Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RVwest Magazine features a story about My Adventures and RV Lifestyle

RV West Magazine Article about Kit Frost

Kit Frost's Photographs and Camping Adventures Featured in RVwest Magazine 

My rig at the Watchman Campground in Zion National Park

I was thrilled to get a call from Jessica Kirby, a writer for RVwest Magazine.  What do you think of the story she wrote about me and my life of adventure?
Click here to read the story.

Dry Camping in the San Juan National Forest, near Durango, Colorado

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cameras and Camping at Bluff Hot Air Balloon Festival

Give a sense of place in your photos

Tell a story with your subjects.

Compression of space: a lesson in using longer lenses.
I teach Photography.  Most of the participants in my workshops have always wanted to learn photography.  Many students are retired and some want to learn a skill for a second career.  Many talk of being ready to devote the time, energy and commitment to their photo education.  On workshops and private lessons, we have a mix of beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers. What all students have in common is the desire to create beautiful images and to learn to use their digital cameras and lenses properly.

Balloon Photography Lessons:

  • Choosing the right lens for the job, i.e. compression of space, wide view, details.
  • Storytelling
  • A sense of place.
  • Proper exposure, shutter speed and ISO for moving subjects
  • Proper choice of aperture for emphasis
  • Working with the "star of the show" and the "supporting cast".
  • Working with challenging light, sunrise, sunset, night photos
  • Tripod or no, tethered or not.

Cameras and Camping

This past weekend we all met in Bluff, Utah for the Annual Bluff Balloon Festival.  I set up my travel trailer at the Cadillac Ranch RV Park in Bluff, it was full, as were all of the accommodations in Bluff. But Diana (Cadillac Ranch) made sure that folks could boondock if necessary so they were not without a site.  Students stayed in a nearby motel. The class arrived at my camper for pre-sunrise breakfast, and coffee.  At that time we gathered around my dinette and planned the day, discussing basic camera settings to get started.  We left camp at around 8am, as the balloons launch close to sunrise and sunset.

Later in the day, I taught the grand landscape and photographing in harsh light at Muley Point at the top of the Moqui Dugway on Hwy 163. At the end of the day, we also used my campsite to gather around the picnic table and talk about photography and the challenges of the day.

The light has been really harsh in the Southwest recently, so I composed this image by framing the distant Monument Valley and nearby boulders of Muley Point.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Great Ideas for Departing Camp

I ran into this link on www.thecampingjournal blog.  Although the blogger is no longer posting, having retired from his writing.  His information is still valid IMHO

It's a helpful list when packing up camp and leaving the campsite, when moving on.  I have forgotten a few things that didn't cause too much harm, like leaving the ceiling vents open.  But I must admit, I can be a bit rushed when leaving camp, so although I glued a list to my door, this checklist is a good idea.

What kind of list, items would you add, subtract from this list?

RVwest Newsletter - eNews about RV travel, product Reviews and Photography


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time Lapse Photo Sequence: Zion National Park

One of the things I love the most about travel and photography is the luxury of time.  Time to watch clouds pass, time to watch rocks grow old, time to watch changing weather.

While camping at the Watchman Campground, I spent each morning taking a series of still images with my Nikon D300 and D5100 and set the timer on the camera to make a photo every 10 seconds or so. Later, at home, I uploaded the images to iMovie, set the time each image would last for .2 seconds, added music and here you see the results.

Here's a link to an article from petapixel.com about 5 people doing Time-Lapse Photography  I'm impressed by the photos, the use of the "rail" and the subjects too.

What do you think?

A Collection of Recent Photos

Take a few minutes to enjoy some mellow music and my photographs.

Friday, January 10, 2014

RVWest Magazine featured story this month: Kit Frost, Photography

Sunrise from a tree filled campsite, a photo of my tow vehicle and an 18 foot travel trailer
Camping at Sand Island Recreation Area, beside the San Juan River, in Utah
The current online issue of RV West Magazine features an article about my life, RV, photography, what inspires me and my reasons for purchasing my rig, and a story about how I combine photography and adventures.  Let me know what you think.  I love comments on my blog.

After entering the RV West photo contest in November, and winning, the editor called to suggest an article about my path to loving RV and Adventure travel in combination Chase the Light Photography Adventures.  Check it out.  The article includes a cool slideshow of photos taken of my rig while camping in Utah, and Colorado.  Most of the time, I'm out exploring and making photos and then I return to my camper at night for comfort and warmth.

Thanks RV West for the wonderful article.