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!
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.
I was in D.C. this past weekend shooting a wedding. I got some great shots of the temple both from the air and on the ground and I thought I would make a little vignette to share with you! The actually wedding videos will be done shortly––complete with drone footage. Stay tuned!
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.
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!
I did a video for the local band DateNight a few months ago and they recently made it into the Deseret News! I know the band personally and let me just say they are awesome. Already looking forward to working with them again!
And if you haven't had a chance to see it, here is the video.
She is only 12, but packs some serious piano punch! I had the pleasure of working with Sara for two videos. I'm amazed by her innate talent for playing the piano and for performing. No matter how many times I made her play the song over, she was cheerful and happy.
Give her video a watch and subscribe to her channel!
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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!
Anna is only 16. When I was her age, all I knew was that Oreo Mcflurry's were better than the sundaes at McDonalds. Anna is not just smart, but has a huge voice! I enjoyed shooting this video and realizing that the 16-year-olds of today are far more advanced than when I was 16. Check out Anna's YouTube channel!
Viking ships were dug up from the bottom of the Roskilde fjord in the early 60's and have been standing since in the Viking ship museum in Roskilde Denmark. Real Vikings sailed in these ships. They plundered, traded, fished, and attacked in them. I love the thought that we can witness centuries of history simply through the types of transport a people used. The ships tell the light and dark sides of the Vikings' expansive power and dominance. I wonder when in centuries to come what people will make of our modern-day ships. What will our cars, airplanes, and cruiseliners reveal about our lives?
Denmark has a deep connection with the Vikings. Every year, in the town of Frederikssund, people gather together, dress up as Vikings, and perform a Viking play. I interviewed several of them and what I learned was remarkable. Some participate for the camaraderie, others because they grew up going to the play, and a few participate because they believe in the Norse gods.
Some weeks ago, a good friend of mine and the rest of DateNight approached me about doing this video. I was instantly hooked. They took to the streets and asked women, "What is the most beautiful thing about you?" The responses were astounding. And it was during the creation of this video, when I realized the real motive these guys had for making the song. They want to change how the world sees beauty in women and I think they are doing it. Please share this video if you like it!
I had the opportunity to film a good friend's wedding recently at the Springville Art Museum. With a live jazz band, I was a creatively energized to capture the evening. This time around I explored some creative limits such as shooting a bit of the video on iPhone and trying to get in as many shots of statues as possible (there are 41 by the way). I've been impressed with the camera capabilities of iPhone and I think it is more than just a handy camera—it's a whole art form in itself. See if you can spot the three shots made on iPhone in this video!
Denmark consists of more than 400 islands, but not each one is created equal. Among the many options for a cozy get away, the island of Langeland attracts more tourists and vacationers than most other islands in the small country. Our week on this oblong plot of land in the Baltic Sea was nothing short of magical with its rolling fields, savory food, and impressive wildlife. It was simply natural to take a few pictures of what was around us and now I can see why so many flock to Langeland to get away. It's a one-of-a-kind island.
It's actually quite amazing to see how people get together to celebrate others—whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or just good grades. These celebrations are highly valued stories that turn into memories. Yet, it seems to me that each celebration we hold can be described being warm, sunny, and bright—as if they are the common ingredients for a gettogether.
My experience with Matt and Hilary was constituted by the warm atmosphere, sunny weather, and bright personalities. So many people gathered to celebrate them with smiles and hugs on their special day. It is indeed a celebration worth sharing.
I filmed my sixth wedding of this Summer––but this time with a twist. With my trusty Olloclip lens and Glif tripod mount in hand, I used iPhone to film it!
It isn't entirely blasphemy. I did use my iPhone to get a few shots for the wedding video. And I don't shy away from this fact. The iPhone 5s has the best camera out of any mobile phone out there. I used the Filmic Pro app to set up my shot, the Olloclip lens to give the picture extra sharpness, and the Glif mount to attach the phone to my tripod. The end result were clear, high quality, HD shots.
I'll post the video when it's finished. Take the challenge and see if you can find the several shots taken on iPhone!
New Yorkers never stop, but do they ever slow down? A video essay of my impressions in the Big Apple.