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N 331 B 3.0K C 18 E May 9, 2018 F Nov 21, 2022
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I’ve gotten the ol’ “low battery, returning home” signal from my drone more times than I can count. Essentially every time I fly it. I’ve even had the dreaded “low battery, landing now” message a few times, where the thing basically implies “Screw you. I’m landing whether you like it or not, chubby.” What I’ve never heard is “insufficient battery for landing.” Hearing that was new, but I was stoked it came from the drone of my friend Miles Morgan and not mine.

Miles and I had been shooting this scene of Factory Butte from the air about 2 miles from where we launched our drones. Getting two miles away happened quick, I’d never seen the thing fly so fast while merrily steaming ahead on a tail wind. The thing was almost doing 40mph. Flying back after shooting though, that was another story. My drone got back safe with 15% battery life after a long struggle with a head wind. Miles decided to stay out longer like a regular Chuck Yeager pushing the limits of aviation.

With 25% battery remaining he turned the drone and headed for home... at 6mph. “Low battery, returning home” audibly alerted the controller. With one mile left we heard “low battery, landing now.” In this mode, the drone lowers itself to the ground and lands, but you can still control everything except the descent. So he went full stick forward, hoping he could at least get it close enough to land where it could easily be hiked to and found.

11% battery, still far. 8% battery, we can hear it. 5% battery, we can see it. 2% battery, it’s 30ft feet away, wow! Moments later we heard the warning we had never heard before. “Insufficient battery for landing.” With the last of it’s meek power drained, Miles reached out and the thing literally fell into his hands as it completely shut itself off.

It was a better rollercoaster ride to watch than any NBA final, Suberbowl, or Formula1 race I’ve ever seen. But unfortunately I was rooting for team “Miles Spends Two Hours Looking For His Drone In The Desert.”

As always, thanks for scrolling far enough to see my dumb little picture. If you are interested in learning how I create my dumb little pictures, reading my dumb stories or seeing more dumb photography, you can head to www.ryandyar.com or check out the link in my profile. Email subscribers get free video tutorials monthly. ❤️

N 1.6K B 94.8K C 116 E Aug 4, 2020 F Nov 17, 2022
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The scariest thing in the world to me? The ocean. Hell, I don’t even like standing on the beach in sand, it’s almost as annoying as glitter how it gets everywhere and it’s hard to get rid of. But getting in the ACTUAL sea? No way. I don’t understand people who enjoy swimming in the ocean, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc. If you enjoy those things I truly believe you are crazy and have a death wish. Am I right? Probably not, but I still believe it. Freaking rip-tides, currents, sharks, seaweed… nah, I’ll pass. So with that said, here is a seascape image from Arctic Norway. As you look at it please keep in mind I was a terrified toddler while shooting it in waves that came up to my (somewhat plump) belly.

As always, thanks for scrolling far enough to see my dumb little picture. If you are interested in learning how I create my dumb little pictures, reading my dumb stories or seeing more dumb photography, you can head to www.ryandyar.com or check out the link in my profile. Email subscribers get free video tutorials monthly.

N 215 B 3.0K C 7 E Nov 9, 2022 F Nov 9, 2022
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A gaggle of Geese (not a flock… a gaggle. I had to google it) swimming in the Crooked River under the glowing spires of Smith Rock and thunderstorm skies. Probably one of the worst compositions I’ve made (of MANY shitty compositions) but the light was good and the Geese are kinda cool. ‍♂️

As always, thanks for scrolling far enough to see my dumb little picture. If you are interested in learning how I create my dumb little pictures, reading my dumb stories or seeing more dumb photography, you can head to www.ryandyar.com or check out the link in my profile. Email subscribers get free video tutorials monthly.

