Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunrise shoot at Classic Jackson Hole Barns

Leah Klase and I have been thinking about going for a sunrise photography shoot sometime, and that day has finally come. We chose the location of Mormon Row's famous barns with the Tetons in the background. Sunrise here has been right around 5:45am, and the barns are about 45 minutes away from where we are at Jackson Hole Bible College.

So it was an early start this morning for sure, waking up around 4:30 to leave the parking lot at about 4:50 or so. It was Leah, Josh Stafford, and I who were eager enough to wake up that early for sunrise. We drove out to the location just before sunrise light started getting really good, with enough time to look around and get set up in the spots we wanted. I chose to move down to the less-photographed barns where I deemed there was better light. I'm glad I did, and I actually think I prefer the barns I chose.

I set up my Canon 40D to do a time-lapse of the whole sunrise while I kept my Canon G12 point-and-shoot to just take photos here and there. So the time-lapse actually shows me moving around taking photos a bit. Here it is:

Once again using music from Cort Tangeman! This time-lapse was set up to take one photo every 3 seconds, and I ended up with something like 735 photos in the sequence.

I actually really liked how the photos turned out from my trusty little Canon point-and-shoot camera. Goes to show that any camera can take great photos, so get out with yours and fear no DSLRs! :) Except in a few situations, but that's not my point here! Here are my photos from the Canon G12:

Early moments of sunrise light! Taken with the G12's built-in HDR mode.

Gorgeous views of the Tetons with nice warm light starting to hit the peaks.

My personal favorite from the day, taken once again in HDR mode.

Loved so many angles for these photos.

Possibly my second favorite shot from the day.

Some pronghorn/antelope running around nearby.

Getting some open field shots with the road and bits of fence.

Cool bit of fence near the barns.

Fence with stream running across the frame.

Closeup of the barbed wire fence, trying to frame the Tetons here.

Another closeup shot of the barn.

Gotta love sunrise! :)

I was quite happy with the results I was getting from the Canon G12. Was using a tripod for most of these shots, which helps get every bit of sharpness I can! If you get the composition and lighting right, this is what even your camera can do! :)

Here are some final shots I took with my Canon 40D, catching a bit more detail and then shooting some barn swallows:

Tight shot of the small barn and a bit of mountain behind.

Little shed.

Closeup of the wood on the big barn. Might use this for some web design projects. :)

Same as above, just with a bit of the roof.

Closeup of the small barn again, from an angle.

Barn swallow peeking out at me.

Flying up with some nest material.

Close to collision? No not really.  :)

There were tons of these birds with nests here!!

Cool shot with full wing extension.

Some of the swarm. :)

So we finally started heading home, and were quickly stopped on the small road with a herd of bison moving through. I had Leah take some pictures with my camera:

Bison with a scruffy coat.

Herd moving through in front of Tetons.

Another scruffy guy. :)

All in all, I'd say it was a good success! Especially since we had tons of fun in the process! Praise the Lord! We are thinking of doing this more often, possibly every week, so stay tuned! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Milky Way Timelapse #2

I decided to have another go at it, and "film" the milky way! This time I chose a different spot that was more open and so I could get more of the stars in the frame. I also added music to this one... from none other but Cort Tangeman! Check out his great hammer dulcimer music on iTunes! Without further chit chat, here's my video of God's awesome creation!

Technical jargon:

Camera used: Canon 40D with remote shutter release from Vello.
Lens used: Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
Shutter speed: 20 seconds
Aperture: f/4.0
Interval length: 15 seconds
Total # of photos: 375
Frames per second: 24

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Milky Way Timelapse

Hey I'm here again with a time-lapse video! This time I tried capturing the night sky, and I'm quite pleased with the results for my first try! Praise the Lord!

I've been planning this for about a week, to do it on the 19th when the moon was new so its light wouldn't interfere with the stars. So that night I set it up, hit my remote clicker, and let her run through the night. Here's the video result:

You can see the milky way, shooting stars, and the works! Pretty awesome! What an awesome God we serve, who reveals His glory in His creation! I'll definitely be working at doing this again sometime!

Psalm 19:

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from fhidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hike to Lake Solitude

Hey all! Once again Stafford and I have gone out on a hiking adventure together. This time it was just us, and we were originally planning on hiking around Emma Matilda Lake, but due to extremely big traffic slowdowns we decided to go to a closer location: Cascade Canyon.

To start our Cascade Canyon hike, we begin the all-too familiar hike around Jenny Lake from the String Lake trailhead. We've done this hike more times than we care to say. It's the base hike for lots of common hikes such as Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point, and of course Cascade Canyon. But here's the beautiful view of the Tetons in "Cathedral" awesomeness. God makes some pretty awesome cathedrals. :)

Cathedral view of Tetons from String Lake trailhead.

Once we get to the horse trail that starts going up Cascade Canyon we finally start some real hiking. Stafford, as always, pushes my hiking legs and lungs to high levels. :)

We have a relatively easy, snow-free hike until we reach the fork of Cascade Canyon, where we headed north towards Lake Solitude. Now we start hitting lots of snow, but we just trek through it. It wasn't anything too dangerous since we weren't on any slopes. The snow was also melting a little bit so it was a good softness that helped us at times get footholds instead of sliding off somewhere. Here's a few photos of our surroundings once we got out of the trees:

Stafford hiking up the trail of snow towards Lake Solitude.

