Jonathan Foust

July 28, 2009

Oy, I’m Such a Geek

Filed under: Video — jonathanfoust @ 2:39 pm

My original iPhone died.  Some condensation got into it and the cost of fixing it equals the cost of a new one.  Since I have gotten so dependent on this device, I didn’t have much choice but to upgrade.  So I’ve got the new iPhone 3Gs which has an upgraded lens for the camera and can now shoot videos.

Here’s my first video (!), shot in my car in the parking lot of the Apple Store in South Portland, ME.  I ran this through a filter, giving it an ‘old movie’ look.  Pretty amazing technology …

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Happy for No Reason: Wedding Entrance

Filed under: Humor, Video — jonathanfoust @ 1:25 pm

I think this qualifies.

Thanks, Jehan!

On the Road Again

Filed under: Photography — jonathanfoust @ 1:04 pm

Hard to believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Most of this summer has been away from home.  A trip to the Cape with Tara’s family and up to Maine to see my family.  I’m back in DC for two nights and take off again tomorrow morning for nine days at Kripalu Center, leading a nine-day training in teaching meditation.

So it’s on the road again.  I’ll post some photos and thoughts from my travels soon.

Into the Light

Into the Light

July 8, 2009

Day to Day Changes

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 10:19 pm

Much of this summer I’m on the road.  In a few days I’m off to New England to the Cape and to Maine to see my family, then I shoot back for just a few days to drop off the dogs before I head back up to Western Massachusetts to lead a nine-day meditation training for yoga teachers.

I’ve loved being home and not going anywhere.  Each morning Tara and I roll out of bed and head to the river with the dogs.  Every morning, rain or shine, we notice the incremental changes.  Having lived in the New England mountains for a few decades, I’m sensitive to the first signs of fall, and I say almost each day (so far), “Hey, it’s still summer!”

Below are a few photographs I’ve taken in recent days.  For you camera geeks, these photos were taken with a Canon T1i with a 70-200 2.8 IS L Series lens.

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Lower water means more exposed rocks and more kayaking challenges.

Lower water means more exposed rocks and more kayaking challenges.

All of a sudden these Common Female Mergansers started hanging out together.

All of a sudden these Common Female Mergansers started hanging out together.

July 4, 2009

Home from Retreat

Filed under: Photography, Video — jonathanfoust @ 1:38 pm

There’s nothing like stepping away from email, vmail, telephone, tv, movies, newspapers, magazines, radio and web.  Add to that days upon days of transformational practices and some very interesting material can arise.

These two retreats were simply exquisite.  We laughed, we cried, we despaired and inspired each other.

I managed to get out of the building twice to hike and shoot some photos.  One of my favorite spots on the Kripalu property is a creek deep in the woods.  I used to hike it a lot and now it has no formal path leading to it.  It’s almost impossible not to feel uplifted there.

In late afternoon light I walked up the center of the creek in my sandals shooting what caught my attention and trying to slow the camera down enough to catch the movement of the water.  Later in the week I got back in mid-day for some rare direct sunlight.

If you can do full screen, that would be best. The soundtrack is by Fredrick Karlsson, an Icelandic artist. I highly recommend his work.

A meditation on water, nature and light.  A bit over three minutes.