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Utah Pride

This week I will feature photos from Utah Pride. To quote another attendee, “When you get a few thousand campy and artistic types together you count on the unexpected.” Thus, one of the great things for a photographer about a Pride gathering is the number of people who are more than happy to be photographed.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/40 sec. at f5.6, 130 mm

Over the next week, I’ll feature some photos from the Utah Pride Festival and parade. Thanks to all those who so graciously accepted my request to photograph them.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/125 sec. at f/11, 18 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/125 sec. at f/5.6, 32 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/320 sec. at f/10, 85 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/320 sec. at f/9, 85 mm

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Stone Silhouette

One of the fascinating things about art, to me, is that it has so much potential for interpretation. Statues and figures even more so, for I find that being three-dimensional, they can change so markedly based on perspective and how much or how little one places within their field of vision at one time.

Today’s photo is, for me, a new interpretation of a figure I’ve photographed previously but have never been happy with the results. This time, however, the sky, shadows and my close-up perspective rendered an emotion I hadn’t been able to see, feel or capture before.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/11, 50 mm

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Weaving A Tale Of Patience

I’ve never been able to master patience. For me, “waiting patiently” typically amounts to an exercise in finding ways to avoid spontaneous internal combustion. Sudoku is a good remedy, as can be reading or getting lost in a song.

At the Salt Lake City Living Traditions Festival this past weekend, watching this young woman weave intricate patterns into a length of cloth – one fine row of thread at a time – made me impatient. She was so “in the zone” that I’m pretty sure she had lost track of where she was and how long she’d been there. This, to me, seemed a merciful condition.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/50 sec at f/3.2, 50mm, SB-700 fill flash

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Grateful For The Extras

Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/20, 50 mm

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
― Iris Murdoch

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Little Friends, Big Friendship

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
-Anais Nin

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/3.5, 50 mm

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DJ, The English Bulldog

I had the pleasure of photographing DJ yesterday, an English bulldog who is about a year old. DJ has a great face. He was a real trooper for the shoot, putting up with my flash and requests to please perk up his ears; look this way; look that way; look up; look down; stay; sit; ignore the camera; and so forth. (Fortunately, DJ’s upright companion, Logan, has worked out the communication key, which smelled a bit like jerky.)

Logan asked specifically that something fun and different be included among the photos she’d get. She mentioned she liked some of the artistic effects she had seen applied using Photoshop. The image below is among those Logan will receive today. I have to admit that I’m pretty much a purest at this point in my photography; I don’t use a lot of “out of camera” effects or Photoshop filters.

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Nikon D300, SB700 fill-flash with hacked Gary Fong Lightsphere, ISO 200, 1/400 sec at f/1.8. Brush stroke obtained using the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Artistic >;;; Dry Brush filter.

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A Mother’s Tale

To the world you might just be one person,
but to one person you might just be the world.
– Author Unknown

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 2.5 sec at f/13, 29 mm (lit by flashlight)

Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. My mother and father celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in April, which I think is pretty incredible. While they were visiting me in Utah last week, I took the opportunity to capture their photo in a way that signifies how I see them: separate yet one. And I thought it would be fitting to highlight my mother – literally and figuratively – in honor of this day.

I hope you enjoy this tribute to my mother and a love that has blessed so many in remarkable ways.

Happy Mother’s Day to every mother, everywhere.

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Artisan

“The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.”
– Henry David Thoreau
(American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862)

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/11 at 1.3 sec., 60 mm

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Poppies … Poppies …


Along with the tulips (which I love) come the poppies. They don’t last very long, but their large blooms and vibrant colors are terrific subjects for flower photography. They can sometimes be a challenge to capture, however. Because the flowers are so large, light and delicate, the slightest wind will send them swaying – and we’ve had quite a few windy days here in Salt Lake City as of late.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/2500 sec, 120 mm

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means
that we are less alone,
that we are more deeply inserted into existence
than the course of a single life would
lead us to believe.

John Berger

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/2500 sec, 120 mm.

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Salt Lake City Street Art

You don’t have to go to a museum to see a city’s art. The works that best represent a particular locale are often, quite literally, right under your feet. I photographed the artwork pictured here within a single downtown Salt Lake City block, representing styles ranging from crude to accomplished.

Simply because these works aren’t hanging in a museum or framed on a wall makes them less likely to get recognized as art. How come a painting on a sidewalk instead of a canvas automatically gets demoted from “art” to “nuisance graffiti” in the minds of the majority?

Like it or not, your city is a canvas. It is a place where seemingly unrelated movements, elements, shapes and colors come together to form a tangible image – a picture of its inhabitants. Some choose to add to this canvas knowing that their contribution will be as transient and temporary as the inhabitants are themselves.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/22 at 1/60 sec, 78 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/20 at 1/40 sec, 98mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, f/14 at 1/60 sec, 30 mm

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