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.
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.
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.