Matt Burt Photography Blog
I've fallen way behind on my photo blog! Sorry if you were trying to follow along. I recovered from my injuries last winter and can again lift all my cameras! (although maybe not all at the same time)
I realized I never posted this video that was made about a trip I took to Honduras last March. I joined the Lazos Education Fund for the trip to the small town La Venta where the school, called Asociacion Nuevo Amanecer or ANA is based.
It was a great trip and this video tells the story very well. Thanks again Greg for a great trip!
Not long after getting my new medium format camera, a Pentax 645D, I fell skiing and broke my clavicle and cracked my scapula. Ouch! Also makes it tough to use this big camera. But thanks to my wonderful wife I was getting out with her considerable help just a few days later. Now I'm at 2 weeks and I can go out on my own but I can't carry this rig very far. I also have to shoot from a tripod but that's often how a medium format camera is used anyway.
I shot this last night at the Gunnison Whitewater Park. As the sun went down the temperature dropped and eventually got close to -30F over night. I really liked how the ice floating in the eddys below the drop formed a vortex so I got out a ND filter to slow down the shutter speed, revealing the circular motion.
So I'm trying to use the time I have and update my online presence. Do you like the new site format?
Hopefully I can get through the next few weeks without going crazy or making my family crazy. Can't wait to get back out into the backcountry and ski area!
Somehow this season always sneaks up on me. I hope you are all well and enjoying the season no matter how or what you celebrate.
I was out taking photos of Whoville's Gunnison's annual Night if Lights celebration last Friday. It was a mild evening and it seemed like the whole town was there.
I got to use my new camera, a Pentax 645D from an office window overlooking the festivities and had a really fun evening. I think I also got a good photo. If you would like to purchase a print or use this photo commercially, please get in touch. If you just want to enjoy it here, then enjoy! I have a couple of prints of this coming in time for Christmas for local customers.
I didn't even leave the valley this week and I've seen some great stuff!
First on Sunday we had that Super Full Blood Moon, the lunar eclipse. I always like to get some photos of an eclipse because I find them interesting.
First shot was early in the evening and the eclipse. I drove up into the hills east of Gunnison to get the changing aspens in the foreground with Mt. Chipeta on the continental divide behind. The left side of the moon was starting to darken.
For totality I was back home again. Being up where I was for moonrise didn't matter much once it was dark so I figured I'd hang out with my family on the porch. This shot is a little cliche, but it was just irresistible to grab one with an old manual 300mm lens on a tele converter that doubles the magnification of the lens for an effective 600mm.
Then on Thursday night we had thick gray clouds within 10 minutes of sunset but I could see a gap developing near the horizon. Hoping the sun would come through and light up all the clouds I went to a nearby location on Tomichi Creek. The hole did open up and the resulting sunset was one of the best I have ever seen. I'm glad I was able to anticipate it!
We had a beautiful day this year for the WEBC. A couple hundred or so hearty souls made the trek from Gunnison to Crested Butte the long way on Sunday. That's 135 Miles and 9000 Ft. of climbing! Nice job riders!
I have a big gallery of rider photos you can buy as prints or downloads posted here.
Riding bikes is fun!
This 11 year old, Kaden rode the entire thing in a very respectable time. Amazing!
Dave Wiens leads the breakaway that would become the podium up Kebler Pass.