2019

Basic Drone Videos

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drone video footage

I use drones for work as a real estate photographer at least twice a week. Many agents ask if I can do video and I have to always tell them “not yet”. This morning I got up early and went out to the desert near Pahrump, Nevada and practiced recording video with my drone. I love flying my drone, either for work or play, but doing video is a whole different dynamic. Throughout my career as a photographer I’ve avoided doing video for several reasons. The number one reason, is the post editing. I’m not too familiar with video editing software even though I have the best of the best through my Adobe CC subscription. I used basic editing software such as Movie Maker and iMovie to do some 3D preview videos in the past. I really enjoy the editing process, even though I’m at the most basic level. I really want to more and more. I’ll start experimenting on the job by taking a few extra minutes and recording some videos alongside the aerial snapshots that I normally take. I still have a long way to go before I can offer these professionally, however I’m looking forward to the journey of getting their more than anything. Anyway, enjoy these to very basic videos featuring Mt. Charleston in the Nevada desert.

Desert Drone I
Desert Drone II

Drone footage shot using a DJI Mavic Pro. Music credits: Desert Drone I-
https://freesound.org/s/399821/ Desert Drone II-
https://freesound.org/s/211492/

2018

Street Photography on Fremont Street | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas street photography

Living in Las Vegas, Fremont Street is my go to place for street photography. As an early morning riser I like to go down there before the crowds and get cleaner shots. Of course, I think going after dark would offer some great shots as well, but I just haven’t gone there at night, yet. Anyway, I like Vegas in the early mornings. Before moving here when I would visit I always enjoyed getting up early and going to the coffee shop and to sit, drink coffee, and people watch. The mornings in Vegas are always calm, but still have that Vegas energy. People up and about early in the morning are usually die hard gamers, retirees, or people watchers like myself. Doing street photography in the morning on Fremont Street is a lot like sipping coffee and watching from afar. The crowds are thin giving me a lot of buffer and open space to work with. I like clean shots with isolated subjects. Fremont Street in the early morning hours provides just that. These shots were taken during the National Finals Rodeo which would explain the cowboys.

2015

San Luis Valley | Colorado

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San Luis Valley, Colorado- Mt. Blanca

San Luis Valley in Colorado is a lesser known part of Colorado, but offers all the beauty that the rest of the state has. The San Luis Valley was a favorite place of mine when I lived there and when I returned for a visit I made sure to the valley on my agenda. I was able to visit during the Winter in between snow storms and could have been luckier with the weather. The mountains were all snow capped and tourist destinations such as, The Great Sand Dunes National Park were empty. The first photos in this series was from Mt. Evans near Denver during the same visit.

2014

Monterey Bay | California

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Monterey Bay, California

Monterey Bay is a highlight of the California coast. It’s beautiful beaches and rugged coastline make for some great photos. The marina at Monterey is another great place for photos as well. For more info on Monterey Bay, California click here.

2012

Mid Peninsula | San Francisco Bay Area

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The Mid Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area is home to many recreational areas. These areas provide tons of hiking and I took full advantage when I arrived to the Peninsula in 2012. These photos are from a hike and are from a film camera. I used Kodak PORTRA 35mm film for these photos.

Mid Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
Mid Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
Mid Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
2012

San Francisco, California

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I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in November of 2012. I immediately took advantage of the photo opportunities in this area. These photos I took during a visit to San Francisco. Any photography could spend a lifetime photographing San Francisco. I’m grateful that I got to spend a couple of heartbeats in the city.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
2011

Wounded Knee | South Dakota

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Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Few places have stirred my emotions like the time I visited Wounded Knee, South Dakota. This is a very somber place that marks two very sad moments in our history. Native Americans have been treated very poorly in our history and still do not have a fair voice in our society as of today. I strongly recommend anyone visiting the Great American Landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills in and around Rapid City to take the extra time to drive out to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and visit the Wounded Knee site. You truly can’t know greatness until you also understand the mistakes that were made along the way to obtain that greatness. Here is more information on the Wounded Knee Massacre.