Jim and I hiked the JMT in 2016, with Luke and Ian Willnerd. This is a video of some of our pictures and videos, a sort of highlight video. Jim put this together.
Electronic and photography gear is always changing, but it seemed like Jim and I had a pretty good mix of electronics and photography gear when we did the John Muir Trail last summer (2016). Read more
Jim and I wanted to make a camera slider that was light enough that we could take it on the JMT. We made one that weighed about a pound (1 lb 5 oz), and works well with cell phones and gopro cameras. It cost $25 for the motor at Servo City. Here is the slider being explained when we were at Crabtree Meadow while hiking the JMT, and a few examples of videos made with the slider.
Monarchs of Colchuck Lake
Marc Dilley of Marc Dilley Photography showed me a technique in Photoshop which is advanced for me, easy for him. Here is how Marc uses the Mask feature.
(Marc) I am using this image of Colchuck Lake in the Cascade Mountains of Washington to discuss some basic elements of exposure, composition and how those two field skills relate to processing an exposure (or, in this case, two exposures). Read more
My brother Mike and I drove up and down the Owens Valley many times, and we were always struck by the impressive view of Mt. Williamson, near the town of Independence, California. Ansel Adams took a striking photo of Mt. Williamson and we always wanted to find the site of his photo some time. I was in Owens Valley last week and had the time to find the site of the photo, so Kevin Anderson and I set out to find it. Read more
It is pretty rare to see a It is pretty rare to see a pika, and being a few feet away from one is even more rare. It has only happened once to me, in 40 years of of hiking. This little guy approached four of our group, including a dog, went around us off the trail, then crossed the trail behind us as we stood motionless. Read more