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Iowa State Fair Aerial

It’s state fair time in Iowa!  Probably one of the largest, well known fairs across the country at that. The Iowa State Fair comes to town every August, and lasts just a little over a week!  While I do not condone flying over the crowded fairgrounds, I was able to capture this remote image from a distance. I used a tilt shift filter in Photoshop to give it “model” like look.

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Iowa Summer Sunsets

Here are a few more aerial sunsets. This is the perfect time of year to fly in Iowa (mid-summer). It’s time for the state’s annual RAGBRAI bike ride, and the Indianola Hotair Balloon Festival; The Hotair Balloon Classic. I take advantage of the low winds to get out and capture some great images of our midwest views.

Des Moines Sculpture Park

We had some friends in town last weekend, and decided to have an amazing brunch at Americana – Highly Recommended!  Directly across the street from Americana is the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Downtown Des Moines. A great place to burn off a few calories from brunch; be sure to check it out if you are visiting Des Moines!

 

 

 

Waukee Easter Egg Hunt, 2016

Our local Parks & Recreation team put together another successful Easter Egg Hunt at Waukee’s Centennial Park. I captured some aerial photos and video again this year.

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Here is the video that I created for the Parks & Rec. It was a nice volunteer opportunity for me. My Aerial Website can be found at http://dsm.photo

 

Waukee Easter Egg Hunt, 2016 from Cameron Stotz on Vimeo.

Short Clip on WHO TV, Channel 13

Our local Chief Meteorologist, Ed Wilson, gave me a nice “shout out” on the Channel 13 news a few nights ago. Occasionally, I will upload a nice weather related picture to Channel 13’s Facebook page; to share with all. Ed really delivered, giving a few surprising lines about my other pictures/videos and my YouTube presence. Check it out!

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Cameron Stotz on Channel 13 – Ed Wilson from Cameron Stotz on Vimeo.

 

Cirque du Soleil – Toruk in KC

As stated in my previous post, we went to Kansas City over the weekend to see Toruk (Cirque) at the Sprint Center. Great venue, but the show wasn’t the greatest in my opinion. This was the sixth Cirque show that we’ve seen. We’ve seen a mix of traveling shows like Toruk, Corteo, Totem, Kooza, etc. and we’ve seen stationary shows in Las Vegas; like Ka, O, and Mystere. Toruk was based off of the movie Avatar. The set was nice and the story was great, but it missed the mark on the “Wow” factor. The acrobatics were not up to par with the other shows; again, my own opinion. While flash photo was not permitted, the ushers said we were allowed to take pictures and video, so we have a few pictures to share. During the show, they also promoted the audience to download their app. The app allowed for audience participation, which was neat. I’ll leave it at that, you’ll have to go see it in person to get more than that! Enjoy it for yourself…

High Trestle Bridge, in Winter

There is an amazing trestle bridge just north of the Des Moines area in Central Iowa. The town is called Madrid, but it isn’t pronounced like the Madrid you and I know – they pronounce it Maadrid, which is a little odd but okay. I’ve been up to this trestle bridge a few times in the past, but with my new equipment I am able to get into tight spots from great distances, which I can appreciate in a shoot like this. There’s nowhere to park, for miles. I’ve never actually walked the bridge, but I hope to some day, once the snow melts. Anyway, here’s a quick video of my time up there the other day. I’ll post a few pictures here as well.

Waukee Fire Dept – House Burn

This morning, I had the pleasure of being invited by the Waukee Fire Department to shoot some aerial drone video for a controlled house fire that the department coordinated. The goal of the burn was to give firefighters a real-world opportunity to fight a house fire in a controlled environment. While I don’t know the back story of the property, it was recently sold and instead of demolishing the home, they decided it would be easier and more cost effective to burn it down.

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