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New on 500px : Used UFO Lot by MilesMorganPhotography by MilesMorganPhotography

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Maybe it’s because I like cars that these Hoodoos look like UFO’s to me. Or maybe it’s just because I’m a dork. David “DBreezy” Thompson and Paul “Romeo” Rojas were kind enough to let me tag along on a trip to the amazing Bisti Badlands In New Mexico. The highlight of our trip was meeting the wizard behind the curtain of the Southwest in the form of one Cecil Witt. That in and of itself made the trip special. Stories ensued, but I won’t bore you with them. Ok, I’ll bore you with one.

Fatigue is an insidious, relentless, obnoxious bastard. As an airline pilot, I spend a great deal of time thinking about, managing, studying, and trying to avoid fatigue. It can turn a sober man/woman into a staggering waste of air if left unchecked. ** Cue looming foreshadow music… DUN DUN DUNNNNNN **

I arrived a day early, and set about the business of shooting a nothing sunset before getting truly, deeply, passionately, and properly lost. Eventually stumbling upon my rental car, I went back to town and waited for my friends to arrive. And arrive they did. In style, at 3am. This after working all day and being up all night. There is no point in trying to sleep for 30 min, so we all piled in the rental and headed out into the cold desert night air.

Not much is said in the middle of the night on a long, straight, lonely highway in the middle of nowhere. Just a few glances to the stars to see what kind of conditions we could expect. The dashed yellow line in the middle of the road whizzing by can become mesmerizing at 3:30am. Paul moved over to the left lane of our two lane road, to avoid some sort of object he must have seen in our lane. I nodded thankfully that he was driving because I hadn’t seen a thing…. A pregnant pause later and we were still whooshing along at 80mph in the left hand lane. I wondered if we had transported to England. Time slowed down. The car didn’t.

“Uhhhhh, Paul?” Breezy chimed in from the back seat


“Dude. Do you realize you are in the wrong lane?”


*Lane change back to the correct side*


Breezy: “Dude, I’ve got kids”. I always love that line, and I know when I hear it whatever we are doing is probably a bad idea.

Paul has gotten really good at putting together little videos of our trips, so I thought I’d post the link here. I apologize for the following

1) I might have sworn by accident a few times
2) My hair. I usually mousse each individual strand which takes me around 3 hours
3) The smell. If you are watching on smell cam, we didn’t bathe much.

Paul’s Video

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New on 500px : Na Pali Gold by silentgphotography by silentgphotography

Happy Earth Day! Let’s start by saying awkward situations crack me up. And this was one of those situations. So get this: I was in Kauai recently (as if my shoving photos from the Garden Island down everyone’s throat every day for the last few weeks wasn’t proof). I spent just over a week shooting before sunrise through sunset, hitting nearly all the spots I wanted to hit…SOLO. I’m not an anti-social guy, but so often I prefer exploring by myself and shooting new locations on my own time. That was the theme of this whole trip. I wanted to see Na Pali Coast from the air and from the Pacific—from the air was no problem and I booked two doors-off helicopter tours with Jack Harter Helicopters (HIGHLY recommend them). However the boat access was a little tougher. Due to really high surf none of the boat tours were hitting Na Pali the days leading up to, and including the majority of my stay. I kept checking schedules and routes and would call all the companies daily to see if they’d take me to Paradise…and on my second to last day I lucked out…and contacted ol’ Captain Andy’s….for their romantic, sunset dinner cruise…. “Sorry Mr. G*&GT%&GB, but we’re all booked. We only have one spot left.” “Yeah. It’s just me [and 3 cameras].” “……….crickets………OK…………we have you down for…….one.” I’ve made this comparison about my trip in the past, but have you ever seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall? Remember that scene where Jonah Hill was breaking balls because Peter asked for a table for one? Apparently folks didn’t get the memo we’d be speeding through the rain, on choppy waters on the Pacific, so we could reach Na Pali before sunset. But me? Hell, I looked like I’d come straight from a 3-day music festival with my fat beard, beanie, and…clothes that would keep me dry and warm. While several of those dressed for a night on the strip were booting off the back of the boat, others complained about getting soaked, and this guy? I was filling up memory cards and throwing back Silver Bullets. But I was still the bearded ginger with 3 cameras. Oh, then what you see above happened. Suddenly I wasn’t a kook for going solo on a romantic dinner cruise. Next thing I knew I was out of business cards and the Silver Bullets were flowing like wine. Lesson out of this? Don’t be afraid to laugh through some awkward moments if that’s the only price to pay in order to experience something incredible. I will never, ever, ever forget watching a mother Humpback and calf breaching over and over under a sunset rainbow on rugged Na Pali Coast. And of course I kid–those guys at Captain Andy’s were super cool, and they fed us well.
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