I love Gaia GPS, but the process of adding a custom map source in the IOS version is a long, convoluted process. This tutorial will show you how it’s done.Read More
Welcome to the first in a series of posts I'm going to be doing over the next few months to introduce you to the basics of wilderness navigation. The purpose of this series is to help you familiarize yourself with the concepts of wilderness navigation to make your time in the backcountry safer and more enjoyable.
In this first part of the series, I will be teaching the basics of reading a topographic map. It is absolutely essential that anyone venturing into the backcountry not only have a hard-copy map of the area but also that they know how to properly read and understand it. This article will teach you all of the basics of reading a topographic map.Read More
When photographing the Milky Way, we want to let as much light hit the sensor as possible. With this in mind, it's only natural to assume that we want to use a slower shutter speed. This is certainly true, but the fact that the Earth rotates can make things a little more complicated.
If we choose a shutter speed that is too slow, we will end up with blurry, trailed stars. Make it too fast and we won't capture as much detail as we could otherwise. The trick is to find the correct balance. There are a couple of ways to go about calculating the slowest shutter speed you can get away with. I'll be covering two of these methods here.
So, let's quit talking about it and get to it!Read More
You've spent countless hours planning and obsessively checking the weather to go out and capture what you hope will be an epic Milky Way shot. You've got a great location, a killer composition and took the time to carefully dial in your focus and camera settings. You get them home and realize that there is just too much noise for there to be a good image. What went wrong? How do people get these epic, low-noise Milky Way shots?
Well, one option would be to use a star tracking setup, but this is expensive and complicated to learn. An alternative, however, would be to use a method called stacking. Using this method, we can shoot the Milky Way at extremely high ISOs and end up with a final image that has little to no noise.
The best part? This works regardless of rather or not you're shooting on a low-end, crop-sensor DSLR or a multi-thousand dollar pro-body!Read More
We've finally gotten back to that time of year where we can ditch our heavy winter coats and everything starts to turn green again. The official start of summer is quickly approaching us. Despite it still technically being spring, however, the temperatures sure make it feel like summer!
In fact, here in Kentucky it has been hot to the point of being potentially dangerous. That's why I want to take some time to discuss heat exhaustion. This is one of the biggest threats to hikers this time of year, so it's important to know what it is, how to recognize it and what steps to take to treat it and even avoid it all together.Read More
During my last trip to The Great Smoky Mountains I decided that I wanted to night hike up Mt. Leconte to Myrtle Point to attempt to photograph the sunrise. This is a trip I've been trying to do for several months, but the weather has never been particularly cooperative!
I obsessively checked the weather and determined that my best window of opportunity would be Sunday morning. So, it was set. I'd wake up at 2 a.m. on Sunday, drive to the Alum Cave Trailhead, and hike up Mt. Leconte in the dark.Read More
I apologize for the lax in updates over the past couple of weeks. I've been super busy getting caught up on all of my Serial Photog related work after my week long trip to Florida and Tennessee. That's not what this post is about though.
What I want to discuss here is a cause called The 11th Essential. The premise of this initiative is really quite simple. We've all heard of the 10 essentials. The idea here is to add a trash bag as an eleventh essential.
Not convinced? Then I encourage you to take a moment to read the basis of this argument.Read More
Kentucky is just packed full of natural arches. In fact, it's ranked either second or third in the United States for most number of natural arches. We are behind only Utah and possibly Arizona. East of the Mississippi, however, we are ranked number one!
That means that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of natural arches to be seen in the state! Many of these are off designated trails and seldom visited. It's up to the intrepid explorer to put in the time, energy and research to find these hidden treasures. In this spirit of exploration, I'm not going to spoil the locations of these arches here. I'll leave that up to you ;)
So, without further ado, here's my five favorite natural arches in Kentucky that I've found so far!Read More
It has been a few weeks now since my last trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, but I'd like to take a moment to share the trip with you.
If you've followed my adventures for any length of time it shouldn't come as any surprise that this trip was extremely spur of the moment! I didn't do what I had originally planned in The Smokies, but I did stop off to visit a Kentucky waterfall with some friends and had a great time just wandering around the mountains with my camera.Read More
Raven's Rock is a prominent rock feature that can be seen from several vantage points throughout the Red River Gorge. One of the more well-known views of this impressive rock is seen from hiking the Auxier Ridge Trail. What most don't realize, however, is that you can actually hike up to the top of this amazing location.Read More