My New Aerial Drone Blog

I’ve been working on a little side project – Waukee Aerial LLC. You can pull it up at DSM.Photo; cool domain name, right?  I decided to check out Squarespace for the website and I’m really happy with it. It was a breeze to set up, the pricing isn’t bad, and it really gives photographers the power to build galleries quickly to showcase their work.  A new feature of the site is The Blog, and I just posted the first entry this evening. It’s going to be different from my blog here – this will continue to be used for my personal life, and the blog will be used to showcase some of the aerial projects I have going on, where I’ve been flying lately, how the seasons look from the air in Central Iowa, and shots like the one below – from San Diego last week… With my 333 exemption, pilots license, and fresh FAA registration, hopefully it’s time for lift off on this little side hobby. Tomorrow morning, I’m shooting on the front lines for the Waukee Fire Department. This one will be a volunteer job, but an exciting one to say the least. They are doing a controlled burn on an old house next to the Waukee Library. Check back for photos and videos – from the ground and the air!


Torrey Pines Drone Shots

On a recent trip to Southern California, I packed up the Phantom 3 Professional and brought it out there with me for the week. I ended up getting a few great shots while I was there. The terrain is so much different than the mid-west. It’s really flat here in Iowa, so when I have the chance to explore the mountains or the beaches from the air – I can’t pass it up! This shot was from the Amtrak construction underway, reconstructing the bridge through the lagoon near Torrey Pines. The rail line is still active, as a few trains went by me that afternoon. I tried to get some shots of the train, but it just didn’t work out that day.


Torrey Pines Lagoon


Amtrak Construction – Torrey Pines


Torrey Pines – Looking South

Hermosa Beach – California

I’ve been working in Torrance CA for about a year now, and one of my favorite places to unwind would have to be the Hermosa Beach Pier area. Lots of neat restaurants in the courtyard area, the beautiful Pacific Ocean which you can access by beach or walk over by pier, and a nightlife that will keep you entertained to the early hours of the morning.

Hermosa Beach Pier area

Hermosa Beach Pier Area

I found a great little pizza shop where you can buy slices for a few bucks; it’s called Pisano’s Pizza, so check that out if you’re in the area –

The best Gelato in the world (in my opinion) is at a little shop next to the pizza place, called Paciugo – It looks like they have a lot of locations, so check them out. An amazing combo suggestion is the Mediterranean Sea Salt, Black Cherry, and Creme Brûlée – Only a suggestion, but check them out because you will find a ton of amazing flavors. At around $5 bucks, for three flavors, you can’t go wrong.

Paciugo Gelato - The Best!

Paciugo Gelato – The Best!

Here’s a shot of a neat surfer statue at the pier’s entrance. The beach to the north is lined with volleyball courts, to the south is open to sunbathers and swimmers. Seems to be a popular spot in the summer time; a lot quieter in the off seasons.

Surfer Statue - Hermosa Beach Pier

Surfer Statue – Hermosa Beach Pier

And finally, check out Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ in the courtyard at Hermosa Beach. For $35 you can share a combo “The Carnival Plate” that you will never forget! Amazing meats, salad, and veggies comes out on a giant platter. BBQ Chicken, Tri-Tip Steak, Calabreza Sausage – Amazing! The two of you will leave completely full. And don’t leave without drinking a few Caipirinha’s – Enjoy!

Silvio's Brazilian BBQ

Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ


Hornblower Dinner Cruise

We did a Hornblower Dinner Cruise, in San Diego Harbor, for my parents’ 35th Anniversary. These are always a great time. Great food, music, dinner and dancing; followed by a fireworks show under the Coronado Bridge. If you are thinking about doing one of these go for it! Highly recommended.

Mom n Dads 35th Hornblower Dinner

Mom n Dads 35th Hornblower Dinner