Low Clouds at Golden Hour in the Santa Cruz Mountains

in #photomag2 years ago

Looking down at low clouds above Skyline Blvd

DJI Mavic Pro, 26mm, 1/100, f/2.2, ISO 100 [3992x2662]

We had a couple of much needed rainy days over the weekend that cleared most of the wildfire smoke away. After the rain ended the clouds started to break up and low clouds lingered in the nearby hills. Golden hour struck and the low clouds were still lingering, this was easily one of the most satisfying drone flights I have done.

DJI Mavic Pro, 26mm, 1/120, f/2.2, ISO 100 [4319x4769]

DJI Mavic Pro, 26mm, 1/200, f/2.2, ISO 100 [3049x2033]

DJI Mavic Pro, 26mm, 1/2000, f/2.2, ISO 100 [1996x2994]

DJI Mavic Pro, 26mm, 1/640, f/2.2, ISO 100 [3992x2662]


This is amazing, you showed everyone what a good drone pilot/photographer can achieve, each of those pictures is breathtaking, the angle, the composition, the light and the scene are all perfect, congratulations!

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Wow, thank you so much. Drone landscape photography has become my passion over the last year. I still love shooting from the ground but the drone opens up a brand new dimension which expands the possibilities of images by some sort of magnitude. You end up with so many angle and composition options that it becomes overwhelming very quickly. I feel like I am just scratching the surface of possibilities and I am very excited to continue exploring them.

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awesome! thank you!

Whaaaat. Those are other-worldly. Resteemed!

:D Thank you!

Damn bro that third shot is crazy, dope series man!!

yeah I love that shot as well, just magic. I wish I took more frames like that but all the lens flairs and light lines made me go for other shots. I'm glad I at least took that capture though because after the fact I think the lines actually add to the image.

Great images, @fivealive55.

With the clouds and the light, it gives everything more of a fantasy look, I think. I especially like how the middle image turned out, with what looks like straight streaks of sunshine mingled with the white of the dissipating clouds and the verdant hilltop below.

I can see why you enjoyed it. That DJI Mavic Pro is amazing.

Congratulations on the curie, by the way. Very well deserved.

thank you! I also really like that middle image and agree that the conditions were very fantasy like

wow @fivelive55, the sky finally clear. And able to enjoy the light and scenery. I especially love your third and fourth photos. How the drone captured the light and cloud. It can make into postcard.

You fly your drone how high in able to capture all these beautiful scenery?

Thank you! I don't pay much attention to the altitude when I take the photos but the drone has a software limitation of 500 meters/1604 feet, and I sometimes I hit that on my flights.

It actually not easy to control a drone in such area, it might hit into plants sometimes because of the weather. You must be need to watch it closely. But what would it happen if you hit the limit? It will give you a signal or it will fell down? Sorry for such a silly question, because i always admire how people able to fly a drone. and I have limited knowledge about it.

Wordless. Resteemed ~ So that I can keep returning to these amazing images and !tip

Thought of approaching National Geographic?


hah, thank you so much! I have uploaded to the natgeo yourshot website in the past, it's been a few years though.

I'd go for it @fivealive. These images are incredible and they tell a most telling story that needs to be told. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

I'm glad to hear that the wildfire smoke is cleared away. You can finally breath properly I guess :)

Your photos are stunning but I can imagine a short video with these images. It would be amazing. These light clouds are my favorite as I consider them one of the best photography conditions. They give images special touch :) It somehow looks like a fairy tale.

Third photo would be my favorite. I like the light coming through the clouds. It's beautiful!

Thank you for sharing!

Thank you! I do usually take a bit of video on most flights including this one. I plan to compile something soon with short clips from a lot of different flights.

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¡Hola @fivealive55! Que fotos tan espectaculares, me encanto la tercera, con los rayos del sol, es como una foto de ensueño, como algo fuera, de la realidad, una bella foto de fantasía, gracias por compartir, siento un poco de curiosidad, ¿Es tu primer voto Curie? De ser afirmativa tu respuesta, cuéntame la emoción que sentiste, risa, alegría, aplauso, brinco, hurra, etc. Cariños y besos.

You have done a beautiful series of pictures of misty days with low clouds, I believe live such clouds move very fast too, sometimes we can see them flowing along the streets in our coastal town and I love such moments, that reminds me the mystery movie “Fog” sometimes I start to believe that it really may happen with us, especially having such weather condition in the evening when you are on the way home.
It is a great picture from such height, you see obvious border between sunny side and shadow, thank this mountainous area. Unique moment very well captured!

Thank you! Yes they do move fast and chunks of clouds get caught up on cliffs and trees in the process. Fog and low clouds are my favorite scenes to photograph so I am typically not very far from the coast.

Those sunbeams on the third photo are majestic! Nicely captured. And that fourth photo has a mysterious beauty. I can't help but look at the photos again and again. Lol.

:) Thank you! I don't think I could have asked for better weather conditions, it was everything a landscape photographer could ask for.

It's like seeing the world in different eyes through a different lens. Pure breathtaking, I can imagine the experience would be. I like the 3rd image the most, those sun shine rays are gorgeous!

Thank you I love that shot as well! When I first opened it on my computer I just stared at it for a few solid minutes, I don't usually do that.

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WOWOWOWOWOW, I am highly impressed by your photography. The photo with the sun rays is so beautiful! Actually I love all, can not decide which one is my favorite. Great post!!

Thank you! Trying to decide which one to put on top and make the thumbnail was not an easy for me.

impressive the quality of photographs that can be obtained when the cameras are put to good use. in this case you use a drone. Impressive what you managed to capture. I'm absorbed with every picture... great work. thank's for make me travel to that place.

Oh wow, these are really stunning and fascinating photography @fivealive55. They are breathtaking! I love the first and third photos. I think you are the second person I have read on Steemit who uses Mavic Pro. It must be a recommended brand for drones? Is it easy to maneuver and control or do you require certain skills to handle it?