#water
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
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
#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
#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
#sunset #sky #clouds #nature #intracoastal #water
i went on a drive south today in my #electriccar. by adding some energy at free public chargers, the whole trip of 182.1 miles cost me less than what a single gallon of gas would cost (and had i paid at home for all the electricity needed to go that far it still would’ve only cost about the same as 2 gallons of gas). #driving #bridge #bay #road #overcast #cloudy #water #electricvehicle #bev #ev
#sunset #bridge #intracoastal #water #boats #fromabove #palmtrees #buildings #reflection #intracoastalwaterway #clearwaterbeach #florida #gulf .. shot with #vintage #canonfd #70-150mm #telephoto #lens on #sony #nex5n camera (with hazy skylight filter and dirty sensor) from #clearwater #library #rooftop. the camera was giving an error and the shutter seemed to be staying open too long & overexposing images, so i had to guess exposure and turn it off and back on between every shot.. although these aren’t what i was originally thinking, i’m gratefully i was still able to get usable images with a nice feel.
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
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
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
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
#nature #sunset #water #gulf #sand #beach #dusk #park #goldenhour
#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

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

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four years ago today [2012.10.16]

i woke up at my first campground in california this day.  for lunch, i headed to town for a sub before making my way back toward the coast.  i remember it being nice and warm as i sat outside eating.  it was really great to get to experience some pleasant temperatures after all the cold days i'd been in earlier in the trip.

i made it over to point reyes national seashore late in the afternoon.  i remember visiting there when i first went to california nearly a decade earlier.. it was so amazing to experience what felt like thousands of miles of waves and wind hitting the coast.  i went back on this trip to explore and experience it again.  it was extremely windy near the lighthouse area and somewhere out there i lost the wind screen for my microphone.  when i realized it, i took a few steps back to look for it before deciding it was a lost cause with so much wind.  i drove to and explored parts of the seashore i hadn't seen the first time there.. it was all really beautiful.  it was getting dark so i spent the night in a parking lot and would explore more in the morning.
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four years ago today [2012.10.06]

i spent the day exploring the oregon coast.  i could've stayed here for weeks or months.. there were so many beautiful overlooks to be seen and places to wander on the coast.  i flew my kite at cannon beach and shortly after it was in the air, it went crashing into the ocean.  thankfully, i had the waterproof gopro on it and not another camera.  i fished the kite out of the waves and water (which was a good bit of effort if i recall), and i took it to a local kite shop to be sewn back up where the spar had poked through.  i remember the guy there told a story of how his car broke down at cannon beach and he took that as a sign of where he should stay (when he was wandering without destination). later in the afternoon, on my way toward the next campground, i found a spot where i decided to record the waves coming in for a while.  it was so nice to be by the water in someplace beautiful.  i got to the campground, and was able to walk across the road from there right to the beach.. i watched the sun set and saw a winding path that you could take to drive down to the beach.  either that evening or the next morning i decided i'd take it the next day.
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four years ago today [2012.10.03]

i noticed little bits of frost or ice on the ground when i woke up this morning in a quiet area that was part of olympic national park.  it was a little exciting to see it, though having lived in florida half my life, i greatly preferred warmer temperatures.  i headed back toward the coast and made it to the first campground by the ocean this day.

right behind the campground was a long path that led to the beach.  when stepping onto the sand and walking towards the ocean, the beach seemed to go on forever before getting to the water.  it was pretty amazing to experience walking a long way to the water (after a long walk to the sand) on a desolate beach with no one else around.  the tide came in pretty far too as the waves washed ashore.  i had never seen a beach so wide.  i went back to the water again when the sun was going down.  it was probably pretty chilly though nice to be surrounded by the ocean, beach, and wide open natural land.  somewhere natural and beautiful on the water was definitely a place i could stay for a while.  i had been looking forward to exploring the pacific coast on this journey and was glad to have discovered and experienced this spot.
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four years ago today [2012.09.29]

my friend and i went to olympic national park after heading in to town for breakfast.  on the way up to hurricane ridge, we stopped at an overlook where a number of birds landed on my friend's arm and hand after she fed them pieces of a tortilla wrap.  there was a nice panoramic view when we got up to the top at hurricane ridge.  after taking it in for a little bit, we headed back to the nearby town and my friend showed me a spot by the water before we met one of her friend's.  we had planned to go to a full moon celebration or something that my friend wanted to go to though ended up at her friend's bar for too long, so we went with her friend to visit a couple of his friends and play games instead.  my friend offered to drive during our adventures that day.. it was a little weird to be in the passenger seat of my truck, but nice to have someone show me around the area (and get a little break from driving everywhere).
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four years ago today [2012.09.24]

waking up on the side of the road, i went for a ride shortly after the sun rose.  there was a nice haze and fog in the early morning.  i parked next to a field for breakfast and then headed over to a nearby park.  i either took a nap or worked on the computer before going for a walk.  after exploring the park and adjacent bridge, i headed over to the campground i'd be staying at for a couple of nights.

