Drink Good Coffee. Read Good Books. by Dane Christensen

So, I don't drink coffee. And I made a video about it. Why? Because I'm a fan of the cafe culture––the open atmosphere, the rich conversations and the diverse people. Frontera is a hot new cafe in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and I'm a regular. Paúl, the owner, spent the beginning of his career in the coffee trade working everywhere from Central America to Europe to East Africa. And now he is back in his native Chiapas. He brings a passion with him for artisan coffee and food. Frontera is a unique environment to experience both the local and regional coffee (and food). Oh, and the chilaquiles are killer. 

San Diego Wedding by Dane Christensen

Kevin and Kylie are those people you hate––because they are so beautiful and amazing. They got married in San Diego and I couldn't believe it was winter. The warm air and pleasant sun made this special day unforgettable. There's nothing quite like the beach, warm weather and a wedding. 

First Look Video

Temple Exit Video

Two to Tinder by Dane Christensen

We are always looking for love, but most of the time it's in the wrong places. We don't realize that love is just in our pocket, because, well, as strange as it may sound there's an app for that. 

Zach and Skyla just recently got married and they found each other through the Tinder app. Lines of code made the dreams of these two love birds come true. Their digital chemistry turned into real sparks. And it makes sense to say it takes two to Tinder. 

Zach and Skyla swiped right. 

The Yule Goat by Dane Christensen

Every year, the city of Gävle in Sweden erects a three story tall Christmas goat made of straw. Such a large, flammable object in the main square is a natural target for teenage pyros, but the city embraces it by taking bets on how long the goat will last before being burned to ashes. BYU Scandinavian Club built their own yule goat, Heiðrún, and like the tradition, burned it.

Below are a few images of the Yule Goat in Gävle, Sweden. It is really that big! 

Yule Goat

Chandelier Cover by Amber Lynn by Dane Christensen

I'm a fan of Sia's music and she blew us away with her release of Chandelier earlier this year. Amber Lynn, a very talented local musician, made an awesome cover of the song. For filming the video, Amber wanted to shoot just after sunset so we could see the city lights. You photographers and videographers understand that shooting in low light and no external lighting can be a real challenge. With a little bit of luck and serendipity, we were at the right place at the right time to get the perfect shots. Take a look!



Burrito Wedding by Dane Christensen

Some things are just meant to go together—peanut butter and jelly, iPhone and iMac, burritos and weddings. 

Erika and Clark celebrated their "funky fresh" wedding in Maryland as well as Utah. They hired the Sweeto Burrito truck to cater their reception. While they were on cloud nine, I was eating my heart out on burritos. Their wedding has definitely been one of my favorites. 

Here is the temple video. 

Angels Landing –– Zion National Park by Dane Christensen

A good friend of mine and I roadtripped down to Southern Utah last weekend in a futile attempt to get into the Wave. Sadly, we didn't make it in, but that's okay. Instead we hiked Angels Landing in Zion National Park and some other areas in Northern Arizona. It was a spectacular trip. And of course, no trip is complete without the drone. I schlepped  it up 1400 feet to the top of Angels Landing to get the video below. Feel free to share!

Camp, Wake Up, and Drone by Dane Christensen

This was my daily routine this weekend. A good friend and I road tripped down to Southern Utah to get into the Wave (We didn't get in by the way) and ended up on wild three-day journey through Northern Arizona, Zion and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park. Of course, I carried my drone everywhere and had to get some stellar shots of the amazing scenery. Stay tuned for the Angels Landing video where I fly the drone above a 1400 ft canyon!



Summer Lapses — Denmark by Dane Christensen

I shot this video this Summer while living in Denmark for six weeks. I became quickly intrigued by the Danes' connection with nature. Copenhagen prides itself on its green mentality and passionate focus to bring nature to the city. The video is a compilation of Danish countryside and cityscape juxtaposed to the sounds of both environments. Our society has an increasingly more complex relationship with nature. Are we losing our connection to nature or are we redefining it? Is it redefining us? 

Made on a Sony a77 and iPhone 5s. 

Drone Footage at Bridal Veil Falls by Dane Christensen

Yes, I have a drone now. And it is unreal flying it. You wouldn't believe how easy It is to maneuver the copter—too easy even. For more of my drone footage, check out my Instagram @thefriendlydrone. 

Bridal Veil Falls is up Provo Canyon. It's a great place for an afternoon stroll, pictures or even a picnic. I filmed this short video with the drone and edited it on my iPhone 6 plus. Enjoy!

I have been doing a lot of test footage with the drone to make sure I can handle flying it when I film weddings. Imagine breathtaking aerial shots of the temple spliced into final wedding video. I think it will give  a nice touch. I've already used it in a music video with Ashley Hess which worked out well. No casualties yet! You can see the video here.

 

 

Break Free – Cover by Ashley Hess by Dane Christensen

POW! Another music video by Ashley Hess, this time a version of Break Free without Aliens and random flights to space. This was my first video using my drone. I think the shots turned out really well. Tell me what you think! 

 

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Storm Chasing – There's an App for That by Dane Christensen

For awhile now, I've been wanting to get some lightning shots with my camera. However, I noticed that I never was in the right situation at the right time. I could see lightning, but I didn't know where it was going or where it had struck. Until I found an iPhone app for that––WeatherBug.

I opened the app, clicked on the spark feature and there I was watching real time where lightning was striking. How the app tracks lightning strikes, I don't know (it almost seems like black magic), but it was crucial in getting the shot below. I pointed my camera to where the app pointed me and voila!

 

The lightning storms silhouettes the mountains.