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.
From Miami, I drove to the west coast and photographed a few storage locations while visiting my sister.
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.
I actually had so much fun flying, when I got home I went flying around my community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few more images for the Wattenberg Field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.