Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great American Eclipse 2017 atop Cowrock Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

Yesterday morning at 4:30am Meagan and I packed our stuff and headed up into the north Georgia mountains. we had decided to head to Tesnatee Gap and hike up Cowrock Mountain. Having been there before, I knew there was a good southern view for the eclipse. The weather looked fair and I was excited to experience this monumental event.

We luckily found parking and waited till sunrise to hike up the mountain. It was a tough slog as I was carrying several cameras, two tripods, and some huge lenses - my pack was 40+ pounds. Upon arrival we found some folks already there, having camped from the night previous.

I setup for the eclipse, and waited. Here is Meagan posing with my makeshift tarp for shade and my big 500mm f/5.6 Pentax lens:


The eclipse began around 1pm, with the sun slowly being covered:


The light started to get rather strange and we all saw the eclipsed sun in the shadows on the ground:


I took a few pictures of the eclipse viewers on the top of the mountain:


 


As the sun was approaching totality a bunch of clouds came in. We were getting dismayed that we would miss it.


But then all of the clouds parted and completely disappeared. The big event was coming.


And, totality!


 

I also shot this image with my film camera:


What an awesome experience! I am still going through some images and video that I shot. Meagan and I are already talking about travelling to the eclipse in 2024. We were lucky to have such a beautiful location to go to and that the weather held out.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grand Canyon, Day 1, morning

One of the things I was really excited about when I went to Arizona was visiting the Grand Canyon. It's something I have always wanted to do - so Meagan and I got up around 2am one morning and drove north from Phoenix to get to the Grand Canyon around sunrise.

We didn't quite make it early enough to see the sunrise but we still got some striking views. Here's some of the 35mm I shot that morning:


 



I also shot a bit with my new Mercury camera, and of course my Pentax 67ii:




 


That's it for our morning at the Grand Canyon. More to come later.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chiricahua National Monument

Okay I haven't felt like blogging lately and was kinda burnt out editing film scans. But now it's August so let me try to get back in gear.

One of the best places in Arizona is the Chricahua National Monument. Meagan and I took some time on the Echo Canyon trail:




The rock monuments are awesome but halfway through the trail are some beautiful grottoes. This was my favorite part of the trail:



These two images were my favorite from the trip overall and I printed them in my darkroom:



Finally, here is one more photo of Meagan and I in the grottoes:


Monday, July 17, 2017

Saguaro Cactus

So it's been almost a month since my last blog. The reason is that I took a 2-week trip to Arizona and have been busily developing and scanning the 30+ rolls of film I shot.

I haven't finished but I have gotten through about 3/4 of it. I thought I would start today by posting some of my favorite images of the iconic saguaro cacti growing in the Sonoran Desert.

I saw a lot of saguaros - from the Desert Museum to Picacho Peak to the Ironwood National Forest. Here's a collection of images from various places, mostly taken with my Bessa R2S and either 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm lenses.

I have lots more images to post in the coming weeks from AZ, especially from the Grand Canyon, Chiricahua National Monument, and Organ Pipe National Monument.





Here's some saguaro shadows:


 And here's one with me posing as a saguaro:


Last one is on the banks of the Salt River, taken with my Pentax 67ii: