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Sweet Creek Falls

Posted by Ben on February 15, 2012

Ugh…it’s been a long day. Two assignments due plus a big midterm tomorrow equals a very busy day today. Working backwards through my photo collection led me to some pictures I took around exam time last term. I took a drive out towards the coast to a place called Sweet Creek Falls, where I followed a trail through a canyon filled with waterfalls.  Here are a few shots from my explorations:


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Phantom Dancers

Posted by Ben on November 2, 2011

This picture comes from last spring when a couple of us were fooling around after a salsa lesson in Squires.  I had been playing around with different shutter speeds creating a nice blurring effect, when I decided to add the flash in as well.  I had to put on both the polarizer and the neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure to two full seconds.  This was taken using a 2nd-curtain flash, which means it went off at the end of the two seconds instead of at the beginning, which led to somewhat of a freeze-frame at the end of the dip, with a nice blur leading into it. It took four or five tries before we got the timing down and the dip actually corresponding to the flash firing.

Overall, it was a really cool effect, and I think this was pretty good for my first time trying it out.  Ideally I wouldn’t have been shooting straight at the door, which would get rid of the flash starburst in the center of the picture.


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New Beginnings

Posted by Ben on October 16, 2011

There have been a lot of changes in my life recently…some good, some not so good. But, I guess that’s the way life goes.  I remembered that writing in this blog used to be really cathartic for me, so I’ve decided to try to get back into it.  I’ve had a lot of time over the past few weeks to do some heavy thinking, and come to the realization that I’ve been given a chance at a fresh start.

I’ve finally started grad school at the University of Oregon, which has been an interesting experience so far.  I’m both taking graduate level courses and teaching my own section of Precalculus. It’s a lot of work, and I find myself spending most of my time in class, doing homework, or preparing lectures.  And while I have reaffirmed my love of math over the past few weeks, I’m still glad that I can find time for some of the other things that I love doing.

The last few Friday nights, I’ve been going out salsa dancing at a club about four blocks down the road from my apartment. After a week full of math, it’s nice to be able to just let go on a Friday night and have a good time dancing.  I definitely miss everyone from SalsaTech back in Blacksburg, but have met a bunch of interesting people at this new venue, including some really good dancers. One of the things we always stressed at SalsaTech was that the best way to get better was to dance with as many people as possible, so I see this as a way of doing just that.

I’ve also been trying to take breaks during the weekends and explore the areas around Eugene. It’s nice to be able to just get away and get out into the wilderness. Here are a few pictures I’ve taken over the last three weeks or so:

The following two are from last weekend, and, in my opinion, are some of the best shots I’ve taken in a long time:

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Salt Creek Falls

Posted by Ben on August 6, 2010

The past week here in Corvallis has been a rough one.  I’ve been battling illness, eventually finding out it was Strep throat, and haven’t been able to talk since Monday.  Luckily, it was caught early and I’m starting to feel a lot better at this point.  We’ve also been struggling to put together a rough draft of our final research paper for the summer, which is already over 45 pages at this point.  So, I haven’t had much time for taking or writing about pictures, and next week might be even more hectic preparing for our final presentation.

This picture, as the title might lead you to believe, is of Salt Creek Falls, the second highest waterfall in Oregon.  Leanne and I stopped here on a whim during our long drive out to Crater Lake two weeks ago.  We didn’t know anything about it when we pulled in, and were pleasantly surprised with what we found.  The waterfall was gorgeous, and the hike from the top down to this vantage point was very pleasant.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m getting a lot of experience photographing waterfalls on this trip.  Every time I do, I’m glad to have the neutral density filter.  I guess most of the falls are in the shadow in this shot, but it’s still a fairly bright scene.  Using the ND filter and an ISO of 80, I was able to get the shutter speed slowed down to 1.3 seconds.  The leaves in the bottom left are a little blown out, but I think that’s a small price to pay in this situation.

In other news, I’ve got my trip back across the country planned out.  I’ll be driving from Corvallis back to Blacksburg in about five and a half days.  It doesn’t really leave a whole lot of time for sightseeing along the way, but that’s alright.  I did find someone willing to come with me and help with the driving, so luckily it won’t just be me alone in the car for 8-9 hours each day.


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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.


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