it looks like i spent a good number of nights at the campgrounds once i got to washington.. i don't recall if i needed to work a lot and was there for the internet and a place i could sleep undisturbed, or if i wanted to just check out the various campgrounds and see what life there would be like before heading to the coast to explore.  it was probably a combination of both.. when planning my route to the west coast, i was thinking of heading towards most of the campgrounds as i made my way around.

[from california to florida]

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

sounds of the waves at honeymoon island in the early evening

 
relax, be still, and discover the beautiful inner peace within.

#sunset #nature #park #clouds #sky #water #lake #relax #meditate #heal #peace
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
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
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
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
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 #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
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
with such an overcast sky and a little bit of drizzle, i didn’t expect to get too much when heading over to the park, though was blessed with a little bit of nice light and some color in the sky, and a nice quiet feel by the lake in the park. #nature #park #overcast #sky #cloudy #sunset #water #reflection #plants #trees #lake .. raw images shot on #iphonese and edited in #snapseed #ios app. #iphone
#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
with more traffic than expected, i just made it to the gulf as the sun was going down behind the clouds on the horizon. #sunset #nature #water #gulf #palmtrees #park #beach #sand #birds
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
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

(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..

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four years ago today [2012.11.16]

in a parking lot near the gulf in florida, i woke up this morning before dawn and continued driving east along the coast.  i saw the beautiful colors of the dawn sky while driving over a bridge, and briefly stopped at a little beach further up before the road would turn inland.  i then drove most of the day and made it home in the middle of the afternoon.

life on the road was a 72 day long journey and i ended up back in florida when it was over.  it was a fun adventure though i really wanted to have a home base, and after having left a beautiful community that felt like home in the summer, i also had longed for one to partake in.  i felt i'd find this back in florida.

for a long time i had wanted to take a long trip out west and get an rv.  it was awesome to see it actually happen.  it feels good to live your dreams and change your life.  if you're not where you want to be in life, simply change.  you may have to face things you are resisting, though once you feel them and embrace them, you'll see they really are no big deal and you can let them go, freeing up room for whatever is next in your journey.

it feels good to be done with these videos and free up the space for whatever is next in life.  for a long time, i wanted to make these, though something always got in the way, even if it was my own self.  in life we often get in our own way.  the way to stop doing it is to face whatever it is that's really there with an open heart.  we can heal our own lives.. often so much of what's happening in life that's getting in the way is really something pretty simple that we don't want to experience.  all we need to do is feel it, own it, and let it go.  the world we experience is simply a mirror of our own thoughts and feelings.  as we learn to face and experience what we're resisting, we can change how we're feeling.  as we change our feelings, we transform.  as we transform, the world we see transforms.  this is how we create the world we want to see and experience.. by simply changing how we're feeling.  you too can create the life or world you've been waiting for.. it all starts by changing what you're feeling within.
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four years ago today [2012.10.08]

it was another day exploring the oregon coast.  i took u.s. highway 101 south towards oregon dunes national recreational area and other spots that had sand dunes.  i stopped at some overlooks along the way to see more of the cliffs, rock formations, and coast.  one of the overlooks was near a lighthouse i'd seen during my first time to oregon though it was under construction this time.  the sand dunes were pretty nice.. i had seen some of them on a previous trip to oregon and got to see more this time.  it looks like i went to the campground a little earlier that afternoon.  perhaps i had to do some work or it started raining or something.  i went back to another spot in the dunes the following day before heading inland.
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four years ago today [2012.10.05]

i made it to oregon this day.  i decided i wanted to make it to california by 10/10 as that would be a year since i had picked up my camper.  i know in the big picture, it really wouldn't be too big a deal if i made it that day or not, though it felt like it'd be a good milestone to have made it to california in the first year of having my camper.

