With desert sand and red dirt still on our shoes from spending 2 weeks in Arizona, we decided to pack up again and do a spur of the moment trip to the Sol Duc and Hoh river valleys in the Olympics to catch the salmon run, elk rut and fall color, plus just to reconnect. We weren't disappointed – it was sublime. We spent 5 wonder-filled days enjoying everything these beautiful valleys have to offer, including a really rainy day with low clouds and soft mist, and a few bright days of gorgeous dappled light in the autumn forest.
I call it Lifespring No2 because, even though we've been to these places many, many times over the years (including all the way to the summit of Mt Olympus), this particular trip reminded me of my very first film, Lifespring vimeo.com/19195264. Back in the fall of 2003 we did a similar trip, though a little later when the trees had already shed their leaves. I was just beginning to hone my skills as a videographer (using a Sony mini-DV) and learning some basic editing (using Premiere). Kathy loved it and wanted to enter it in a film festival. She found the local Hazel Wolf Environmental FF and submitted with only the hope of getting some constructive feedback from the judges. To our surprise they actually accepted it, and wanted to screen it in their upcoming festival (btw ... this was before Crest Pictures was even born). Unfortunately, we hadn't gotten permission to use the music yet, so she went to work on that. She contacted the artist's manager and asked for the rights. It was Lyle Mays, a grammy award-winning keyboardist who played with the Pat Metheny Group. The tune was "Close to Home" from his solo 1986 album. Anyhow, it took a few months and a few follow-up letters before the phone rang one morning and to her surprise it was Lyle Mays on the other end. He apologized for the delay (said it had been lost in the shuffle), asked about the project, said he loved the idea, and granted us the right to use his music. It was subsequently broadcasted by our local PBS station KCTS 9, on their independent NW filmmakers series.
I hope you enjoy Lifespring No2 ... it was a labor of love in so many ways.
Camera and Gear:
Panasonic Lumix GH5
Lumix F 1.7 20mm
Lumix F 3.5-5.6 14-42mm
Lumix F 4.0-5.6 45-175mm
Lumix F 4-22 7-14mm
Gitzo fluid head and carbon fiber tripod
Feather Camera Crane