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Been active on the Family History Blog

This site has not been that actively recently due to being fairly active on the Family History blog,  but I several rather extensive (multi-page) posts that are sitting in draft form for me to complete and post here, as I have also been resorting and re-organizing, cleaning up my photography archives, and reworking some images.

If you want to see what I have been blogging about recently check out Souser.org, my family history and genealogy site.

Website Host Migration and Staging Complete

After considerable delays the website host migration and troubleshooting is finally complete and I have setup things on the new website to make posting much easier and easier to maintain in the long run. Over the next couple weeks I plan to start back posting photos from shoots so those are again available on the site.

Christopher

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Why the delay in posts?

I realize I have failed to keep this blog up to date.. but have also realized that to do so I needed to make some modifications to my workflow process so I over the last week or so I have been going back and working on those workflow changes to facilitate more updates.

I am also planning a flurry of back posts for the previous 12-24 months of Favorite Shots of the Month.

So stayed tuned, and hopefully more updates will be immediately forthcoming.

Christopher

Speedway Cycles “Fatback” Product Shoot

In mid-December I had the opportunity to do a product shoot for Speedway Cycles in Anchorage of their “Fatbacksnow bike (note: different website than the shop) product line.

I wasn’t given a lot of criteria ahead of time of exactly what they wanted shot so I planned to shoot everything from fully assembled bikes to components.. needless to say I brought A LOT of stuff and took up about a 1/4 of the store with my backdrop and paper setup but over the course of the couple hour shoot I think I got some good images and after wards purchased a “Fatback” snow bike myself. Most of my time was spent shooting individual components in groups and individually. After getting everything setup.. I started shooting “small to big”.

Hubs: These are the Hadley anodized hubs, there is also a couple other hub options not pictured.

Forks: Carbon, Aluminum, & original steel forks designed by Greg at Speedway.

Snow Bike Centered Wheelsets using the standard non-Hadley wheelsets.

Frames: Note there are 3 different sized frames and two frame styles pictured which made it difficult to frame and align; but was the color selection based on what was currently available in stock in the store at the time. They had a fully assembled pink one as well in the store as well, and the current year frames were also available in a gold and red like appeared and was reviewed in Dirt Rag magazine; but were completely sold out.

Frame: I actually ended up buying this frame at the end of the shoot, an Anodized Blue Aluminum frame.

 

I was really hoping to photograph some complete bikes against both a black and a white backdrop, but their priority was to get this original steel frame design and the Ti Fatback with the new Carbon Fork.  There is a complete bike photo of my Anodized Aluminum frame Fatback also below.

My Fatback with the frame pictured earlier, it was delivered in Mid-January. After bringing it home I setup in the studio for a very quick shoot and photograph it before even heading out on my first ride. I had also ordered the blue anodized Hadley hubs pictured above, but at the time of publishing still hadn’t received them yet and the latest update is that they are ‘supposed’ to ship on March 7th, 2011. So we will see.. I guess I will have a new sew of wheels for next season as the set currently on the bike are a lender set of wheels. Once I have my permanent wheelset with the blue hubs and the other upgrades I have put on it since the first day I brought the Fatback home I will be definitely be doing another shoot of it and I will post new pics then.

The Fatback seems to be the snow bike of choice here in Anchorage, I also know several people who have purchased one and maybe I can talk them into letting me set their bike up in my studio to get a few shots.

All in all I had a lot of fun shooting the Fatback and hope to get the opportunity again to shoot for the shop or others.

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December 2010 Vacation / Reno / Fallon / Tahoe – Part 6 of 6

December 26-28th ~400 miles Driven; ~5 miles walked

Reno

Fallon – Caves and Petroglyphs at Grimes Point / Top Gun
We went to Fallon, a small watering hole town on the edge of the no where, to visit Kat’s mother. The town had a Safeway, some Pony Express statues, some farms, and a few other random stores but otherwise I didn’t see anything other than Top Gun maintaining the towns existence.

