Cosmos

Here are some beautiful quotes from a few of my favorite scientists, and when I think about them, my day always becomes a prettier place to be.
I’ve added a few of my cosmos inspired photos to accompany these enlightening quotes/thoughts…

“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.
We have traveled this way before, and there is much to be learned.”

“I find it elevating and exhilarating to discover that we live in a universe
which permits the evolution of molecular machines as intricate and subtle as we”
-Carl Sagan

We are all connected; To each other, biologically To the earth, chemically To the rest of the universe atomically
“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.
The cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. “
-Carl Sagan

“We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically “
-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Camping in the High Country of Yosemite. This photo extends beyond the curved boundaries of Yosemite National Park, all the way to the edges our galaxy. In this image, I can feel my interdependence to the rest of the universe, while also being able to see and feel my friends. (Side note, the fire had burnt down to just a few barely glowing embers in order to get this shot to work). This photo was published on National Geographic's Your Shot Assignment,

“I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s…
she’s never going to let us relax.”

“There’s this tremendous mess of waves all over in space, which is the light bouncing around the room, and going from one thing to the other
…and it’s all really there, but you gotta stop and think about it. About the complexity to really get the pleasure. “
-Richard Feynman

Here's the link to my blog post on how I make these world like images. https://www.1gabe.com/world-view-from-mt-hood-creating-the-globe-effect-with-panorama-images/

The above quotes have been incorporated into an awesome and impactful song by Melody Sheep.

I recently burnt a whole CD of Melody Sheep songs for my son, and he loves them! …and I find myself listing to them more often than he gets to.
I suggest checking them out if you get a chance.

Lightning over Morgantown

Last night’s storm produced some nice visuals over town. These shots are from atop South Park, looks toward downtown. They’re composite images made from several exposures where I caught individual or coupled lightning strikes. If you like these shots, check out my how-to post on capturing lightning.

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Top Yough Race 2015

My Easter weekend got a jump start on Saturday when Garret showed up at my house at 9am, ready to head to the Top Yough Race.

“The Top Yough is a section of the Youghiogheny River, not to be confused with the Upper Yough which is a bit further down stream. The race starts a swallow falls, and ends at a rapid called suck hole which is about 2.4 miles down stream of Swallow Falls. In between these two rapids are many class III/IV rapids depending on the levels. Races in the past have generally been between 180cfs to 700cfs.”

I don’t really consider myself a “boater” yet, so racing proper wasn’t for me this day. But, I was super stoked to be invited along, and I quickly grabbed my camera gear and we were out the door…

Top Yough RaceWe showed up just as the last call for registration was being made.

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I made a large 200+ megapixel panorama from this vantage point, and was able to merge a few shots of Laura Farrell into it (check out her boating blog when you finish browsing the pics). Here are a few different crops that narrow in on the detail..

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In hind site I should have stayed at this location. Being new to river seen, I thought I could find more unique angles further down stream, on river left where there’s wasn’t a trail (I thought this would lend to finding views of rapids that haven’t been shot before).

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Well, I may have found a few new perspectives, but by the time I forded Muddy Creek, and hiked 2 miles down steep pathless terrain, all the boaters had finished the race. The lesson learned from this experience is sometimes when you have somethings good, be satisfied.

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After finishing my rigorous walkabout, I met back up with Garret at the take out, where we then went to a local’s house by the river for the awards. There we hung out with friends, drank a little, ate amazing foods, and plotted for the next days adventures.

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Thanks making to the end of the post! Please leave a comment if you liked the images, or if you have any photo questions… and considering sharing this with your boater friends 😉

Cheers!

 

Cheat River Festival 2015

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The Cheat River Festival is only a month away! It’s my favorite day of the year, rain or shine it’s the best time 🙂

To help get everyone excited about it, I’ve put together a quick compilation of my favorite photos I’ve captured over the last 6 years… Enjoy!


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The festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Cheat River watershed. Cheat Fest is Friends of the Cheat’s annual fundraiser which helps them advance their watershed projects and supports the organization’s administrative costs. Rain or shine, Cheat Fest is always a good time!

Here’s another link for even more photos from the festival.

I hope to see everyone there!