Sometimes, I just like to explore the areas near my home. I live near the Cajon Pass, and this image was taken in February, 2017 (with my DJI Phantom 4), on one of those occasions.
Cajon Pass, looking north-east toward Crowder Canyon. 1/640th sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100. All rights reserved.
The sloping plain is in the El Paso Mountains Wilderness area, with Black Mountain on the right. My DJI Phantom 4 was oriented toward the north-west, when this image was taken, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen in the distance.
1/320th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO 100. All rights reserved.
…is what I think of at times, when I’m in the desert. Perhaps this is just the perspective of someone who grew up on the east coast.
But, the barren landscape of the desert is a big part of its allure, to me. Some of the images that I’ve captured with my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) add to the alien world-like feel to the desert, such as the image below:
1/2000th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO 100. DJI Phantom 4.
Mule Canyon. November, 2017.
Here’s a bit of “abstract” art that I created with my DJI Phantom 4(https://www.dji.com/phantom-4.) This was taken after some recent rains, in December, 2016.
DJI Phantom 4. Photo by Scott Schwartz (a.k.a. “Aerialdrone.”) All rights reserved.
1/200th sec. @ f/2.8.
This was a nice, slow flight over the interior of the El Paso Mountain Range, which is located in California’s Mojave Desert, approximately thirty miles south of the city of Inyokern. Looming in the background is Black Mountain, which has some interesting lore associated with it.
It is thought that Native Americans used the top of the mountain as a site for their ceremonies and trading activities. According to local legend, miners who were prospecting and living in the area during the late nineteenth century, reported seeing strange lights at the top of the mountain at night.
This was filmed using my DJI Phantom 4 Drone in January, 2018. All rights reserved.
…can be seen in the upper-right-hand side of this image. I took this photo during my recent visit to the El Paso Mountains.
The white sheen of the lake bed is not an illusion; it is the result of salt deposits, which have been mined there since 1911.
This image was taken with my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4.) Exposure: 1/1250th sec. @ f/2.8. All rights reserved. Scott Schwartz, a.k.a. “Aerialdrone.”
So, I’d parked my Jeep along this trail in the El Paso Mountains, and I decided to try to capture the vista, with the Rand Mountains to the south-west.
I was satisfied with the results, but what struck me after viewing this video on my computer, is the trail in the distance that seems to disappear into the Rand Mountains.