Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blood Moon (Supermoon Lunar Eclipse) - In Another Minute (Week 283)

Blood Moon (Supermoon Lunar Eclipse) - In Another Minute (Week 283)

Nothing quite like the sight of the rare Supermoon lunar eclipse, also known as the Blood Moon. Of course, I had to capture it!

I had just arrived in Tucson, Arizona, and my friend and acupuncturist Jess Grotfeldt and I quickly set up on her roof. Spending this magical time together was more important than shooting a perfect video and I wasn't sure if it would turn out at all.

Even though I shot it at a wide angle to capture it all without having to move the camera, in the edit I ended up using closer frames of the time-lapse sequence photos. I thought it would be more interesting after all to get a closer look at the moon. Also the surrounding cityscape wasn't as exciting as a foreground as the Arizona mountains... but I'll show you those soon together with an incredible sunset I shot in the desert yesterday...

The song in the video is called “Namaste” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many great songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you very much, Jason!

Blood Moon - Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Sequence

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Staten Island Ferry Views - In A Brooklyn Minute (282)

Staten Island Ferry Views - In A Brooklyn Minute (282)

The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best New York City tourist attractions and locals' excursions - besides providing necessary public transportation between the boroughs Staten Island and Manhattan.

First of all, the Staten Island Ferry ride is free! It provides fantastic views of Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey, the harbor, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge. Especially, on a sweltering hot summer day, the open space of the water and the fresh breeze make you feel even better than the AC on the subway. And last but not least, I believe it to be the cheapest bar of New York City - no matter if you get a Fosters oil can or a bottle of Stella Artois.

Now imagine taking the Staten Island Ferry around sunset, sunrise or under the twinkling stars. Ahhh... it's always worth a ride!

So of course, I took my cousin Annick and her family on the ferry when we were in New York together during week 274 (after we had walked across the Brooklyn Bridge) and shot a quick video of the views. This video shows first some Staten Island Ferry views on the ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, then from Staten Island to Manhattan - giving you an overview of the whole round trip.

The ferry runs 24/7 on the hour or half hour (depending on the time of day or night). The journey across takes about 25 minutes. Since 9/11 you can't stay on the ferry for the return trip. You have to get off one boat and then onto the next boat.

The song in the video is called “Walk In The Park” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many great songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you very much, Jason!

Lower Manhattan skyline seen from the Staten Island Ferry, New York City

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Swimming with Whiskey (Whiskey Business 3) - In A Colorado Minute (281)


Swimming with Whiskey (Whiskey Business 3) - In A Colorado Minute (281)

One of the highlights of this summer (and all my Colorado summers) has been swimming in Horsetooth Reservoir - especially with Whiskey and friends.

So after a somewhat challenging week with this video series due to the Moving Postcard website disappearing and all the fun of trying to recover and rebuild it, I thought a fun swimming with Whiskey video would be just the thing to lighten the mood.

This video was shot during week 280 while Judith was visiting and, together with Scott and Whiskey, we spent the most wonderful day on our little boat Slow Ride and in various Horsetooth Reservoir coves.

In case you were wondering: yes, Whiskey does seem to like swimming to and running after thrown rocks. She actually seems to prefer that over sticks and toys. She also likes catching snow. But that's another video for another week...

The song in this week’s video is “Mountain Sun” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many excellent songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you very much, Jason!


Whiskey Dog swimming in Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pikes Peak Summit - In A Colorado Minute (Week 280)


Pikes Peak Summit - In A Colorado Minute (280)

Pikes Peak must be one of the most famous mountains in the USA. It may be because, after a visit to this Colorado mountain, Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song "America The Beautiful" or because of the hair-raising car and motorcycle race (The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb aka The Race to the Clouds) that goes up Pikes Peak Highway or because of the magnificent views from atop this Rocky Mountains fourteener... maybe it's just because it's easily accessible via car and cog rail - and not just by hiking or biking.

During week 279, Scott, Judith, Christoph, GJ, Whiskey dog and I drove up the mountain (and I published the video "Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)". This week I'd like to share with you some impressions from up at the Pikes Peak Summit at 14,115 feet (4,302.31 m).

The views include Manitou Springs, the Garden of the Gods and Crystal Reservoir, that hairpin road that takes you up the mountain and the possibly more or less nerve-wrecking Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railroad

Sooner or later, I'll also publish a video of the drive back down...

The song in this week’s video is “Heading West” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you again and again, Jason!

On a completely different note: the MovingPostcard.com website is currently down. Trying to wait patiently for GKG.net. But considering how often the site is down, their slow response time and lack of compensation, it seems to be time to finally switch to another host. Can you recommend a good one?

Looking north-east from the Pikes Peak Summit in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)

Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)

The Colorado mountain Pikes Peak is the highest mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains - with the summit being at 14,115 feet (4,302.31 m), which makes it one of the 53 fourteeners in the Rocky Mountains.

This week, Scott, Whiskey and I took our friends Judith and Christoph (both currently visiting from Berlin) and GJ on a little road trip down to Manitou Springs and up to the summit of Pikes Peak.

With nerves of steel, Scott drove our car up the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway and later back down. I recorded both rides with a GoPro. In this video, you can see sped-up excerpts from the drive up. In a few days, I'll also release the full version of the that ride. I highly recommend you watch that longer version as well, since I needed to take out quite a few of those hairpin turns to create a 1-minute version for the In A Colorado Minute series. It's possible that I took out the scariest ones... Another week, I'll share the drive back down and also a video about the Pikes Peak summit itself.

Pikes Peak Highway is the only road that takes you up to the summit, which is about 6,000 feet above the road's entrance. Alternatives are the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railroad that rides up from Manitou Springs and, of course, hiking up the mountain along marked trails. The highway is a toll-road that cost us $40 for 5 adults. It takes about an hour to drive up the 19 miles - if you keep your speed at the recommended 25 mph (and 10 mph in the sharp turns). However, during the annual race, some cars cover the last 16 miles up in about 12 minutes.

The song in this week’s video is “Green Daze” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you so much, Jason!

Last but definitely not least, I highly recommend watching this video in HD - even if it takes a little longer to load. The low-rez version looks way too chunky to enjoy it.

Driving up Pikes Peak Highway in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado