1. A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout.


    from Gary Yost / Added

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    The video documents the (usually) very peaceful life of a fire lookout in the Gardner Lookout on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. I've been a Marin County Fire Department volunteer lookout for two years and deeply love the mountain and the peace it brings to us here in the Bay Area. Perhaps this 6-minute video will convey some of the emotions I feel when sitting (and sleeping) on her peak. All timelapse editing done in Lightroom4 and LR Timelapse2. www.garyyost.com For more information about becoming a fire lookout in Marin County, visit http://marinlookouts.com

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    • Full Moon Pacific Blanket - SF Bay


      from Gary Yost / Added

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      The Bay Area is famous for its dense fog, and when you're in it the fog is cold and grey. But there's another side to the fog and the only way to see what happens when it fully comes in and blankets the SF Bay Area at night is to be above it. Because Mt. Tam is closed to everyone but rangers and fire lookout volunteers after sunset, very few people have ever seen the majestically mysterious vapors of the Pacific ocean as it flows in to completely cover the Bay. What starts as a partial blanket quickly rushes in to fill the gaps and by 1am, the lights of the cities below eventually become completely smothered. Because this specific night (8/9/2014) was a 96% full supermoon, the top of the fog and the slopes of Mt. Tam were fully illuminated by silvery-blue light and the only traces of humanity left were aeronautical... the lights at the summit of Mt. Diablo, the FAA radome on Tam's West Peak, and the jets that are guided by that radome's radar safely through the fog. music: "Tsunami" (Die Welle) by Rüdiger Oppermann (http://www.klangwelten.com) An article about how this film was made is here: http://tinyurl.com/nbq5w9w

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      • Selected scenes from upcoming Mt. Tam fire lookout mini-documentary.


        from Gary Yost / Added

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        A collection of many timelapse sequences that I shot at the Mt. Tam East Peak Gardner Fire Lookout during one 3-day lookout shift in August, 2012. Pieces of these were used as a part of my Mt. Tamalpais fire lookout 6-minute mini-documentary for the Marin County Fire Department: https://vimeo.com/48169212 All shots edited in Lightroom4 and LRTimelapse2. Music: "Geometry of Dreams" from the album "Bow and Cello" by Gretchen Yanover

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        • In the Line of Fire


          from Tom Persinger / Added

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          The Fire Lookouts of Northwest Montana, a documentary project. More information may be found on my website http://www.tompersinger.com

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          • Mt. Tam Fire Lookout Glory (40 seconds)


            from Gary Yost / Added

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            From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_%28optical_phenomenon%29 A glory is an optical phenomenon that resembles an iconic saint's halo about the shadow of the observer's head. The effect is believed to happen due to classical wave tunneling, when light nearby the droplet tunnels through air inside the droplet and, in the case of glory, is emitted backwards due to resonance effects. GY note: That's the Gardner Fire Lookout shadow in the halo. I was shooting this from the north catwalk of the Lookout on East Peak, which explains why the center of the Glory is where I was standing. The angular size is much smaller than a rainbow, about 5° to 20°, depending on the size of the droplets. The glory can only be seen when the observer is directly between the sun and cloud of refracting water droplets. Hence, it is commonly observed whilst airborne, with the glory surrounding the airplane's shadow on clouds (this is often called The Glory of the Pilot). Glories can also be seen from mountains and tall buildings, when there are clouds or fog below the level of the observer. The phenomenon is related to the optical phenomenon anthelion. Music: "Sky" by Sky

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            • 2011 - Scenes from a (foggy) day in the Gardner fire lookout on Mt. Tamalpais.


              from Gary Yost / Added

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              Fire danger was quite low during August of 2011 because we had very foggy mornings and evenings with high moisture levels. Those conditions were perfect for enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean as it condenses into fog and wraps itself around the flanks of Mt. Tamalpais. Join me in the transcendental experience of overnighting at the Gardner Lookout at the 2571' summit of the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais during a 2-day lookout shift. (It was the year after making this video that I decided to create my "Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout." https://vimeo.com/48169212 ) Shot with a Canon XF100 and edited in Final Cut Pro X.

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              • Hager Mountain Lookout


                from David Inscho / Added

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                I don't get enough winter in the Pacific NW. These rentals allow me a chance to wade hip deep in snow and cold. Lookouts in particular intensify the experience of sun, storm, and stars. I had 9 fabulous days at Hager. In the best of conditions it is a room with a view; in the worst it is refuge, but still just a step away from darkness, or light as the world falls away at one's feet; and the sky with all it has to offer, beckons.... Check out narrative and stills at: http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=852519#852519

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                • Winchester Lookout


                  from David Inscho / Added

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                  This is a Fire Lookout I take care of on behalf of the US Forest Service and the Mount Baker Club. Maintenance on the 1935 structure is constant due to the ravages of subalpine winters and disrespectful visitation. It is at 6521 feet in the Mt. Baker Wilderness of Washington's N. Cascades. This is a collection of time-lapse sequences and video from my last two visits.

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                  • Lookout Mountain


                    from David Inscho / Added

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                    This is a lookout I have visited for more than 10 years; I now lend a hand with maintaining the structure with Dan Trudeau and the Forest Service. This was an annual trip to restore the shutters (stored below for the summer) to protect the cab from wintery weather. All the time-lapse sequences and video were shot on this November trip. Link to narrative and stills:http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7995367&sid=e5523c3499ee1806fbf8c2f9e7d874ac

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                    • Split boarding the Mt. Baker Wilderness in January


                      from TJ Seren / Added

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                      this video was shot between January 12-15, 2013 in the north cascades of Washington state.

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