December 13, 2011

Dec 12: Never Before

**Never Before have I done these things**

**Rigged a bike rack using webbing, screws, and cam straps.

Don't forget the the dog, and the chainsaw.

**Planned a route (for a vehicle) on a Forest Service topo map.

The snow was only shin deep in spots.

Which means you can easily eat while you drive.

**Used a chainsaw to remove fallen trees from the road.

Big trees.

**Ridden a mountain bike while wearing snow pants.

It was a rather steep grade. I'd say about 2 million percent.

**Panned for gold. (Cody's pan pictured.)

Nor have I seen more gold in a day's first pan. (Cody makes it look easy.)

**Been so happy to see .1 grams of gold in my own pan.

**Found a clanker in my bowl.

**Processed the gold findings using screens, funnels, whirlpools, water jets, frying pans, squirt bottles...

**Been more proud of a 1 dram bottle (~.05 ounce).

**Completed this many Never Befores in one day.

What an epic adventure.

October 31, 2011

Oct 15: Westward Sky

Moving West, from UT to CA.

Shot these from the freeway, at speed.
Aperture priority, point, shoot, hope.

September 9, 2011

Sept 9: Moth's Wings

Passion Pit - Moth's Wings. Full lyrics available here.

But you're just like your father
Buried deep under the water
You're resting on your laurels
And stepping on my toes

Whose side are you on?
What side is this anyways?

Put down your sword and crown
Come lay with me on the ground


Don't worry. It's not dead. We'll send 'er back outside this evening.

Image 1 & 2: f/22, 15s, ISO 100, 50d, 105mm.
Image 3: f/5.6, 1.5s, ISO 100, 1Dm3, 300mm.
Tripod, macro slide rail, shutter release, extension tubes, patience.

August 25, 2011

Aug 13: Fish On

With the family in Quincy CA.

The boys sure love fishing.

And they catch 'em too, including this lunker largemouth, assisted by uncle Cody.

Vanessa tried fly fishing for the first time, with instruction from fish guide Andrew.
First cast.

Fish on!

She landed a few.

Rippin' lips.

Aug 22: Night Climb

We spent the evening climbing.
Sunset - Twilight - Dusk - Night.


I shot an additional 700 frames. I'm working on a composite timelapse.

Aug 24: Water Ski

I shot waterskiing for the first time.

The light wasn't great, but it gave me an opportunity to test out the angles.

Here's one of my mistakes that turned out okay.

And a mistake of a different kind.

I got the hang of it towards the end, but it got quite dark.

Just for kicks, I tried a strobe.

Bumping the ISO let me shoot in the low light, but shortly after this it became hard to see the buoys.

Next time, in good light, we'll get some better shots.

August 16, 2011

July 4: Fire Works

4th of July in CA.

Teaching the kids how fire works.