Archive for April, 2012

Got air?

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Over 100 million Super Bowl viewers watched Andy Lewis jumping on a slackline during the halftime show. Yesterday, I had the honor of watching him send his latest creation, “Leviathan,” for the first time.

Leviathan is a  285-foot slackline strung between the Echo and Cottontail towers of the Fisher Towers located outside of Moab, Utah.

 

The view of Andy’s Coliseum.

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The height of the line is approximately 900 feet. This makes Leviathan the highest/longest slackline in the world. Andy estimates the tension of the line between 1600-1800 lbs. It’s a good thing he is using a “Gibbons” slackline.

 

Got air?

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To get a scale of how high the tower is, the tower Ancient Art in the Citibank TV commercial is the one with “Benson” across it.

 

Here is a  400% blowup of Andy walking the line.

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Who knows? What’s next? All I know is ” The Slacklife” will continue …

 

Moab, Utah: “Getting lucky”

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

I’ve been interested in shooting the Milky Way. In order to shoot the Milky Way you need to have a new moon. This is a must because you need the sky to be completely dark. It also helps to have an area with no or little light pollution. Arches National Park in Moab,Utah is almost a perfect place for night photography. The night of April 21st was perfect for this: it was a new moon and–bonus–a Lyrid meteor shower.

I arrived in Arches around 11PM and took some test shots to kill time before the Milky Way rose. The first shot is of the Turrent arch taken at the The Window area of Arches.

Here is my photo of the Turrent from the north looking towards the southwest. 

As you can see from the photo, the Milky Way wasn’t present because it isn’t in that part of the sky.  Still a cool photo.

 

The next photo is of the North and South Windows with the Milky Way lighting up the sky. If you look closely at the left window, you can see a meteor streaking by.

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Having the meteor in the shot was pure luck!!

After shooting at the Windows area I decided to go to Balanced Rock. I arrived around 3AM, and the Milky Way was in the perfect location for this silhouette of Balanced Rock.

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The last shot of the night is of Balanced Rock painted with light.

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Well I didn’t get lucky with a shooting star after numerous photos taken, but I’m coming back during the next meteor shower. I hope luck will follow.