Sunday, March 27, 2011

Volume No.1 -- Post No.31 Blue Canyon

I woke up early this morning and drove as far east as I could on I-80 without having to put on chains.  I ended up at the Blue Canyon exit and started walking.  Here's what I saw.

 This last was taken with my iPhone.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Volume No.1 -- Post No.27 Lake Clementine 2

The Sacramento Valley has received a lot of rain in the past few weeks.  I knew it would be a good day to return to Lake Clementine to see the weir spillway flowing full!

Jenn and the kids came with me.  Jenn took this photo of me from her vantage point above.

Jenn took this one with her iPhone!!!

Volume No.1 -- Post No.26 Low Clouds

Check out these low clouds whisping through my neighborhood!!!!  Beautiful!  The birds seem to love it too.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Volume No.1 -- Post No.23 North Fork Dam, Auburn, California

Two posts in one day?  Sure, why not?   

When Jenn and I were flying back from WPPI, Las Vegas, I saw the arch dam of the North Fork of the American River out my window.  It looked cool from the air...well maybe because I'm a civil engineer.  Anyway, I knew I had to go to see it for myself.

  The dock above the dam.

Volume No.1 -- Post No.23 Timelapse

Thanks to Granite Bay Software for letting me test their new GBTimelapseEOS Software.  This software does some amazing things with your Canon DSLR.  I shot the above video with a Canon 7D.  The software allows you to tether your camera to your computer with the USB cord Canon provided.  The rest was easy.  I exposed for the sky and set the software to trigger the shutter once a minute for about two hours.  If your Canon model has a setting, this software can control it. 

I then used Lightroom-2 to edit each .CR2 file and exported them to re-sized-1115 x 602-.JPGs.  Size does matter in this case.   The raw CR2 files were 20MB each, and by design the GBTimelapseEOS Software allows the camera to save the images directly to your computer. Next I opened the re-sized .JPGs in Photoshop-CS4 where I rendered them to a .MOV file.  How cool is that?!

You don't need Lightroom or Photoshop.  The Granite Bay Software also can do the rendering for you, allowing for some stunning projects! Check out the examples on their site and buy it!!!