Saturday, May 14, 2016

Augustin Bernal Park (Aerial Photography) - Pleasanton, CA

You probably know from my previous blog post that I recently updated the firmware on my DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter which wiped my camera settings. This caused me to accidentally do the whole photo shoot in JPEG and not RAW leading to me not being able to process the photos and making them not look as good. As mentioned in that blog post, I was going to do a reshoot, which I did yesterday on 5/13/2016. I didn't end up having time to process and sort the photos yesterday which is why I am only writing and posting the blog post today.

I hope you enjoy these photos! These photos are from Augustin Bernal Park in Pleasanton, CA. This is my first ever planned photo shoot where I actually planned what I wanted to shoot. My other photo shoots up to this point has been random, spur of the moment shoots. I hope you find my photos and this drone as awesome as the park ranger and construction worker who approached me for a chat yesterday. They just wanted to chat because they thought it was such a cool device. Pleasanton is doing some work on the hiking trails in the park which is why they were there. I didn't end up going hiking yesterday. I'm exhausted from the 6 mile hike the other day so I decided to take a little break.

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 Aerial scenery view of Pleasanton, CA. In the distance on the far left is Stoneridge Mall and Dublin, CA. The highway you see is Interstate 680. 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

A photo of the mountain range (on the left), Stoneridge Mall in the distance, Dublin, CA in the distance, and Interstate 680.  

A photo shot towards Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and Sunol, CA. The highway, again is Interstate 680.  

 I shot a panorama during this flight too. Far off in the distance on the far left is Stoneridge Mall and Dublin, CA. In the middle is Castlewood Country Club. On the far right is Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and Sunol, CA. As with all of the other photos, the highway you see stretching through this entire photo is Interstate 680. You can view the full resolution panorama here


The peak of Augustin Bernal Park. That is usually where I hike to on my hiking trips. The peak is approximately 2.3 miles up the trail. 

I normally don't do this with my drone as I fear a crash, but it was too hard to resist flying toward the peak for a better shot. I know I have enough battery power to sustain a short fly there and back. The peak isn't too far. The peak is only a few hundred feet in horizontal distance from the parking lot. 

I flew about 2/3 of the way to the peak before I had it automatically fly back. I know there most likely won't be an issue, but I felt super anxious. 

 Black and white process of the photo above. 


A top down view of the parking lot of Augustin Bernal Park and the golf courses at Castlewood Country Club. 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Came down a bit to get a photo of the parking lot for Augustin Bernal Park. I am standing in the grass field in the center. Can you spot me? You see those 4 tiny baby trees a tiny bit lower and to the left from the center of the photo? I was standing near one of those trees. You can probably make out a little tiny dot on the ground. That is me. 

 Black and white process of the photo above. 

Here is a selfie of me flying the UAV.  

 A top down selfie of me flying the UAV. 


Another photo shot towards the Stoneridge Mall direction, but this time facing a bit more down. This is Golden Eagle Estates, the gated community you have to drive through to get to the park. Again, the highway in the photo is Interestate 680. 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

A photo of the parking lot of Augustin Bernal Park from another angle. The highway is Interstate 680.  

Black and white process of the photo above. 

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.
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