Sometimes you lose something because you're meant to find something else.
I screamed when I realized it was gone. I was standing alone on the ridge line of an obscure mountain outside of Denali National Park. My friends had hiked ahead, but they heard the scream and came sprinting back. I wasn't injured, I had dropped a memory card somewhere along the hike which held my first two weeks living in Alaska during the summer of 2009. It happens to every photographer, and it was my first and only lost memory card to this day. This is the story behind what would unfold should anyone ever find those lost gigabytes while trekking through the Alaskan wilderness.
Time-lapse photography is simpler than it seems. It's one of my favorite ways to shoot, partially because I love shooting sunsets, sunrises, and the stars, and in part because I can set up my camera and then forget about it and enjoy the scenery. Here are the some things to keep in mind when shooting a time-lapse.
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I haven't seen a proper Autumn in over 7 years. I was living in Spain, then Florida, and then San Diego, in each of those places the leaves never turned, the temps sort of dropped about three to five degrees and everyone threw on a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short sleeve and went about their business. But in New England, Fall is an EXPERIENCE. I was beyond excited to see some of the colors this year, so in the last week I went up to Vermont and the Catskills in Upstate New York in separate trips.
I suppose the first thing I should tell you is that there are no "best settings" for night sky or long exposure photography. But while there may not be standard settings for every night sky image, there are some best practices, and I'll tell you where I normally start.
As I heated ramen over a pocket rocket camp stove 5 years ago, my friend Jason smeared peanut butter on bread after a long day of canyoneering in Zion. He missed his mark, and ended up with peanut butter all over his hand, because his attention was focused on the on a grass fed bison burger, stuffed with fresh ginger and wrapped in a collard green. You see, our friend Moose had camp cooking down to an art. He was the master, and that summer we deemed him a "Backcountry Bulter". Fast forward several years and a lot of outdoor cooking experience and we've all stepped up our Backcountry Butler-ing game. Here's a recipe for a newly discovered summer favorite.
A 3-Day Trip to the Catskills
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A couple weeks ago my husband, Craig, and I set off to explore the great unknown, AKA the Catskills. While known to many on the East Coast, and a popular vacation spot for New Yorkers, neither us had explored the area in the summer. Since relocating to the East coast this year, the number one thing on my bucket list was to see some waterfalls. On the journey our Moosejaw Madness water bottle and my Moosejaw half zip stretch fleece were go-to pieces of gear.
We headed west to Massachusetts and when we arrived at our first destination both of us commented how it felt like we were in Oregon. Bash Bish Falls was a just a taste of what the area had in store for us. We hiked along the creek, clear enough to see the multi-colored stones on the bottom, until we arrived at a spectacular waterfall pouring nearly 60 ft down from a deep canyon above. We stayed for hours, exploring down the canyon, finding other little waterfalls, and soaking in the warm weather.
Location: Fjällräven Cambridge, 63 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Wed, July 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Kat Carney is an outdoor adventure photographer. She loves surfing, climbing, canyoneering, and mountaineering, and can often be found wandering around both the east and west coasts in her built out suburban. See her adventure wedding portfolio at www.swellandstone.com.