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Flying Above the Dominican Republic

We got back from a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic recently, and while the photos I got from my phone turned out well, I particularly liked the video from the DJI Mavic Pro. See if you agree…

 

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Memphis and the Mississippi River at Sunset

Just a short video on a warm fall evening, flying over the Mississippi River and gazing toward Memphis, Tennessee.

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Aerial Footage Over Salina, in the Aeolian Islands

Salina is a beautiful island in the middle of the Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily. Katherine, her parents, and I spent a pleasant few days there, visiting different towns on the island, and visiting with friends.

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Aerial Footage over Eastern Sicily

While in Sicily last month, I flew the Mavic Pro quite a bit. This video covers much of the footage from the time spent near Mount Etna.

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DJI Mavic Pro Aerial Photography

In March 2017, I got a DJI Mavic Pro, which is commonly called a “drone” but is really just a fancy flying camera. The Mavic has four foldable arms that allow the entire aircraft to fold up to something about the size of a water bottle, but it uses a camera with a gimble and can shoot 4K video. All in all, a very impressive machine.

I’ve shot a few sequences with it, and these are two of the best I’ve edited together. If I don’t crash it, I hope to add more soon!

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One Second Everyday – October to December 2016

Since 2013, I’ve been recording one second every day using the 1 Second Everyday app and saving them to 3-month and year-long movies. I continued doing this through 2016 but stopped after New Years Eve, so these are the last movies from that effort.

I’ve enjoyed saving these seconds and preserving snippets of time with family and friends, and I think these seconds will be more valuable to me in the future, as way to go back and relive, if just for a moment, a small part of my day from over a 3.5 year period.

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10th Annual Memphis Walk

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For the 10th iteration of our annual walk across Memphis, Richie, Robert, John, and I wandered south from the cobblestones of downtown, through Tom Lee Park, and over into Arkansas, thanks to the wonderful, new Big River Crossing.

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During the time we’ve been doing these walks, we’ve seen a transformation at the riverfront. From new structures, like Beale Street Landing, to a beach volleyball court near Riverside Drive, to the completion of the Riverwalk, it has been rewarding to watch Memphis invest in fun things to do downtown. The Big River Crossing is the latest icing on the cake, which still far from being finished.

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After crossing back to Tennessee on sidewalk next to I-55, we continued heading south, going through the French Fort neighborhood and Riverside Golf Course, eventually going into T.O. Fuller State Park, where a golf course has been allowed to return nature, with beautiful results.

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After being hassled by the modern version of a railroad bull, we made our way over to Hwy 61, before returning downtown via Uber for some well-deserved beers.

Another year, another wonderful walk, with warm, pleasant weather. More photos here.

 

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One Second Everyday – July, August, September 2016

In this video, we continue to trip in Italy, going from Tuscany to Venice, into the Dolomites, then back to Milan before heading home to Memphis and into a very warm fall.

 

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Levanto, Portofino, and More Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre towns don’t have a monopoly on beauty along the coast. To the south and west of where we were staying, the towns of Levanto and Portofino shined, too 

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Cinque Terre

The mythical “five lands” were simultaneously different from one another, generally packed with tourists, stunningly beautiful at times, struggling to hold onto their identities, and worth the time to explore.

We managed to visit them all, except Corniglia. Vernazza was probably my favorite. No real reason; just the best vibe for me.

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Lavaggiorosso

For our time in the Cinque Terre, we elected to use a tiny town in the hills above Levant, Lavaggiorosso, as a base.

This place featured little in the way of cell coverage, but it made up for it in charm and authenticity, with nothing but walking paths through the village and beautiful scenery on either side of the ridge we were perched.

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Turino

Kath and I stopped overnight in Turino, just to take a look around. We encountered giant, magical creatures in the central square, plus a soaring tower just outside of downtown. It was the perfect break before the tourist crush of the Cinque Terre.

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Christo’s Floating Piers

The logistics were a nightmare, as they wouldn’t let you park within 3 miles of the Floating Pier, and the buses were irregular to nonexistent, but the artwork itself was worth it, despite the crowds.

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Stone Age Rock Etchings

On our way to go see Christo’s Floating Piers artwork, we stopped by the Antiquarium del Parco Nazionale Incisioni Rupestri, the national park containing rock etchings, some of them thousands of years old. Most were hard to make out, but the size of the scenes were impressive.

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Bellagio

We cruised around Lake Como, hopping from Varenna to Bellagio, then Bellagio to Menaggio, then back to Varenna. The weather couldn’t have been better, with bright warm skies and a gentle breeze from the north across the bluest of water.

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Perledo

We stayed in Perledo, up the hill from the better known town of Varenna, which is right on the lake. From our veranda, we could see the busy port, Perledo itself was a step back in time, with its tidy church and common washing house.

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Lake Como

Kath and I have been touring northern Italy for nearly two weeks, and I haven’t posted any photos here yet.

Here are scenes from the first place we went after renting a car: Lake Como. Our apartment had a gorgeous view of the lake from above Varenna.

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One Second Everyday – April, May, June 2016

From Memphis to Tuscany, live a little bit our lives, one second at a time…

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One Second Everyday – January, February, March 2016

Yet another One Second of the Day video!

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Johnnypalooza 2016 2

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