before leaving washington, i took my kite for a test flight on the beach after getting a new spar, and then i went to check out the alaskan campers.  i had never seen them in person and was interested as the whole hard top would pop up (compared to my camper which had tent material around the top section when it popped-up).. it'd feel more secure when parking in the middle of unknown places overnight.  it's funny, i had just happened to be researching them the day before and saw that they were located not too far out of the way from my route this day.  it's awesome when the universe brings all the pieces perfectly together like that.  there are no such things as random 'coincidences'.. at some level, everything is always in perfect order, and when you're aligned with your purpose, you'll notice more things start to effortlessly fall into place for ya.

oregon was pretty nice.  i think it was on this day on my way to the coast in the afternoon.. that after going around a curve at one point, the temperature just dropped quite noticeably, by like ten degrees or something.  it was a little crazy how much and how quickly weather could vary and change on the west coast.  i checked into a campground at seaside and drove over to the beach before settling in for the evening.  the beach was developed though the sand area itself was pretty large, and there was a boardwalk between the buildings and beach.  it felt like it'd be nice to just hang around and explore the various beach towns and stay on the coast for a while.
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four years ago today [2012.10.02]

back in the united states after taking the ferry to canada the day before, i headed toward the coast.  i'd seen a sign somewhere pointing toward the northwesternmost point and decided to follow that.  when i got to the parking lot and started hiking toward the coast i saw a sign warning of bears or another potentially dangerous animal that could be wandering the area.  i felt a little concerned briefly as there was no one else there, though i invoked the divine and kept walking.  by the time i made it to the water i had forgotten about the sign.  it was quite spectacular to have made it to the pacific coast and neat to be at the northwesternmost point in the country.  it was pretty foggy and wet there and nearby.

i headed back inland a bit and then made my way to explore some other natural areas, some of which were part of olympic national park, and found a couple spots with nice views of the pacific ocean.  as it was getting dark i found a quiet spot to sleep off a small road that was part of the national park.  i think there were warnings of the possibility of bears in the area though i didn't have any issues.  it was good to find less traveled spots to sleep especially as the days were getting shorter and i'd be there longer during the night.  it was nice to stay in a unique spot and not have to check in or out of a campground nor book a reservation.
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four years ago today [2012.09.28]

i took my truck and camper on its first ferry ride and was on my way to the coast this day.  it was exciting to be heading further west and starting this next part of the voyage.  the ferry ride was nice and saved at least a couple hours of driving over going all the way around seattle and tacoma to the other side of the peninsula.

the town on the other side of the bay looked nice as i drove through.  i stopped at a local park and then made my way over to the dungeness national wildlife refuge before meeting a friend who lived nearby.  it was a really beautiful at the refuge.. i explored and stayed for a little while.  i remember the water making nice sounds as it washed onto and away from the rocks or shells on shore.

that evening i met my friend for dinner and then we went to a oneness meditation.  it was a little crazy that the oneness meditation was being held in such a remote area on the very day i happened to be going there.. just the day before i was curious if there'd be one somewhere along my journey, and i looked online to find out it was going to be practically right next door to where i was going the following day (and was something my friend would be interested in too). it's funny how the divine works like that.  afterwards, my friend and i gathered some firewood for a nice fire and chat back at her friend's place where she was housesitting.
#lifeontheroad #homeiswhereyouparkit #truckcamper #journey #travel #roadtrip #journal #vlog #blog #driving #road #park #fourwheelcampers #f150 #sunset #bay #water #exploremore #getoutside #wanderlust #rv #rvlife #stayandwander #homeonwheels #liveyouradventure #discovertheroad #adventuremobile #adventureculture #roadtrippin #liveoutdoors
four years ago today [2012.09.23]

i left the campground and headed south a bit, exploring some spots along the water and stopping at some parks i found.  one park had some nice trails and an overlook of the nearby area.  after that one, i went down a winding road on a cliff by the water where i found a spot to stop for a nice view of the islands in the distance.  a little later, i drove by some houses that had a great view of one of the bays.

i think i ended up pretty close to the campground i was going to stay at the following day and spent the night on the side of the road a couple miles away.  if this is the night i'm thinking, it was part of an indian reservation (as was the campground), and i had a strange dream that woke me up in the middle of the night.  if i remember, i think i thought that someone or something had come into my camper through the tent material to attack me.. i may have felt this as i was slipping between the dream world and physical world, and that's how i was interpreting the feelings in this reality.  perhaps i was picking up on some of the energy nearby or something.  a couple times like this (and times when i would sleep in places where bears or other large animals might be) led me to think i might be better off in a hard-top camper or van so i wouldn't have to worry about the possibility of anything getting in easily.  it did feel pretty vulnerable spending the night asleep in random places where people or animals might find me.  i often would invoke the divine and surround the truck and camper in white light or blessings before drifting off to sleep, and never had any actual issues during my journey.