Rather than sit around and visit we decided to have a walk and visit and drove out the caves and such a few miles out of Fallon at Grimes point. The trails themselves aren’t very long.. but it is interested to check out none the less with some neat structures and nice views. If you happen to go there on the right days of the month there is also guided tours. We were not there on one of the appointed Saturday’s to actually get the tour of “Hidden Cave“, a cave with a small probably 4×4 entrance blocked off by a large steel door except when Archeology or tours are occurring.

We did walk around and check out the other caves / nooks in the rock face. Only a few of the caves across provided complete shelter where one could have protection from the hot and wet elements. The ceilings were largely soot stained from campfires and there were supposedly some evidence of writing on the walls but we didn’t see it other than a little vandalism; though there was very little of that I am glad to say.  Another neat thing you can see when at the caves is that they used to be basically on the shores of an inland sea and around them are petrified coral and other features normally associated with the ocean.

Looking up through a hole in a caves ceiling.

Looking out for one of the larger caves. It was really quite pretty.

I am not much of an HDR person, but I flashed the foreground and then did a 3 shot HDR Image handheld from about the same spot as the shot above.

Grimes Point Petroglyphs.

I also had an IR camera on me and like Tombstones works really well on bringing out petroglyphs but think this one shows up fairly well in color and I wasn’t out to document them at the time. One of the amusing notes about while we were walking around in the low-60s degree weather is Kat’s mom was walking around in a parka that I would even have to question wearing unless I was standing around in sub-zero weather.. but not for walking around in. We of course were wearing summer clothes as the temperatures were great for us coming from Anchorage in December.

Despite the movie fame and the local school.. we didn’t notice a ‘ton’ of things named “Top Gun” this and “Top Gun” that. We didn’t see any jets flying while we are out hiking. I kind of find it amusing that the Navy trains there pilots over the desert.

Top Gun from Grimes Point: (Sorry I only had a 24-105 on a full frame on me at the time).

Lake Tahoe

On our final day of our trip we went and visited Kat’s brother in Lake Tahoe and drove around the lake. It is very pretty but quite touristy. I had been there once before in October and recall it being nice but there wasn’t snow on the ground. The weather and the amount of snow seemed to be about like Anchorage but the temperatures were very mild and of course Tahoe wasn’t frozen.

Kat went to High School in the area and her brother was the last of her family living there, but was living in her Grandma’s almost cabin like house in South Tahoe. He was talking about how this summer he was going to hike the circumference of Tahoe along a ridge line trail and was preparing for it.

I don’t remember what this place is called off the top of my head.. but is seemed to be very popular with several pull offs and even a year round boat tour through it from another point in the lake. The little island pictured even has a little stone house on it.

Just looking up at a peak from the same vantage point as the image above.

 

 

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December 2010 Vacation: Pacific Coast Highway to Reno 5 of 6

Pacific Coast Highway – December 24, 2010

Note: Decided to split post 4 into two posts to get it out sooner; so reason from title change from “of 5” to “of 6”.

Pacific Coast Highway

-Re-Routes & Closed State Parks.

Our plans were to drive up the coast along the Pacific Coast Highway, hit a few beaches, and just enjoy the day hopefully. The plan quickly did not pan out. Just north of Malibu was our first detour getting turned around due to the mudslides. So on the way back to where we could go around we tried going to a state park beach just north of Malibu and were greeted by two park ranges at the gate who simply said

California State Park Rangers: “Why are you here?”

us: “to go to the park”

California State Park Rangers: “I mean are you here for a specific reason?”

Us: “Umm.. to go to the beach”.

California State Park Rangers: “do you have an invitation?”

Us: “Huh?”

California State Park Rangers: “There is a private event here today you can’t come here.”

Us: “Isn’t this  a State Park?”

California State Park Rangers: “Yes.. but it has been rented and you will have to turn around go somewhere else.”

