Checking In: I Broke My Darn Leg

Posted in Available Light, Cellphone camera, Handheld on October 24, 2016 by budbranch

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. He 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, enjoy the video too:

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

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Three days post surgery

Three days post surgery

Balloon Fiesta In Albuquerque!

Posted in 5DMII on October 14, 2016 by budbranch

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Hard Work Time-Lapse

Posted in Gopro Hero4, Time Lapse on September 4, 2016 by budbranch

Hand-Mixing Concrete For Deck Piers from Bud Branch on Vimeo.

Ballooning Over NM

Posted in Canon 7D, Handheld on August 20, 2016 by budbranch

Persied Meteor Shower

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, Composite, Long exposures, sky with tags on August 12, 2016 by budbranch

comp2IMG_1995-EditIMG_2430IMG_2465IMG_2557I made 1,000 or so 20 second exposures last night: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ISO 6400, Lightroom for dehaze and noise reduction, Starstax for the composite.  Go ahead – order a print – you know you want to!

Double Rainbow

Posted in 5DMII, Composite, Pano on August 4, 2016 by budbranch

A chance meeting on the highway.  I’ve started carrying my camera face down in my cupholder, so as not to miss these!IMG_7113-Pano-Edit

Balloon Over the Gorge

Posted in Aerial, DJI Phantom 3, HDR on July 11, 2016 by budbranch

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