Austin Drone Education and Flight – Jan 20, 2018

Please join us January 20, 2018 from 12pm to 4pm to meet FAA, Local Law Enforcement, and Travis County Starflight Representatives. Pilots from across the state will be attending… we look forward to seeing you there. The meeting is at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd / Hwy 79 in Round Rock, Texas. We will meet at the Lakeview Pavilion. This is a free event.

In this outstanding safety briefing and education we will cover FAA regulations, Texas State Statute 423 “Texas Drone Privacy Act” and Austin City Drone Policy. Also you are invited to bring your drone to fly and learn from fellow pilots. This is a once a year – not to be missed – annual event.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Wehrmann, FAA Aviation Safety Inspector and UA Specialist
  • Lloyd Wright, FAA FAAST Team Member (who will discuss FAA Regulations)
  • Officer John Buel, Austin Police Department
  • Robert Youens, Camera Wings Aerial Photography
  • Travis County Starflight Representatives
  • With additional speakers to be announced!

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Exit Hwy 79 / Palm Valley Blvd onto Harrell Parkway next to the Dell Diamond.  Lake View Pavilion will be on your right a couple of exits past the Water.

Chicago in Winter

The Chicago skyline is wonderful but the freezing Lake Michigan steals the show with it’s icy winter beauty. Shot yesterday, 12-29-2017, with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone from 400 feet over Monroe Harbor. View large to take it all in. As you can tell, I’m visiting Chicago this week. Tag your Chicago friends and family. Prints available.

A Twofer: Two separate planes transit across last night’s Harvest Moon

Two separate planes transit across last night’s Harvest Moon in Austin, Texas. I’ve been wanting to capture a plane transiting the moon for a while now and last night I got lucky with two within minutes of each other. The first was really at too slow of a shutter speed: 1/25 of a second. Luckily I got a second chance a few minutes later. Upped the shutter speed to 1/200 and iso to 8000. The planes were about 11 miles away and the moon was 238,900 miles away. 🙂

Lightning Bolts and Fireflies Time Lapse

I’m visiting family in Iowa currently and storms passed in the distance last night so I thought it was a good time for a time lapse. The lightning bugs were out too. Here a lightning storm in Iowa heads along I-80 in the distance, toward Dubuque, while fireflies dance in a soybean field. In all, I shot 42 images back to back. Each image was a 4 second exposure at f 2.8 and ISO 3200. I was using a Nikon D750 with a Tonkina 16-28 f/2.8

YouTube post. This is looped a couple of times backward and forward with the final stacked image painted in at the end.

Non-looped Gif version

Here is the final with all 42 images stacked.

Here’s a final composite image. Single lightning shot for the sky. 42 images stacked for the fireflies and the ground.

7 Strikes

At 3:04am, early Sunday morning, after most of the storms had passed, 7 massive #lightning bolts hit one after the other, over a 90 second period. These were so bright my eyes had to adjust – like a camera flash going off in your face. And then all was quiet again. I guess that’s nature’s way of telling me April is over and May is here. That is the Austin skyline in the distance. View large if you can. Wow. #lightning #lightningbolts #storm #austin

Bluebonnets and Lightning – Last Night

Yesterday evening storms rolled through Texas dropping baseball sized hail in some places. I was shooting photos at the popular #Bluebonnet House in Marble Falls. As the sunset, lightning could be seen in the distance. It was beautiful to watch. This storm was about 50-70 miles away to the north. I missed most of it because of the trees. But what I saw was beautiful to watch. Photographers come from all over to shoot this old farmhouse and the bluebonnets but few get a shot like this one. This shot is available for purchase here#lightning #bluebonnets #marblefalls

The Whole Ball of Wax

On Saturday morning, just after sunrise, Congress Ave was closed to set up for the Austin Marathon the following day. This allowed me the unique opportunity to take this panorama photo showcasing all of downtown Austin shot from about 700 feet directly above 6th and Congress. There are 49 photos stitched together to create this panorama. This image is huge, 11,558 pixels by 11,558 pixels. It is available for license just like all my other photos. Contact me for details. chris @

DJI_0800 Panorama littleplanet v4