They then didn’t even want us to pull forward and have us back out onto the highway.. unfortunately we couldn’t as by that time a few Mercedes and a few other cars had lined up behind us so they let us do a 3 point turn to turn around.

This is how our day started.. and quickly turned into a series of up and over mountain passes back to the main highway and every subsequent attempt to get back on the PCH ended up with us getting re-routed in some way or another.

So this license plate we saw heading out from Anaheim should have us warned what the day was going to be like.

We did actually make it to one nice beach (Pismo Beach) on the PCH right before dusk successfully. We were greeted with this sign and that the beach may be closed at any time. By this time we had also lost the nice sun we started the day with had gone.. but we still walked up and down the beach for about an hour.

Around dark it started to rain again and it was Xmas eve and we were starting to get hungry. Unfortunately things were already starting to close so we hit a Safeway and a Big Lots as that was about all that was open.

-So this is what drive for the day looked like.. minus some of the back and forth weaving we did on the route that I lost a bit track of at a certain point. So minimally about 400 miles covered.

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December 2010 Vacation / Disneyland – Part 4 of 6

December 23rd: Walked 15+ Miles; Drove 0

Disneyland / California Adventure
-Disneyland

Disneyland was a primary destination on our trip, as beside visiting her mom the only other place on our entire trip she specifically wanted to go. So luckily the rain stopped for one day and the weather was very cooperative for us for our day at Disneyland.

We stayed at a small hotel only about a half mile away and so we walked over first thing in the morning not knowing how long or how much time we were going to spend in the park.

Disneyland is VERY small child oriented and I am going to guess that any teen or even tween could become bored easily between the lack of ‘thrill’ in the rides as well as the lines involved for such an unrewarding experience. As the rides are more theatrics than thrill.

This is the stroller parking lot.. just for one ride at Disneyload.. I think it was like Mr. Toads or the TeaCups.

I was overall really disappointed with the main “Disneyland” portion of the park. Yes I realize it is oriented towards kids.. but some of it was just beyond disappointing, mellow, and in the example below both lame and insulting.

Seriously a plastic indian & indian village with plastic deer?

By noon.. the place was absolutely packed..and I was anxious, annoyed, and bored stiff all at once.

There was also at least a 45 minute wait to even go on anything and after checking out just about every food option we could find in the park (think hotdogs, ice cream, and cheese pizza as 90% of your options) we decided we were going to walk back towards the hotel, grab some grub and a nap and return later in the afternoon. About 3pm when we returned we both decided Disneyland just wasn’t enough for to keep us entertained and it had ‘magic hours’ so we would return later that evening to check it out at night and give it another chance. So we upgraded our tickets to also go to California Adventure.

-California Adventure

California Adventure was immediately more entertaining and a little less packed with a lot less direct marketing of Disney for the most part. It was also a bit more ‘thrill’ oriented and more for adults and teens.

The current big theme of the ‘downtown’ shop area was Tron, complete with light techno, people dressed up in Tron outfits, and even Tron clad go-go dancers.  Though at the same time toned down a bit for the family.. the laser show was neat and mildly entertaining.. but then they brought out lit holluhoops trying to get people involved. But then had rules that you had to keep it below your shoulders and above your knees.. so those people like Kat who can really holluhoop and do tricks it was kind of disappointing. I got a few shots of her using the glowing hoop.. which makes me want to get one for a shoot some time.

The Hollywood Tower of Terror was pretty fun, but short in duration. I would highly suggest doing it at night over the day for added affect. The ride wait though is long and mis-leading with an introduction to the ride.. and then another long wait before the ride actually begins. We used Fastpass and still had a 30 minute wait.