[from california to florida]

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

 
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.
#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 #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
#sunset #nature #lake #water #trees #fromabove #dock #boat
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
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
[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
#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!)
#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
#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
#flying #dji #mavic #mini. #morning #light #trees #nature #road #water #houses #fromabove #mavicmini #aerial #aerialphotography #florida #winter
#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 #water #clouds #sky #nature #park #walk #goldenhour #dusk #trees .. #raw images shot on #iphoneSE and edited on #snapseed ios app #iphone #shotoniphone

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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four years ago today [2012.11.15]

i woke up at a rest area in mississippi, less than 15 miles from the alabama border.  i headed east and stopped when i got to the florida welcome center.  i was going to be meeting a friend who lived in pensacola though was early so i waited a little while at the rest area.  a while back, another friend had told me they serve orange juice at the welcome center.. i may have gone in to see if they had any though i don't remember.  after meeting my friend for brunch at a local restaurant, i headed over to pensacola beach and the gulf islands national seashore.  it was really beautiful to explore the beach on the seashore.  after experiencing so much cold weather out west, i really appreciated the warm florida sunshine.  the water and bright sand was really nice, though it was a bit loud from the naval planes flying overhead.. they flew in formation like i'd seen them do at air shows.

i headed east from the national seashore to check out a really big monolithic dome home.  i had just discovered these domes for the first time a couple days earlier in texas when i spontaneously decided to check them out, and there happened to be one on my way home in florida.  this home survived hurricane ivan in 2004 while the adjoining houses on the beach were destroyed.  after seeing the dome, i was going to take the road on the island to the next exit or all the way to the next town if possible, though it was closed so i had to head back to the peninsula.  i made my way back and then headed east along the coast, taking u.s. highway 98 or the smaller local roads when they existed.  i passed through seaside as it was getting dark.. it would've been nice to stay there though there may have been signs with parking rules or i didn't want to draw attention to the camper.  i drove for almost two more hours and spent the night in a parking lot near the mouth of st joseph bay.  i still had a day's worth of driving ahead of me before i'd get home, though was glad to be back in florida.  my truck drank much less gas driving on the flat land compared to the mountainous terrain out west, and i enjoyed the beauty of the warm sun and gulf coast beaches.
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four years ago today [2012.10.07]

i took the path down onto the beach and drove up to the large dune at cape kiwanda state park this morning. i parked the truck a little bit aways and decided to go hike up it to have a look from there. this was one of those times where i wasn't really thinking or planning, but just continuing to explore while i was there experiencing the beauty of the place. the whole hike ended up being a couple hours and i probably didn't have any water with me. i just kept going further as i saw how much there was to explore. it was really amazing to see the views from the dunes and cape. after being gone for a while, i started to worry a little about my truck.. i had parked away from the water though didn't know if the tides would be rising and how much. i preferred the salt water stay far from it. i didn't have any issues but it was something that crossed my mind after realizing i was gone for a while and didn't know how much longer it'd be 'til i got back (especially as i couldn't see the truck most of the time i was up on the cape). afterwards, i drove north a bit on the beach to the next spot i could get on the road, and found someone stuck in the sand at the exit. i got out of my truck and helped give some direction as to which way to turn the wheel and whether to go forward or backwards, and they got out after a little bit. i then headed south and explored more of the coast on my way to the next campground. one of the parks i wandered through had some nice winding dirt roads through the hill or mountain.. some parts were pretty narrow and i decided to turn around (after having to drive backwards to the closest fork in the road) when i saw the path getting narrower with a log up on both sides of the road. from where i sat, it appeared like the log might rub against the truck and i had already heard some branches scratching against my truck or camper on the way in and didn’t want to risk any more.. luckily there was little to no damage from the branches.
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four years ago today [2012.10.04]

i spent this day at the campground by the beach.  i walked out to the beach a couple times and saw some vehicles in the distance.  the day before, i had seen plenty of tire tracks but no sign of anyone else there.  it was still amazing how wide and empty the beach and path to it was.  so many beaches i had been to before had been pretty narrow and were often filled with homes or some sort of development right there.  this was very different and quite beautiful to be wide open and natural.  it was almost like i was in a dream walking by myself a long way completely surrounded by nature.

