Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Bring On the Night

Bring On the Night

“Mister Frodo, look! There is light and beauty up there that no shadow can touch.”
— Samwise Gamgee

This is the story of the longest process I've gone through to get a single photo. 

I tried, unsuccessfully, to shoot a six-hour timelapse of the stars around the chimney of the house I was staying in at the time. I encountered a few problems throughout the night, and spent some time planning every detail of my venture so I could get it right the next time. 

It was a ton of work, and involved a ladder, extension cord, my laptop, some towels, lots of trips to change the camera batteries, and even more trips to change the warm towel on my lense. It was a pain in the butt. For six hours I was in and out of the house, but even worse than all those trips was waiting for photoshop to combine my photos when I was done. I took six hours. Six hours. I'm sure there was a better way to do it. I probably could have at least made the images smaller in lightroom, but I wasn't thinking. And, in return, I had to wait. 12 hours after starting my shoot I had the final image.

I'm not sure why, but God's given me a lot of lessons on patience in my life. I mean, I don't feel like I've really needed them that much, but I have had an astounding amount of trying experiences in which I have had to learn even more patience. This was only a minor example of that. One thing I learned from this shoot though, is that despite what they say, the best pictures do happen overnight. They just require loads of patience.

The stars surround the chimney with its glorious brick texture

The Whisk, My Favorite Cooking Utensil

The Whisk, My Favorite Cooking Utensil

Abscond From Life's Vice

Abscond From Life's Vice