I love how people in the United States get creative when it comes to our American flag. I see the hard work and dedication people put forth to show their patriotism to our country and feel like I need to document it.
We were driving in Star Valley Wyoming one evening and ran across this gem. There is a house to the left of the shed that I didn’t want in the frame so I put the small shed on the left of the frame and used the fence line and the path to lead the eyes up the frame. I have an ongoing project called Americana that this will fit perfect in.
I received a postcard in the mail this week from someone I’ve never met (sort of). I’m part of a film group on Facebook. A fellow photographer wanted to send a postcard to anyone in the group. I took him up on his offer and sent him my mailing address. A couple of weeks later I received this postcard in the mail with a hand written note on the back.
I purchased a Leica M3 from a good friend and needed to shoot a test roll to get a feel for how it shot. I live close to Hill Aerospace Museum and always look for opportunities to visit. I was impressed with how the images turned out but ended up selling the M3. It was a hard decision to make but ended up buying a M2 that allows me to use all my M lenses.
This blog has been dormant for three+ years. In that time I’ve been fairly active on other social media sites. I tried Twitter and couldn’t connect with it. I tried Facebook and couldn’t connect with it. I used Instagram the most and connected best with it but….with the recent changes to the platform and my lack of trust with Facebook I’ve given up on Instagram as well. I haven’t deleted my accounts but I know one thing for sure. I have no plans on returning to those platforms. Flickr will be the main site where I connect with other creatives.
As I start to use this blog again my hope is that there will be something interesting for you to come back to and hopefully be inspired.
All this leads me back to this blog. I’ve missed it and would like to start contributing more, connecting with “real” people, and to be inspired.
I took part in a film exchange last month for the facebook group Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast. The plan was that we would be paired up with an unknown photographer and we would share a roll of film to create double exposures. Shaun Nelson collected names and paired people up. My photo partner was Sherry Christensen from Canada. She supplied the film (Kodak Ektar 100) and shot the roll. She then mailed it to me for me to shoot and I was in charge of processing and scanning the film.
I was pleasantly surprised how well these turned out. There are a few that I really like that I have included here. This was a great way to meet photographers and get a feel for what they like to shoot. The only rule we set was we were to shoot all frames in landscape. We also tried to line up our fame lines. It didn’t quite work out but I really like the overlap. She warned me her shots would be from around the farm house so I wanted to be be sure to add some color and urban scenes. I really like the eye looking through the door of the grain bin above. As I look at this image I’m reminded of the many many hours I spent inside these grain bins shoveling grain in the hot summer heat. I wouldn’t pass growing up on a farm for anything these days.
I set out to shoot a test roll through a new to me Leica M3. This image turned out to be one of my favorites from the roll. One reason I love shooting film is the happy surprises that come when developing the roll and looking through images for the first time.
This shack sits on my parents property in Idaho and has been around ever since we built our home when I was 2 years old. For a long time it was used as a storage “junk” shed for my dad. It’s been recently cleaned out and sits empty. Every time I visit my parents I make sure I visit the shack and take some pictures. By looking at the roof it’s going to cave in if they get a heavy snow fall. I love the snow on part of the roof and the shadows from a near by tree and the southern winter sun.
The picture below was taken in fall of the same year.
As I was walking down the street in Rothenburg Germany I asked these girls by pointing to my camera if I could take their photo. They all blushed and shook their heads. Rothenburg is a gorgeous medieval town, I’m ready to go back. What a beautiful city. SaveSave
I don’t get the opportunity to work with high school seniors these days like I used to. I’m hoping to get back into it soon. I love the one-on-one experience and the opportunity for me to be somewhat creative. I love this moment where there was a brief pause as we were waiting for the rain to stop. It gave me the opportunity to capture a relaxed moment. I love the texture of her hair and the glimpse of her smile. To me this adds a bit of mystery to the image.
This would have been just a typical Hawaiian Sunset but just at the right time this family launched their boats and paddled off right in front of us. I overheard people complaining that they ruined their “perfect sunset” but for me I was excited and captured them at this moment just before the sun disappeared. Look for the opportunities to add a human element to a photograph to give it more impact and meaning.
The water falling outside the window caught my attention, I just had to wait for someone to stand in front of the glass. I like this because the water blocks out the distractions from outside which then isolates the silhouette making him the main focus.
This was another favorite image from watching a group of men arm wrestling this past weekend. The man on the left would take each match by dropping to his knees and over powering his opponent winning the match in seconds.
I enjoyed watching these men arm wrestle and try all sorts of techniques to get the upper hand. The man on the right was quite a bit shorter and tried to get all the leverage he could by using the table. After they went back and forth several times he ended up winning the match