While studying photography at The Art Institute of Colorado I had the pleasure to use many cameras and gear I normally would not be able to afford. This series was shot using a Mamiya 645 with Ilford black and white 400 film, focused on elements of patterns and lines. The film was scanned with minor adjustments showing the details and tonal range of the film.
I recently picked up a cheap used Canon Elan 7E 35mm SLR on a popular auction site and decided to test drive it using the excellent Ilford Delta 100 Pro black and white film. For someone like me who had exclusively shot digital until now, the pictures I was able to make with a camera that was introduced by Canon more than a decade ago blew me away.
I took these a few weeks ago at a very well known local location. It’s been photographed thousands of times by others but you still have to do these spots—they are popular for a reason. It was one of those magic mornings when everything was perfect and every shot I fired was a keeper. It’s hard work doing landscape photography sometimes but on this occasion the 3.30 AM start and 2 hour drive was worth it!
Traveling from Denver, CO to Southern Oregon I took a break from driving and pulled into a rest stop just 10 miles east of the Nevada state line. For the first time I saw the Bonneville Salt Flats and all I could see was tonal range and contrast, its was wonderful. Although this rest stop appeared to be quite dull I saw a pay phone which led me to this interesting composition of the sidewalk and shade cover leading to the pay phone.
My visit to Crescent City, CA was a fresh relief of using my camera for joy and exploration since my graduation from photography school. Most of the time I’m working with clients photographing architecture or setting up for an environmental portrait, but this time it was just my gear and the waves. The serenity of hearing the waves crash on the rocks as my shutter clicks open and close, knowing I’m doing what I love and remembering all time moments spent near the ocean as a child really set my mind at peace. This visit was the first time I’ve had the privilege of photographing the ocean with a tripod and a little chunk of knowledge 😉 Going back soon…
Highland’s Bridge in Denver, CO stretches over I-25 connecting the gap between Commons Park and Highland’s up and coming living area. Part of series integrating human form and structural design I pose Cera on the southeast portion of the pedestrian bridge. Giving the perspective that she is not only forming with the bridge but supporting it. Showing the strength and creativity of ones determination to create art out of what might have been a mundane bridge for pedestrians.