Archive for the Available Light Category

Checking In: I Broke My Darn Leg *UPDATE*

Posted in Available Light, Cellphone camera, Handheld on September 7, 2021 by budbranch

A few years ago, I broke my leg while mountain biking near Garcia Park.  My biking partner went for help (downhill), while I waited.  And waited.

After a while, I was right happy to hear a couple of ATVs coming down the trail – it was two brothers, who helped make me comfortable and warm – one stayed with me while the other rode UP to trail to cell coverage, and activated EMS.  I was eventually evacuated to SF, and never knew much about my rescuers, until yesterday!  Tim Hasson and I were gigging at Sol Food in Seco:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a break, a diner introduced himself and asked “Did you break your leg up in Garcia Park?”.  It was Bill Bansberg – one of the brothers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said they had always wondered how things turned out – it was great to close the loop with them!

Here is my original post from 5 years ago:

Dear blog followers –
A friend offered a friendly ride on a borrowed mtn bike last week – the brakes failed on downhill, I bailed off and tumbled, and cleanly broke my right femur. It didn’t penetrate the skin, nor (most importantly) cut my femeral artery. Pure luck.

2:25PM We were by ourselves, out of cell coverage, 14 miles from the bottom. My bike partner bundled me up and headed downhill for help. 10 minutes later, two brothers on ATVs came down from above. One gave me his coat and stayed with me, the other went back uphill to find cell coverage and activate EMS. 3:10 The other brother returned, reporting that EMS was on the way. It took a couple more hours to get me IV-d, medicated, and transported two miles down the trail, where a medivac chopper could land in a meadow and fly me out.

I was in the ER in Santa Fe by 6:00PM – they did surgery ASAP: aligned the bones, drilled out the core, and installed an internal continuous rod, screwed everything together and stapled me up! I was in my room by 3AM.

Four days in hospital (St Vincent Med Center), now five days at home, healing nicely. Thanks for your interest – here are a few pics:

Selfie, 2 minutes in...

Selfie, 2 minutes in…

Clean femur break

Clean femur break

Evacuation helicopter

Evacuation helicopter

Helicopter nurse

Helicopter nurse

ER angel

ER angel

Immediately post surgery

Immediately post surgery

femur-rod-2016-11-03

All repaired!

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Three days post surgery

Three days post surgery

Watercolor Effect

Posted in Available Light, Sony RX100-VII on February 16, 2021 by budbranch

Experimenting with transformation of clean digital photos into pseudo-watercolor using Photoshop filters and layers.

Hawks, Sunny-Side Up

Posted in 600mm, Available Light, Handheld on November 1, 2020 by budbranch

 

These photos benefited from high clouds creating beautiful soft lighting…

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE

Posted in Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, sky, Sony A7III on July 9, 2020 by budbranch

5-second exposures taken at 4:10AM today.  Taos NM

Thunderstorm in Angel Fire + Moonrise

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Available Light, Long exposures, Wide Angle on April 10, 2020 by budbranch

10 second exposure as the moon was rising during a distant thunderstorm.

Super Moon

Posted in Available Light, Handheld, Sony A7III on March 9, 2020 by budbranch

Obligatory  Moon  photo!

1/1,000sec, f/4.0, ISO800 200mm


July Was Soooo Wild….

Posted in Available Light, Gopro Hero5, Point-and-shoot on August 5, 2019 by budbranch

Flying down to Chile for the total solar eclipse

Busking in San Pedro

Totality

Selfie during totality with thousands on the beach…

Protest in Taos of US government treatment of asylum seekers

Upgraded my drone – better photos coming!

 

 

Attended Gun Sense University

Sat in training with Julianne Moore!

Played mando for the flight attendants

 

Bela Fleck/Flecktones

Posted in Available Light, Canon 7D, Gopro Hero5, Handheld on June 23, 2019 by budbranch

Great concert out on the mesa last night…

Catching up!

Posted in 5DMII, Aerial, Astrophotography, Available Light on May 6, 2019 by budbranch

I have been lazy about posting here – here is a little catchup… BTW: to anyone seeing this, you have an invitation to visit anytime!

New Mexico Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense: we successfully lobbied for expanded background checks in NM!

A La Cart (our favorite lunch spot…)

Hummer – we may have a nest nearby…

Hummer

Hummer

Hummer

Hummer

Hummers

Jupiter and 3 of her moons

Friends from C-ville visited

El Salto Falls

Red Winged Blackbird

Nambe Falls (the first cascade)

Moonset in Taos Canyon

Virga sunset

The wind broke my old tripod – this is first shot off the new one!

Our upgraded mailbox

I have some metal prints hanging at The Coffee Spot in Taos

Artist Julie decorating our upgraded mailbox

I visited my grandkids…

The Carwash from Breaking Bad

My son and I are considering a new joint venture…

Roadside antler vendor

Lobbying in The NM Roundhouse

Super Blood Lunar Eclipse

Posted in Astrophotography, Available Light, Canon 7D on January 21, 2019 by budbranch

300mm full manual off a tripod. Basic Moon photos are always tough, since the Moon is MOVING, and it is so bright compared to the background. Eclipse photos add the twist that the exposure changes drastically during the event, so you are constantly shooting brackets and evaluating. I used from ISO 100 to 3200, shutter from 1/125th to 2.25 second, and f/4.0 to f/5.6. I was interested in capturing some sharp stars and I found that with THIS lens on a non-tracking mount, *1* second was as long as I could go before the stars became little “-” marks… Also, by 10:15 MST, the darn moon was approximately 60 degrees above the horizon, so it was harder and harder to see the viewfinder and manage the camera. I ran out of head adjustment, and started shortening a tripod leg!

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