Treasure In My Own Back Yard: The Cajon Pass…

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.

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Cajon Pass, looking north-east toward Crowder Canyon.  1/640th sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100.  All rights reserved.

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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.

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1/320th sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 100.  All rights reserved.

An alien world…

…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:

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1/2000th sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 100.  DJI Phantom 4.

Mule Canyon.  November, 2017.

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.

 

Drone Image: Koehn Dry Lake Bed…

…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.

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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.”

The Cajon Pass, At Sunset…

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.

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Image by Scott Schwartz (a.k.a. “aerialdrone.”)  All rights reserved.  1/500th sec. @ f 2.8.  ISO 100.

Mojave Desert- Abstract Drone Image…

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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.