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General musings related to nothing in particular.

Tuesday
May132014

And then there were 250 Yucatan 2014 images

Finally managed to get the 486 images I posted while traveling in the Yucatan of Mexico during Jan/Feb of 2014, culled down to 250 images (gallery here). The goal is to get them cut down to 100, but I'll let this collection stand for awhile. Gets easy to cull images with more time. 

Over the course of about a month, I wandered around the Yucatan of Mexico. Started by flying into Cancun, then a bus to Isla Holbox, then Valladolid (visited Dzitnup and the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam near there), then to the city of Izamal, then to Merida where I based for most of the time with short trips to Campeche, Champoton, the ruins of Edzna, Sisal, the cenotes of Cuzama, Tekax, Oxkutzcab, and Muna. 

On the route back for my return flight to Austin, Texas from Cancun, I stopped back in Valladolid to see a couple more cenotes, including the one right in Valladolid called Zaci, then back to Cancun to check out Puerto Moreles or Isla Mujeres on day trips. 

I made many more images than what you see below, but these represent the images I transferred from my camera to my iPhone for a quick location edit and upload to my Facebook Page and Instagram Feed

Each day I'll carve a few more out. From the final images, I'll select the best to do high resolution edits for prints and possibly a book. 

Check back to this page often if you'd like to either see how it gets culled down, or if you'd like to leave a comment regarding an image you think I should definitely keep in the final cut. 

All Content © 2014 Skip Hunt


Also, edited a video of motion clips I made around the Yucatan while testing a new camera. This video is mostly just to see how the camera performed in various "run-n-gun" shooting situations, but I cobbled some of the shots into a video and added some music, etc.

Thursday
Jul042013

Moto-Southwest 2013

Just returned from another motorcycle adventure into the American Southwest. I did a similar trip back in 2010 and visited some of the most popular sites like Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Arches, etc. but this time I went on a new Honda nc700x motorcycle and visited some of the places I missed the first time.

I blogged the entire trip on my skiphuntphoto.com blog complete with fresh photography and videos. 

Here's a condensed experience video from the trip:

Here's one of the images from the trip:

"First Contact" ~ White Sands, New Mexico © 2013 Skip Hunt

 

Thursday
Jul042013

Riding the Chupacabra

Just finished tweaking the screenplay and changed the title from "Chupacabra" to "Riding the Chupacabra". Updated the teaser trailer with new title and tightened it a bit.

Had to change some names and it completely made the formatting go haywire. Was up past 3AM removing extra spaces and such. Ouch!

For those who have the password to read the online version, I just uploaded a brand new version that's much tighter and more lean. If you wanted to read it but didn't get around to it... should be a good read now.

At this point, I'm going to call this latest revision the last... unless I end up actually producing this. It started as a rough guide of something I might shoot on my own at some point, and evolved into something a bit more solid. 

The version on the private page has been updated and also has some location stills as well as the updated teaser trailer. Just refresh the screen.

It seems the name "Chupacabra" was implying more of a monster movie, when the monster in this psychedelic, travel suspense drama is more the internal variety. 

Wanted to keep the Chupacabra name in the title and since most of the travel is by bus, so I went with "Riding the Chupacabra". There's a phrase "Riding the Dog" which refers to Greyhound cross-country bus travel. I was never 100% happy with the title, but I think this new one is perfect. 

For more information on this project, visit the Chupacabra Project thread HERE

I'll enter a couple competitions. Whether I do anything beyond that... Quien Sabe :)

Soon I'll be on the road with my motorcycle again!

 

Friday
Nov162012

Back in One Piece from CHUPACABRA TOUR 2012

And, what a long strange trip it was!

It was a rough trip, but overall... extremely productive. The whole focus on the Chupacabra story as really a last minute idea to work on, but became the main driving force of the entire trip. Got some sweet images and have almost completed the screenplay version!​

The trip was mostly chronicled on Storify HERE for more details.​

Also got some video clips that I will use in the iBook version and possibly a pre-production movie trailer to hopefully raise funds. Check it out!​

Chupacabra Audiobook
$2.99

 

And, I've also got the first 3 chapters available via iTunes podcast for free HERE​

Back to finishing the screenplay... more coming!

 

 

 

Friday
Sep072012

Wandering Back To Mexico & Calling it The CHUPACABRA TOUR!

​In just 3 days I'm flying to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as an entry point... will hang out for a few days before climbing aboard a bus for who knows where?!
 

