Thursday, July 23, 2009

Something to aspire to with aerial photography

Please look at this aerial photography. By hand. From a balloon. Above Everest. Now this is some aerial photography that I aspire to.

He took this picture using a hand-held 35mm camera with a wide-angle lens while standing in the balloon's wicker cabin.

Mr Dickinson, of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, said: 'This photograph is one of the finest I've taken, and I'm immensely proud of it.

'It took several minutes to set up - I was in the stratosphere and carrying bulky breathing apparatus - and I wasn't sure it would even come out.

'So when it was developed, and it came out like this, you can imagine my delight. It's a scene that I'll remember for the rest of my life.'

(via @jimmacmillan)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kite eating tree

Its started out harmless. I just wanted an aerial photo of the lighthouse. I mean, how many aerial photos are there of light houses, especially this one.
Kite eating tree 1

Kite eating tree 2
But my disregard for the trees was my downfall.
Kite eating tree 3

Kite eating tree 4
And resulted in a climb, a struggle, snipping strings.

Kite eating tree 5
And finally I stuffed the kite in my hooddie for safe keeping and scored victory over the tree.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Photography is easy, and hard

From Paul Graham:
It's simply a way of recording what you see -- point the camera at it, and press a button. How hard is that? And what's more, in this digital age, its free -- doesn't even cost you the price of film. It's so simple and basic, it's ridiculous.


It's so difficult because it's everywhere, every place, all the time, even right now. It's the view of this pen in my hand as I write this, it's an image of your hands holding this book, Drift your consciousness up and out of this text and see: it's right there, across the room -- there... and there. Then it's gone. You didn't photograph it, because you didn't think it was worth it. And now it's too late, that moment has evaporated.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Oregon Coast

Some photos of our trip to the Oregon Coast. I was so busy playing, that I only have these few favorites.

Cape Mears
This is the view from Cape Meares. Cape Meares has a lighthouse but I didn't take any photos of it. That's because I was busy with other embarrassing endeavors, that I'll get to in another post.

Cannon Beach - Haystack Rock 2009
Haystack Rock is the "anchor" of Cannon Beach Oregon. This is the view from where we stayed.

Both of these photos are pretty much straight from the camera with a little cropping.

The lesson I'm taking with me from this trip is: Take more photos (see point #3). I don't know if I was just being lazy (lame), or was waiting for the right moment (lame), or just having too much fun (excellent!). Oh, and I took a few photos with my wife's DSLR, (traitor to the blog!) I may show them later, because they turned out pretty good.