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Sunrise over refinery

The clouds got intensified and the flames spread across the sky above the horizon. As the sky gradually brightened up, the rest of the city slowly emerged out of the dark.

What a sight!

All I did was press the button to capture more images.

Torrance, CA

  • DJI
  • DJI 24 mm ƒ/2.8
  • 4.5 mm / 1/30, 1/13, 1/8 sec stacked at ƒ/2.8 at ISO 400
  • Taken 12/26/2020

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Night street

It’s been raining on and off for a couple of days. As another storm is approaching, the sky barely catches a break. Gloomy skies persist.

I didn’t know what to expect, other than the fact that I wanted to take pictures here. This particular sidewalk always offers pretty fall foliage in the fall. The leaves turn vivid red, and it looks as if the entire row of trees caught fire. In winter after all the leaves fall, these trees resemble blood vessels.

One thing that I noticed today though that it’s only late January and yet the cherries…


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Sunset over the park

I’d been waiting to fly my drone to capture the sunset for some time, and the winter short days during weekdays prevented me from doing that due to work.

So, I was super excited about the possibility as I saw the massive amount of clouds lingering in the west, and once it was close to sunset time, I flew my drone.

My original plan was to fly the drone over the refinery and frame the refinery with the sunset backdrop from the east side of the refinery, but I realized that it was rather risky to…


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Sunset over the park

I’d been waiting to fly my drone to capture the sunset for some time, and the winter short days during weekdays prevented me from doing that due to work.

So, I was super excited about the possibility as I saw the massive amount of clouds lingering in the west, and once it was close to sunset time, I flew my drone.

My original plan was to fly the drone over the refinery and frame the refinery with the sunset backdrop from the east side of the refinery, but I realized that it was rather risky to…


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Sunrise at Salton Sea

It was rather chilly when I woke up. What do you expect in the middle of California desert in late November, right? I bundled myself up, grabbed my gear and headed for the lake.

One good thing about the cold weather even at this popular spot is that it is not too common to see many photographers out here that early, let alone visitors. In other words, I didn’t have to compete for the spot where I wanted to set up my cameras against another human being.

I got the colors on the stepping stones, but…


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Sunset over refinery

As the sun was slowly sinking over the horizon, I flew my drone as close to the part of the refinery that I wanted to capture as possible. My initial plan was to fly it to the other side of the facility as seen here so that my drone could face west, but soon after this shot, it wanted to come home. Oh well…

Nonetheless, the sky lit up thanks to the clouds hovering over the mountains. …


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Sunrise at Salton Sea

It was rather chilly when I woke up. What do you expect in the middle of California desert in late November, right? I bundled myself up, grabbed my gear and headed for the lake.

One good thing about the cold weather even at this popular spot is that it is not too common to see many photographers out here that early, let alone visitors. In other words, I didn’t have to compete for the spot where I wanted to set up my cameras against another human being.

I got the colors on the stepping stones, but…


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Sunrise over refinery

The next shot that I’d been meaning to take was this… Super close to the facility, but still high enough to frame in the gorgeous sky.

The colors in the sky didn’t fade for another few minutes, which gave me enough time to compose a shot that I really liked. After hovering over the refinery back and forth a few times, I found the spot that I was pleased with and took a snap.

Gotta love the colors…

Torrance, CA

  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI 24 mm ƒ/2.8
  • 24 mm / 1/60 sec at ƒ/2.8 …

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Night sky at Salton Sea

Before all the media frenzy of the Jupiter and Saturn great conjunction past Monday, the largest and the second largest planets already appeared to be on their way. Those two bright streaks in the center of the sky were those. People in general weren’t just aware of it.

The stars were slowly traversing heaven as the darkness fell all around the lake. Unfortunately though the presence of the bright moon dimmed the view of the Milky Way, and it forced me to settle on the star trails.

Would you like to walk down the stepping…


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Sunrise over refinery

I’ve been meaning to post a couple of shots that I took several days ago but never got around to it till now. I dared to fly the drone as close and above the refinery as I could. Although I wasn’t too far from it, I still get a bit of anxiety when flying my drone over a facility like the refinery. Who knows how a machine can fail me in any given moment.

Nonetheless, the sky was perfect, and it was time to fly it over the refinery to compose a shot that I had been…

H Peter Ji

Wedding, family portrait, real estate and landscape photographer. Check out my website https://www.hpeterjiphotography.com

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