Friday, July 17, 2015

Vimeo & "When the Devil Knows Your Name" by Black Powder County

I've been neglecting this blog!  Buried in video work on live concerts, I've abandoned the Photo of the Day project (for now, it will return!), and between the concerts and the work on Recreating the Historic Columbia River Highway, I just haven't produced much content for the blog recently!

However, I have also been neglecting my Vimeo account.  So, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and start a new series of posts featuring some of my recent video work as I post the clips to Vimeo.

These will mostly be concert videos with a couple of other things, mostly HCRH related, thrown in here and there.  One of the reasons that I haven't posted these videos and films here before is that they are a little off the subject matter this blog has settled into over the last few years, but it is a major direction that my work is going in now, so I feel that it is time to post them to my primary blog, regardless of the content that I've posted in the past.

Don't worry, this isn't going to fully turn into a music blog.  I still hope to post the sorts of posts that I've concentrated on in the past, the little adventure articles and what not, the landscape photos and travel logs and what not.

But I do want this blog to reflect my full body of work, too.

As for Vimeo...  One of the reasons why I don't post very often there is that I really do have mixed feelings about the platform.  While serious filmmakers prefer it to YouTube, it can feel a little pretentious from time to time.  Yes, everything looks great on it!  It handles video much better than YouTube, but this comes with some additional issues, too.  With clunkier computers or slower internet connections, it can be darned difficult to watch videos on it.  It stalls a lot, at least it used to. 

Over the years, there's been a number of periods when I've been stuck with both clunky, older computers and horrible internet speeds.  During those periods, it was almost impossible to watch any videos hosted on Vimeo.  It was very frustrating.

Perhaps this is why I feel it can be a bit pretentious.  "Oh, your gear isn't good enough to watch my beautiful video?  Rather than letting you watch at a resolution that will work for you, just come back later when you've upgraded on your end." 

Anyway, enough babble.

This is an "older" video  (only a few months, but it feels like years!) from the first show I directed and edited for Black Powder County.  They are great guys who make great music and put on an awesome show.

 
Black Powder County: "When the Devil Knows Your Name" - Live at the Bossanova Ballroom (2015) from A. F. Litt on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Eight hour rescue operation for teen injured in 'Hell Hole'

Eight hour rescue operation for teen injured in 'Hell Hole' | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon: "A teen is now recovering at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend after falling nearly 100 feet down a ravine. It took responders more than eight hours to rescue her. "

'via Blog this'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Clone Wars - Unproduced Story Reels

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/the-clone-wars-legacy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Austin Hot Springs on the Clackamas River

Always been curious about this rather mysterious spot on the Clackamas River. I'd tried Googling it, but never knew the name until today when I stumbled on a picture on Google Earth...

Austin Hot Springs | SoakOregon.com:

"Approximately 60 miles outside of Portland along Highway 224 lies Austin Hot Springs. This natural hot spring, heated by volcanic activity, sits in and along the Clackamas River, among the pristine trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest. There could be several rock pools along the river suitable for qualification depending on the season. Please be aware of Austin’s 200+ degree bursts of hot water and use extreme caution when soaking in this spring. There are suitable spots to soak, just be very careful to not scald yourself. A waterproof digital thermometer can help locate burst zones." 
"If YOU were paying attention... you’d know that J. Frank Schmidt now owns the land. PGE had it in the 60’s and 70’s, where it once had a campground. But PGE closed the campground in the late 70’s because Russian immigrants were living there full time and threatening others who attempted to camp there. PGE turned it into a day use only park for a few years. After a few lawsuits in the early 80’s for people being scalded, PGE closed the park and tore out the footbridge. They then sold the property. Schmidt bought it hoping to develop it into another Brightbush Resort type location… but failed to gain the permits and codes to do such. After being sued twice, he took measures to make access to the area difficult. It has been up for sale for at least 3 years now, but he is wanting too much for it. [Posted 4/19/2012]"

I might be out that way today and I'll grab some pictures if I am (wasn't poking around there on Google Earth for no reason!), but plans aren't set in stone yet.  If not, I'll dig and see if I can find some old pictures from here and update this post.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind

A. F. Litt: Route 2 - John B. Yeon State Park to Moffett Creek &emdash; Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind (2013)

Wahclella Blowin' In the Wind (2013)
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor. Oregon. May 19, 2013. 
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 6, 2015

Sorting through some older photos from the Columbia River Gorge for my documentary on the Historic Columbia River Highway (www.RecreatingTheHCRH.org), I ran across this shot and thought it was an interesting one... It's a little amazing that even back in a ravine like this, the wind can be strong enough to blow a falls of this size as much as it does.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Hood Over the Gorge

A. F. Litt: Hood River &emdash; Hood Over the Gorge (2015)
Hood Over the Gorge (2015)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Washington. March 16, 2015
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 3, 2015

Mt. Hood was doing some neat things in the sunset light the other day while I was out filming for www.RecreatingTheHCRH.org.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cabin Creek Falls and Still River

A. F. Litt: Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek &emdash; Cabin Creek Falls and Still River (2015)

Cabin Creek Falls and Still River (2015)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Washington. March 26, 2015
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: March 26, 2015

It's been awhile since I've posted a photo of the day, but I took this one while out working on www.RecreatingTheHCRH.org and really liked it, for what it is...



Monday, March 30, 2015

The Largest Dam in The World

Spending a lot of time as a kid at Grand Coulee Dam, I've always been fascinated by Three Gorges Dam in China.  This is long, and I haven't even watched the whole thing yet, but interesting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015