Smoke in the Vineyard

Last week I made my way to Eastern Washington to shoot some wine tasting notes. There was a general haze about everywhere we went. While looking for our next shot in a vineyard near Mattawa, another one of these orbs appeared. This was the only one I saw during the couple days over there, but it was reminiscent of the fires that were burning just over the horizon.

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Click to view it larger

 

Here’s another look at the haze that was hanging over the landscape.

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(This was the first time that I’ve experimented with pyrocluster in Cinema 4d. It’s a little more difficult to control the size over lifetime than I anticipated, but that will leave something new for next time!)

 

Floating Oddity

I went camping with a couple friends last weekend. There were strange things floating all over. To the eye they looked like they were barely there if at all. Once you get them on camera and run the images through some treatments (see photoshop, after effects, & cinema 4d) these little strange things begin to take much stronger shape. I’ve only had the time to fully work up this one image so far, but more will follow.

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Click the image to view it larger. May take a moment to load

This was pretty much just an excuse to practice building 3d environment maps from 360 panoramas.

Toilet Playtime

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Sometimes it’s good to switch things up a little. So today I wanted to see what I could shoot on the back of the toilet. So here is todays toilet toilet play time.

Bathroom Gaurdian

This fellow has been living on the back of the toilet longer than I’ve lived here. After so long, it only seems natural that it would be here to introduce it’s tank.

Tea-Bags

Everything was shot all in one spot, most everything involved is a vase of water, some tea bags, and some chia seeds. And this is the result.

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Camera, Tripod, Intervalometer, and lit with the bathroom heat lamp. Post was in Bridge, After Effects, and Photoshop.
Nothing like making the most of a little!

The Cornmaze

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Working and learning seem to consume the vast majority of my life lately. Thankfully, a mate invited me to visit the corn maze with his family. Of course this mostly involved me wandering about with my camera.

In addition to the maze, there was also a pumpkin patch.

Unfortunately I didn't think to bring my tripod so i had to hold my breath to do shoot this
Unfortunately I didn’t think to bring my tripod so i had to hold my breath to do shoot this

The brave leader and navigator for our trek through the maze was Conner the Mapholder.

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Across the whole day, the most interesting thing was how people interacted with the maze and each other. From the group (in their 30’s) loudly complaining from the center of the maze that it was to easy or the family laughing every time they walked in a circle, almost everyone interacted differently.

IMG_1088FinishIn many cases people had begun husking the corn while in the maze, only to stop and leave it half exposed soon as they realized that it had hairs or was’t ripe. With the kernels ripe for picking the crows or other birds would swoop in an finish what people had left.

IMG_1076FinishThough for every ear that hung never to make it out of the field, there were several more just coming into their own, still holding the fog.

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The Fast Way Down the Mountain

Here’s the first of many fun nuggets of joy from last weekends backpacking trip. We covered about 17 miles in three days. On Saturday I wandered off alone all day to see where it would take me. One of the places I wound up was in a huge field of flowers, ferns, blueberries, and huckleberries. The oddity being that it was on a 45 degree slope. When in this situation on the decent there are two ways to get hike down it. You can look for difficult footing and make your way carefully, OOooorrrr you can slide on your butt like a madman!

It was a pretty easy choice.
It was a pretty easy choice.

As Time Passes

Keeping track of time is difficult. It feels like the last couple of months have gone by in just a couple of days.

This is what 4 hours at the beach looks like in one image. 120 photos into 1.
This is what 4 hours at the beach looks like in one image. 120 photos into 1.

I’ve been fond of time lapse for a long time, but I’m seeing so many other ways to portray the passing of time. As it becomes harder to keep track of time, it’s also becoming more interesting on how it can be portrayed.

Different sections of an evening at a fair. I stood in one spot with my camera for about 2..5 hours.
Different sections of an evening at a fair. I stood in one spot with my camera for about 2..5 hours.

