A couple weeks ago I flew around Castaways Park in Newport Beach using my DJI Phantom drone quadcopter. Here are some of the shots I ended up with — plus a little epic music to match all the shots of the American flag.
Neighbors had lived in the cottages since the 1920s and 30s, but after a series of state purchases, plans to build a resort and costly restoration bills, the cottages have remained empty since the residents were evicted in 2001.
This photo, as captured by my drone, shows the state of the cottages today. The cottages could cost $20 million to repair.
Sunrise is the best time to fly because there is no one else out, but you do have to choose your days wisely and not fly on a day with heavy marine layer. Luckily today was a great day to fly! Continue reading Long walks (and flights!) on the beach
If there’s always money in the banana stand, then I want to fly over it with a drone. That’s why I went to Balboa Island early in the morning, when no one was out, to explore the island via my DJI Phantom. Check out what I saw, from my drone’s bird’s-eye view!
The final three photos from my Newport Back Bay series — this is an awesome, albeit terrifying place to fly because there is not much crash space. The Newport Back Bay is so beautiful though, that I couldn’t resist sharing a bird’s eye view of it with all of you! Can you spot me in one of the photos? So where to fly next? I welcome your comments! Continue reading Flight over water
Upper Newport Bay is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Orange County (and not just for drone flying). The Back Bay Loop Trail is 10.5 miles and runs from the Newport Bay through Irvine and up into Weir Canyon. If you don’t have a drone, you can still enjoy the bay by running or biking – or by looking at my photo below.
This photo was taken at a lookout point just off one of the main road’s Jamboree. The foreground is the bay, the right side is the road, and in the back are lots of Irvine office buildings.