Hello everyone and welcome to my website. My name is Edgar Thomson and I'm a hobby photographer from Minnesota. That should be painfully obvious from the website name itself. What isn't obvious is why do I have "Phil Vaughn" in the website name if my name is Edgar. Well I named this website after my grandpa, who's the reason that I got photography. The particular photography that I'm interested in is aerial photography. I love seeing natural landscapes, city skyscrapers, ocean beaches, untouched countryside covered from air, way above.
Normally I use drones with high quality cameras in order to make recordings. Ideally you would need to use something like a small airplane or a helicopter with a much more powerful DSLR camera for higher quality shots. Renting out something like that is a bit too rich for my blood, if you know what I mean, so I just stick to my drones. They also aren't that cheap, since I need higher quality drones, but they are a lot more cheaper than renting out a helicopter or a small Cessna airplane.
Nature is a huge love of mine. Hiking is a favorite activity of mine that takes up a lot of my free time. Being from Minnesota means that there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from. Obviously I take my drone to follow me and take photographs along the way. High altitudes gives an even better overview of the valleys down below. Going to higher ground is a nice hack for getting even more impressive aerial shots of the landscapes that you're hiking through. I definitely recommend it. It's also good for your health, you go out, instead of just sitting in front of a computer screen all the time.
My work as a computer network engineer takes me all over the Duluth city area, where I'm from. Since Duluth doesn't really have that many skyscrapers, I regularly take a trip to Minneapolis for taking shots of skyscrapers. Not every building can be used for flying drones off them, but there are still plenty that do allow people to get to the top and fly drones off of them. Be careful not to violate any city ordinances by flying drones within city limits. They are allowed so far in Minneapolis, but this can be different depending on what city you're from.
I know that it's treasonous to talk about photographing ocean beaches, being a native of the Great Lakes region, but I like to drive east to the ocean shores and photograph ocean beaches there. To find good spots I browse Google Maps. Best locations for lift off are cliffs that overlook beaches. They give you higher ground right from the start. If you happen to know of any good spots like that, definitely send them to me. I'll come visit them as soon as I can get free time from work. While I'm on the east coast, I also visit New York and its skyscraper, which are some of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.
Forest from the trees
Forrest is a great place for unwinding and getting in touch with nature. While I'm there I of course like to take my gear and make video recordings and take photographs. My collection of aerial photos of forest is quite extensive, since I spend a lot of time there. I'll be posting them into a seperate gallery as I get the website up and running. Most of the time I combine visiting forests with hiking, seeing how the two go hand in hand most of the time.
Recently I got into river rafting with my friends. We were camping on the shores of the Saint Louis River near Carlton. I of course brought along my drone and while we were at the campsite I managed to record some spectacular footage of the river and the rapids that are spread out throughout it. So far I don't have a lot of footage of this sort to show off, but I'm sure this will change in the near future as I visit more and more rivers. It's on my to-do list.
Speaking of rivers, I can't help not to mention lakes, or as we would say the lake, Lake Superior. There I record on a regular basis, since the lake is not that far from where I live. I'm also a huge hydro dam buff, so I tend visit them and take aerial photos of the damn and complexes that surround them. You could say that I'm inspecting them, just to make sure everything's in order. Dam reservoirs have lots of beauty and it's especially interesting to record them once the water levels drop off. One day I hope to visit the Itaipu Dam in Brazil on Parana River. It's the second largest in the world and has beautiful sights that need to be photographed.
Photography is always been an hobby of mine and I can't help not to go out and find new places to take photos of. Soon I'll have my entire collection of photos uploaded in galleries on the website here. That way everyone can enjoy in the sites and sights that I've visited over the years. I hope you find something interesting here and that you visit my website again.