds #gulf
what you have, what you do, what others think of you, what you think of others, etc, etc do not matter in life. all that matters is your experience of life. if you don't like your experience, simply change your perception and your world will change. let go of what you once thought mattered and your attachment to needing things to be the way you think they should be, and you will find life to be much, much simpler and more peaceful. you'll be able to relax knowing everything is already perfect as it is. and then you can fully experience and embrace whatever each moment of life offers you.

Tuesday #nature #goldenhour #selectivefocus #lensbaby #tilttransformer #clouds #park #walk #island #sun
Friday #evening #dusk #sunset #sky #clouds #water #island #nature #park
Friday #dusk #evening #clouds #trees #nature #island #telephoto
Monday #sunset #clouds #sky #beach #water #island #nature #ricoh #theta #360 #degree #360x180 #stereographic #projection #littleplanet #weeplanet #ricohtheta #theta360 #fisheye #lookingup #lookingdown #planet #360degree #stereographicprojection #world #littleworld #tinyplanet