Adventure Is Calling

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This summer, two friends and myself (Shane Black) all left our comfortable jobs of six years to spend two months traveling across the country and teaching photography workshops along the way. We all felt that it was time to take a risk and get out of our comfort zones… adventure was calling us. It was a trip filled with endless hours cooped up in a van, exploring breathtaking landscapes, sharing stories and laughs, meeting some of the nicest people, making new friends, getting to meet old friends from around the country, and sharing our love of photography with others.

This trip was a constant test for me, as we had such short and limited time in nearly all of the spots we visited. In most cases, I’d have to hurry out of the van with all of my gear and find a decent composition in a very short amount of time as soon as we would arrive at the location. It was a constant race against the light.

During those 2 months, we traveled across 32 states , visited 13 national and state parks, and drove nearly 13,000 miles in a (somewhat) trusty old Dodge Caravan… with no cruise control. It was an adventure that gave us many memories that we will all hold onto for many years to come. I think that everybody needs to take a trip and have their eyes opened to just how beautiful this world is and how much is really out there.

A big thanks to Coca-Cola and Flickr for helping to sponsor our trip. Thanks also to everyone else that donated, attended our workshops, and gave us places to stay!

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Motion Control System:
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly
Vixen Polarie Star Tracker (used for slow panning)

Camera Gear:
Canon 5DMKII
Canon 24LII
Canon 16-35LII
Canon 70-200L ISII
Canon 85L
Nikon 14-24 f2.8
Lee Filters
Manfrotto Tripods

Adobe Lightroom 4
Adobe After Effects

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Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation

Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Fort Myers, Flo...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Fort Myers, Florida, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve just learned that a musician friend of mine has had a stroke. Just before I propose a suitable Requiem, and a charity I recommend:

Canadian Heart and Stroke FoundationFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediadietitians have reviewed and approved all of these heart-healthy recipes, which are higher in fibre and lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.

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The Beautiful Vimeo Video: AWAKEN in Zhgebt from

A visual ode to the beaches and wildlife of Fort Myers and Sanibel.

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Yukon Light


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Beautiful time lapse videography in the Yukon – September. 2013


Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in th...

Aurora Borealis, the colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole, the Northern Lights, from Bear Lake, Alaska (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

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In September 2013 I (David McColm) headed to the Yukon with my buddy Jon Paine for 11 days of discovery. Most of this movie was shot during our 5 nights camping in Tombstone Territorial Park as well as along the Dempster & Alaska highways. While we experienced everything from driving rain, wind & snow (in the alpine), when the skies cleared and then the northern lights came out … well, there are few words that do justice to such an experience. I’ll just start with ‘mind.blown’! On a personal note, to be able to share it with Jon added immensely to the experience – not only was he the chief cook and bottle washer, he was a great sport & simply fun to hang out with – especially on the not so sunny days! And thank you Sue for loaning his skills to me!

The Yukon is now under my skin and I will be back for many years to come. See you in 2014 – with possibly a few others 🙂

Technical stuff: Gear – Nikon D3s & D4, 14-24 f/2.8, 24 f/1.4, 50 f/1.8, 70-200 VRII f/2.8; max ISO was 3200 for the dark skies; f-Stop Satori pack (not recommended for this situation); Gitzo tripod; MEC tent, sleeping bag, other gear; Arc’teryx to keep me warm & dry

Music: “She Is Not Alone” – licensed

Other linked references:

Aurora (astronomy) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aurora Forecast | Geophysical Institute

Aurora Borealis – Image Results

Aurora FAQ – Aeronomy and Auroral Physics at the GI

Aurora Borealis – Video Results

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An A-Z of Literary Remedies

by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

If you don't see your worth, you'll always cho...

If you don’t see your worth, you’ll always choose people who don’t see it either. When your self esteem rises, your life follows. -Mandy Hale (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

Remedies – click on any letter of the alphabet for a recommended book choice.

Are you weary in Brain and Body? Do you desire a Positive Cure for your Pessimism? Do you require Bronte to re-boot your Broken Heart? Do you despair of your Nose? Can Fielding open your Flood Gates? Or Pynchon purge your Paranoia? May we administer Austen to curb your Arrogance? Hemingway for your Headache? An injection of du Maurier for your low Self-Esteem? Are you Shy, Single, Stressed or Sixty? Are your Vital Statistics in need of some Spark? May we massage you with Murakami? Ease your pain with Woolf or Wodehouse? Do you require the Very Book to lessen your Loneliness?

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Response and Restoration in The Arctic

mini-Canon - July 2, 2008 184The US’s National Ocean Service’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) provides scientific solutions for marine pollution. As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), OR&R is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments. These threats could be oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, or marine debris.

Other U.S. Links:

Arctic-bound: Testing Oil Spill Response Technologies Aboard an Icebreaker

Breaking Ice: A Personal Journey amid Preparations for Arctic Oil Spills

Canadian Links:

ArcticNet brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector. The objective of ArcticNet is to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Over 145 ArcticNet researchers from 30 Canadian Universities, 8 federal and 11 provincial agencies and departments collaborate with research teams in Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Canadian Artcic Resources Committee; a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well being of northern Canada and its peoples.

Oceans North Canada (Part of an Oceans North Campaign led by The Pew Charitable Trust) which, in in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Oceans North Canada includes Canadian and U.S. staff that work closely with their colleagues and marine science experts at The Pew Charitable Trusts to promote northern solutions in the North American Arctic from Davis Strait to Bering Strait: promotes science- and community-based conservation of Canada’s Arctic Ocean and the resulting well-being of indigenous Arctic residents who rely upon its natural wealth. Working with Arctic residents in Canada, we support science-based policies consistent with indigenous land claims and traditional practices for sustainable commercial fishing, environmentally responsible offshore hydrocarbon development and oil spill standards, and appropriate Arctic shipping safety rules.

International Links:

English: Arctic Council members map

English: Arctic Council members map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Arctic CouncilThe Ottawa Declaration of 1996 formally established the Arctic Council as a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. Arctic Council Member States are Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America. In addition to the Member States, the Arctic Council has the category of Permanent Participants.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat (IPS) is a support Secretariat for the International Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations that have Permanent Participant status in the Arctic Council.

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