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.
Flickr member ume mybabys took this painterly street scene in Japan with his Ricoh GRD II.
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.
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.
Flickr member yiguang gao caught this great street shot of legs and shoes in Shanghai, China with his Ricoh GR.
Flickr member jeromekerome1 shot this nicely out of focus image in what looks like Times Square, New York with his Fuji X100S.
*Jonne: note the round bokeh balls. My less than round bokeh balls the other day must have been caused by distance/aperture. As you say, the lens has enough blades in it to make round bokeh balls.
My flickr contact Tommi Linna posted this incredible image taken with his Ricoh GRD IV in Stockholm, Swedn.
Flickr member samuelloz caught this great street scene of a man and two dogs in Milan, Italy.
Flickr member diane posted a scene taken above a restaurant terrace in Shanghai, China taken with her Ricoh GRD IV. Her entire photo stream on flickr is worth looking at, very nicely done.
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.
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.
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
A more modern El Capitan climb of the Nose route by Mark and Janelle Smiley:
A french team does the Nose route (the GoPro footage while a bit dizzying is useful for seeing what a climber sees):
Here’s Mark and Janelle Smiley on the Salathe Wall route on El Capitan (a more difficult climb):
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.
Reflection in a door
Tables and chairs
My flickr contact Liping YANG has posted a spectacular image of rocks (steps?) across water with trees reflected in it in China. Fantastic.
My flickr contact Tommi Linna took this futuristic shot of the underside of a streetlight in Stockholm, Sweden with his Ricoh GRD IV.
Flickr member irina escoffery caught a great image of a (female?) duck flying.
My flickr contact Helena has posted a spectacular shot of a rare mandarin duck taken on a lake in Trondheim, Norway with her Fuji X-A1.
Flickr member Lucca Nazario has posted a very nice landscape taken in the mountains of Puerto Rico with his Fuji X100S.
Flickr member We Make Noise! has posted a great urban landscape shot of a Hong Kong alleyway on a hill taken with his Ricoh GRD II.