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Adventures at Moraine Lake

Valley of the Ten Peaks

I had a rather unfortunate accident on the hike to where this was taken. The Rock Pile (a big rock pile that forms part of the moraine that you can hike up and that is where most of the famous pictures are taken from) was closed for trail upgrading or something, so we took the trail to Consolation Lakes hoping to get to the other side of the Rock Pile. We followed the trail till we came to a rock slide. We hiked up the rock slide until we arrived where this shot was taken.

When we first got there, I set my water down on one of the big boulders (all the rocks were huge) and stood on top of it to take a picture. My water slipped off and into a crack. The top of this rock was about two feet higher than where my water had fallen. I stepped down and I’m not really sure what happened. It may have been that the rock I stepped to wasn’t stable, or I could have stepped on a log that snapped. Either way, I fell. I managed to smack my knee on a rock, throw my camera up in the air and then land on my back on the sharp edge of a boulder below. It hurt, a lot, but I was okay. My friends that I was with came over and were asking if I was okay and if I had broken anything. The first thing I said was “how is the camera?” My cousin from Australia, Dean, went over and picked it up and said it looked fine. I asked about the lense and he brought it over and showed me. It was perfectly fine.

I had thrown it up in the air and then it had crashed back down into the boulders and there wasn’t even a scratch on it. I wish I could say the same about me. I thought for sure that something would have broken. It’s a pretty tough camera.


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 9

Merry Christmas!


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 7


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 6


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 5


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 4

Late again, but not by much. Once again, I modified the time stamp.


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 3

So, it’s only three days late. Oh well. I modified the time stamp.


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 2


Crazy Christmas Lights – Day 1

Okay, so this is really late. I’m sorry about that. I had my last two final exams yesterday, so now I can do fun things. Sorry for the quality of the pictures to come. They were taken out of a car window at night, so even with VR, they are still pretty sketch. Enjoy!


Time Lapse – Dashboard Lights Swap

This is a time lapse of me changing out the light of the instrument cluster in my 1996 Toyota Tacoma. In total, it took about an hour to an hour and a half. This is the second time I did it. The first time I put in blue LEDs that weren’t bright enough. I bought some super bright lights from Japan and put those in this time around. They are much better.

This is 504 shots that I took with my Nikon D80. I used Nikon Camera Control Pro to control my camera. I told it to take a picture every second, but with processing time, I think it ended up being once every four or five seconds.

The music is part of Morning Rain by Joel Steeves (me). I know it doesn’t fit the best, but this way I don’t have to worry about copyright.

What’s really fun to watch is the screws on the right hand side. There isn’t many pictures of me putting them there or taking them away, so they just kind of appear and disappear.

I’m working on getting the high res version up on Vimeo, but it’s not liking me right now.

EDIT: HD Version – http://www.vimeo.com/2263676





I am soooo fake pre-loading this image so the navigation doesn't skip while loading the over state.  I know I could use the sliding doors technique to avoid this fate, but I am too lazy.