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The way I learn new skills, especially in photography and filmmaking is through doing. I had just gotten a GoPro Hero 2 and Adobe AfterEffects 6, and was looking to do some learning. I headed up to the White Mountains for a weekend of running and playing with cameras. I’d seen a few videos, particularly from Abe Kislevitz, using text that tracked with a point in the video frame, also known as 3D motion tracking, and wanted to learn how to do it. Pretty straightforward and looks good.
It just so happens that the White Mountains are home to the oldest known living organism, the Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longavea, an individual of which in 2012 is dated at 5,062 years old. An inspiring place to be sure, running amongst such ancient things, and a place I definitely plan on returning to.
Running to the summit of White Mountain Peak (14,246), the third highest peak in California, is a well-worth-doing adventure. After a long drive up from the town of Big Pine in the Owens Valley, you’ll reach the gate to the White Mountain Research Station at ~12,000 feet and follow the road. Total about 15 miles round trip. Well worth doing, now go do it!