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Daniel Peckham  Following the Light. Aerial, travel, adventure, landscapes. Based in Southern California. Daniel@TracingLight.com


Bending Pelican Point and Little Treasure Cove.

#bendingearth #bentearth

Earth bending near one of my favorite rock arches. Check out that middle house: I love the roof and how it opens to the sky.

#bendingearth #bentearth

Sunrise this morning above Bay Island (connected to Balboa Peninsula in Newport).
I often wonder what it would be like to live somewhere like this. On the surface it looks so nice, but being able to afford to live here must come with its own costs (and I'm not just talking monetary). Then again, what are the costs I pay to live the way I do?
Technical details: 12 photo lateral panorama combined to a 55MP image. I flew in a grid pattern to capture the whole island since staying at a legal altitude didn't allow me to capture the entire island in one photo.

#NewportBeach #bayisland

She's the center of my ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day @KatiePeckham!

Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) was my favorite beach in Maui not just because of the red sand and cliff, but also the secluded cove protected by a partially submerged rocky seawall.
Can you spot me lying on the beach?
#redsandbeach #roadtohana #maui #hawaii

Something seems odd. I think my 🚁 📷 needs calibration. 🤔🙂

Anyone going out on an adventure this weekend?

It never feels good to get out of bed way before dawn, but a sunrise like this makes it totally worthwhile. One of the best moments in Tomohon (in the mountains of Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia) was a super steep pre-dawn bike ride up to this spot with my Dad. The two nearby volcanoes make this region especially fertile for farming.

Snorkeling beyond the reef, into the eye of the ocean.

Remembering beautiful mornings on Bunaken Island with friends and family. I hope your week is going well! 🙂

#bunaken #manado #sulawesi #bastianos

The memorable moments in life don’t happen when we sit around doing nothing. Life becomes epic when we get out and pursue our dreams, even if it means getting up before sunrise, wading through a freezing cold stream in a dark canyon, and getting soaked under more freezing water. These are the moments we feel alive. Thanks to @malabooboo and @simonschmuki for getting drenched for this shot.

#Gljufrabui #Iceland

Reef Passage. What can I say, I'm a sucker for that tropical water! To us it's an exotic view of a faraway place. To the locals of Bunaken Island, it's the morning commute. Travel by outrigger canoe, especially inside the reef, is the easiest way to get around the island.
#reef #bunaken #oceanview #bluewater

Do you see me trying to imitate a starfish? If you take the road to Hana in Maui, be sure to stop by one of the black sand beaches. Anyone know the name of this one? It’s not too far from Waioka Pond (aka Venus Pool) but I don't know if it has a name.

#roadtohana #blacksand #blacksandbeach

Look closely and you'll see the most amazing swimming pool 🏊‍♀️ in the world.
Tag someone you want to visit with.

#singapore #marinabay #marinabaysands

It’s moments like this that you realize how small you are, and how much in this world is yet to be explored. This is the edge of the massive Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Iceland.

#Svinafellsjokull #Iceland

Who else wants to swim here? I love ocean pools, and this is one of the coolest I've been to. It's called Olivine Pools in Maui. If you know of any other good ones, I’d love to hear from you!

#olivinepools #oceanpool #maui #mauilife

I had originally given up on this shot because a couple of the frames of the panorama were blurry due to the strong wind (it was still stormy and raining as I hurriedly sent my drone out). My perfectionist self was critical, pointing out I should have used a higher ISO, but since I failed, the panorama was ruined and the epic 🌈 moment was lost.
When I finally re-visited this image this week (11 months later), I realized no one would even notice the imperfection and the thing I was so upset about actually didn't really matter. It turns out this image is actually one of my best shots of the trip.
The next time your critical voice speaks up, perhaps you can remember this photo.
Technical 🚁📷 details: 48 megapixel multi-level panorama from 15 RAW DNG images, shot with DJI Phantom 4 Pro, stitched with Lightroom, edited in Photoshop and Luminar.
#maui #mauilife

