Eastlake Colorado


There is this little community in Thornton Colorado called Eastlake. It is an old country town that somehow has remained mostly unchanged as the metropolis of Denver slowly surrounded it. It is mostly abandoned but still has a lot of charm, but it is about to change…

Later this year the Denver Light-Rail system will open its newest line and station right in the heart of Eastlake. My prediction is that this will bring massive change to the area. I think the charm of Eastlake will be quickly discovered and we will see new business and growth in the area. I am actually really excited about the change. I think it could turn into a really awesome community less than 5 minutes from our house. There is a bit of melancholy to it as well. Change is always a little bit sad, even when it is for the better.

A couple weeks ago on my birthday, while the kids were sleeping, I stole a couple hours away to spend some time making images. I wandered around Eastlake and tried to capture a little bit of the way it is now, before the changes happen. I am actually not stoked with these pictures, I don’t love the lighting and I think I can do better. They inspired me though to consider turning this into a bigger project. I think I am going to try to go back to Eastlake every couple months and document the change as it happens. It deserves to be remembered how it was and documented as it changes.


Testing the Fuji 16mm f2.8 in Downtown Denver

First off, this is not a review. I may do a full review eventually, but this is just a test and some observations. The other day I finally got the chance to take the new Fuji 16mm f2.8 WR out for a spin, and I will say right off the bat, I really like this lens. It took me a minute to get used to the wider field of view, but not as long as I thought. At least in a scenery like wondering around a city, it is perfect for capturing the whole experience. There is some distortion as to be expected, and it isn’t the sharpest lens at f2.8, but it is small, light, and a ton of fun.

I think the 16mm combined with the 35mm f2 would make a killer everyday and travel setup. I definitely plan on selling my 23mm f2 as I never really loved it and the 16mm replaces it for me. I am going to hold on to the 50mm f2 for now because it makes a KILLER portrait lens and I am not quite ready to let that go yet.

Anyways, its a fun lens, I am sure I will post more pictures from it soon…also I need to wander around downtown a little more than I currently do.

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My dad sends me a text message: "Hey I bought a car in Vegas. Do you want to fly out with me and drive back the next day?". Hell yes I do. He bought a Pontiac Solstice which is a pretty sweet car if you know much about cars. Its the last new Pontiac model ever and is pretty rare an interesting. Even apart from the history it is a great small convertible sports car from an American manufacturer. You don't see that much. 

The trip was a blast. We cruised through some awesome national parks on the way home. We didn't have much time in them, but it made the drive way more fun. This trip is one for the memory books. 

Fuji X100F | Mastin Labs Ektar 100