Our favorite ride all day was the main roller coaster “California Scream’n”. It goes from a complete stop to what they claim is 60 mph in a few seconds, I rode it twice and had my phones gps running both times and the top speed recorded the entire ride was 35 mph. None the less it was a blast, but not as much as an overall thrill as some of those ridden at larger theme parks as it only has one loop and only a few big drops. The best part of the ride though is that Kat is afraid of coasters and wouldn’t even go on the Disneyland kiddy one ‘Thunder Mountain’ pictured above. But somehow I got her on this one, and a couple ladies in line helped with the re-assurance prior to getting on the ride. The ‘first’ time through she had her eyes closed the entire time and was heavy Lamaze breathing the entire time. It was the one time I broke down to get one of those blurry and quite cheesy photos they take of you on these rides. Her face was priceless.. but sorry I am not going to post that photo. As we got back on the second time.. I said something to the affect of ‘this time try to have your eyes open for most of it other than the loop/upside part’.. and her reply was “there is an upside down part?!?”. She then kept her eyes open for all but that part.. but did scream the entire time which was fun. She even said she enjoyed it and would do it again but the coaster was and most of California Adventure was shutting down for prep for the 8pm World of Color light show.

So we were able to get on one last ride the ferris wheel of sorts pictured above and below. We got on a edge static cart vs. a swinging gondola one. Many of the people we heard in the swinging track gondolas really sounded like they were not having very much fun.. including a set of teen girls we heard scream “Let us off!!”.. they then hit the ground running and just kept running.. which based on complete lack of localized restrooms there I assume where they were heading for off in the distance.

People in this swinging gondolas were not as happy as Minny Mouse appears above.

Another advantage of being in a static gondola is being able to take photos.

Once we got off the gondola, we though seeing the World of Color show.. but then got Disney tweebs harassing us saying we couldn’t take position along the spot we had setup and were standing as they were roping it off for the World of Color show. We communicated that is why were were standing there and they then asked for our FastPass ticket for the next show? Because the thought hadn’t occurred to us (as it is a ridiculous thought) we weren’t allowed to stand there anymore and had to get on the other side of the rope. This disgusted us both.. so we decided we were done with California Adventure and left the park. We then went over to the mall behind Disney and hit us the Cheesecake Factory which Kat hadn’t been to before for some light appetizers.  After which we returned back to Disneyland to check out the lights displays and fireworks. Apparently we had our timing off for the Fireworks as we never saw them from about 9:30-11:30 at night. It was pretty crowded and so we just walked around and grabbed some photos.

The castle and other parts of the park were quite neat lit up with Xmas lights.. though it makes me wonder what it looks like when it wasn’t Xmas.. does it look as neat? The shops area and the Xmas tree were looked nice but I didn’t have a good vantage point to setup and get a good shot with all of the motion around me but this one didn’t turn out too bad. Another note is that on the way out of the park at Midnight is many Disney employees were around holding iPads attempting to ask people about their day at the park not so successfully. We would have been happy to answer their questions.. but we must not have fit their demographic of interest as one came right up to us and offered to take out photo with my camera.. but didn’t ask us to complete their survey.

This day ended up being one of the nicest weather wise of our entire vacation. We got to go and spend time at Disneyland and California under good weather; which is what my wife wanted and thus it makes me happy and declaring it a good day.

Would I go back to Disneyland.. No, not unless I had kids between 4-10.

Would I go back to California Adventure.. Yes.. but only if otherwise in the area.

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December 2010 Vacation / Las Vegas – Part 3 of 5

December 21st-December 22nd: ~262 miles driven; 15-20 miles walked.

Walking the Strip

The strip in the fog and light rain was relatively photogenic and provided for some neat opportunities.

The Luxor

Planet Hollywood

New York, New York

The Cosmopolitan, The Jockey Club, & the Bellagio on the edge of the frame.

The Bellagio’s water shows played about ever 15 minutes. but were only about 3-4 long at most.

A lot of opportunities for extended exposures.

Hey.. it is Santa on ‘the Strip’ in the rain.

Where not to buy tickets.

