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...
Taking Advantage of a Rainy Day

Taking Advantage of a Rainy Day

With all of the rain we’ve been having lately, I am starting to feel a bit cooped up. My drone has been grounded for a week now as a result of the constant storms rolling through the Bay Area, and my planned trip to Yosemite was delayed because it’s supposed to be raining up there too. Instead of staying inside all day, I decided to go explore one of the many regional parks in the Bay Area. After searching online for a little while, I decided on Roberts Regional Park in the Oakland hills because I figured that the clouds would back up against the hills, creating a dense fog. Typically, dense fog is not a good recipe for landscape photography, but when it involves a grove of Redwood Trees, the opposite¬†is true. Fog helps to de-clutter the busyness¬†of the forest. It also increases the saturation of the colors, making a richer photo. I arrived at my destination to find ideal conditions. While it wasn’t raining hard, the trees substituted by shedding large droplets of water on me as I composed various images. I spent about an hour exploring a few groves, and came away thoroughly soaked, but enjoyed every minute of it....