April 30, 2010

April 30: Deep April

It's April. Tomorrow will be May.
It's still snowing. Hard.

April 27, 2010

April 27: Weather Beaters

The weather is turning, with dark skies and heavy wind. It's supposed to rain/snow the next 5 days.
So, Nate and I rode City Creek tonight, our last ride for the week.

16.6 miles. 1450' gain. 1:25.

We turned around when the road became impassable due to snow.

(Click to enlarge)

April 27: Get Fit

I've decided to tour the Oregon coast by bicycle. I'll start in Astoria and ride 400+ miles to Crescent City.
There's a lot to do before I'm ready, including getting fit, organizing gear, planning the route, etc.

I've ridden 120 miles this week, 20-30 miles at a time. I've done a mix of flatland cruising with the aero-bars and steep mountain climbs. The Oregon coast will demand that I can handle a varying pitch.

A friend also directed me towards this great site for tracking my rides.

Here's my flatter cruising ride from yesterday.
26 miles, with 1000'  total ascent.
(CLICK TO ENLARGE, for detail)

Here's my steeper ride from Sunday.
35 miles with 3050' total ascent.
The last 2 miles are about 7-9% grade. (There's also a lot of snow up there at 7500'. The descent was rather cold.)
(CLICK TO ENLARGE, for detail)

I've calculated the routes and profiles for the Oregon coast ride, broken into 40-60 mile increments. There's nothing as hard as the above ride, but I'll be hauling my camping gear and clothes. There are a couple big days, ~50 miles and ~3000' ascent. Yikes!

Wish me luck.

April 23, 2010

April 23: Moab Timelapse

These 2000 frames are part of my practice with timelapse.
I experimented with different intervals, rotation speeds, frame rates, etc.
Some segments worked well. Others fell flat.
I'll improve this by the next round.

Moab 4 '10 from Jeremy Koons on Vimeo.

April 21, 2010

April 21: Moab Revisited

It started as a mountain bike trip.
It finished in the Nat'l Parks.
I didn't get the shots I wanted, but there are a few interesting images.

The Poison Spider Trail finishes through the Portal, with some wicked exposure.
Jonathan tempts his fate, past the 'dismount here' sign.


Just kidding. No crazy people were hurt in the making of this image.

But, a fall would kill you. No doubt about that.

Let's go Park'ing. The weather was perfect.

The wide angle gives some wicked deep sky tones.

I spent much of the day looking up.

Or looking in.

Or looking for different ways to see the same rocks.

In part, I looked for different shots because the 'money shots' of Arches Nat'l Park were rather crowded.
What a mob scene. Yuck.

I crouched for 5 minutes to get this one, waiting for the circus to disperse. One dude is still standing behind the tree.

I don't dare even include my Delicate Arch photos. It was infested with creepy crawlies.
I tried to hit Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands NP. I got there at 6:00am, in total darkness.
I shot this as the sky was barely catching color.

Then, this happened.

I counted 20 tripods at sunrise. Tripods might be used as framing elements, but mostly they are just annoying.

The sunrise light was pretty cool though.

I have a few more composites to share, but I'll hold off for now.

April 13, 2010

April 12, 2010

April 12: Traffic Control

I shot this back in January, when the pollution was really bad.
It's a bit out of context now, and I don't know what to do with it.
So, I'll post it for you to see.

Traffic from Jeremy Koons on Vimeo.

April 8, 2010

April 8: Chairlift Outtakes

I'm working on a new series.
It's top secret, but it will include time lapse and some wicked sports photos.

Here's an outtake from today's set.

Chairlift Outtake from Jeremy Koons on Vimeo.

It was our first take, and I confidently predicted that 'we can get this shot on 1 take.'

Here's the second attempt, with improvement, but still not the shot.

It took 5, but we eventually got it.
When the series is more developed, I'll show it.

April 6, 2010

April 6: Extras Found

I forgot about my point and shoot images until yesterday.
I found some shots from Peru. (mostly junk, but there are a few fun ones.)
First, check out Alex teaching Henry a bit of woodworking.

BTW, the workshop also serves as the barnyard.

Ok, now check out some totally abused JPGs. Twist all the saturation and contrast dials until you get something out of this world.

Then have a beer to celebrate the successful trip.

Then, finally, admire your contribution to Mustache March.