DJI Phantom 4 over the desert…


This was taken over the El Paso Mountains.  The structures are the old “complex” of cabins that belonged to the late Tonie Evelyn Seger, and William “Burro” Schmidt.  Looking past the cabins, some parked vehicles can be seen.  The vehicles are parked at the entrance to Burro Schmidt’s Tunnel, which is a popular attraction for off-road “tourists.”

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Drone Photograph: Calico Mountains…


Another folded rock formation in the Calico Mountains.  This image was taken during a visit in November, 2017.  DJI Phantom 4.  1/2500th sec. F/2.8.  ISO 100.

Trail To Red Rock…

…State Park, that is.

Notice how the trail shown in this image seems to disappear into the reddish rock formations in the distance.  Those rock formations are located within Red Rock State Park.  This  trail is one of many that snake through the El Paso Mountain Range.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen in the background.


1/1250th sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 100.  DJI Phantom 4.  January, 2018.  All rights reserved.

It’s all in the details…

I was struck by the details in the foreground of this image.  Specifically, the small rocks and creosote bushes.


1/1600th sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 100.  Equipment:  DJI Phantom 4.  El Paso Mountains, CA.  All rights reserved by the photographer.

Drone Panorama…

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.

Panoramic Video-El Paso Mountains…

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.