Maintaining a Creative Mindset

Maintaining a Creative Mindset

  Lately, I have been focused more on taking photos with my drone than I have with my DSLR. My most recent photos with the drone are actually the result of a landscape I photographed last month. While both photos are from the same general vicinity, they are very different. The first photo is one you may remember if you read one of my earlier blog posts. It was taken on a rainy and foggy afternoon in which the conditions were perfect for creating a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Here is that photo: I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if viewed from a different perspective. I made my way back to the forest this past weekend and composed the below two images. The first one (the opening photo in this blog) includes the road that runs through the park. I really liked how the trees allowed for a partly obscured view, but still created a sense of mystery by letting the mind wonder what animals or flora / fauna could be thriving underneath the canopy. The second photo was just a simple abstract in my mind, and I really just enjoy looking at the redwoods from above rather than below in this instance. I feel like I have succeeded in sharing two drastically different perspectives of the same subject, yet they both have many...
Using a Drone to Photograph Creatively

Using a Drone to Photograph Creatively

I’ve been flying drones, and experimenting with them as a photography tool for the past few years, but I wasn’t enamored with the quality of photos I was coming home with in the earlier model I was flying. As I waited for the optics to improve on prosumer drones, I took up the hobby of kite aerial photography, which enabled me to loft a quality camera with RAW capabilities several hundred feet into the air. The camera would dangle around aimlessly in the wind (granted I could position it within an approximate area by walking with the kite), and would take several hundred photos in a short period of time. If one or two of those photos turned out worthy of processing, it was a good outing. I enjoyed this rare and unique way of photographing the earth from above, but I was starting to get¬†wary of the constant waiting for a perfect wind day, in which the wind needed to be above 8mph but below 20mph. And I definitely was tiring of the draining exercise of pulling hundreds of feet of kite line back to earth to retrieve the kite at the end of a photo session. As I became¬†more active on Instagram, I noticed that there were some incredible photos being taken by drones. I was still circumspect about the actual image quality, considering that a photo on Instagram is displayed no larger than a few inches in size. I reached out to one of the drone pilots I was following and asked how the resolution was, and whether he would be kind enough to share a...