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Amazon, KY

Amazon, KY

I've been busy shooting for several clients asking for aerial "Drone" photography.  I was recently in Kentucky shooting a Amazon Fulfillment Center and in Florida shooting a shopping mall and storage facilities.

I've been flying a drone for a few years now, my latest craft is a DJI Phantom 4 Pro +.  The build-in camera shoots a 20 MP image and shoots 4K video. I just love this drone, the images are just gorgeous.

Suniland Shopping Mall, Miami

Suniland Shopping Mall, Miami

From Miami, I drove to the west coast and photographed a few storage locations while visiting my sister.

Bradenton, FL

Bradenton, FL

Bradenton, FL

Bradenton, FL

Before I headed home to Denver, I spent the night in Ft. Lauderdale at a hotel located on the beach.  Here are a few images from the beach.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I actually had so much fun flying, when I got home I went flying around my community.

Children's Hospital, Highlands Ranch, CO

Children's Hospital, Highlands Ranch, CO

UDR building, Highlands Ranch, CO

UDR building, Highlands Ranch, CO

Mentor Series Russia & Estonia

Downtown Moscow shot from the 33rd floor of the Raddison Royal Hotel

Downtown Moscow shot from the 33rd floor of the Raddison Royal Hotel

I am currently guiding a Mentor Series Trek to Russia and Estonia. I have arrived a few days early to do some personal photography before the actual trip starts with my guests.  Moscow is a huge city, a beautiful city with a lot of traffic.  Everything here is large, streets, buildings, city blocks and monuments. If you come to Moscow, be prepared to walk your feet off.  Here are a few more images shot in the last few days... more to come.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Minin and Pozharsky Statue in front of St. Basil's Cathedral

Minin and Pozharsky Statue in front of St. Basil's Cathedral

Kremlin Complex

Kremlin Complex

Energy Shoot in Wattenberg Field

Earlier in July, I spent a full day shooting for a long time energy client.  Just north of Denver is a production field know as the Wattenberg Field.  I met my client at a local restaurant in the town of Johnstown, Colorado.  After lunch, we scouted 4 different oil rigs as well as a frac job and a production area.

Sunrise

Sunrise

After scouting, my client left me on my own to finish the day shooting up to sunset.  I selected locations that allowed the best angles to use the sun.  The photo above was shot the following morning at sunrise.  Shortly after the sun broke the horizon, I pulled out my drone for a quick flight of the same rig shown above.

Drone view

Drone view

I've been flying a drone for about 2 years now, don't get enough time or opportunity to use it on assignment.  Not only is it fun to fly, I love the perspective.

Ground view

Ground view

Here are a few more images for the Wattenberg Field.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Frac Job

Frac Job

Hong Kong

Working late in Hong Kong

Working late in Hong Kong

Just after my Mentor Series Trek to Vietnam I went to Hong Kong for some personal time shooting.  I had 3 days to shoot, the weather was a bit wet, however I think I got a few nice ones. Here are a few photo that might peak your interest in visiting Hong Kong if you're close by.

Hong Kong, Skyline

Hong Kong, Skyline

Housing Project, Hong Kong

Housing Project, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Here are just a few more images, I would recommend that you get up early as well as shoot late into the evening.  What a super place.

Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Refections 

Hong Kong Refections 

Man Mo Temple, built in 1847

Man Mo Temple, built in 1847

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

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Vietnam 2016 Mentor Series Trek

Hanoi, Vietnam 2016

Hanoi, Vietnam 2016

I've recently returned from a trip to Vietnam with Popular Photography Magazine's Mentor Series Treks.  This was my 27th trek guiding for the Mentor Series, I had a wonderful time and I've made many new friends.  A Mentor Series trek is a great way to visit wonderful locations with photography in mind. The treks are very well organized and you have wonderful instructors or mentors there to assist you with improving your photographic skills.

We started in the north, Hanoi City. We photographed early morning at the local vegetable and flower markets where farmers from the countryside bring their produce and flowers to the city for sale. Later in the day we wandered through Hanoi's narrow streets shooting local life.  We even fit in a pedi-cab ride in the evening.

Hair cut, Hanoi

Hair cut, Hanoi

Brooms, Hanoi

Brooms, Hanoi

The following day we headed to Ninh Binh Province, about a 2 hour drive across beautiful landscapes and rice paddies.  Ninh Binh is often referred to as 'Ha Long Bay on Land' because of the impressive limestone formations.  Later that day we took a second boat ride into a "Preserved Nature Area" of Ninh Binh, Wow!  The landscape was fantastic, as a matter of fact a film crew of about 500 were filming "King Kong and Skull Island move.  Coming out in March of 2017.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Vietnam

We next took an overnight train ride on the "Victoria Train" to Lao Cai, an 8 1/2 hour trip.  When we arrived in  Lao Cai we drove to Sapa, here we photographed the local ethnic Hmong and Dao people in nearby villages. I also managed to fit in an hour message for $7.00 USD. 

Hmong women, Vietnam

Hmong women, Vietnam

Doa women, Sapa

Doa women, Sapa

From Sapa we headed back to Lao Cai for the train ride back to Hanoi for an early morning flight to Can Tho City in the southwest of Saigon.  Can Tho City is in the Mekong Delta know as the rice-bowl of the Mekong.  The rich fertile region allows for 3 crops per year, rice paddies everywhere!

Rice paddies, Vietnam

Rice paddies, Vietnam

Field worker, Vietnam

Field worker, Vietnam

From here we drove about 2 1/2 hours to Saigon, stopping to photograph where every we pleased.  Here are a few more images of the region.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Monk, Vietnam

Monk, Vietnam

We ended our trip in Saigon where we had Vespa rides in the city and we photographed the skyline from a popular terrace top bar called the Chill Bar. 

Saigon Skyline, Vietnam

Saigon Skyline, Vietnam

I love these treks!  Getting to make new friends and sharing my love of photography with the participants of the trek.  If you enjoy traveling and taking pictures, you might want to think about joining me on a Mentor Series trek.  My next overseas trip will be in September to Spain and Portugal. For more information regarding that trek and other locations, visit the Mentor Series site.