"Quemado" ~ Mexico © 2012 Skip HuntI really didn't have a reason or plan at all for this trip (and don't generally) but I'd just returned from traveling in Colombia where I made some fairly satisfying black and white images​ and captured some the most delicious Colombian color and landscapes I've seen in my travels to date. So why be in such a hurry to ramble yet again so soon? Quien sabe.

After finally recording​ some audio tracks into chapters so that I could at least get through the story with minimal editing and offer it as an audio book, the idea of maybe trying to push this true story forward to shoot as a movie started to materialize.

I figure that I'm going to be in the same general locations that the story took place, and since I've never seriously considered making a movie out of it... well, it seemed high time that I revisit the story over a decade later to see if maybe it has legs. 

Am I just procrastinating? Perhaps. I've been to these places many times before and have already made many Mexico images on previous trips. I'm hoping to accomplish a tighter focus and being able to "see" this as a movie in my mind's eye... with making ​new images specifically related to my CHUPACABRA | A True Story I'm hoping to get a similar level of obsession that almost cost me my life over 13 years ago.

The audio book project was initially intended to save the story for myself. Then, it's purpose became to see if other's were intrigued enough to buy the audio book. Now, it's evolved into a purpose for this trip. Where it will go from there I can't say, but with some encouragement from friends, and that strange tingle you can get sometimes that implies "now is the time"... I'll soon see if CHUPACABRA | A True Story will live beyond a recorded story. 

CHUPACABRA | A True Story + Audio Book 01:45:32I'm going to listen to the story while traveling and grab extra images that could serve as companion pieces specifically for this story, and possibly useful cinematic location shots. If this story intrigues you at least the $3 worth :) And you want to listen to what will be guiding me on my next journey, I've made it available for purchase & download HERE​ 

 

Listen to sample from CHUPACABRA audio book below

​There's won't be a project site with this so that I can focus solely on getting intimate with my own story once again. I'll be posting stuff along the way when possible as thoughts, images and sounds relate to this story. Should be an interesting trip if the Great Spirit see my intentions as earnest and worthy. Wish me suerte (luck)!

Skip Hunt​ 
Austin, Texas

Friday
Sep072012

"Strange Bird" from the LithoFusion Collection selected for the Saatchi Gallery 100 Curators 100 Days Project!

Khaled Ramadan (Helsinki art curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) selected my "Strange Bird" piece for the: 

"Strange Bird" ~ LithoFusion Collection © 2012 Skip HuntSaatchi Gallery 100 Curators 100 Days project!

The LithoFusion Collection based on a set of rules and parameters I'd set for myself as an experiment to see if it helps maintain a subtle cohesive quality throughout the collection. 

Each composition was based on images from one of 4 trips, and each composition's images are unique to a specific location with no cropping or cutting and pasting done at all. All source images are kept framed as they were shot.

Book available HERE
Fine Art Prints available HERE

 

Wednesday
Aug082012

The Fine Colombian is Now LIVE!

After 6 weeks of wandering around Colombia and a few more weeks of pain-staking editing & culling, I'm happy to announce that the photo book of fine black and white images is now LIVE! 

You can preview & order the photo book HERE

(Print purchase includes FREE digital download version)

Also check out the colorful vibrant Colombia 2012 from this same trip HERE

This is beautifully printed by MagCloud on great paper stock and perfect bound. 

Disfruta!

~ Skip Hunt

The Fine Colombian

By Skip Hunt

56 pages, published 8/8/2012

On 5/9/12 Skip Hunt boarded a plane from Austin, Texas bound for Bogota, Colombia.The only plan was going into the unknown and letting the unfamiliar move and inspire. No map or plan to speak of. Just 6-weeks to wander and make images. This photo book contains the 56 images representing the finest black & whites during the journey.© 2012 Skip Hunt Fine Art Prints from this collection HERECheck out Colombia 2012 (color) HERE
Friday
Aug032012

THE DEEP END: Colombia 2012 Photo Book is LIVE!

After 6 weeks of wandering around Colombia and a few more weeks of pain-staking culling, I'm happy to announce that the photo book is now live! 

You can preview & order the photo book HERE

(Print purchase includes FREE digital download version)

UPDATE: Black & white images from this trip: "The Fine Colombian" now available HERE

This is beautifully printed by MagCloud on great paper stock and perfect bound. 

Disfruta!