We unfortunately learned like most not so frequent Vegas visitors probably also learned, the discount ticket places on the strip aren’t much of a savings and their posted prices on the screens don’t reflect the prices for tickets actually available for the immediate shows.. and with the ‘convenience’ fee the tickets actually can end up being more expensive than actually buying them at the respective box office. The one thing I will give them though is that you are able to get tickets for everything you want to see in a single place… though just about anyplace at any hotel provides the same opportunity.

Bodies Exhibit

The ‘Bodies’ exhibit, appropriately at the hotel shaped like a pyramid was a highlight of the time in Vegas. Photography wasn’t allowed inside of the exhibit, but it was pretty cool to see the human body in some many separate pieces and how they removed outer layers to better display the interior parts. in their original position. My only complaint about it was that it was almost entirely male specimens and only had a room dedicated to the women and another small (but optional) to the developing fetus / babies. I would have liked to see more on the actual reproductive systems, a display of body fat between man and women, and more examples of disease on the body. I was also surprised that there wasn’t any ‘smell’ and it was room temperature in the exhibit as I believe most of the exhibits were actually ‘plasticized’ or ‘silicazed’ .. and probably more so than flesh though some of the exhibits are starting to degrade.

Another of the Luxor..

Peep Show ; starring Holly Madison.

The other show we saw was “Peep Show” at the Planet Hollywood.

Prior to the show we ate at Planet Dailies.. the food and service were both aweful. I only mention it as it may be convenient.. but I would suggest just avoiding it.

“Peep Show” was a series of slightly naughty versions of common fairy tales. It was both entertaining and funny at times.

Kat doesn’t have much tolerance for nudity.. and the show itself had ‘regular’ topless nudity.. but honestly except for a few occassions it really wasn’t adding anything to the show and seemed more like a ‘hey we hadn’t shown any boobs in a few minutes so we should show some for 30 seconds’. Other live shows I’ve seen with nudity in them it at least added something or was timed and integrated a bit better into the show.

The headliner ‘Holly Madison’ I didn’t think had much of a role in the show other than mostly standing around and ‘looking pretty’ and at a few times showing her boobs. There were a lot of other really talented actresses in actresses though in the show. The one male in the show was extremely talented and impressive.

Was it worth it.. absolutely.. would I see it again.. probably.. but there is a long list of other shows I’d want to see first.

Attempt to go to Valley of Fire; Rain & Flooding

The original plan for the departure out of Vegas on the way to Anaheim and stop by either Valley of Fire or a couple other photographic places along the way.. but when we headed out there was flood warnings in the Vegas area, some lanes/roads in Vegas itself were closed and more rain was supposedly on the way so we headed straight for Anaheim. On the way there we experienced the insane chaos of Xmas shopping at a large mall in Ontario California and stopped for some awesome Greek food in a small town near the CA/NV border that had just about every type of Greek food I had heard of and then some; that was coincidentally seemed to be all staffed with Latinos. Once we checked into our hotel we took a nap and then went and saw Black Swan; an excellent but suspenseful movie.

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December 2010 Vacation / San Diego – Part 2 of 5

December 20th = 336 Miles Driven; ~6 miles walked

San Diego Zoo

When we arrived at the Tiger area we thought tourists were throwing the tiger hotdogs or something.. then under the poncho we noticed it was actually a zoo keeper. The tiger seemed very used to the routine and acted like a dog begging for treats at the dinner table but was still very cool. The roar the tiger made was amazing and unique and nothing like what I thought it might sound like in real life.

The San Diego Zoo is famous for its Pandas and we happened to get to there right as they were feeding them. It was pretty amazing to see them take a large piece of bamboo and shred it into splinters into just minutes. Apparently they have bamboo vomit balls a couple times a years similar to a hair ball that is made up of all of the fine pieces of bamboo their bodies couldn’t process.

We wanted to ride the tram over the zoo… but due to the wind, fog,  and rain they closed it.

The Hippos were HUGE.. and we didn’t see them out of the water but they leaned up against the glass. Kat made several Hungry Hungry Hippo comments.

