Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bell's Canyon Hike

One of my favorite local hikes is Bell's Canyon, due to its proximity, relative ease, and scenery. I decided to hike it at sunset a few days ago when the skies were clear and warm. I brought my tripod so I'd have the opportunity to take multiple exposures and push the water in the photo into a silky blur.

Here's what I came away with:

I love the gold on the surface of the water in this picture.

The wildflowers are incredible this time of year.

Love the way the valley is painted with the late evening sun.

Smoooooth :)


Monday, June 13, 2011

Abrams and Super 8

With a poster so epic, it was easy to get excited for this movie.

"Super 8" is, at it's core, a story of how two characters deal with the terrible tragedies life brings to all of us. One character accepts such tragedy with humility and resolve - moving on with life and living the adventure to it's fullest. The other falls prey to fear and anger - wreaking destruction and mayhem as it tries to make sense of what has happened.


I liked this movie, but didn't love it. The character development is superb and the effects are incredible. In true Abrams fashion, though, ("Cloverfield", "Star Trek", "Lost") what begins as a great idea and an incredible story eventually fizzles into a sub-par finish. I'd compare his directorial projects to a firework show that starts with the grand finale and then trickles down from there. If he ever figures out how to end his movies, tv shows, etc, he'll be the greatest filmmaker of our time. Until then, he'll be stuck in the same class as Michael Bay. Mind you, in that class Abrams is Valedictorian while Bay is the class clown, but they're still in the same class.

I hope someday he graduates. :)


Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Few Pictures from Chad and Allie's Wedding

I thought I'd post a few of my favorites from the pics I took at the wedding last weekend. We had a fantastic time! Congrats to Chad and Allie! :)

I love this cake. So simple, yet exquisitely beautiful.

The bride and groom. The look on Chad's face is priceless. :)

Nothing says "early-summer wedding" like flowers and dancing.