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Photos from my various adventures

Math and Waterfalls

Posted by Ben on July 20, 2010

I think the title is a pretty good description of how I’ve spent a lot of my time in the past few weeks.  During the week, I spend my time working on my research project, which is really picking up steam at this point.  Then on the weekends I go exploring in the Oregon wilderness.

Two weekends ago, nine of us from the REU program took a drive out to Alsea Falls park, a little ways South and West of Corvallis.  The drive there was a beautiful and twisty mountain road.  The picture above was of Green Peak Falls, at the end of a really nice hike through the woods.

Luckily, I’m getting better and better at photographing waterfalls.  With the help of my Gorillapod I was able to set my camera up out on the rocks in the middle of the stream.  Since the sun was out, I put on both the polarizing and neutral density filters and turned the ISO down as far as I could.  By doing all of this, I was able to slow the shutter speed down to eight-tenths of a second before things started to be blown out.  The shot above was actually at three-tenths, but I liked the way it turned out better than some of the longer ones.

Below is a picture of the nine of us that went hiking that day:

Again, the Gorillapod comes in handy when you’re out in the woods…

I’ve had several more adventures since then, but I’ll save the stories and pictures for another post.  I’m sorry about the large delay between pictures here, but there’s good reason for it.  I think that before, I used to work on this blog and my old pictures when I was feeling kinda down.  It was usually a way for me to go back through some good old memories.  Looking back a little ways, I’ve also been using it as a place to get the things that are bothering me off my chest and somewhat anonymously complain about things that I wish had gone differently.

Recently, however, I haven’t had a reason to do either of those things.  For the first time in a while, I can say that I am happy.  Not just content, but truly happy.  I am having the time of my life this summer out in Oregon, and that means that I don’t have quite as much time for doing this blog.  I’ll try to keep putting pictures up, but know that there might not be as much in the way of writing as usual.

-Ben

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2 Responses to “Math and Waterfalls”

  1. Hreat shot of the waterfall. Great job.

  2. Bryce said

    Nice post, Ben.

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