Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rhythm and melody?!

From me?! As if!

Instead, would you settle for a little color and texture?

From the time I first held a camera I've been smitten with the idea that you can share a specific part of your world with someone that hasn't been there. From that idea it has usually followed that you can not only share certain parts of it, but you can omit the things that you don't want them to know about, or that you'd rather not see.

Case in point was last week's vacation to SW Utah. Sure, there were a few other people out there, but you wouldn't necessarily know that by looking at the pics that follow. And the weather? Well, it was pretty good--a mite windy (hence overcast, with poor light) most of the time and a skosh hot (hence washed out skies) at others. But again--the ability to point the camera at things that show what you want to remember (color! texture! light!) and away from things you don't allows a guy like me the ability to paint the vacation as some sort of idyll.

In a way it *was* idyllic, and that's the point. It's not that I don't want to think about the heat, wind, or crashes, it's that I'd rather dwell pleasurably on the stunning scenery we saw, the laughs we had, and the lasting impressions that made it back home with me.

So, pay no attention to the fact that ~1700 shots were deleted from the trip. Instead, sit back and enjoy the ~100 that stayed.

While you're watching, maybe ponder what it means to roundfile 1700 shots. To me, it means that I'm taking more snaps than ever. Exponentially more, actually. My overall success rate is *much* lower because I'm experimenting more and failing often. But the ones that I do keep? To my eye, they're better than ever in composition, creativity, and clarity. Which is not to say that they're *good*, merely that I can see progress!


We camped atop Gooseberry Mesa for 5 nights. Ride shots are from the trails on Goose as well as nearby Guacamole, Grafton, and Little Creek. Hike/swim/rap shots are from Pine Creek in Zion.

Big thanks to B for ushering me safely down Pine Creek and attending to the important details while I alternated between awestruck quivering wonder at the scenery and abject whimpering pee-down-the-leg-of-my-rental-wetsuit horror when it came time to clip in and swing out. I hope to return the favor someday soon...



  1. Wowzers. That in my opinion is the best video you have ever composed, and it contains the least amount of biking yet.

    I was transfixed enough by the photos, especially the macros, especially the macros with insects in them that I was disappointed ("wait, wait") when the slideshow advanced. These photos must be amazing on a big monitor. There was also a low angle in the water photo early on that was fabulous.

    Congrats on confronting your fears.

    And at 4:00? Looked like a lack of commitment to me. I would commit to ride right past that:)

  2. Gorgeous pics! Looks like a fun trip :)


  3. Zion is a special place, one of my favs. Before I became a cyclist, I dabbed heavily in canyoneering. Nothing compares to a slot canyon in Zion.

    Loved the tree head cam moment.

  4. Very nice photography and compilation there ... some excellent macro shots.

  5. Progress is good.

    +1 on the headcam into the tree.


  6. Absolutely %$##$@ing AMAZING!

    Thanks Mike!

  7. Beautiful pics. I went to school up in northern UT and did quite a bit of exploring up there, but I never spent enough time down south. Hope to make it back there soon.

  8. Excellent! You definitely have a good eye for composition and for communicating the feeling of being there.