Tuesday, November 06, 2007

BEARS VIII

For eight years now, a large group of my friends have organized an annual "camping" trip to get out of Chicago for the weekend. I believe it started out as camping (a few years before I met everyone), but now we rent out a great campground in Wisconsin where we sleep on bunk beds and have an industrial-sized kitchen to ourselves. It's not quite roughing it, so camping gets decorated with quotes. So what happens with you give 24 20 and 30-somethings the full run of a campground in the middle of nowhere?

Potato guns of course! A few folks built this and had been waiting all year to use it in the secluded area (with a few rounds fired off in Chicago alleys to make sure it worked beforehand of course...)
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Success!
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We also had glow sticks for the weekend, so they had to be combined! The little blue flame is a glow stick wedged into a potato flying about 90mph (I think that was the calculated speed) toward the woods.
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A more somber moment being serenaded by Jonathan
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Foggy nights make for excellent times to play with laser pointers. In case you're wondering, the green one showed up far better than the red.
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Painting with light, laser style
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Combining long exposure, off-camera flash, and the laser pointer
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Matt had cool boots.
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There were also goats on the property!
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Goat through the eye of the lensbaby
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Launching water rockets
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Lift off!
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Sunset in Tony's glasses
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My pumpkin!
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Bunny ears were brought and passed around.
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My fun time with blinding everyone: while the shutter was open (10 - 15 seconds I believe) I ran around to the back of the camp fire and fired my flash. The problem was that people would watch me run, wondering what I was doing, and then be blinded as I fired the flash. Sorry everyone... but the photo turned out pretty!
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5 comments:

LifeLessPlastic said...

Wow!! I love the pumpkin photos and the pics of sitting around the fire. They look so awesome!

newd said...

WOW! Those are beautiful! Especially the laser light ones, and the
campfire shots. I have to admit, that I've never heard of potato
guns......

Angela said...

So THAT'S why you were running around the campfire like a woman gone mad! It was well worth it. :)

Jay Crihfield said...

I love the way the American flag picture comes after the water bottle-missle pictures....it's like your salute to the artillery aresenal you guys had out there!

Barbara M Hernandez said...

That's the coolest pumpkin ever, you should be proud you got a photo of it. The campfire shots are very cool but after reading what you did to get that light I'm even more impressed. Too much fun, too bad I live so far away...Oh and yeay! you got a lensbaby : ) fun aren't they?