landscape

Bridging the Gap

I have, ever since Dji introduced it’s first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (aka drone), imagined what I might be able to do, creatively, with this incredible tool. I had looked at one drone after another, always holding out for something smaller that still ensured optimum quality in the images and video. I almost ended up getting the Dji Mavic Pro when it first came out, then hesitated when then announced the Platinum version of that same airframe. I was even intrigued by the Dji Spark, primarily for its diminutive size, but the trade off in image quality was nit something I was willing to accept. Fast forward to Dji’s latest drone, the Mavic Air… it was everything I was looking for and more, so I finally committed to picking one up. Do I like it? Absolutely yes! As my good friend Bob Lussier told me after I bought it, “It’s a game changer!”

The Countryside

I really don’t spend enough time shooting landscapes, instead preferring URBEX or street photography. It’s not that I don’t enjoy landscapes, because I do. I just don’t do enough of it. I really need to do more because I do love the incredible beauty one encounters while exploring the outdoors. Look for more of that from me in the future.

The Wooden Stairs to Nowhere

I’m not entirely sure why this is the case, but I find myself, more often than not, failing to post-process my HDR brackets as promptly and as quickly as I should.  Typically, I’ll end up only working on a few sets of many hundred sets I may have harvested on a particular trip.  It’s always a treat for me to go back to my archives to dig up some long forgotten brackets to work them up, finally, and to share them with all of you.  This is one of those shots that almost did not see the light of day because I had forgotten them on one of the hard-drives I had unceremoniously tossed into a corner.  This happen to any of you out there?  I imagine I’m not alone on this.

Around the Bend

Here’s a shot from Horseshoe Bend, a mere few miles outside of Page, Arizona.  We ended up spending a second night in Page to make sure we had a chance to see Horseshoe Bend, hike through Antelope Canyon, and swim in Lake Powell.  If you are into the outdoors, you have got to visit Page.

War of the Worlds

Man, oh man!  The last few days have been jam packed with activity.  First day of the road trip had included San Francisco and Berkeley; next day was Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake; third day was all  Death Valley, all day, and it was glorious!  Today, the fourth day, had us heading out of Pahrump, Nevada to Las Vegas, then to Hoover Dam and then into Arizona.  As I write this, I am back on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona, home of the famous Angel Delgadillo, whom I met on my epic three week Route 66 explore back in late 2011.  This time, I’ll get to introduce him to my wife and kids, which I had promised him I would do back then.  He’s about one of the nicest old gentleman you could ever meet on Route 66.  Anyway, here is the shot for today, not of anything on Route 66, but rather a piece I created using a photo I shot the other day on Death Valley.  At the time I shot it, I was specifically looking for terrain that would lend itself to an other worldly creation, which is a fairly easy thing to do in Death Valley.  My kids asked several times whether this movie or that were filmed there, and we would not have been surprised if some cool sci-fi films were actually shot there (or at least somewhere that looks quite similar).  That said, doubt they shot much in Death Valley because the weather  is… well… dang HOT!!!

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