High Altitude Balloon Launch Photos

Luke Parker was in town interning with us at Outside Open and helped plan and execute a successful high altitude balloon launch and recovery. Thanks to the whole OO team: Matt, Trevor, Anthony, Brad and Mike for his amazing Tracksoar! Here is some misc info not...

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Rail Cart Adventure

Under a cloak of secrecy, a group of us built our rail-worthy carts and met in the deep California desert for the grand unveiling. It was an amazing feeling to ride along in the warm, dry desert air. One of the unique highlights was seeing a small herd of bighorn...

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Sterling silver coin ring

I picked up a Zuid Afrik. Repub. (South African Republic) 2 Shillings coin, featuring Paul Kruger on the reverse, and folded it into a cool coin ring. This coin was minted from .925 sterling silver (92.5% silver / 7.5% copper) in 1896, just 3 years before the start of...

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Bald Eagle fishing photos

I've wanted to shoot photos of an eagle catching a fish ever since I was a kid and saw an African Fish Eagle (Zinkwazi) hunting a river in South Africa. Last week I was fishing at the Coastal Springs Float Lodge in the wilderness north of Vancouver and I was fortunate...

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Patent art – as art

It is interesting and fun browsing the USPTO patent archives.  Older patents often have beautiful hand drawn art attached to them as part of the filing. You can download PDF scans of these old patents and modify them to make awesome wall art. Here are a few examples...

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New Color Services blog

The Outside Open design interns have been busy since launching the poster - they just went live with a refreshed blog design for Color Services Photo Lab in Santa Barbara. The new design is very clean and fully responsive - go take a look for yourself!

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DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

We discovered that a family of Oak Titmouse birds has moved into one of the alphabet bird boxes that I made for the kids! It's amazing how many times (and how fast) they go in and out all day as they gather grubs for the chicks. I set up my tripod and zoom lens and...

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Site upgrade

I think it has been almost 10 years since I gave a new look.  I recently migrated to the Divi theme for Wordpress (which is amazing and powerful) and so here it is, a new design! Many thanks to the awesome team over at Khoza Technology for hosting this...

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Outside Open launches new web site!

Outside Open has a new web site!  As many of you know, Trevor Young and I launched OO almost two years ago. We have been looking forward to getting a site up but have had the excellent problem of too much work.   We built the site internally, (because that's what...

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You Are America (And So Did I!)

To celebrate recently becoming and American citizen, I am having an art show at Brooks Institute's Gallery 27. The show opens at 5PM on September 5th and is open to the public, please stop by and say hi! The show title is in response to American cultural hero, Stephen...

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Bill Lawler

On January 20, 2013 my dad passed away after a short battle with cancer.  It was very sudden, he didn't know that he was sick until just over a month earlier when doctors discovered metastasized cancer throughout his body. I am very thankful that I was able to get to...

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Cedar Beer Caddies

I made a couple dozen wooden beer caddies for Christmas gifts - it took a little longer than expected to cut the inserts but the carriers turned out really well and I was able to fill and deliver them today. Just in time delivery 🙂 I used cedar fence boards for the...

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Kris Krug in the rain

Virtual friend Kris Krug aka @kk stopped by Color Services on a rainy Santa Barbara day for a quick visit on a little road trip from Joshua Tree to Canada. Fun to finally meet you in person @kk!   If you're curious about the beautiful photo that Kris is holding,...

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