Fourteener, 14er, 14,000 feet. Air gets paper thin, shade and trees disappear, and extreme weather can roll in within minutes. Below freezing windchill in the middle of summer, and a climb in elevation that brings a brisk walk to a snails crawl. A sufferfest, death march, and anything but fun, yet such a satisfying pain. Thoughts become cloudy and the mouth gets bone dry. Water sources deplete, and now there is the hike back down.
There are 58 peaks over 14,000' in Colorado. These high peaks are not your afternoon hike and require a bit of experience and planning. Although they may not be the most technical and difficult hikes, the altitude bites into your fitness fast, and inexperience can leave you in a dangerous place within a lightning storm. I wanted to show with this group of photos how exposed and how raw climbing a 14er is. I wanted you to feel the sun relentlessly beating down on you, and the dryness of the air sucking away any last bit of hydration within your body. I wanted this batch of photos to capture the raw struggle of climbing these peaks. We climbed the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains in North America this weekend, Mt. Elbert and it was awesome.
Today I took a class on Strobe and Studio Lighting in Fort Collins. I want to and need to learn more about this type of lighting. I haven't had enough experience with it. Although I personally liked all the natural light photos I took instead of the ones with the strobe light. I liked them so much more that I didn't even post any that involved the strobe light. Also I don't think those photos are as great because it is a whole new skill I haven't mastered yet. Here are some photos of the model from our class (she did all the gesturing and posing since it isn't exactly my type of photo I enjoy, but she did a great job at it and I didn't have to direct or anything. Just not the type of photo I enjoy) It was a helpful learning experience though, and it was a good way to spend an afternoon.
Living in a house by a river would be nice, but without the house and without the warmth and the food it starts to become something else. I work in Denver and I ride the bus into work. From the bus station I have to bike down beside the Platte River and along the way there are tents, trash, and people all just getting by and living down by the river. Many just cruise by on their morning commute, run, or bike ride and pass with a blind eye. I want to bring this to attention. I want the people who live in these tents to be known because their numbers are growing.
To be without a family, home, money, food, or anything is truly something. To do this while having a disability or addiction is even more. I don't have some wild political idea or some genius solution. What I do have is a camera, and a feeling for these fellow humans who live by this river. I want them to be noticed and I hope something will come of this. As for now its just a start and I am not sure where it will go. I'm not sure how to handle this "story" or series of pictures. I'll figure it out though. This is just the start.
Hadn't taken photos in a while, so hanging out with Otis by the fire was a good start.
I spent my last week after graduation taking some time to finally get the motivation to drive across the country for the last time....hopefully.
I took a stop in South Boston (Goodwill Hunting), ran by Yale real quick, and spent time in some suburbs of Connecticut with my college buddies for possibly the last time in a while. My goal for this trip was to:
- Make it fun and less of a suffer fest.
- Take at least one photo every time I filled up my gas tank.
- Get home
I met quite a few awesome people during this trip while taking photos and found a few interesting places. From stopping in the "Taste of Holland" in Iowa to meeting a man from Beijing that is riding from New York to LA I found out real quick that I do love taking photos and you will meet some interesting people while doing it. Many portions of this trip i found myself wanting to learn more about the person or place I was photographing. I thought about many projects that I could make of these small towns, but for now I am going to focus on my upcoming idea for a project.
I went to Kristen's family reunion in Connecticut this past week. I met a few family members and also a couple people who I had a great time getting to know. I don't know if you're reading this Tim, but I enjoyed talking to you. It was awesome getting to know you and I hope you keep up with this website and Boa and all the various other adventures I take on.
My weekend and my time is over. I am wrapping up the final bits and pieces of my small little world that has been created over the past four years here in Syracuse. When my worlds do smash and mix together like the nasty cheap alcohol and soda combinations known to many Syracuse students I get confused, excited, and sad all at the same time. When family or friends visit that happens. Just like a kid with too much sugar. I have built up this small existence here in Syracuse that hasn't blended or touched with anything from home, and I slowly have become home here. I remember the newness of the college and the area around Syracuse. I remember how different it was and how out of place I felt. I struggle with letting things go, and I get attached to the oddest little things. That is probably why packing my room was such a ridiculous feat this weekend. I am sad. I am happy. I will always remember this place and this world I have lived in for four years. I have had the chance of a lifetime to build something and experience something many others never will or have the chance to experience. I am lucky and I have wrapped up my experience. I don't know when I'll be back.
Went out to Skaneateles,NY (Skinny-Atlas) today with all of my family for some food and such. There were a bunch of kids taking prom photos, and Mike (this guy) was hanging around by the water as well. He grew up in the area and now drives some family friends to prom in his 1947 Ford. He had the car for 10 years, and found it in a junk yard in North Dakota in much worse condition than it is now.
It's coming. My family arrives tomorrow, and before I know it this weekend will be over and I'll be in my car driving across the country. I've met many people since I've been here at Syracuse, and also during my travels since I have started at Syracuse. Here is a solid group that I have enjoyed spending my last and most "College" college year with. Cheers to you guys, and I hope our paths cross soon. (Also this is a cool picture... and I need to buy a remote for my camera so I don't have to awkwardly run into the picture anymore)
I finally purchased my first full frame DSLR. After a semester of access to the cage (and not having access over spring break) there is honestly a difference in image quality. All I had before was a Nikon D60 which was a great start, but it is time to upgrade now that I won't have the cage. Although just because I have a fancy camera doesn't mean every picture is going to be portfolio quality, and also it doesn't mean I take good pictures just because the camera is dope. Still though if you want to see some of my "Less than Portfolio Quality, Quality" photos check out this blog every once and a while as I'll be updating it with my stories and projects.
The camera was no small investment by any means and I also financed it just in case I needed my hard earned cash for some other emergency. I finally selected the D750. Here is how:
- A budget (I want a dope camera, but I also have student loans. Darn...)
- Previous issues others have had with cameras. For example: Nikon D600.
- A stellar combo deal. Although it isn't the perfect lens the 24-120 is super flexible. I also got some great shots with it while shooting Block Party this year, and I would have been screwed during parts of the show without it.
- Trying the camera in the real world not just the store, which is pretty hard if you don't have access to a place as awesome as Newhouse's cage. Ask around though I imagine someone will have a fancy camera. I really liked the D4 and it is hard not to, but I'll wait for that one. Full frame cameras just get fancier buttons as the price goes up, but the quality is roughly the same (roughly... see part 5). If sports are the choice then the D4, D4S, D5's rapid fire will toot your horn.
- Megapixels. I don't want the D810's mega amount of megapixels because I don't want to keep buying external hard drives. If though I were to make a huge print of something then I'd consider it.
- Sales. Even though a sale may mean a new camera is coming out I can't keep waiting for the next bigger and better camera because then I'll honestly never buy a camera
- I like taking pictures. It's fun.
I think I'll take some pictures while I drive home across the country, or during this graduation week. Who knows?