Rolling Clouds

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Last week I took a much needed day off and time-lapsed a few clouds. I love watching time-lapse of clouds. It gives them life and movement that are almost impossible to grasp by just watching them in person. Soon as to changes the speed and context though, they give the sky a mood and a story.

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These were in about a 4 mile area in the hills outside of Wenatchee.

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The day was lovely enough, that even with four applications of sunblock, I managed to get sunburns.

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The Campthing

Here are a few more from camping. (Click the images to see them larger) This was right as we were leaving. I got my camera set up right as we were about to leave to do a quick time-lapse of our camping spot. About three pictures into that, this thing appeared. I stopped the water from moving to focus the attention on the mirrored thing.

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Soon as a few of the wide shots snapped the glow above the object disappeared. A couple of minutes after it disappeared I got closer to get a few close-up shots. This is about as close to a selfie I’ll ever take. You can see my shadow in the reflection of the mirrored thing.

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In this one I was managed to catch the final camp chair and bags to be put away and the other two campers. After this, last time-lapse we took one of the last loads of stuff up to the car. By the time we got back from the car, the object was gone.

 

 

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More experiments with reflections, AE, and C4d.

 

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.