Tuesday, July 29, 2014

rediscovery: assignment three

Let's recap. In assignment one, you looked through your archives and identified a few of your own images that inspire you. In assignment two, you shot a LOT. If you're me, you re-did it when you missed your original frame count and shot a LOT MORE.

Assignment three is for you to go to your favorite internet haunts and find five photographs that inspire you - by five different photographers. They don't have to be famous or rich or successful, but at least one of their images needs to inspire you.

Keep the images for later - pin them to a board on pinterest or download them to your desktop. Make one your phone background or (crazy thought) print them out and put them around your house. Let them interact with you and inspire you on an ongoing basis. 

Here are five of mine in no particular order:

Creating your own micro-adventure

Just some quick thoughts this morning as I enjoy my coffee outside, with birds chirping overhead and the sun rising over the forest, soaked with last night's rain.

That adventure you are waiting for? The one that will spark your creativity and get your ass in gear? It is waiting for you.

It doesn't have to be the month-long trip to Iceland or even the week-long raft trip in the grand canyon. It can be a weekend hike or a night spent sleeping under the stars and roasting marshmellows. Preferrably both ;-)

What I'm trying to say is that a *micro-adventure* can be just as satisfying and just as helpful to pressing your "reset" buttons as a huge, expensive undertaking can. In some ways it can be much more so; you can come home after a few days outdoors and still have enough money in your wallet for beers with your friends.

Don't do it for the selfies, the facebook profile pictures, the twitter followers - you don't even have to post it on social media. Do it for yourself. Do it to experience something new.

The adventure that your soul seeks, the smell of the outdoors, the discomfort of being a little warm or a little cold than the climate control in your apartment allows, the smell of a campfire and the freedom to take off your watch, turn off your phone, and see the world around you...

It is waiting for you.

All you have to do is grab a map, close your eyes, point, go!

(this post inspired by the shenanigans of Al Humphreys)

Monday, July 28, 2014

FJ summit: secondary

A few more images from the FJ Summit. I like these a little less than the first selections, but most are passable.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FJ Summit: Top selections

Web resolution images from my experience at the FJ Summit in Ouray, CO
This was my first summit and I had a blast! Lots of fun people, incredible trails and views and much radio communication to keep my nerdy side happy.

Still processing my panoramas. Should have two or three of those out in a couple days.

Click on any image to enlarge.

I think this was on the Imogene run... It all kind of blurs together.

Black Bear Pass - not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Not as scenic either.

Ophir pass. Great quick run from Telluride to Ouray. Got some rain too.

Hanging out at HQ with food and vendors and people! 

Camp on Wednesday night.

Sunrise up Governers Basin on 4 hours of sleep.