the campground was pretty quiet.. there was only one other rv in the back part where i was staying.  i briefly chatted with the guy staying there who would often go to this campground.  he mentioned how it'd be really wet and unbearable in the winter.  i was glad to have discovered it before winter.. the walk in nature to explore the beach was the best part of being there.

looking back at what i had written in my journal/blog this day, it looks like i was almost done with the revisions for the web application i was working on at the time, so that would help free up attention and energy to be able to enjoy the exploration a bit more.  i was also feeling excited to be living the dream of traveling out west.  it was almost a month that i had been living life on the road.  yes, there were ups and downs, though it was great to be realizing a vision/dream i had previously chosen.  you can live the life you desire and follow your dreams, and it feels great to do so!
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four years ago today [2012.10.01]

this day i left my truck and camper behind as i boarded a ship to spend a day in canada.  my friend had told me about the ferry that went from the nearby town to victoria and i decided to check it out.  i got up at dawn and made it just in time to board before the first ship left.  i think i was a little worried leaving my truck and camper all day in the middle of a town i didn't know.  i literally was leaving the country and leaving everything (except one camera and my phone) behind in the truck camper.  i had all of my data with me as i had carried it to chicagoland for the summer.. pretty much my whole life was in there.

when i got to canada and handed them my passport, they pulled me off to the side for a minute to check it before stamping it.  perhaps i looked strange as a guy entering their country alone, carrying nothing, and being so far from home.  i walked a little around the downtown area in victoria and then made my way over to beacon hill park where i could see the olympic mountains back in the united states.  at this park i remember overhearing or speaking with a girl who worked there who had a nice canadian accent.  i then found a local restaurant and had lunch before going back to another park on the water.  i explored there and circled around along the water back to the port to wait for the next ferry to arrive.  after taking the long ferry ride back to the states, i got back in my truck and camper and headed a little west to find a spot in or near olympic park where i could park for the night before it got dark.
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four years ago today [2012.09.25]

i was at a campground all day this day, either working on the computer or just taking it easy.  i rode my bike and explored the campground a bit in the afternoon.  it was quite loud at times hearing jets flying.. it looks like there was a naval base nearby.  the campground had nice views of the nearby islands, and there was a little island that you could walk out to if the tide wasn't too high.  i was able to walk out there the afternoon before when i'd arrived, though the tide was higher when i went out this day.  it was interesting to see some people had permanent spots at the campgrounds.  i'd briefly thought about that to have a home base between wanderings, though preferred my own land.
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four years ago today [2012.09.22]

it was the first day of autumn.. summer was officially over and i still had a lot more to explore before it got too cold.  i went north toward the peace arch monument at the canadian border this day.  i parked nearby and rode my bike to the park and monument.  i technically walked into canada when i walked around to the other side of the monument.  there were lots of flowers and landscaping at the monument and park, and it was interesting to see that that there was no fence, gate, or anything between the united states and canada at the park.. one could just walk across the field and leave the country if one wanted to.  this was quite different than i'd later see at the mexican border.  it’s funny i went to peace arch this day as the day before was the international day of peace.  i’m not sure that i realized it when i decided to make my way towards peace arch.. it probably just was a “random” coincidence that i ended up on my way there at the time.

i biked back toward where i had parked and explored that area a little bit before heading to a nearby campground.  it was nice to be near campgrounds that were part of the package i had purchased.. in populated areas it certainly was easier than driving far to find a discreet spot to stay the night (especially as days grew shorter). after setting up my camper, i went for a bike ride to the nearby bay to see the sun set.  some days were less exciting than others, though it was interesting to get to see different places in the country.  and being on a trip with no return date and on my own schedule, it didn't really matter if i wasted a vacation day that one might typically try to squeeze a lot of activity in to before having to head home.  my home was wherever i was.

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

[in california]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

[a.k.a. life on the road]

sounds of nature at the entrance of friends trail in brooker creek preserve in the afternoon