The warning signs around the zoo were pretty amusing.. lots of things bite.. a few thing charge.. and even a few things spray.

I had no idea lions sprayed…. 7-10 feet even…

California 2010 December Storms

About one or two in the afternoon the rain and wind were picking up and so we decided we had enough of the rain and decided to go to the one place where we hoped it wasn’t raining. The desert of Vegas… the complete opposite direction of where we planned to go and where we had just come from.

Unfortunately it took us about 9 hours to get there at times moving 30 mph or coming to a complete stop.

In an attempt to pass the time, we started exploring the XM radio.. and discovered XM 248. It was both entertaining and just stupid. When we first found out “Whoretalk” or something like that was on which was entertaining and a bit informative.. but every subsequent turn to the station was the ‘jerkbox’. Which is by far is the dumbest radio program I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening too..

End of Day Summary

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December 2010 Vacation / Joshua Tree NP – Part 1 of 5

A couple weeks ago my wife and I started a vacation in southern California sun with the hopes of escaping the -7 to 5 degree Fahrenheit that had been at our house in Anchorage for the last week; as well me meeting her family for the first time at the tail end of the trip up in Reno/Tahoe area. The plan was pretty simple; fly into Palm Springs, go to Joshua Tree, then San Diego, then Disneyland, and then work our way up the Pacific Coast Highway and 10 day later end up in the Reno/Tahoe area; with approximately 1150 miles to drive over 10 days..

The plan:

The Original Plan

Just prior to departure we looked at the weather forecast for the next 10 days.. and unfortunately it was almost all rain. We decided though we would make the most of it and go with the flow. I was still hoping to get a chance though to capture some good photos during our journey, with the important caviat of that my wife doesn’t have a whole lot of patience for me taking advantage of photo opportunities most of the time.

So after flying into the overcast skies of Palm Springs we drove to high desert of the Joshua Tree area that first afternoon and arrived at the north end of the park just at sunset.

Joshua Tree about Sunset

The next morning we started out from Twentynine Palms, CA (Random Fact: It is also where the Marines train for Afghanistan due to similar terrain) with the goal of general exploration of the National Park prior to the wind an rain kicked up. We took a couple short hikes off the road on the north end of the park.. in the higher elevations the sky was partly cloudy but windy and you could see the clouds moving across the valley below.

When we descended into the valley at times the fog limited visibility but still gave a nice look and feel to things and though it isn’t visible in this shot below at times on the Barker Dam trail visibility got down to a 20 yards in the fog and was a pretty neat feeling as it was almost dead silent. One thing to note about the Barker Dam trail is that the damn lack and the stream pictured in the brochures or web is almost completely dried up in December so isn’t as picturesque. There are also Petroglyphs on the trail, but they have been vandalized and painted over; most likely in someones attempt to make them more visible.

We then drove through Joshua Tree North to South from the Mojave of Colorado desert transition. The main difference seems to be the height of the vegetation and the Mojave was rockier. There were no Joshua trees in the Colorado desert that we saw.  Right at the transition point there is a neat batch of cactus at the Chollo Cactus garden that is worth checking out if driving through. It is only a couple minute loop trail walk.

An IR pano shot from a couple miles down the road from the Chollo Cactus Garden.

Our last stop in Joshua Tree National Park was Cottonwood Springs Oasis; which was pretty cool with large Palms coming out of the desert and a nice casual out and back trail that you get to see a variety of colors and desert plant life on. Our entire time in Joshua Tree we didn’t see any animals, including no snakes, but the signs all over the place do suggest there are quite a number of different types in the park.

By the time we got out of south end of the park though the park the dark clouds of the California storms were over the park. So with a couple hours of daylight we decided to head towards the Sultan Sea as I had read about the oddities around the man made sea and hoped to maybe get a glimpse of them.

