Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Watch the National Parks Special Every Night This Week!

FYI, a treat for anyone who enjoys America's national parks:

Check this link for times and channels in your area:
Even if you missed the first episode Sunday night (Yosemite, Yellowstone, John Muir, etc.), each episode is repeated later in the week (check the schedule for details).

Here are sample showing times that I looked up for DirecTV on the West Coast:

Monday, September 28 — 08:00pm
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The Last Refuge (1890-1915)
The years 1890 to 1915, when many Americans feared industrialization would negatively impact the country's pristine lands, are recalled. With Congress yet to establish authority or appropriations for park protection, a conservation movement begins.
duration: 150 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Tuesday, September 29 — 04:00am
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The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) (repeat of Sunday's premiere)
The sumptuously filmed history of America's national parks begins in 1851, when California's beautiful Yosemite Valley started to attract people who wished to exploit the land, and others, like John Muir, who believed it should be preserved.
duration: 120 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Tuesday, September 29 — 08:00pm
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The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)
The years 1915-19, when the conservation movement successfully pressured the federal government to create the National Park Service to oversee the nation's national parks, are recalled.
duration: 120 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Wednesday, September 30 — 08:00pm
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Going Home (1920-1933)
The years 1920-33, when the automobile enabled more people to visit the national parks, are recalled. Included: National Park Service director Stephen Mather pushes to build more roads in the parks.
duration: 120 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Thursday, October 01 — 08:00pm
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Great Nature (1933-1945)
The years 1933-45 are recalled. Included: the Civilian Conservation Corps are created during the Depression to undertake renovation projects in the national parks; NPS biologist George Melendez Wright pushes to reform the NPS's wildlife policies.
duration: 120 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Friday, October 02 — 08:00pm
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The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)
The series finale covers the years 1946-80. Following World War II, the parks see a dramatic increase in visitors, resulting in a billion-dollar campaign to improve facilities and infrastructure.
duration: 120 min
details: [HD] | [cc] [stereo] [ed taping rights: 1 year]

Monday, September 28, 2009

UT/AZ: Hike to the Wave

"The Wave" in the Coyote Buttes near Page, Arizona. To get one of the 10 next day permits to hike here, I had to enter the daily 9am drawing on two consecutive days. On those days, 67 and 63 people showed up hoping to obtain a permit. On the second day they give you two chances, on the third day they give you three chances.

UT/AZ: Hike to Wahweap Hoodoos

Light painting in southern Utah. The yellow was painted with a headlamp using an incandescent bulb, and the blue one was painted with an LED headlamp.

Trip to UT/AZ: Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. I'd like to take some people around this area in early November.

Quick Trip to UT/AZ: Hike to The Subway

"The Subway" in Zion National Park, Utah. The sun was mostly behind clouds, so I didn't have the reflected red light from the opposing sandstone cliffs coming in the other end this time.

After a few test shots, I set my aperture down to f/22 and my ISO to "L" (50) so I could use a long exposure of 30 seconds to capture the trails of the leaves moving around in the pool. Before I print this, I should still go back and see if i can increase contrast on those leaves so they show up better.

Quick Trip to Utah & Arizona: Valley of Fire

An overnight stop and morning shoot near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

My Photography in the Second Saturday Art Walk This Saturday

VOX Sept flyer, originally uploaded by jillallyn.

I'll be joining approximately 25 photographers from the Sacramento area this Saturday to display my works during the Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Sacramento.

If you haven't been to the Second Saturday Art Walk, it's a fun event with all kinds of art, and many galleries have musicians playing and serve hors d'Ĺ“uvres. Other businesses open for business during the event as well. one of my favorite stops the last time I attended was a winery that has established itself downtown.

The gallery will be open on Saturday night from approximately 6-10pm. I'll try to be there from 6-7pm or so. Come on down to 1931 H Street and say "Hi"!

For a map to the VOX Sacramento gallery, visit their Web page: www.voxsac.com/

Monday, September 07, 2009

Day 7: Sunday and Last Night at Burning Man 2009

Sunday at Burning Man is the day when the massive wooden "temple" is burned. I rrived early to get a decent view, and used a slow shutter speed to blur the procession of people walking in front of me.

Fire of Fires by David Umlas, Marrilee Ratcliffe, Community Art Makers:

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Day 6: The Wind Continues and The Man Burns, Saturday

After shooting things and people for several days, it was comforting to find a shot that felt more like a desert landscape. The Black Rock Desert has the ability to heal itself quickly of the footprints left the night before.

Unfortunately my tent was completely flattened by the wind on Friday afternoon, and upon returning late at night and finding the wind velocity still high, I didn't have the energy to try to plant some stakes upwind and tie it down to see if it might stay up. I slept on the platform taht I've built in the back of my (by now very dusty) minivan.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Day 5: Burning Man 2009, Venturing Out by Day

You never know what you're going to run across at Burning Man! I ofund this guy standing under the Soma art installtion by Flaming Lotus Girls. He was standing completely still, shooting a timelapse sequence for some reason. I'll try to follow up and find out why!

Soma, by Flaming Lotus Girls:

Friday night featured the "launch" of the Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship. I sat for hours waiting to see if the event would occur in the high winds, but I ran out of patience in the dust and wind and headed back to camp.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Day 3: Wednesday at Burning Man 2009

A performer spits fire on the Towers of Shiva stage at Burning Man 2009. Here's the Burning Man Earth entry for that art installation:

I really like the abstract quality of this shot.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Burning Man Day 2: Tuesday in the Black Rock Desert

The art installation Portal of Evolution as the sun prepares to set at Burning Man 2009. Here's the Burning Man Earth entry for that art piece:

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Burning Man 2009: Monday August 31

Just a quick note to say that I've started uploading photos and videos from Burning Man 2009 to my Flickr photostream:

I'll post some of the best here as I get more edited!