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.
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Bike Night @ Mill Creek

It’s been very busy lately. But amidst the general chaos of living in the 21st century, I’ve managed to built a couple projects. This is from a fun monthly event that has just taken on the name “Bike Night.” For 5 hours, on the first Friday of every month, the Mill Creek Skate Park goes from skateboards only, to bikes only.

 

If you’re interested in the music, it’s from Human Pyramids! It’s a fantastic 3 track demo that can be found right here!

 

 

The slow mo was shot on an Sony FS700, the time lapse on a Cannon 30d, and everything else on a Cannon 7d!
Editing was all done in Premiere Pro CS6 and the type was set in Illustrator.

Look for more fun stuff soon!

Four Bikes, One Car, Four Parks

Today was the first official ride day of the season. We loaded up four bikes and four people in one car and rode four parks. And it was glorious.

Chance rolls over the doorway the Marcus sits under.
Chance rolls over the doorway the Marcus sits under.
Bike there, bike there, bike there, Oh, and one there.
Bike there, bike there, bike there, Oh, and one there.

It’s always an impressive feat fitting four bikes in the trunk. Though with the improvements through the day I swear you could fit five in there by the end.

Marcus doing a barspin off of a super thin side of one of the doorways.
Marcus doing a barspin off of a super thin side of one of the doorways.
Dan enjoying some sun and long grass.
Dan enjoying some sun and long grass.

I was doing stunts too, at like a 95% of the time stunting to 5% camera(ing). Spring has now officially started in my book!

Spots of Color

My roommate and I went to explore the snowy mountains the other. And he kindly put up with me carrying my camera everywhere. We drove up a scenic highway to where it was closed for the year. The rest of the day was spent going though snow filled camp grounds waiting for springs warm embrace.

Orange fungus clinging to a frozen tree.
Orange fungus clinging to a frozen tree.

From wandering through a desaturated world, I quickly became obsessed with finding all of the remaining bits of color that I could.

The river still carried it's emerald green.
The river still carried it’s emerald green.

These photos are just in the order that I took them through the day.

Though drab from far way, once you closed the gap to the pine trees they were evergreen
Though drab from far way, once you closed the gap to the pine trees they were evergreen

I did take a few very cool cinemagraphs too. I haven’t had the time to put those together. I’ll probably do one a day for the next four days so that I have time to work on other projects as well.

This lichen patch caught my eye right before we left.
This lichen patch caught my eye right before we left.

Everything else I took was for cinemagraphs, so look for those over then next few days!

 

Break One Thing

Another moving thing. I’m getting much faster at figuring out the type alignment and such. I think next I’m going to try to make a couple in AfterEffects instead of Photoshop to see if I can do more with them there.

break-one-thingThe background is a photograph of  a smashed car outside of an abandoned loading warehouse.

 

Fire Line – Cross Here

At least I’m fairly certain that’s what the tape said. As some of you may know it was exceptionally raining in the Seattle area yesterday. With this in mind I thought the light would be lovely to shoot inside of and old abandoned house. And just as it happened, I knew right where one was as I used to dig BMX jumps there in high school. Upon arrival to the old house on the bluff, I discovered that at some point in the last few months it had been set ablaze and all that remained was a hollow burned out husk. So, instead of abandoned interiors, I present you with burned out photos.

New life has already started to spring forth from the rubble
Mediocre yet necessary photo? Nothing a few colors can’t spruce up!
This is the side of the house that has the most left.
The old basement now has a lovely skylight
Only the nails remain from the floor we used to play hide and seek on
Taken in the driest part of the house in the little bit left of the basement.
This is what most of the house looks like on the inside. You can see the bathtub and where a bedroom used to be. I was debating on whether to include this photo, but I like the story it tells.
And a final image of the beginnings of life rising from the worst charred remains.

Though it might not look like it, the hardest part of these photos was staying dry. I was crouched over the camera the whole time and had a large umbrella maneuvering from hand to hand most of the time too. All in all though, I can’t imagine a more fun way to spend a rainy day.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these and thanks for at least scrolling all the way to the bottom!