Looking back at the Grand Teton (right) and Mt. Owen (left).

Cool little peak.

It wasn't too long after when we hit our original "goal" for a good place to reach for the day. There's this bridge on the trail that goes over the stream running from Lake Solitude down the canyon, and it has a great view of the Tetons. So we stopped, I took pictures, and we did a short video for ya'll to enjoy. :)

Stream running down Cascade Canyon, looking right into the Tetons!

Panorama to get a little more of the view.

Looking up the stream towards Lake Solitude.

After the bridge we hiked through more snow, though it was surprising how many trails people have trodden down through the snow. I didn't think many would attempt it in the snow, but we still met some people along the way. Here's a video of Stafford sliding down to where he thought we should hike:

Fun times as always. :)

So we finally made it to the base of the final hill to get to Solitude. And it was no small hill. In the snow, since you can't really switchback up the normal trail, it's just a straight path directly up the big hill. Talk about burn in the legs! It was pretty grueling, but once we finished it we were greeted by Lake Solitude in all its frozen glory. We walked around to a spot on the side of the lake where there were some big rocks and trees for shade. After stopping for a food break, I started looking around and taking photos. Here are some shots and a video while we were at the lake:

The only open spot of Lake Solitude, with the Tetons in the background.

Great view, love the colors!

Cool crack through the ice and snow.

Closeup of the Tetons.

Rock in the middle of the lake (yes I was walking across the snow on top of the lake)

Again, love the color!

Really cool that you could see the ice all the way down.

Another view of the lake with Tetons.

Looking the other way to the opposite side of the lake.

We stayed up there relaxing on the rock (and getting sunburnt) for a while and just had a great time hanging out. Here are some photos of us that we took on timer:

Laying down on the rock by Solitude.

Stafford gets to have his own shot. :)

Hiking brothers! But more importantly: brothers in Christ!

And finally a couple more shots before we left:

Awesome full sun ring! :)

Cool wispy clouds streaking across the beautiful scenery. :)

On the way down we were both pretty tired and ready to be done. We slid down several sections to go faster. And along the way we were shouting periodically just in case bears were nearby. We developed a system where I'd shout "Yo!", Stafford replied with "-gibear!", and finally I added "-a!" for the Yankees player Yogi Berra. :) We mixed it up a bit here and there and it was fun. We tried throwing the other person off or try to catch them off guard so they didn't respond quickly. It seemed like every time Stafford would shout "Hey bear!", a marmot would jump out of the bushes or rustle somewhere and scare him since he thought it was a bear. Haha. We were ready to catch a few and dispose of them. :)

When we hit about halfway down the horse trail, we came upon a moose that was off the trail about 50 feet or so that was just laying down resting. He looked pretty tired. Here are a couple photos and a final video for the day:

He wouldn't peak out any more than this. Oh well.. :)

Looking up at him from farther below.

Overall it was a ton of fun. Hiking with Stafford has been a really great time to just get away and enjoy each other's company. We both love doing it for one main reason: the gorgeous views at our destinations. The Lord has blessed us with being able to go see His creation in ways many can't! It's a blessing and joy that I love to share with others here on the blog and elsewhere through my photography. All praise and glory to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!

Thanks again for stopping by! :)

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!"
- Psalm 67

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time Lapse #2

Hi all, here's just a quick post to share my second experiment with time lapse photography. I fixed a few problems with lighting and timing and battery life, so I ended up with over 5 minutes of final video time!

This time I set it up on JHBC campus, looking towards the bunkhouse and classroom. Some pretty sweet clouds, and lots of people action this time! Campus Crusaders are here for a month, so you see them playing some games. Ian Landis is also featured golfing solo in the yard! :)

Stafford, Steven and I also try getting in some shots here and there, but unfortunately it came out to be super quick, so you'll have to tell me if you notice where we are in the video (and what we're doing)! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hike to Death

... Death Canyon, that is. :)

Josh Stafford, Steven Nuendorf, and I were at it again this morning starting to prepare for hiking at 6:15am. We were on the Death Canyon trail by 7:30-7:45am. Death Canyon is farther south than the hikes we'd been doing, so we figured it might just be more snow-free.

For the most part, it was. But once we got to the ranger cabin and started heading towards Fox Creek Pass, the forest was still full of huge piles of snow that we had to trudge though. We put up with it for about 1.5 miles or so, following the creek to help us stay somewhat on the trail. But then we lost it, and clouds were looming ahead of us. So we decided to turn back.

Here's how we started the return adventure:

As you can probably tell, we have a blast hiking together. :)

It did rain and even hail a bit on us, and we were ready to be free of the snow which soaked our shoes. So we made it to the ranger cabin pretty quickly and kept up a pretty good pace till we were back to the parking lot. Still working on getting in better hiking shape! Here are some photos and another video from the hike:

P.S. We came across a deer early on the trail and also a fox that trotted right by us! Unfortunately I did not get my camera out in time for either... I'm still a little sore about it. :)