Awestruck by it all
Entering California from the southern route along I-8 out of nowhere appears Imperial Sand Dunes. I was awestruck by this true desert landscape of sand and dunes. I did not know the U.S. had a desert like this with golden sand one could confuse for being out in the Sahara. It was pure coincidence that upon leaving California to return to New Mexico the dunes were passed by at sunset time. I flew my Mavic Pro drone for some cinematic drone video and aerial photos, with still some time to tote my Nikon up a dune for some HDR and long exposure still photos from the ground. What a landscape this was! Read More
Flying over the ocean again
After a year of flying my Mavic Pro drone over the deserts in New Mexico, I had the chance to return to California with my much improved piloting skills and fly over the ocean. In particular, the Sunset Cliffs are of San Diego. As you can see in the drone video, cars line Sunset Cliffs Blvd the entire length showing how popular of a sunset viewing area it is. You basically can park anywhere and get access to the cliffs and a great view. Some people scramble down a cliff level or two, while others remain planted safely on the roadside. Read More
Drone Flying Over Golf Course
On assignment for Albuquerque, New Mexico real estate agent Steve Etkind, I had the opportunity to fly my drone over the Rio Communities Golf Course in Belen, New Mexico creating a promotional video he will use to sell lots along and around the golf course. Drone video is a great way to showcase something like a golf course and the lifestyle living on a golf course offers. Read More
Beautiful Scenery, Basic Flying
I visited Big Sur, California soon after becoming a certified drone pilot with only a few flights of experience. I wish I had the cinematic drone flying skills I have now then! I never move the gimbal while flying, the drone is only moving in one direction all the time, save for an attempt at using active track on the rocks. Someday I will return to Big Sur and make a much better drone video! Read More
Branding Drone Video in New Mexico
I met Glenn and Maria of 4 Directions Branding over the summer at a 1 Million Cups event. We then met for a 1-on-1 as it were meeting to get to know each other better and to see if our businesses would be a good match to eventually work together. We have not had that particular chance to work together yet, but we did have a photo shoot and drone flight together out in a random desert setting off of Highway 550 west of Bernalillo, New Mexico. Thank you Glenn & Maria for braving the cold morning! Read More
Shoot both high and low with Drone & Nikon!
I was contacted out of the blue to make commercial photographs of this self storage facility just off of I-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The client wanted both regular photos and drone aerial photos. For the drone photos, the client wanted to showcase the property’s proximity to the highway, which was not a problem since only the frontage road separated the two! Having the drone about 150 feet up in the air showed how easy it is to access this site where my Nikon on the ground could not. Shooting from above and at ground level is the best way to fully feature a commercial property as you can see in the two photo galleries below. Read More
100 year old tree, fish pond, skylights!
Back out on a real estate photography assignment for Mark & Susan Ryerson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who had another unique property for me. I really enjoyed shooting 374 Canon Madera Drive for them, an expansive luxury listing hidden in the east mountains. This property, 3009 Franciscan St NE, was closer to home though no usual Graceland Acres property. From the brick driveway, to 100 year old tree in the front yard tended to by someone from UNM no less, to the fish pond in the back, you can actually explore this city lot and find mystery. Inside the rooms feature multi-sided shapes, a walk right through from front door to back door flow, and a skylight filled master bath! Read More