Deadvlei from Above – 900 year old trees in Namibia

DJI Quadcopter Review

In case you missed my DJI Phantom Review, now is a good time to check it out, since I took all these photos with that awesome device!

Deadvlei from Above

I had an amazing day just a few days ago here in Nambia at Sossusvlei inside the Namib-Naukluft. I’ve always wanted to visit this place, and it is certainly not easy to get to. You know what’s even harder to get to? That HUGE sand dune behind it which is actually 350 meters (over 1,000 feet) high. I climbed it after I took these photos… it took me about 2 hours… Honestly, it’s 50% higher than that because, I kid you not, your foot slides down 50% with each step! Oh god it was hot and tough… but I did it! Then I ran down the front face in less than 8 minutes. Whoa! It was Amazing!

Anyway, I flew the DJI Phantom with the GoPro3 and grabbed all these photos below. I LOVE the perspective… so interesting to me… I hope they are interesting to you too! :)

There’s also a lot of video we grabbed… we’re working on a new video series that is TOTALLY AWESOME! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you want to see it first!

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(that last shot is me and our crew walking out of the Dead Vlei at the end of the afternoon… super sweaty and mega-tired!)

Daily Photo – Deadvlei from Above

And here is my absolute favorite photo of the day. I looked at all the trees. This was my favorite… I don't know why…

Deadvlei from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2200
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Glow of Beijing

The Real Beijing From Above

I posted this video last month, but maybe you missed it… as opposed to the city model below, here is what it really looks like!

Daily Photo – The Glow of Beijing

I know… you are probably getting sick of seeing shots from this boringly-named “Beijing Planning Museum”, aren't you? Haha well, I keep posting them because I'm fascinated by it… I don't know why… I think I got a fresh spark because my most recent visit included a new idea to try some shallow DOF stuff at f/1.4. I think the way the buildings look in miniature at a wide-open aperture is so interesting. Anyway… don't worry… there are even MORE coming in the future!

Don't forget you can click on “China” up there in the category to see even more.

Beijing, China

The Glow of Beijing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Floating Over Bora Bora

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Review

I’m putting together the beginnings of a DJI Phantom Review here on the site. I’m adding the specifics of my setup as well as a little behind-the-scenes video if you want an early look! Or, if you just quickly want to know my setup, here it is: DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Video: Floating Over Bora Bora

Here’s my latest video that I thought you might enjoy! Thanks again to the team over there at the Four Seasons Bora Bora for making such a fabulous resort that was so amazing to shoot from the skies above… wow what a week!

(be sure to click the little gear to make it hi-rez!)

The music in there is “Jetstream” by the incredible Luscne. Click that link to see their Soundcloud channel!

Some favorite Aerial Photos

As you’ll read in the review above, I set mine up in such a way so it records HD video and also takes a photo every five seconds. Every one of these photos below is taken using that process!

HDR Photo

I love aiming the camera straight down… I think this is also why I like looking out of a plane window so much… I want to do it all day long!

 

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Oh my gosh – how beautiful is this place? Even though it is beautiful from the ground level, it’s really remarkable how surprising the view is from just a bit above. I showed this photo to several people that have worked there at the Four Seasons for many years, and they were absolutely shocked at the angle. I think taking photos from new perspectives like this is so exciting!

 

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If you watch the behind-the-scenes video for this on the review page, you can see more how this shot was made… mostly just lucky!

 

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Just what I always wanted, my own small deserted island! How cool! I find that when I do these straight-down shots that I prefer to have the GoPro set on the wide-angle mode because it makes it look like the quadcopter is much higher than it really is.

 

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Now, I don’t love this shot, but I’m putting it up anyway. The light was starting to get low here, and this is when the GoPro doesn’t do so hot. There are many artifacts and other problems with this photo. But, I still kinda like it, despite the flaws.

 

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I love that the top-down view is often kind of confusing. This was taken wide-angle, but I used the Profile Correction in Lightroom to make all the lines nice and straight again.

 

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The amazing blues that the GoPro can capture!! This is a view of the Pacific ocean in the other direction off the island.

 

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Here’s my Yoga teacher Sara doing some light paddleboard yoga in the morning! And here’s a shot of me!! hehe

 

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Another view looking towards the north and the little deserted island you may remember from before.

 

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Another crazy view from above that shows the lovely colors of blue. I also profile-corrected this one so the horizon was straight across. Sometimes I leave it curved though, because I like the effect.

 

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This is one of my favorite shots and I didn’t even take off yet! This kind of shows how awesome the GoPro camera is!

 

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Which one do you want to live in? I shot this from room 101, right below. I was laying on my back by that little plunge pool. Actually, one of my favorite ways to fly this thing is laying on my back!

 

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