This was a great way to round out 2009.
Kent, Lisa, and I took an 8-hour drive up north to stay with Ali and her family. Homer and Deb (Ali's parents) had just completed building their dream house in the small town of Truckee, CA, and we were more than eager to see what it looked like. Entering the home, you could easily tell that it was built with love. Wood paneled floors, family-assembled exterior staircase, and a refrigerator stocked with the comfort foods that remind you of your childhood. The most amazing part, though, is the backyard that is only feet away from the river (yes, the first few shots in this vid is of their backyard).
This video was completed hours before we left Truckee on Sunday morning. Since Deb has photographed/videotaped every single event in Ali's life since childhood, I wanted to make them a "thank you" video showing how much we enjoyed spending time with them.
I was planning on making a very different type of video before this trip started, but creating this video for someone else helped me to step outside of the usual song selections and compile sequences that I knew that others would want to see, as opposed to just appeasing my usual self motives :)
I brought my 3 lenses (24L 1.4, 50L 1.2, 135L 2.0) on this trip and carried them on my back for most of the time. It was a test to see how quickly I could switch primes (fixed) lenses on the fly. I definitely miss the luxury of a zoom, but really enjoy the depth of field these lenses bring.
The first few shots were using a tripod and the home-made slider. I have to say that I'm going to be upgrading to a better slider soon since this isn't doing the trick for me. It takes forever to get a "decent" shot.
Most of this video is handheld, unfortunately, but for some shots I was also able to use a monopod which doubled as a trekking pole :)