Five-Years Ago (05-October-2013) — Utah & Arizona

Gone to See America 2013. On the Road: Green River to Sedona.

Early DIY Car Cam time-lapse video. Driving from Green River to Sedona. Eight hours travel time compressed to two minutes 44 seconds. Images captured with a Nikon One V2 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a tripod sitting in my passenger seat. The 3934 images were processed with Photoshop CC  and exported  into a 720p 24p time-lapse video. Fast-forward to today, and I am about to mount a Garmin VIRB camera on my dashboard so I can do 360 degree time-lapse videos on future road trips.

Five-Years Ago (04-October-2013) — Utah

Gone to See America 2013. Crystal Geyser near Green River, Utah.

While driving from Colorado to New Mexico, I made a stop in Green River, Utah. I wanted to spend a day visiting the Crystal Geyser. This is a unique cold geyser powered by underground carbon dioxide and not underground geothermal heat. I saw Crystal Geyser erupt twice before in 2009, and 2010 and hoped to see it erupt again. Unfortunately, the eruptions were on this day were very small. Just slight increases in the flow of water coming out of the ground. I spent most of the day at the site just waiting. I set up three cameras to record any action. One camera (Nikon N1V1) was in the car, and the other two closer to the eruption site (a steel tube sticking out of a hole in the ground. I also took images of the rust-stained Travertine that formed from water released from the geyser.


Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.

Ten-Years Ago (19-September-2008) — Utah

Gone to See America 2008. Moab Utah Photography Workshop with Winston Hall. Day 5: Arches National Park.

Time-Lapse Video of a Hike down Park Avenue in Arches National Park. Winston Hall talked me into carrying a tripod on my shoulders so the Nikon D3 camera would be above my head. We set the camera up with a 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens and had it take images every 15 seconds. I used the ~850 images to make a time-lapse video of the hike. This was before the days of the lightweight GoPro cameras. All of the images have been re-processed with Capture One Pro for the new version of the time-lapse video.

Thanks to Jim Batey, I’ve added an image he took of me wearing the Tripod Headcam.

Tripod Headcam. Park Avenue Trail, Arches National Park. (Jim Batey)
Tripod Headcam. Park Avenue Trail, Arches National Park. (Jim Batey)
Park Avenue Hike — Image Locations

Seven-Years Ago (10-May-2009) — Utah

Gone to See America 2009 Road Trip. Day 3: Hays, Kansas to Green River, Utah.

Power Lines Crossing the Road to Crystal Geyser Near Green River, Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec).

Power Lines Crossing the Road to Crystal Geyser Near Green River, Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Power Lines Crossing the Road to Crystal Geyser Near Green River, Utah. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Do a search for Crystal Geyser and Green River, Utah. It is worth seeing – a cold, carbon dioxide powered geyser. I have posted images of it erupting in the past.

Five-Years Ago (02-August-2010) — Utah

Gone to See America August 2010 Road Trip. Day 2: Crystal Geyser near Green River, Utah.

I went back to Crystal Geyser in the morning since I didn’t see it erupt the previous evening. The interesting thing about Crystal Geyser is that it is a cold geyser, powered by carbon dioxide. I did see a minor eruption, then hit the road for Great Basin National Park in Utah.

Crystal Geyser Eruption. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crystal Geyser Eruption. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)