Apple Campus 2

This is a behind the scenes look at the design of Apple, Inc’s new office complex being built in Cupertino, California. Yeah, it’s a company video and all upbeat but wow, the attention to detail is akin to Jony Ive talking about the design of the iPhone. I hope I get to visit it completed some day.

Along Ten Mile River

Along Ten Mile River

Hiking south on the Appalachian Trial from Bull’s Bridge toward the Ten Mile River Bridge.

This may be the most walked/hiked section of the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) in that it’s easy to get to and has spectacular views of the Housatonic River. We hike it a few times each year at this time because my hiking partner Dave likes to photograph wildflowers and this section, for some reason, is loaded with them.

This day was too cold, they were up but not open.

No matter, plenty of other things to photograph like the mottled light in a small calm place on the edge of Ten Mile River and a magnificent tulip tree.

Tulip tree from below

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

We’ve been hiking either end of this ridge for a while now, trying to work up the nerve to do the whole thing (again, we’ve done it many times) as it’s a tough hike.

There are small streams that cross the AT on this ridge that make good destinations for photography and turning around and Thayer Brook is the one on the North end. I’ve shot a lot of ice here and big tulip trees and there’s enough drop right where the AT crosses the brook so that there’s usually some nice foam.

This day there was quite a bit of water running from recent rain coupled with snow melt so plenty of white water to capture.

Foam on Thayer Brook

Oak leaf in lava foam

Oak leaf in lava foam

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This eddy current of foam was right at the bottom of the trail at the first Race Brook crossing, just after a small bit of turbulence. It was the most amazing piece of foam I’ve ever seen and I took numerous pictures as the leaf spun around, caught in the the eddy current.

Even though this image was done with the Ricoh GR’s high contrast black and white filter, this foam really did look like lava, it was unusual and fascinating and if we hadn’t been on our way further up the trail I’d have stood there for a lot longer watching it change form.

Schaghticoke Ridge waterworks

Waterfall

New York, Connecticut border south of Kent, Connecticut.

Dave and I hiked from Bull’s Bridge north along the Appalachian Trail along Schaghticoke Ridge with this small stream as our destination.

The water was running because of snow melt and there were small waterfalls, foam eddy currents, and lots of bubbles. The Ricoh GR did some interesting things with the bubbles so I’m posting a few of them.

Foam

Bubbles

Bubbles

Bubbles

El Capitan, the film

El Capitan, the film documents three climbers doing the classic Nose route in 1968 on the largest rock formation in Yosemite Valley, California: El Capitan.

This film is not full of hero shots, not full of free soloing and is humble compared with many modern films on Yosemite climbing (see embedded videos below). But, it documents in amazing detail what it’s like to climb the Nose route on El Capitan, still one of the classic big wall rock climbs on earth by three (four including the cameraman) pioneering and excellent climbers.

The cinematography by Glen Denny is incredible as is the sound reproduction. This climb was made before the invention of “clean climbing” so the climbers are carrying pitons and hammers and a lot of heavy gear and that gear clanks around, and all of those clanks are recorded and in the movie. Of course, Glenn Denny also did the climb with a lot of heavy film and sound gear which was and remains a feat in itself.

Here’s a great history of the project and review of the movie by Michael Ybarra for Alpinist: El Capitan: The Movie. Highly recommended.

I’ve owned the VHS (videotape) version of the movie El Capitan for a long time and I was extremely happy to find that the film was painstakingly transferred to digital video including blue-ray.

I climbed extensively in Yosemite ten years after this movie was shot. For more on my climbing history, see A Climbing Story. Yosemite was a magical place before it got overrun by too many tourists and too many climbers. No doubt it’s still magical but I like to think I experienced it during a more innocent time.

Yvon Chouinard and Glen Denny’s book: Yosemite in the Sixties has photographs of many of the pioneers of Yosemite climbing who were active just before this film was made. You can see more of Glen’s photographs here: Glen Denny.

Buy the DVD or Blue-ray of El Capitan

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A more modern El Capitan climb of the Nose route by Mark and Janelle Smiley:

The Nose on El Capitan from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

A french team does the Nose route (the GoPro footage while a bit dizzying is useful for seeing what a climber sees):

The Nose – El Capitan from Capexpe on Vimeo.

Here’s Mark and Janelle Smiley on the Salathe Wall route on El Capitan (a more difficult climb):

Salathe – El Capitan, Yosemite from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

Getty Center with Fuji X100S

Exterior stairs

Stairs

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California.

I’ve been shooting architectural images of this Richard Meier masterpiece for over ten years now and it never bores me. A few years ago I had a show of images like these and it went very well; Richard Meier told me in a letter he thinks my images capture the spirit of his buildings and that put a wonderful grin on my face.

Here’s the set up on flickr (so far): Getty Center Impressions.

These new images were all shot with the Fuji X100S and processed in Lightroom like the others I’ve done in this series. While the fixed 35mm angle of view on this camera doesn’t give me the drama of 28mm or 24mm, I wanted to walk around this now very familiar place with this new camera to see how it felt. In short, it felt good and the images I got out of it rival any of the other cameras I’ve used to shoot there.

Exterior ceiling

Exterior ceiling

Corner

Corner

Facade(s)

Facade(s)

Reflection in a door

Reflection in a door

Interior

Interior

Staircase

Staircase

Railing

Railing

Tables and chairs

Tables and chairs