Camping has always been this place where you can go to unwind
What if you used that camping time to pursue your art passion as well? Here are some aerial videos, from the amazing autumn scenes of Colorado to the majestic waterfalls of Iceland, that inspire camping. While I aspire to capture customized camping videos that have this kind of amazing nature scenery, I’m thankful to have met fellow filmmaker, David Leiter, who is equal parts outdoor enthusiast and drone filmmaker. He works a “normal job” but he makes time to go explore the world by camping and filming aerial videos with his drone. He’s traveled to several countries and gone camping in many different places. Check out two of my favorite videos that he has produced.
Photo by David Leiter
Recently, I interviewed David to get some ideas about how to do a project like this. He travels in his truck and is able to camp the entire time. This proximity to nature lets him fall asleep next to the campfire and wake up to fly the drone before his first cup of coffee. For outdoor filmmakers the the best time to film is usually right before sunset or before sunrise. While this is a look at the modern artist, we will do whatever it takes to get those nicely composed shots with best light of the day.
Transitioning of Seasons, Autumn in Colorado
For the Colorado trip he camped solo most of the time but also met up with old friends and met some new ones along the way.
Camping near your filming environment allows you to capture that early morning sunrise or score unique lighting with wildlife or wild flowers!
to see just the most beautiful autumn color section of this aerial video.
Places in Colorado video:
– Tenmile Creek (Frisco)
– Bangs Canyon (Grand Junction)
– American Basin
– Million Dollar Highway
– Blue Lakes Trail (Ridgway)
– North Clear Creek Falls (Creede)
– Bear Creek Falls (Ouray)
– Officers Gulch (Frisco)
– Crystal Mill (Marble)
– Escalante Canyon (Delta)
– Town of Silverton
– Devil’s Head Fire Lookout (Sedalia)
– Island Lake Hike (Silverton)
– Royal Gorge Bridge (Canon City)
– Town of Ouray
– Ice Lakes Trail (Silverton)
– Bear Creek Falls (Telluride)
– Rattlesnake Canyon Arches (Grand Junction)
– Bridal Veil Falls (Telluride)
– Rifle Falls (Rifle)
– Booth Falls Trail (Vail)
– Hanging Lake (Glenwood Springs)
– Maroon Bells (Aspen)
– Dallas Divide (Ridgway)
– Roxborough State Park (Littleton)
– Mount Elbert
– Handies Peak
– Grays Peak
– Mount Lincoln
Photo By David Leiter
Changing of the leaves, photo by David Leiter
Small town in Colorado, Photo by David Leiter
Camping is the way to go! Hotels are not cheap so a good alternative is camping. For your next cross country road trip or weekend camping trip get out of the routine and color outside the lines. Here are some other ideas from David on camping and exploring the world around you.
“The U.S. has tons of cool hikes and scenery but it’s all pretty spread out. Camping is an awesome and cheap way to see all of it!”
Truck camping is the best! Photo by David Leiter
Iceland, the Land of Melting Ice
When I saw the Iceland video I was in awe! I thought “Why did they film Lord of the Rings in New Zealand?” Who knew that Iceland had such amazing scenery!
When I asked David what the best thing was about Iceland he said, “It was the waterfalls! I heard they have 10,000 water falls because of all the melting snow and ice.”
Places featured in this video are:-Dynjandi waterfall
– Hengifoss waterfall
– Seljalandsfoss waterfall
– Icelandic houses at Skogar
– Svartifoss waterfall
– Black church at Budir
– Kvernafoss waterfall
– Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
– Londrangar sea cliffs
– Hverarond geothermal area
– Skogafoss waterfall
– Icelandic horses
– Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall
– Volcano craters at Myvatn
– Old church at Reynisfjara
– Reynisfjara black sand beach
– Hellnar sea arches
– Strokkur geysir
– Dettifoss waterfall
– Bruarfoss waterfall
– Godafoss waterfall
– Gufufoss waterfall
– Reynisfjara sea rocks
– Dyrholaey sea arch
– Haifoss waterfall
– Reynisfjara sea cliffs
For your next vacation consider Iceland. They have had recent promotions to boost tourism and you may find some economical choices for your journey. For more information on visiting Iceland check out this link to Travel & Leisure.
They have special tips on when to go, what to do and how to pack for the trip. While in Iceland David rented a station wagon and slept in that the whole time! He was there for a few weeks and was able to capture this amazing aerial video!
David started filming aerial videos with a dji drone as a hobby. Eventually it became a part of his job and now many people ask to use his videos as stock footage for their own projects.