new vantage point
My favorite part of owning a drone is being able to easily shift the vantage point. Normally, with a handheld camera, I'd be forced to take a photo from the ground, aiming straight down the row of trees. But now, with a drone, I can simply elevate twenty or thirty feet into the air and the entire image changes.
"Life's gift to you is your unique vantage point. Your gift to life is expressing from it."
All I did to this photo was crop it. What you see is exactly what I saw. No tricks, alterations or manipulations. Just a perfect landscape waiting to be photographed.
“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
As you probably know, one of my favorite places to spend time is in the Mount Lassen area. It's beautiful on it's own, but one thing that makes it even more special is that from certain vantage points, the gorgeous Mount Shasta can be seen way off in the distance. Sometimes in full view, other times just peeking over the horizon. In this shot, the sun was still rising in the morning, casting an orange glow across the countryside. I'm eternally blessed to witness such immense beauty as often as I do, and am increasingly aware of how much it needs to be protected from our own selves.
"We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
-Native American Proverb
I had the honor of photographing some super rare and interesting animals this past week. A friend connected me with a wildlife rescue group that needed some content for their website and social media, so they brought me in. To be honest, I was super nervous about this shoot because it's the first time I've ever done an official photo shoot, for people I didn't know, with all sorts of expectations (or so I let myself believe). But once we got the process started my confidence came back to me, the people ended up being super nice and easy going, and I ended up with some really nice photos of some incredibly beautiful animals. Super grateful for the opportunity and really glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to do it; it ended up being an amazing experience.
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained."