Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Fifty/Fifty…Success on Borah, Weather on Kings

Posted by on September 10th, 2013

My 2013 highpointing trip took me to Borah Peak, Idaho and Kings Peak, Utah, both for the third time.  Borah is one of the toughest climbs among the 50 state highpoints but we succeeded in getting past the aptly-named Chicken-Out Ridge and on up to the summit.  Contrariwise, the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans for Kings Peak a few days later.  Fortunately, Kings is up a beautiful valley and a pleasant hike to the base camp near Dollar Lake so having to return for a better weather window isn’t too bad.  For more details, please read my illustrated trip report.

australia, cruise, tasmania

Posted by on January 3rd, 2011

Over Nathan’s Christmas break, we flew to Sydney, Australia, for a cruise up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. After returning to Sydney, we flew down to Hobart, Tasmania for a couple of days before coming back to Sydney once again for the New Year’s celebrations. For Nathan, Australia marked his seventh continent and one hundredth country (per the Travelers Century Club list).

The photo album is online.

Model Rocket Videos

Posted by on April 13th, 2010

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to start documenting some of the model rockets I’ve been working on the past few years.  First effort along those lines are a couple of video clips shot from a rocket using one of Creative Labs’ “Vado” flash video cameras.  About the size of a cellphone, these will record up to an hour of video.

Last week, I took the video rocket over to MICDS where the athletic fields make for a nice large open area. We launched the rocket twice, once as a single stage, once with a booster stage under it. Videos from both launches plus a launch still of the two-stage setup are on this page. The files are large, 11 meg and 35 meg, respectively, so expect quite a bit of download time.

South America Photo Album

Posted by on December 2nd, 2009

We just got back from a tour of Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The photo album is under the “Travels” pulldown.

We visited Lake Titicaca and La Paz in Bolivia, Asuncion in Paraguay plus Montevideo and Colonia in Uruguay.

New Jersey Highpoint Panorama

Posted by on August 3rd, 2009

The annual Highpointers Club convention took place over the previous weekend. While there, I shot a panorama at the summit. The club’s timing was great because Saturday was the pick day of the event, weather-wise, so everyone had a great day to either hike up a couple of miles of the Appalachian Trail or just drive up to the parking lot a couple of hundred yards from the highpoint monument in the aptly-named High Point State Park.

While on a business trip up to Minneapolis, I had a free weekend. Having done all of the nearby state highpoints, I decided to find some other interesting site to visit. I drove up to Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi River. At the outlet of the lake, there are a series of rocks across the outlet stream, otherwise known as the Mississippi River, so you can quite literally walk (well, rock-hop) across the Mississippi at that point. I shot a panorama from one of the rocks in the stream.

A little ways downstream, there is a log bridge for those not quite so venturesome as to hop across a bunch of slick rocks. I shot a second panorama from the bridge. If you look upstream in that pan, you can see some people making their way across the rocks. In warmer weather, you could easily wade back across that small pool between the rocks and the bridge.

Additional Cambodia/Vietnam Panoramas

Posted by on January 5th, 2009

In addition to the Ha Long Bay cave panorama mentioned below, I shot four additional VR pans:  The courtyard of the National Museum in Phnom Penh, an interior courtyard in Angkor Wat, a pan from the upper terrace of the Pre Rup temple near Angkor Wat and the Tran Quoc pagoda complex in Hanoi.

Cambodia & Vietnam Photo Album

Posted by on December 31st, 2008

Yesterday, we returned from a two-week tour through Cambodia and Vietnam. Interesting trip and a lot of photogenic sites, especially the temple complexes at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I’ve posted the photo album of the trip. To run that as a slide show, click on the “play” icon in the upper right corner of the album page.  Look for updates as I go through and annotate the individual image pages with more information about them.

Ha Long Bay Cave Panorama

Posted by on December 29th, 2008

We’re nearing the end of a two-week tour of Cambodia and Vietnam.  While there, I shot a panorama in a cave on an island in Ha Long Bay.  See this page for the panorama in Java format and a link to a larger Quicktime VR format as well.

petrified forest photo album

Posted by on December 2nd, 2008

While on our Arizona highpointing trip, we visited the Petrified Forest National Monument. Click to view the photo album from that day.