…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.
Many people traverse the 15 freeway, on their way to and from the high desert, or to Las Vegas. I wonder if they ever give a thought to the world that lies beyond the concrete ribbon that runs through the desert.
I use my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) and my Jeep to explore that world.
The image below was taken in November, 2017, near Hwy 138. Railroad tracks, used by freight trains, can be seen in the background. Vehicles can be seen on the 15 freeway in the distance.
Image by Scott Schwartz (a.k.a. “aerialdrone.”) All rights reserved. 1/500th sec. @ f 2.8. ISO 100.
Photo by Scott Schwartz (a.k.a. “aerialdrone.”) All rights reserved.
As a landscape photographer, I look for patterns. So, I couldn’t resist this shot, while I was flying my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) over the El Paso Mountains, recently.
Many of the rock formations in the El Paso Mountains are of volcanic origin, and the rocks in the lower-right hand side of this image seem to be of this variety.
Photo: All rights reserved.
Of all the photos that I’ve taken with my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4), this is one of my favorites. I shot this in October, 2016 at an area in the Mojave Desert that is known as Robber’s Roost. According to legend, infamous bandit Tiburcio and his gang camped here, while “casing” the nearby Freeman stage coach stop.
By the way; this photo is for sale; go to https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/3-scott-schwartz.html, if interested.
So, here I’ve used my DJI Phantom 4 (https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) to capture this rock formation in California’s Calico Mountains. As a photographer, here are the settings that I used: 1/500/sec. @ f 2.8. ISO 100.
I converted the image to black and white after the fact, using the simple Microsoft editing program that came with Windows 10.
Although flying my DJI Phantom 4 ( https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) is fun, it is not a “thrilling” machine to fly. The Phantom 4 is first and foremost, a flying camera platform. For thrills, I have a small Hubsan H107C, which flies fast, and, being inexpensive, is expendable. And, of course, I am a licensed private pilot, so I have had a lot of fun operating manned aircraft, as well.
As a photographer, though, I consider my Phantom 4 to be, primarily, another piece of camera equipment.
So, with that said; here is more video footage that I shot in the El Paso Mountains:
So, I tried my hand at shooting footage of some buildings. In this case; the ruins of an old mining camp in the El Paso Mountains.
As you can see, I still have some work to do on my technique! But, I’ll keep at it!
The El Paso Mountains are one of my favorite places; the vast expanses, the rock formations that resemble the grand canyon…
At any rate, this video, which I shot during my visit to the El Paso Mountains a few days ago, captures some of the “expanse.”
My DJI Phantom 4 may have been in “Sport” mode at the time, which enables it to fly faster. The truth is that I don’t remember. I rarely fly in “Sport” mode, because Sport mode disables the obstacle avoidance function.