Cold Denver

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Last week was a bitterly cold week here in Colorado. It was no Polar Vortex so I realize I can’t complain, and I am not, but it was the coldest week in recent memory. The positive side of it is that I was able to capture some pretty cool images. This one in particular is one of my favorite photos in a long time. I like that it is almost two images with both sets of tracks, I like the truck on the right side and the silhouette of Denver on the left side, and I like the overal tone and vibe. I think I am going to print this one at some point, if even for my own archives. 

It’s already warmer this week and the snow is starting to melt, but that will provide photographic opportunities of its own.  

Lafayette Colorado

I had a couple extra minutes traveling through Lafeyette Colorado a couple weeks ago and I decided to walk around and try to make some images. Its a super cute little town just outside of Denver. I would love to go back and try a couple of the restaurants sometime. 

On a side note, due to the fires in California, we have had one of the haziest summers I can remember. You can kinda see the effects in these pictures. All the light has a hazy, warm tone to it. It has been weird. I miss the blue skies, but my state isn't burning so I can't complain. 

XPro-2 | XF23mm f2 | XF50mm f2 | Mastin Labs Gold 200

A Trip to Brainard Lake

Our very good friends Matt and Carol and their sweet girl Norah visited us last week. We made a day trip up to Brainard Lake to get some fresh mountain air. It was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't have asked for a better day. 

I shot with my X100F and a Polarizer Filter and processed with Mastin Labs Gold 200. The Polarizer filter gave a really interesting effect to the water and sky. I need to play with it some more. 

A Week of Black and White

Last week my brother and I decided to challenge ourselves and shoot only black and white for an entire week. It was a very interesting challenge for me. Going into it I knew it would be difficult, but I didn't anticipate how much I would fall in love with it. About halfway through the week things just "clicked" and I really started to love it. 

All photography is an abstraction of reality, but monochrome gives images an added layer of abstraction that allows express feelings in a way that the more literal color photography does not. I still really love color, but I have fallen in love with what black and white allows me to do. 

After this week I have decided to mostly dedicate my X100f to black and white. It is my little rangefinder "loaded with Tri-X" that I can grab and shoot at any moment. I think you will see a lot more black and white in my portfolio moving forward.