~ Skip Hunt

Colombia + Summer 2012

By Skip Hunt

80 pages, published 8/3/2012

On 5/9/12 Skip Hunt boarded a plane from Austin, Texas bound for Bogota, Colombia.The only plan was going into the unknown and letting the unfamiliar move and inspire. No map or plan to speak of. Just 6-weeks to wander and make images. This photo book contains the 80 colorful and vibrant photographic results.© 2012 Skip Hunt Fine Art Prints from this collection HERE
Sunday
Apr152012

The Deep End: Colombia 2012

The Adventure Continues!

Once again, I will be tearing away from the familiar and immersing myself in a country and culture I know very little about, Colombia. The only plan is to enter the country and follow intuition for 6 weeks of exploration and adventure. A photobook and fine art prints will be produced during this trip, as well as "from the road" travel blogging.

UPDATE: Trip Concluded. Book announcement coming soon!

Thursday
Mar292012

Gorman Falls & Catfish Fin

LithoFusion Experiment with Video

Just got back from a little motorcycle touring and camping trip to Colorado Bend State Park in Bend, Texas. 

So peaceful and beautiful out there and the only drama was an armadillo I startled at night with my flashlight. My hammock was hung in a tree that grew out at an angle creating sort of a natural gazebo. There was soft grass below and so I thought it'd be a perfect spot. Evidently, it was also a favored spot by the local wildlife as well. 

One night, after hearing some stirring in the tall grass,

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Mar082012

LithoFusion the Book Just Went Live

Beautifully Printed at MagCloud and Available Now

"To Serve and Protect" ~ New York City © 2012Very happy to announce the new LithoFusion collection is now available as a beautifully printed, perfect bound photo book.

This collection began as an experiment to see if constraining the process with self-imposed guidelines would both stimulate creativity and result in a subtle cohesion.

Have a look at the preview!

"Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality." ~ Ovid


Digital eBook download available HERE 

Printed book available HERE

LithoFusion

LithoFusion

A new collection of image compositions based on complex blends I call "LithoFusion". An experiment to see if a subtle cohesion could be achieved by using certain self-imposed parameters and guidelines.

Find out more on MagCloud

 

Tuesday
Feb142012

Awesome Cruiserworks Motorcycle Boots Giveaway!

UPDATE: Promotion Over + Book Available!

Cruiserworks has donated a pair of motorcycle boots valued at $325 to give away to one lucky rider! Purchase of the eBook Skip Hunt Go West required.

(eBook must be purchased from this site to be included in the drawing) 

Click HERE to read eBook description, reviews & buy your copy digital download copy of Skip Hunt Go West for $7.99

Enter Today!

Buy by March 6th 2012 to have your name included in the drawing. Each book purchase gets another drawing entry. This contest is open to everyone and one winner will get their choice of one pair of Cruiserworks motorcycle boots.
(International shipping included)

Back in 2010 I just took off on my motorcycle toward the West without a plan. Just took off on an adventure with no particular schedule or expectation. After I announced the trip,Cruiserworks motorcycle boots loved the spirit of the trip and wanted to support me with a pair of motorcycle boots. They turned out to be the best pair of motorcycle boots I've ever owned!

The trip started from my home in Austin, Texas and took me through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California coast, Arizona and back to Texas. It was an amazing adventure that yielded some of the best photographs I've made to date! There were some very bizarre characters met along the way and I can highly recommend the "no plan" approach.

 

Buy to Enter Cruiserworks Contest!Fine art photographer Skip Hunt of Austin, Texas traveled Westward via motorcycle in search of the exotic within the mundane. He found so much more! This issue contains the entire set of chronicles from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona. What began as a curious wandering with no particular path or direction, became a powerful life-changing adventure. Sometimes we must become lost before we can truly find our way.

Contest is open internationally. Cruiserworks exclusively carries men's motorcycle boots.


Go West Photos & thoughts on Cruiserworks boots

 

This post sponsored by: Murphy & Prachthauser Personal Injury Lawyers

Friday
Feb032012

Now on Glossom!

LithoFusion Collection Now on the Glossom Platform

Recently discovered them via an emailing. Rarely get excited about something like this, but they really did the art platform right. Great interface & the collections there are beautiful. Everything just works well with clean design. 

Thought they were some site for an actual gallery & were just getting into the app game. Realized they were completely open for all artists, photographers, designers, etc. & quickly put together a collection of the LithoFusion stuff published here @G+ too. Check'm out. They've done a stellar job with the interface and their free universal iPhone & iPad app is very elegantly produced. Click graphic to view!

Friday
Feb032012

DC + NYC Photo Book Available Now!

