I recently backpacked my way deep into the Olympic National Rainforest with some of my friends. It was the first time I’ve actually backpacked and lived off the supplies I carried in my bag. Needless to say I’m hooked and can’t wait to find another adventure! In the meantime, here’s a video I shot and posted up on my second YouTube channel. I also created the music. Me likey.
I recently got the chance to camp out along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. I had been to the Grand Canyon when I was much younger (maybe 8 or 9) but that was at the more touristy South Rim and I don’t remember much of anything. Despite being a few hours additional drive from Las Vegas and 1000ft higher in elevation than the South Rim, the North Rim offers amazing tranquility away from lame tourists, long rewarding hiking trails, and some spectacular views of the 6000ft deep canyon.
I was worried that the elevation would get to me (8200ft) seeing as the 5000ft Yosemite Valley trip I recently took during snowy times caused me a good night of grief. As it turns out, I dealt with it just fine. I kept well hydrated and fed, exerted myself no more than I had to or felt comfortable for the first 2 days, and just relaxed. The trip was awesome and I cannot wait to go back. We only dropped down into the canyon briefly along the Kaibob Trail towards the Supai Tunnel (2 miles down) as it was late in the day, we hadn’t acclimated yet, and it was frakkin’ HOT. Regardless, that trail was spectacular (and stinky thanks to the mules!). The next day we explored the 10 mile Widfross Trail. Simply Glorious.
Here are just a couple shots that I took that I like. Again, like Yosemite, none of these pics do the National Park any justice.
Having been a motion graphics designer and art director for much of my adult life, I’d like to think I know good after effects work when I see it. This is GREAT after effects work. It uses a very innovative technique to achieve such a simple beautiful video. It took the artist well over a month to complete in his free time, but the results are worth it. Just fantastic.
This is beautiful and jaw-dropping. Enjoy!
I am STOKED to announce the winners of the 10,000 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway! I was BLOWN away by not only how many people entered the competition, but the quality of entries. You guys have some serious skills in photo manipulation! After careful deliberation, I feel like I’ve chosen some stellar winners. The Runner-Up prize of an embroidered Cartoon Network bag stuffed with an Adventure Time tshirt and Caplunk party game goes to: MISTY BRUCE! I loved the fire effect, the Mortal Kombat reference, my lower body, and the burning Rebecca.
And the grand prize of a Samsung TL225 Dual View camera goes to this entry submitted by KAJUS PAVARDE! I loved the composition, the black and white, the aged look, the fun epaulettes, cigarette, and accordian. Kind of makes you wonder if Rebecca Black would be as annoying in 1927 as she is right now? Really awesome photochop, Kajus! Enjoy the camera!
And here are all the amazing photochop entries for you to peruse, argue over, and enjoy!