Tags:   pacific northwest crooked river river Ryan dyar mammatus clouds thunderstorm storm sunset climbing Oregon smith rock

N 321 B 4.2K C 22 E Jul 31, 2019 F Nov 2, 2022
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This area is fairly remote, which is one of my favorite parts of getting out there alone. You can still find a bit of solitude. In 2008, after finishing the 9 hour drive to this playa (near the border of Oregon and Nevada) in the mid afternoon I was exhausted... as I tend to be during any hour of the day. Like the Nap Champ I am, I crawled into the back of my SUV and took a 3 hour snooze.

My alarm went off on my then brand new iPhone (the original iPhone... like the first one that ever came out) and I popped up from my thunderous slumber to find thunderous weather had accumulated in the skies. “HELL YEAH!” I glanced at my phone to silence the alarm and noticed I had only 3% battery left. “I should charge this” I thought to myself. I jumped back into the drivers seat of the truck, plugged my phone into the charger, shoved my key into the ignition, twisted my wrist and.... nothing. “Hmmm.” I turned the key again... *clickclickclick* “Oh come the hell on.” Twist *clickclick* Nothing. I quickly assessed the issue and found the problem in about 4 seconds because I’m a talented mechanic... my dumb ass left the headlights on.

Slight panic set in and I quickly went into problem solving mode. Scenario: Dead car battery, a near 24 hour walk to find civilization, enough food to last about 3 hours (36 hours for a normal person), enough water for a day, enough layers to keep warm, a book, and a cell phone with 3% battery left. I established my first priority aloud to myself “screw walking 30 miles in the desert.” So my safety had to come via the rapidly dying cell phone.

Who should I call and explain my scenario to with a battery that might die in 1 minute of talking? Of course 911. The phone call went like this: “911, what’s your emergency?” Me: “my cell battery is about to die, so I’ll be quick. I’m stranded in my vehicle at *insert coordinates I looked up on my in-car GPS* and need a jump start. I’m not injured, I just need a jump start.” She responded “Ummmmmmmm. Well the nearest tow truck company is located 3 hours away, so I can try to cal...” *phone dies* Lovely. So maybe someone will show up or maybe not and I’ll just walk out tomorrow... which is going to really piss me off.

With not much else to do, I decided to grab my camera bag and shoot this image. After sunset, as it started to get dark, there was still no sign of help. I ate my leftover sandwich from earlier in the day, placed a bunch of flashlights on the roof of my truck pointing towards the rarely used dirt road that was a couple miles away, and tucked into my book to kill some time.

9pm, nothing. 11pm, nothing. 1am... “what are those headlights out there?!” Like someone who’d been lost at sea for months, I frantically grabbed one of the flashlights and started waving it wildly at the distant vehicle followed by rapidly covering and uncovering the light to signal the morse code for SOS, which at that point meant “save our stomachs” more than anything else... I was still hungry after my sandwich. Sure enough, the headlights turned toward me, grew closer, and in a couple minutes revealed themselves to be attached to a tow truck.

The driver jumped out. “You that kid with a dead battery?” I happily replied “yeah, didn’t know if anyone was gonna show up!” He shot back “Boy, your coordinates were way off! I've been looking for you 20 miles in the other direction for hours.”

And that, my friends, is the incredibly boring story of how I once paid over $1000 to take a nap in the desert.
As always, thanks for scrolling far enough to see my dumb little picture. If you are interested in learning how I create my dumb little pictures, reading my dumb stories or seeing more dumb photography, you can head to www.ryandyar.com or check out the link in my profile. Email subscribers get free video tutorials monthly.

N 289 B 3.5K C 12 E Oct 18, 2022 F Oct 31, 2022
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One of the more popular mountain profiles in Washington State, Mt. Shuksan, on a misty and colorful summer morning in 2013.

As always, thanks for scrolling far enough to see my dumb little picture. If you are interested in learning how I create my dumb little pictures, reading my dumb stories or seeing more dumb photography, you can head to www.ryandyar.com or check out the link in my profile. Email subscribers get free video tutorials monthly.


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