DC + NYC 2001 Now Published

Happy to announce the DC + NYC 2011 photo collection is now live available for preview and purchase! This book is printed by MagCloud and they do a beautifuly job on state of the art printers. This book contains all 60 images from the collection and is perfect bound. You can also preview the entire book before you purchase either the printed version or the digitalversion. The digital verson is included free with purchase of the printed version. 

Enjoy!

DC + NYC 2011

DC + NYC 2011

Took off on a last minute trip to wander around the Washington, D.C. area and then ended up meandering off to N.Y.C. to continue riding the vivid inspiration you can get while traveling. These images were the result. 

Find out more on MagCloud

 

Sunday
Jan082012

Fresh New Color & Textural Joy!

LithoFusion

"Strange Bird" ~ South Padre Island, Texas © 2012 Skip HuntI've been working on a new collection of image compositions based on complex blends and it's called "LithoFusion". 

As an experiment to see if a subtle series cohesion could be achieved by using certain self-imposed parameters and guidelines.

Each composition was based on images from one of 4 trips, and each composition's images are unique to a specific location with no cropping or cutting and pasting done at all. All source images are kept framed as they were shot.

View the entire collection HERE 

 This post sponsored by: Milwaukee Bankruptcy Lawyer, Adam Lombardo

Wednesday
Dec282011

SEVENDAYS-IN + MEXICO 2

SEVENDAYS-IN + Vertical 

"Kremlin" ~ Mexico City © 2012 Skip HuntThrilled to now have a second collection of vertical images on Seven Days In

At first I thought from all the carnival booths flowers and taxis decorated with balloons and streamers that someone important was getting married. So, I just hung around and made a few images here and there of the magnificent color cache before me.

These 7 images were all shot on an iPhone and edited on an iPad during a 2 month journey in Mexcio in the Summer 2011. Travel blogged on this site HERE 

Non-iPHone conventional camera images from this trip HERE & new book HERE

What I really love about this collection is the elegant way the Seven Days In designers have presented them. 

Have a look at the collecton HERE

Tuesday
Dec062011

7 Brand New Collections!

Skip Hunt Calendar Catalog Just Grew By 7!

7 New Skip Hunt Calendar CollectionsVery happy to announce 7 brand new calendar collections added.

Now at 37 different collections! 

You can see the 7 new ones HERE 

I've seen these printed and they're gorgeous. Unlike many calendars, you can also pick the month you want the calendar to start. 

You don't take a photograph, you make it.
~ Ansel Adams

Monday
Dec052011

Just Published Mexico 2011

Now Available for Preview and Purchase on MagCloud!

Pleased to announce that I've finally edited down a nice collection for a fresh photo book of images from this trip. It took awhile, but I hope it was worth the wait. Going through these images was so intense, it almost felt like I was experiencing the trip all over again. :)

Disfruta! 

Mexico + Summer 2011 + Volume 1

Mexico + Summer 2011 + Volume 1

Simply jumped on a plane 6/25/11 and flew one-way to the furthest airport in Mexico from Austin, Texas. From there I will wandered about photographing and travel-blogging The only plan was going into the unknown and letting the unfamiliar move and inspire me. I wrote about the adventure and chance e…

Find out more on MagCloud

Monday
Dec052011

The Psychology of iPhoneography vs Conventional

How Using the iPhone Can Influence Creative Choice

Several years ago I was trying to make a point that it really doesn't matter which camera you use and that what mattered most was your own vision. In an attempt to prove this (partly for myself) I set out to do a small collection of images with my old Motorola cell phone. The results made the point I wanted, but the lower resolution became somewhere restrictive. 

"Calypso" ~ Veracruz, MX © 2011 Skip Hunt (from Mexico 2011 Winter)When the iPhone came out, I couldn't wait to take it for a spin and after loading one up with apps, I took it along to make images to illustrate a motorcycle trip through the Southwest toward California from Texas. It was actually the 3rd generation iPhone 3G that got me started, and I mostly took it for an easy way to upload images live from the road.

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Nov272011

Code for $50 Off!

Code good for $50 off thru 1/1/12 on entire gallery! 

"My Pretty" ~ Washington, D.C. © 2011 Skip HuntGood news! I've added dozens of brand new images from recent travel's and am offering $50 Off on all orders for a very limited time! This promotion is the best one I've ever offered and is good through 1/1/12!

Click HERE to visit my online print gallery.

Over 1000 images are eligible for this discount!

Use the following code on check out to
get $50 taken off your order:

VKSLBT

"May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart!"  

~ Eskimo Proverb