About this Project
I go to California for photo and video assignments almost every year. It is my favorite state, so I’m always challenged to document the many different aspects that make California the magnet for vacationers and thrill seekers. California is so diverse with it’s mountains, beaches, farms, cities and deserts. Even though I’ve been there many times, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of things to do and see. The people are great too. I’ve worked with surfers, free runners, car and motorcycle enthusiasts; you name it. This shot here is of the historic Star Theatre in Oceanside, CA. I’ve always loved it and wanted to capture it from above without any distractions, so I picked a quiet Sunday evening at dusk. It is important (and required by law) to use anti-collision lights on your drone when shooting during twilight hours. I love using the Pico Max by AVEO. It is small yet very bright and is easy to install. The Phantom 4 Pro by DJI does a great job at holding steady so as to shoot with very slow shutter speeds. I’ve shot as low as 2 seconds with great results.
I was at Oceanside beach relaxing one day when this young kid runs toward the surf and does a one-and-a-half front flip and dives into about 2 feet of water! After I got over the shock of what I just saw, I approached him and asked I could do some photos of his magic. This led to us doing an aerial drone video in Temecula in amongst this cool formation of boulders. Josh Rhodes is a very gifted acrobatic free runner. Using his skills coupled with my DJI Inspire 1Pro, we made a high-energy video bringing some of California’s greatest assets together: its awesome people and gorgeous landscape.
Sean Matic and his motorcycle bud Michael did a fantastic job epitomizing the excitement of cruising through the Angeles mountains on their custom street bikes. It turned out to be a longer day than I anticipated because we had to cover so many miles of road to properly scout where we were going to do our shots. You always have to take great caution flying drones in the mountains around Los Angeles due to low flying helicopters. Terrain difference can also be a challenge in terms of depth perception. All in all, we had a great time and came away with a nice piece.
One of my valued clients sent me to Utah on assignment. I always heard great things about the Beehive State so I extended my stay to use aerial drone photography to show the beauty that Utah has to offer.
AEROJO Drone Productions is a full-service drone imagery company based in Denville, New Jersey. We provide drone services worldwide.