#landscape
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 for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see, in all directions. this is what florida used to look like.

this past tuesday [2020.02.11] .. #nature #landscape #earth #fromabove #trees #park #trail #bikeride #goldenhour #aerial #lookingdown
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
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

these are all the star-lapses i shot on the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, between september and november of 2012

 
#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).
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
[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
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
 
the conservation and preservation of nature is one of the most important things we can do today.

a simple shift of perspective is all we need to see the bigger picture. i’ve driven by here countless times and have never seen it quite like this.

this past monday [2020.02.24]

#nature #preserve #earth #land #aerial #birdseyeview #lookingdown #fromabove #goldenhour #light #shadows #trees #water #landscape #natural #beauty #road
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
#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!)

this is a compilation of all 72 days of the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, from september 6th to november 16th in 2012. this is running at 5x the normal speed (otherwise it’d be around 19.5 hours long). it includes all of the following parts:

– from chicagoland to california [a five week adventure]
– life in california [three and a half weeks]
– from california to florida [just under two weeks]

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