#winter
#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
#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. #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.

 
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
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
with seemingly so much going on in the #world, #remember to take a #break from each day to #meditate or to go for a #walk in the #park. simply surrounding yourself with #trees in #nature is #healing, and the beautiful #goldenhour #light reminds us how magnificent this planet is.

also remember to practice #gratitude. some times it’s easier than others, though if we take a moment to look at our lives, there is so much to be #grateful for [like, for those of here in #florida, we can be grateful these couple days of #winter aren't nearly as cold as in many other places. if in a cold place you don’t like, find what you can enjoy about the experience, like sitting by the fire or the magical feeling of the first snowfall of the season]. by shifting our energy to one of gratitude and appreciation, we'll begin to see more positive experiences show up in our lives.
#snow #tree #suburbs #golfcourse #pond #water #trees #winter
 
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
#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
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