Light and Shadow

November 13, 2014

One of the first assignments in my college’s intro to photography class was called “Light and Shadow” where the class was instructed to make images that emphasized both. The key to making great pictures is recognizing beautiful light, or using the light available to you in beautiful ways. I was talking to some art students a couple of months ago at Sterling College about photography. One of the things I told them was that often great photography happens on the periphery of an event, and also along the edge between darkness and light. If you exist there as a photographer you will make great and interesting images.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve really been thinking about that while feeling lost because I didn’t have any suitable subject matter to shoot. And then one day it kind of clicked and I started looking at “light and shadow” again as a subject matter. It was something I could look for and shoot no matter where I was at. So here’s a look back at some of my recent shots.

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And if you’re curious I used one of my favorite apps to tone the photos, VSCO Cam.


November 11, 2014

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Starting today I have 13 prints hanging at the Imago Gallery as part of a joint exhibition with artist Ryan Pflasterer. The show is titled “Imminent” and corresponds with the season of Advent  The photos were part of a photo-a-day project I did on Advent in 2012. If you have a chance stop by the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center.

Sony A7S

November 6, 2014

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GP 20140111I don’t really do camera reviews, but here’s some thoughts. Recently I rented a Sony A7s for a week or so and had a chance to do some shooting with it, both stills and video. The sensor in this camera is pretty amazing. Not sure I’m ready to jump ship on switching, mainly because of lenses. These shots were made with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 and mounted with a Metabones adapter which was great, but the autofocus was so slow that I ended up manually focusing. Where this camera really excelled for me was shooting in the church. I was able to capture great video in very low light, I mean almost complete darkness. And the silent shutter made it super easy to capture moments with out being obtrusive. That alone would make it a great tool for anyone doing photos and video in a church type situation, like me.


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Sorting through images tonight I found this one that struck my fancy. It quickly got moved in to my favorites folder. Funny how time can be a good editor.

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Fort Collins, Colo.
Kodak Portra 400
Nikon F100 50mm 1.4