I woke up at about 5:30am to the sounds of Jake moving the subaru in preparation for the sunrise. As I crawled out of my tent I was welcomed to the world by the expansive flat and white surface of the Alvord Desert. Man it was an awesome site to see! Since it was still pretty dark out we had a good amount of time to set up our shots. I set up the D600 and D800 shooting a wide angle of the white lake bed and a zoomed shot of a nearby peak that would hopefully be lit up when the sun breached the horizon.
Once the sunrise was finished we packed up the subaru and set up the quadcopter for some epic footage of the subie. I did a few warm up test flights and then hopped in the car with the drone controller so we could attempt some flying footage while driving. It was a little hard to gauge the speed at first but I caught on quick and we started to get some really awesome over head and side angle shots. To finish it all off we decided to do some donuts. I mean how could you pass up an opportunity like that?!
Now we were on our way back west and Smith Rock near Redmond Oregon. The drive took us a solid 5 and a half hours and we arrived right in time to set up our shots for sunset. I set up my first slider shot of the trip and Jake set up his with his slider and the emotimo.
Since it was pretty much dark by the time we finished up we decided to camp out at the Smith Rock campgrounds. It was packed but we couldn't resist the $5 camp ground fee so we set up our tents and quickly started a couple time lapses of the stars to finish out the night.