We reached the north end of the Salton Sea by driving through the Mecca California area which seemed to be a mesh of tropical agriculture and desert.

We stopped at the first state park we came across, at which there was a visitors center and a beach. The beach was basically abandoned other than some RV’rs in the parking lot, but it was sunny at the time, but could see the rain storms coming over the mountains.

From the visitors center we found out the Salton Sea claimed the old 1950s resorts some time ago and when the sea gets low sometimes pop out of the water, but generally the salt and humidty has destroyed them. So opportunities to photograph salt encrusted travel trailers and buildings there supposedly no longer exist; or they didn’t want to tell us where they were. Check out Google Images and Flickr for examples of what I was looking for.

At the south end of the Salton Sea, near Niland, CA you can drive past the power plant and find Slab City. A small informal town on the site of  an old military base where people have setup on the old cement slabs of quanset huts. The town itself is a mixture of quite allaborate and long standing semi-permanent setups, people in their old sedans or vans living in them, and people in modern RV or 5th wheel trailers that have setup shop.

Most of the place is up on a gravely plateau that reminds me of a gravel pit.  The ‘city’ has no power, sewer, or other services; as well what looks like no forms of employment in the area; including Niland itself.  Though a good number of the ‘homes’ in some fashion or another having a directTV dish. In come cases it was even mounted to a 50 gallon drum.

You are officially in Slab City once you pass the old guard station, and between the entrance and the most famous landmark of Slab City you pass a series of signs / graffiti and other statements which probably help maintain the order of the town. Such as for example “X is a thief” , “Y is a Child Molester”, “Z is a doesn’t repay loans”.

The most famous landmark of Slab City is “Salvation Mountain”, a single mans dedication to his faith and possibly his insanity. The mountain looks like it has been artificially been built up over time using mud and straw to even contain rooms. There is also several broken down cars around it that have also been painted. The public is welcome, donations appreciated, and encouraged.. even if it is just some paint. The ‘mountain’ seems to mostly be painted in household interior and exterior paint.. which can’t be good for the environment.

We arrived Slab City right before dusk so we only spent a very brief amount of time there as our goal for the evening was San Diego. The drive in the dark and over the mountains being in strong cross winds and rain as we basically drove along the border of Mexico.

Day 1/2:

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Basic New Website Framework in Place

Over the last several months I really haven’t had a lot of time to work on the website, but spent a few hours today to get it back to a mostly functional state. I believe using the new layout, though far from done, it is an a significant improvement over the old site design that wasn’t really that functional.

I chose to use SlideShowPro Director and Graph Paper Press’s “Modularity” themes for now until to get my functional, and for a few hours of playing with settings I am pretty content on the direction of the site.

Now that it is at least partially functional, I hope to start updating the blog at least every other week, if not more often.

Christopher

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New Website Build in Progress as of 7/30/2010

I am currently transforming my website into a photo-blog format website. In the mean time if you are looking for my galleries and examples of my work many can be found here.

The following are links to some of my galleries.
Portrait
Nature
Sports
Misc
Weddings

All Photos in my portfolios are available for purchase.  

Some additional examples of my photography can be found at:

Christopher S.
07/31/2010 12:14am

Welcome to Grilleflame Photography ; the Photos of Christopher R. Souser

Welcome to Grilleflame Photography,
The photography website of Christopher R Souser.

My goal is to convey thoughts and ideas that I see through imagery using journalistic and artistic styles of photography.

I focus on Jounalistic Event, Sports, and Studio photography as well as a good deal of nature photography because of the opportunities available in AK. I also have interests in capturing many other things in their natural state.

I proudly a 20 year resident of Anchorage, Alaska and am a licensed Alaska Business and active in the photography community.

I am available for hire for all occasions and types of photography work. Please check my services tab for additional information.

I can be contacted at crsouser@grilleflame.com or at 907-929-7231

Some additional examples of my photography can be found at:

-Initial Blog Entry for testing and general design of the page.

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