West Virginia Juried Exhibition

Pretty stoked that two of my pieces will be in the The West Virginia Division of Culture and History‘s 2016 Juried Exhibition.

– Located at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV.


Light Pillars over Morgantown
Juried Exhibition, Light Pillars over Morgantown, WV - From Coopers Rocks Overlook

-In the sub-zero air, my friends (Dennis Lees & Anna Withrow) and I skied out to the overlook at Coopers Rocks, WV. What I captured was a strange phenomenon, known as Light Pillars. Captured on 2/20/15


Moonlight and Stars trails over Jenkinsburge Bridge

Star Trails, Cheat River, Juried Exhibition

-Star Trails above Jenkinsburg Bridge. I shot 450 consecutive photos through the night, and combined them in Photoshop to form this composite image. The hills and bridge are lit by the moonlight of that night. Captured on 4/29/15


 

The opening Reception will be on November 8, 2015 – starting at 4 p.m.

The exhibition will run from November 8, 2015 to February 21, in case you can’t make it for the opening.

 

Squirt Boating Video

Within the world of outdoor adventure there are many subsets of interests, each with their own rabbit hole of fascination and intrigue. This video is found at the bottom of one of these rabbit holes…

In the subset of water sports, there is whitewater boating. Within the whitewater boaters we have another subset—kayakers. And, of those gnarly bunch we have another subset who label themselves squirt boaters.

In squirt boating, paddlers with neither paddle nor PFD ride currents underwater in sleek crafts designed in part to sink and ride the subsurface flows.

This is my first video I’ve ever made using video files… normally i stick to photos, and my videos have been time-lapses comprised of hundreds or thousands of photos.

I had been trying to capture photos of them in the turbulence, but when I asked Jim what type of media squirt boaters prefer… he replied video! So, I swtiched the GoPro to video for the first time and had at it.

Like the photo below, I would dive down into the flow, but instead of letting it take me, I’d latch on to a rock with my free hand, gopro in the other. Fortunately, I can hold my breath for well over a minute.

The real fun was after Jim and Jesse would paddle past my position, I’d launch off after them into the torrent.

swimming in the rapids

Garret swimming in the Alley