Friday, November 27, 2009

From one extreme to the other.

So, if you read the previous post, you know that I've been in Joshua Tree National Park for the last week spending time hanging out and shooting with Team YogaSlackers, and attending a yoga retreat that they were co-leading with another yoga instructor from San Diego, Melissa Karolides. It was a great six days of hanging out in the hot desert, lots of sun, yoga, climbing, shooting, moving constantly and eating some really good vegetarian camp cuisine. So as you can imagine, it was quite the swing of the pendulum to leave Joshua Tree late Thanksgiving morning after being up with the sun and doing 4 hours of shooting the team, only to sit in a car for a while, then sit on a plane for a while, then sit in another car for a while, then recklessly stuff my face with turkey. I've got about 1500 images to work through, but I thought I'd share a few quickies now and a little time-lapse video I made of a morning yoga session. It was awesome to see Jason and Chelsey again, and it was great getting to know Sam and Paul for the first time. Shooting and hanging out with them was a blast, and I can't wait to start digging in to the images.

Morning Practice from Ben Fullerton on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Back to the desert!

by Ben
So, I'm very pleased to be heading back to the California desert again for a week in Joshua Tree National Park. This all came about pretty quickly in the last week and it's been crazy pulling the plans and logistics together to make it happen. The reason for my trip will be to work with the very cool and talented and beautiful YogaSlacker team again. You may or may not remember them from a previous blog post of them doing their thing in the beautiful mountains near Salt Lake City. Since then, we've been trying to find time to work together again, but we all travel so much that we seemed to be playing a game of zip code tag. After a few close calls of almost being in the same place at the same time, I decided it was time to get a little more intentional about making it happen. I found out they would be in Joshua Tree for a week, and I booked a flight. Case closed.

We will have a few days to work together without an agenda, and I will also be shooting and attending a yoga and climbing retreat that they are helping lead. I'm very excited about all of this and will be posting some fun new images and stories when I get back. Stay tuned, people!

By the way, at the top is a shot from the last trip to J-tree, and below is the pile of stuff that I'm figuring out how to bring with me on a plane. I've got everything I need for hiking, climbing, yoga, camping, and everything I need for photography of the aforementioned activities. Can you say 'overweight baggage fee'? I can.