I’m coming to the close of my first weekend in a couple months. After so much time of being so busy every day, I was looking forward to having time to relax. Turns out, I just get antsy and start working on things.

Three Climates – The Forest

Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get out and about quite a bit. On these outings of work and play, I’ve managed to spend time hiking in the mountains, swimming on the coast, and walking through the flats of eastern Washington. So, starting with the forrest since that’s the closest to home. Here are the photos from said adventures!

This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos!
This is the still mostly frozen Heather Lake. This is a panorama comprised of 43 separate photos! If you click though it you can see a lot of snow melt waterfalls.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
Quite a few days in the mountains have been extremely foggy with the ground warming and thawing.
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
15 1/4 second exposures of a river to make a .gif move!
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love
And finally, out in the forest, if you keep your eyes open, maybe you can find the tree covered in signs of love

Retouching things from college and 1000+ follows

Just kidding! I wiped my old college website in preference to having a link leading here! What finally spurred on this decision was the fact that I’m out of business cards. I did just recently find some older ones that linked back to my original website though. So, now with this little change, I can use those cards and I’m no longer out!

Here's what the link/splash page looks like now!
Here’s what the link/splash page looks like now!

1000+ Follows!

I told myself that I would include a little about myself once I hit 100 follows. Then 500, then 800. And now at 1000, I’m finally putting in a little snipet. I normally try to keep things fairly objective as far as only letting certain aspects of myself show through. This is because I want to be able to make work that is strong enough on its own that it doesn’t need a personality behind it because it has a life of its own. Constantly seeking this is what gets me motivated everyday.
More than anything else, I hate feeling useless. So I spend everyday trying to get better. I love learning, creating, helping, and building skills. I’ll probably stay this way until I’m useful in every situation. Ever.
Other facts. As seen from the above section, I can be a bit of a penny pincher (see: cheap ass), especially when I can think of a way around it. At the other side of that, for things that I’m going to keep, tools, tattoos, etc, I would rather pay more and get something too last. I grew up with my dad’s saying, “Do it right, do it once.”
With that in mind, I draw quite a bit away from the computer. With this, I tend to draw everything more than once. Repeating the same thing until I like what I get.

The one on the right is pretty much how I've seen myself since childhood.
The one on the right is pretty much how I’ve seen myself since childhood.

The ones on the right are plastisol paint pens. They’re pretty much the most fun ever. And they don’t bleed through paper at all!

Other than that, I’m 24, I’ve worked in a print shop, helped start a screen printing shop, an art store, a bicycle shop, microsoft, oodles of festivals, vending at baseball games, and lots of freelance. I’m currently doing mostly freelance production assistant, grip, and video playback work. Also, I’m working weekends at the bicycle shop down the street to have financial padding. I ride my bike about every other day. I’ve grown up on the beach so I know how to catch most sealife by hand.

And to finish it up, I currently have a twisty mustache because it makes me giggle when I see it in mirrors.

The Rocking Portrait Test

My good friend Kali was kind enough to both pose for me and let me use her camera to begin to flesh out an idea that’s been rattling around for a little while! I would love to do this with a third camera do create a larger smoother rocking effect.

I used to love anything that was done with lenticular printing and want to recreate that effect digitally
I used to love anything that was done with lenticular printing and want to recreate that effect digitally

With that out of the way, I’ve been busy with life lately. It’s been the first bit of warm weather that we’ve seen outside of a few odd days in since some time in October. That being said, I’ve been shooting a lot of time lapse lately with the nice weather, gone camping everywhere from the ocean to the desserts, and have been illustrating often as well, so there’s plenty to come!

Long Exposure Time Lapse

As a test this .gif is made up of long exposure time lapse. Which naturally means, that I was sitting in one spot for a very long time. The exposure time for each frame was 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

To get this I hiked the Saddle in Wenatchee just before midnight.
To get this I hiked the Saddle in Wenatchee just before midnight.

The stars are a little difficult to see, but they can only get better from here! I’m sure that I’ll shoot plenty of these over the summer!