September 28, 2009: Spent this morning shooting at Platte river state park, I had to do a film assignment with slow shutter speeds, so I figured the waterfall down there would be a good example. I didn't spend much time with digital at the falls, but then I had an idea of rigging my car with a tripod out the window, yet not falling out, shooting a longer shutter with a stopped down aperture to blur the background, yet stay focused on the car on which it was mounted. Took a while to figured out how to secure the mount and I did some film shots. Figuring it was sturdy enough I decided to try it with the D40. First time it started slipping and I barely grabbed it before it would have fallen to the ground. Then later I keep going back and forth having to get out of the car to change any camera settings. I'm sure some of the people there thought I was crazy. Not everyday you see someone with $1400 of camera equipment hanging out your window 2 feet away lol.
I think there is a lot of potential with this little setup. Could be sweet to do this on a busier street (bad idea lol) with light trails and during twilight would obviously work better. It would be sick to have a storm out there in the background with lightning going off too. Going to have to play with this a little more.
September 26, 2009: Check out Dick McGowans timelapse of the June 17 Aurora tornado. This is probably the best timelapse I've ever seen of a chase, while driving shows some sweet rotation, and the tornado timelapse is just insane, you NEED to watch this. In other news looks like mid next week could be a couple chase days, or at least some storms! been a while since I've seen a good storm, even if it's just lightning, I'm excited lol.
Pretty sold on the fact I'll be shooting video next year, there's only so much you can show in still images. Fall is here and leaves will be changing color, be ready for some images of foliage soon. Lots of random stuff in this post.
September 23, 2009: Interesting morning...only I shouldn't have gone up to Murray hill, it was a bust of course, but the shots that paid off today were just 3 miles from my house! I went to a lake near my house after I woke up at 5am and saw fog outside. I thought if I could get my headlights above the lake a little looking onto the lake I could get a full bow. I tried it at the boat launch and man was it cool! you go to the end of the dock and its just a huge hoop. It looked crazy blowing around all over the lake. Here is a shot of a lot of the halo, it's hard to fit the whole thing in the frame, even at 10mm. I think I was talking to Mike or Chris on the phone in this shot, thats why my arms might look a little weird.
After talking to Mike I decided to go up to Murray hill (Bad Choice!) and end up getting there maybe 30 minutes before sunrise, I actually tried a hill south of there at first to see if the fog was lower, this spot was very boring though, nothing up open fields to shoot, Murray hill at least has some interesting things in the foreground, like the curvy roads, the town itself, grain elevators, etc... I decide to book it to back to where Chris and Mike were, only I didn't know that I had no need to be in a hurry. It sucked up there, we didn't even see the sun until 40 minutes after sunset and it never let up. We were in the fog the whole time.
So eventually we give up go down and they begin to drive away, and I try to start my car... Of course! I left my lights on and my battery is dead. I called Chris and he came back and we tried to find jumper cables at a gas station, little sioux, nope. Sorry but I'm not going to go knocking door to door for those, its kind of a creepy town. We drive to pisgah and look up the phone number for the gas station, call it, nope. But they give us the number to the tire shop in town and they have some. We go there and he lets us use this jumper box, but we can't get it to work for some reason and then get owned as he starts it up in 10 seconds. He was pretty pissed he had to drive all the way there lol. Too bad I didn't have cash, or I would have given him a tip for helping us out.
Time to stop going out for fog and start saving gas money for squaw creek this winter, and the 2010 chase season. Might do a little mini trip for fall foliage here in a couple weeks.
September 20, 2009: One of the better sunsets I've seen this year, so I thought I'd post one. I used my 50mm 1.8 lens a lot this night, and man is it a fun lens. Might be my new favorite.
September 18, 2009: Tried fog stupidly again, only this time I tried it at Platte River state park. They have a big observation tower that overlooks the Platte. Boy did that suck, no fog anywhere in sight up there. It was really creepy being up there too, because there were buildings underneath and a couple cars parked there, felt like I was being watched, so I left there quick! This was 4:30am or so. I decide to check out the holy family shrine off the interstate, because it kind of overlooks a small valley to the southwest. Nope, nothing there either. Drive to Omaha, planning on going up to the normal spots, but I check with Chris first and he says it's no good up there either, so I've been wanting to try sunrise at downtown for a while now, and I'm here with all my gear so I stay.
Messed around with the 50mm 1.8 for a while, which was fun later got some morning light on the big buildings downtown, this might be my new favorite Omaha photo of mine.
September 16, 2009: It's pretty easy to get unmotivated for some reason to edit images after a trip. At this point I have no idea when I'll get around to it. Guessing by the end of the month for sure. If only I could just sit down and get them all done at once in a couple hours, but I get distracted too easily. Hmm...
September 11, 2009: Pretty busy with work and classes right now, so not much time to update. Went out for Fog two mornings ago with Chris and Mike again, they got some good shots, but for some reason I sucked with the camera that morning, probably because I left my cable release at home so I couldn't open the shutter longer than 30 seconds. I did see some cool car headlight fog bows though, I might put up one image of that on one of the accounts I do of the fog earlier in August. Found a new spot just like Murray hill too, only this one is in that area that almost always seems to have fog even if Murray Hill doesn't. So we are going to try this hill next outing, which will probably be Sunday or Monday, not sure yet.
Still haven't worked on a ton of images from the Wind River trip, but here are two more for now. The first is of our campsite on September 4th. The full moon luminates the peaks on the upper left and our campsite is lit up by a fire.
Obviously this is a bull moose. This was the closest shot I got of him, he didn't help out much at this angle, but oh well.
Just to set a goal for myself, I'll get the wind river report up by Monday. Then I hope to get the fog reports, and what ever else I need to do to get caught up, done by next Sunday. It's late, so if there are type-o's thats why.
September 7, 2009: Back from the Wind River Range now, I've got nearly 300 images to sort through. I'll try and get a few more up tomorrow and eventually get a big report done of it, but here is one for now... this is at Shadow Lake in the Bridger wilderness area.