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wizbummer Sep 20, 2006 11:39 PM

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So I call my friend who goes to WVU on friday, he says "hey man, I'm on my way to the Hippielympics"
"Dam! That's this weekend? Alright, I'll be there tomorrow!"

A 40 minute trip for him, a 5 1/2 hour drive for me. But I've gone the past 2 years running, and I wasn't gonna miss out on it this time! I did get there after the games unfortunately (games such as "tomato golf", "slip n' slide", and "brain freeze") but here are a few pics anywho, and if I find them I'll post pics from years past!

wizbummer Sep 20, 2006 11:42 PM

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A sweet totem pole the guys @ Tripp's Farm had put up since I was last there.
These pics are from Terra Alta, WV

wizbummer Sep 20, 2006 11:44 PM

Well phooey, I just realized these were the only jpegs I shot, the rest of my pics from the trip are in RAW. I'll post them tomorrow, I gotta be gettin to sleep now!

wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 12:59 AM

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As I said, most of these pics were shot in RAW so adjustments have been made. I'll show a few comparison shots too.

This is my first attempt at HDR imaging, using a single RAW file rendered at different exposures. This is more involved than using 3 or 5 images, and you lose some detail and gain some noise. BUT if you don't have a steady tripod/surface or you're trying to capture a moving subject, then this will still give you some good results.

tell me what ya'll think!

wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 1:01 AM

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Some pics of the Cheat River!

wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 1:02 AM

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Plus a few kayakers!

wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 1:07 AM

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Onward they go...

mtclimber Sep 23, 2006 1:08 AM

Nice photos, Wizbummer. Thanks for posting.


wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 1:11 AM

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Full optical zoom (5.8x), no digital.

wizbummer Sep 23, 2006 8:59 PM

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Thanks sarah. I have a few more pics from the event, but they're of some really small bands that I sincerely doubt anyone's ever heard of! lol

But I will elaborate on the games and post a few pics from a couple years ago.

Hippylimpics is a SMALL festival, less than 200 people show up usually. First time I went, I expected hippy games, like hackey sack and frisbee sorta things. Apparently those are too obvious, so they have games like the egg toss, tomato golf (a 7 iron and a reeeally green tomato), slip and slide (relay race down a soaped-up sheet of plastic), hula-hoop (endurance game), brain freeze (down a 20oz cup of tasty orange slurpee stuff), a scavanger hunt, and a game I don't think they even have a name for...

You take a pair of panty hose. Put 2 oranges down one leg, and tie it around your waist so that the oranges are suspended between your legs almost touching the ground. You then proceed to sway back and forth, trying to hit another orange laying on the ground and knock it over to your teamate across the way, so on and so forth until all 6 team members have knocked the orange across the playing field. Last year, to make it especially challenging, it was done on GRAVEL.

One of the most fun games I've ever played too! lol

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