James Dalrymple

Writer • Director • Film Maker • Artist

Tag: Aerial Photography

Fall Colors in the Wasatch

It was summer. And then, it wasn’t. It seemed like we skipped fall and went directly to winter.  Temperatures dropped overnight. One day it was hot. The next day it was not. I wanted a smooth transition from summer to winter–a gradual cooling, drifting gently into winter’s white. Not this immediate shorts and flip flops yesterday, ski parka and gloves today. This is not how it’s supposed to be. This is not what I signed up for.

Then, I noticed the trees and I repented my rant at mother nature.

The ache in my bones and the sting on my cheeks was endurable, if I were able to walk through a grove of shimmering golden aspen or hike through a stand of flaming maple. The greens of summer had given way to the fiery passion of life’s last gasp, leaves desperately clinging to branches until separated by the inevitable.

I will not embrace the cold. It is not in my nature. But I will not deny the spectacular contrast of color brought on by the fall.

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I was privileged to spend a week in the Paris, LDS Temple, filming the interior and exterior of this beautiful edifice in preparation for the open house and dedication. I created this video for the Public Affairs Department and the Temple Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The temple is located in Le Chesnay, France, just outside of Paris, and is a mere five minutes from the Palace of Versailles.

This was the stormiest week on Maui this year. I intended to fly my drone and get those iconic tropical Hawaiian shots.

It rained every day. I flew in between the storms. I dodged the rain drops. I got what I got. I’d do it again. Even a bad day on Maui is still a good day.

The red rocks and blue skies of Southern Utah provide striking scenes for aerial cinematography.

It was late afternoon when I was finally able to open my drone case and get some shots. I felt like I needed to hurry because there was so much beauty and so little time to fly. I barely scratched the surface, so to speak. The good news is, there is much to see and capture next time I go back.

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The Bonneville Salt Flats landscape has a stark beauty. The salt preserves and corrupts. Very little can live in the salt. This far from civilization it may as well be another planet. Yet, the solitude, the harshness and the contrasts are inspiring. I would go back. I will go back. I will fly over the salt and the water. Next time, I will stay longer.

I  shot this drone footage with my DJI Phantom 4 drone. I also did the music.

These mountains are amazing. I never tire of the view from my house. Now that I fly drones, I try to spend as much time as possible soaring over them, remotely. These are a few shots from this summer of the mountains nearest my home. I will post more aerial cinematography shots on a regular basis.  Your comments are always welcome.

 

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