2017 was a tough year for me on the heels of an even harder 2016. I was mostly absent from Instagram because my energy was focused on my family and internal growth outside of photography, with not much of me left over for creativity. -
But in the midst of the hard stuff there were shining moments like this. The paradox of being human is that we spend our lives trying to avoid pain (to no avail), and yet it is through the tough parts of life that growth and beauty happens. It’s not all easy yet, but I’m finally to a point where I have a bit of energy to go back through my images from the year.
We hardly saw the sun during our 1-week Iceland trip, which made this moment all the more amazing since the sun just happened to come out during our short visit to Skógafoss, which is most famous for amazing rainbows like this. I think God was as stoked as we were. Thanks again @malabooboo and @simonschmuki for joining me and making this trip epic.
I’m back, and plan on posting much more very soon!
#Skogafoss #Iceland #mystopover #waterfall

Drone video from Indonesia featuring volcanoes, a giant reef, a hidden cave, rice paddies, geothermal lakes, and a waterfall for good measure.
This is just a short preview. For the full 4 minute video, follow the link in my profile.
I shot this footage during the 2 weeks we visited northern Sulawesi in July. The song is “Terlahir Beda” by the Indonesian band Nidji from Jakarta. The song is about accepting and loving those who are born different from us, regardless of skin color or human prejudice. This is a message particularly dear to my heart as someone with different skin color who was born and raised in that part of the world.
Technical Details:
Shot (and edited) in 4K using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. Original 4K (3840x2160 29.97p) footage available upon request. This drone video footage was shot in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia July 2017. Specific locations: Bunaken Island near Manado, Bastianos Dive Resort in Bunaken, Manado Tua Island, Tomohon, Lokon Volcano, Tompaluan Crater, Mount Empung, Mahawu Volcano, Mahawu Mountain, Gunung Mahawu, Cave Mahawu, Danau Linow (Lake Linau), Geothermal Lahendong, Air Terjun "TUMIMPERAS" Pinaras, Tumimperas Waterfall (Pinaras Waterfall), and Woloan Rice Paddies.

Cave super zoom.
My Dad and I spent a couple hours trying to find the entrance to this cave, which turned out to be right under the road. (Finding anything in the rainforest is hard.) The cave went back much farther than what you see in this video (probably 900 feet or so) and featured bats (as well as their droppings) and spiders. The eyes of both of these creatures lit up really cool with flashlight light.
I crashed my Spark drone twice trying to get the beginning shot out from inside the cave, but no permanent damage (just some bat poop). The second part was with my Phantom 4. I used the Spark for the first shot because it’s so small and easier to fly in a small space, and the Phantom 4 for the far away shot because of the better range (I didn’t have the remote for the Spark with me at the time).

Reef super zoom! Snorkeling off the coast of Bunaken Island near Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia with @breeanahumble

#bunaken #bunakenisland #manado #sulawesi #sulawesiutara #northsulawesi

#divingindonesia #reef #reeflife

#snorkeling #hyperlapse #timelapse

All shot with my new DJI Spark (swipe left for more including video). I haven’t seen too many examples of edited photos from this drone showing what you can get if you push the limits a bit so I wanted to try. This is a vertical HDR panorama from 9 JPG images (I wish it could shoot RAW). Three angles, each with 3 exposure brackets which I merged as HDR images in Lightroom and then merged as a vertical panorama. I didn’t use Spark's built-in panorama feature since I wanted the brackets.
Overall I’m happy with the Spark, for what it is. Of course the camera isn’t as good as my Phantom 4 Pro, but the portability and size means I’m going to have more opportunities for aerial shots since I’ll have it with me more of the time. The best drone is the one you have with you, right? The smaller size means it’s less intrusive in public places, the palm control means I can launch it anywhere, and controlling from my iPhone means one less thing to carry around.
One quick tip: when shooting video in auto mode, exposure changes can be somewhat random and quick, so I would recommend shooting manual exposure for video.
#spark #djispark #dji

We had some problems with our plane but fortunately @malabooboo and @simonschmuki held on tight.

Those of you who were following my Instagram stories know I was exploring Iceland last week with @malabooboo and @simonschmuki We had terrible weather most of the time, but the trip was still amazing. You can't go wrong exploring Iceland no matter what the weather, especially with good friends.
What you don’t see in this photo is how freezing cold I was as the icy falls sprayed down into my rain jacket and my boots got soaked. Totally worth it.
#Seljalandsfoss #waterfall

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