I had not been in the darkroom since printing some 5x7s for Ina and Chris’ wedding book or since I lost my job. About two and half months. Now buried by negatives I spent a fair amount of time and paper doing contact sheets (Generally usable sheets at setting 10 height on enlarger, f16, 10s). … Continue reading In the darkroom
Cristina, Willis and I drove up highway 14 up to Hamilton Mountain today. The trail is a seven mile + lollipop that takes on a fair amount of elevation while passing by several waterfalls and scenic overlooks.
We took the Poison Spider shuttle up to Kokopelli and dropped into the Whole Enchilada from there. The next morning would be our last day in the area and we drove east to Grand Junction to shuttle the Ribbon trail.
We took a break from mountain biking and drove to Arches National Park for a hike. I brought both cameras- the M6 (with TMAX 400 @ 800) and the GII. I find it difficult to convey the power and beauty of natural landscapes with black and white but I think these turned out pretty good! … Continue reading Moab Trip – Arches National Park
Our first riding day in Moab had two classics on the itinerary- Slickrock and Captain Ahab. After the first of many great meals at Eklectica Coffee we headed up to Slickrock. This system was to be used more or less as a training ground for some of us first timers; to get used to the … Continue reading Moab trip – Slickrock and Captain Ahab trails
For my birthday, Cristina bought the family a brick in Pioneer Square. It is an amalgamation of our names: Danstina Willfifu. If you’d like to check it out it’s directly behind the information booth on the west side by the little crows nest thing.
Starting with the World Championships, Behind the Element really started going off the rails. Beyond a sophomore jinx, what’s beyond a jinx? A hex? Whatever the case, we stopped producing. A lot of that falls on my shoulders as I fell behind editing but to be honest I wasn’t excited about the footage or the … Continue reading Behind the Element at Rainier, or, Running with Howard
First time in many years shooting with Tmax. Max himself gave me this roll. I pushed to 800 from a box speed of 400 and was happy with the results. A lot smoother than the tri-x even when pushed and still maintains good contrast and grays. The trip itself was to give Willis one last … Continue reading Cannon Beach, Oregon
The trend of bucking cyclocross in favor of mountain biking continues this fall. This weekend Sean, Andrew, Derek and I headed to some new-to-us trails in Silver Falls State Park. The trail system features some classic northwest double track climbing, steep loose and rooty descents, man made free ride features, and some mysterious ghost features … Continue reading Mountain Bike at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
If the boat is moving, unless you’re running full auto you have to stay on top of the exposure settings! The one we were on did essentially a figure eight loop in the Willamette on a partially sunny day. Light conditions were changing by the minute. There is engine noise that will sound exponentially louder … Continue reading Notes on shooting a wedding on a boat
I was laid off the week before we were heading to the Cloudforce conference in San Francisco. Instead of going to the conference I walked and rode the bike-share bikes around.
We had been planning a trip up to Washington to do more of an adventure route, specifically Juniper Ridge. A road closure made the route difficult for a weekend excursion so we opted to go ride Raging River, just outside of North Bend. Andrew and I left town after work on Friday and drove up … Continue reading A Plan B- Raging River in Washington
We met this guy on the way up Crescent Mountain. He was doing the Oregon Timber Trail. He had read that it was the hardest of The Trails- harder than the Divide, harder than Baja. He had just ridden in Baja and he said that yeah, it was much harder. There was also some talk of buying a new Cadillac every year instead of sending your kids to college.
From the top of Crescent we could see nearly all Oregon cascade summits. There were also remains of an old fire lookout.
All of us underestimated the ride. Andrew was wise and went back to the car to get more food when we went through that area on the way down Crescent Mountain.
Heading into the last climb we had to stop to filter water.