Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Adventures

I don't recall exactly how much sleep I have had in the last 72 hours. It's definitely somewhere in the single digits. At the tail end of streak of insomnia, I find myself once again on the European continent. In Hamburg, Germany.

Departing Salt Lake City for France

Besides feeling extremely tired, I am excited for what is coming. In the upcoming days, I get to meet with and play for some of the world's greatest horn players. I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity and these experiences will forever be cherished. Now I need to focus on some other things, like trying to get some slee... some.... sleeeee..... ... zzzz........

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Light up the Sky

It is monsoon season in Tucson and the lightning shows have been absolutely spectacular. I have taken some time to capture a little bit of these storms the past few weeks and thought that I would put up my favorites for all to see. Enjoy!

This was a composite of two different lightning strikes into one image.
That made it a little more interesting.

I thought about superimposing these images, but liked the collage better.
Each were too beautiful on their own.

I was really excited when I captured this one.
I opened my shutter and saw this flash and knew it was going to be amazing.
I still can't stop looking at it.

Looking at lightning in still images has been quite fascinating. I love the unique paths that each bolt takes across the sky. I guess this could relate to life in some way. Everyone takes a different path. Each is beautiful in its own way. If all lightning strikes were straight lines between the sky and earth, that would be dull. Likewise, if everyone's journey through life was the same straight line from A to B, we would all be dull human beings. But we all have unique paths. We all have unique characters and personalities. We should all respect that about each other. With this in mind, I believe we could all find greater peace and joy in life.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Night Sky

About a week ago, I was asked to go up to a girls camp and be the night watch. I travelled up to Camp Zion, about 30–40 minutes from Tucson and made sure that I took my camera, just in case I had a chance to take a few night pictures.

Well, as it turns out, I had tons of time to get some pictures and further experiment with long-exposure photography. The only thing that stopped me for a moment was chasing a skunk out of camp. I must have been pretty intimidating because we never saw each other again.

Astrophotography is pretty cool. Here's a few of my favorites from my skunk-fighting adventures.

Friday, October 30, 2015

In case you have been wondering...

If you have been reading my blog lately (which you probably haven't given my posting frequency), you might be wondering to yourself, "the silent 'h' in Zach has been a little too silent lately. What's going on in his world?" Sometimes I even wonder about the same thing.

The biggest, life-changing event of the recent past has been the birth of my baby girl. She is now 5 months old, in case you were wondering.

5 months! How did that happen? She is the cutest and happiest little person I know. She is also channeling her little dinosaur friend's energy this Halloween (tomorrow).

I'm breezing through the last several months. Anyone that feels they need more info, just hold tight and I'll try and keep you more updated. Besides, there will definitely be more things to come about with this little dino.

This Fall, my wife, 11-week old girl and I bravely moved down to Arizona. I started a DMA in Composition at the University of Arizona. It has been a while since I have been completely immersed in musical activities. I jumped on the Electroacoustic music class in my first semester and have loved getting back into this unique musical and compositional world. Below is a quick, little music concrete piece that I composed. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Newest Additions

This Christmas, I introduced two new members to my photography collection. First, I would like you to meet my new tripod, in all of its carbon fiber glory.

I have been wanting a tripod for a long time, ever since the last one that I stole from my parent's ancient camcorder broke. And it's carbon fiber!!! What's not to love about that?

The next member of my photography collection is very special to me. I have been eyeing new lenses for years now, just to be disappointed by extravagant price tags. I think that Canon felt my long draught in purchases and decided to take corrective action. I give you the EF-S ultra wide 10-18mm IS STM.

I absolutely love how much I can fit into a picture. This lens came just in time for me to take some pictures of some of the other things that I love. See for yourself.

(Mmm.... Jaguar F-Type. I need to fit one of these in my garage. The crackle that comes from the exhaust during a downshift is such a heavenly sound)

(Audi A7. My personal favorite sportback. I'm going to need a very large garage)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Into Infinity

I have always wanted to mess around with night photography, particularly, with trying to photograph the stars. This last time my wife and I were in Delta, I remembered to give some photos a try. Here's the result.

I really, really wish that I had a wide-angle lens to really get a more encompassing photo of the sky. Despite not having one, there are still so many stars! That's one of the interesting things that I pulled from these photos. There really is so much more in that sky than we can see with our own eyes. It's a bit overwhelming thinking about the endless number of stars there are around us.

I can't wait to play around with this kind of photography some more.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It has almost been a year

It has been a while, my friends.
I promise that many amazing and awesome things have been happening.
I'll try and fill you in.

Here is the main event of this past year.

That's about where I left you off a year ago.
I did get married and it has been so wonderful.
I also managed to finally graduate from wizardry school.

These are the major bookends of the last year.
Many more adventures and details will surely ensue.