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These are some images from Cassie’s session out at swan falls dam. It was right as the fire season was going through. The sunlight coming through the smokey haze added the perfect amount of reddened fill light.


Springtime motorcycle riding is here. I like to get off work early and take a ride out to Swan Falls Dam. Warm weather and beautiful, wide open desert plains make for a great afternoon trip.

These are stills from an upcoming time lapse series I’ve been working on while. It has been a really fun side project to spend some time on. Photographing time lapses really makes me rethink our perception of time. I realized how many amazing moments I miss on a day to day basis, mainly because events happen over hours and days, rather than the few seconds my attention span has to focus on it.


Swan Falls Dam

First night shooting with the robotic slider. I packed up and drove out to the swan falls dam.

Skies were mostly clear, with the occasional high altitude cloud. The moon was reflecting light from roughly 5/8ths it’s face. I was   surprised at the amount of light the moon reflected. Light from it reflected off of the earth and gave the skyline an almost Erie blue glow. Should make for a great colored timelapse  with strong cold toned sky and warm toned lights mounted on the dam.

The robot was simple to setup. The initial test exposure looked amazing. I started the system and waited. It was a little over three hours to complete. I layed on my camera case for the first hour and watched the sky. The stars were bright and the occasional piece of space junk would fall creating a small shooting star.

It was quiet except for a few rabbits running in the brush and the dull mechanical  humming of the dam. I felt cold laying on the ground.

I’ll have to figure out something more to do with my time. I don’t know if my mind played tricks on me or not…. Off in the distance in the sky a large light appeared. Much brighter and larger than any of the stars. It looked like a large fireball. It did not move. Just burned. It stayed the for just a minute and then just vanished. It should show up in the time lapse. I’m wonder what it was. Here are a few slices of the frames (image numbers _MG_9793, _MG_9794, _MG_9795, _MG_9796) in sequence. Exposures were 20 seconds long and there was a 5 second delay between frames for the robot to move.

It was time to quit seeing things. I went to the truck and warmed up for a while.

After warming up I came back out and watched the sky again. It’s amazing how beautiful it was. That was one of the things i missed most about growing up on a farm. The deep black sky…

At about 10:20 pm the fish decided to start jumping. Shortly after, the robot finished it’s cycle. I was freezing again. I packed up and headed home.

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