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Columbia Icefield Gigapixel Project Annual 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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I just created a permanent Page on my site for the CIGP 2013 Annual Newsletter.   However, it’s slightly different than the one that I sent in emails and posted JPGs of the PDF files earlier.  This one will gradually grow with media content as it is developed during the Winter.  Also, the image quality is better than the JPG post earlier.   Please check back for continued enhancements of the Newsletter page.  I will also do my best to make a blog post whenever I update that page.

For those of you who caught the Panographers episode, I apologize for the technical difficulties that chopped up my presentation.

Please remember you can custom order prints by contacting me directly.  The base price for panoramic prints is $45.  The base price for metal and Plywerk prints is $100.   Shipping is determined on a case by case basis.

I was recently and pleasantly surprised by a  customer’s comment after a holiday print purchase:

It came with a white boarder.  It was just perfect!  I sent it in for a custom frame already and it’s scheduled to be done a couple days before Christmas and I even made room for a name plate listing you as the photographer and name of the print :)  I’m super excited to get it back!  I’ll send you a copy of the completed project in a couple weeks :)
Thanks again for all your help in making this gift possible.


However, if you want to directly support the CIGP you can also send funds directly to be used specifically for image acquisition this next year.


A Few Treks from the week

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Looking South from near Silcox Hut on Mount Hood, Oregon


On 02/14/2013, I had a decent trip up to the Mount Hood with my wife.  The weather, less than ideal.  We didn’t go as far as hoped, I did a hasty pano from near Silcox Hut.  This was the first test in poor weather on the mountain.  The image turned out alright, for the hasty 8 min shot.


The GigaPan Epic Pro working it out in the cold wind and blowing ice crystals.


It took a bit of time to get the rig setup and I was thankful for the boulder as a solid wind break.


GigaPan Epic Pro


On 02/15/2013 I had an impromptu trip that all started at another trailhead, when a Trooper stopped for a break. I was looking up at this spot and I asked him if he knew of a trail that went up there.  “Table Mountain,” he said and directed my to a trail….so it began. Unmarked, free access! I started up with no prior knowledge of the area, always looking over my shoulder to know where I came from and visualize landmark for the return.  After about 2 junctions, a meadow and a washout I achieved a large trail junction.

The Pacific Crest Trail Markers


For the second time in my life I was on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  I cut straight across at this junction with the PCT and after about 10 mins realized it was going away from where I wanted to get.  So I turned around.  Back at the junction I went relative North, walking the PCT from a 15 minutes until I saw where I wanted to go.  A new trail segment called Heartbreak Ridge.  I got up to a notch in the ridgeline with a spectacular view to the East.


A clip of a Pano that I will get in a larger format soon.


I had lugged my GigaPan up here, but due to the time a distance out from car.  I didn’t have enough daylight to take a high resolution shot and beat the sunset.  So I did a quick handheld with my 50mm.  Afterwhich, I ran and walked fast back to the car in just a little over an hour.  I didn’t have to use my cell phone for a light.  Couldn’t ask for a better day out!  It’s been a long time since I’ve like I explored an area, then researched the hike after almost doing all of it.



WSU Vancouver


Last night I took Jasper for a short walk up around WSU Vancouver and snagged a series of HDR images at sunset with my 30D for fun.


WSU Vancouver

Columbia Icefield Gigapixel Project (CIGP) Update

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Had a great meeting with GigaPan‘s Marketing team the other day.  It’s going to be great having their help with additional research and CIGP marketing.  Still working on financial funding and climbing safety gear specific to the project.

I’m going to play with the GigaPan Epic Pro at the end of The Portland Rock Gym’s 25th Anniversary Bash tonight.

I’m excited that Promote Systems is interested in the Project, can’t wait to use the Promote Control for some focus stacking!

A huge thank you again to Mountain House for having the desire early on and being the first official project sponsor, along with

Last but not least….

A fresh pair of Intuition Luxury Liners!


I’ll be getting these fit at the Mountain Shop in Portland soon!   I am excited to ride in comfort from this day forward.


Thank you all for your support!

Image Acquisition locations


The Route of the Columbia River.


The Columbia Icefield rests near the Big Bend  above Kinbasket Lake and is one of two hydrological apexes (feeds into three water systems: Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic via Hudson Bay) ice sheets in the world.  The second one is in Siberia.   Since it is an apex and is already being currently studied by a scientific team led by Dr. Mike Demuth this area is a prime candidate for gigapixel image acquisition.

I will be conducting gigapixel test shoots on Mount Hood soon.

For additional info on the Icefield Studies:

a PDF online


CIGP Locations

Monday, December 10th, 2012

All the current locations w/ current verified sponsors.

The Illusion of America’s Water Supply

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Mount Hood

Just read an article in the LA Times about the blindfold over our eyes on the current water supply crisis.

Overtapped rivers are likewise out of sight for most people, who may encounter the source of their shower only as they drive by a carefully managed reservoir. Since Georgia’s Lake Lanier, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is holding Chattahoochee River water again, Atlantans can turn on the lawn sprinklers, never having to think about how that action is wiping out an oyster fishery, and a way of life, downstream in Apalachicola, Fla.  – Cynthia Barnett author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.

This creates a good picture of what will be happening in the Pacific Northwest as our glacier reserves of fresh water deplete over the next 50 years.  Check out my other post on the Columbia Icefield Gigapixel Project.