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The Voice of Perpetual Becoming

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”
― Hermann Hesse,
Siddhartha

This is a photo I really liked when I shot it back in 2005, in Park City, Utah. I came across the original (I-can’t-believe-I-shot-it-in-) JPG a couple of days ago and decided to clean it up a bit. It ended up needing to be cleaned up a lot. The water flowing from this fountain spout was dyed blue and the angle of the afternoon sun made it sparkle; the colors and sparkles of light in the image are as they were captured in-camera. What I had to clean up with this latest edit was the damage I had done years ago making adjustments to the original image in Google Picasa. Thankfully, I have thus far been able to learn from my mistakes, adapt and grow in the process of my perpetual becoming…

"Water Spout, Park City Utah"

“Water Spout, Park City, Utah”

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How Time Heals

“Believing the lie that time will heal all wounds is just a nice way of saying that time deadens us.”
Jonathan Nolan, Memento mori

This is an older image that I decided to revisit and process. It’s the ruins of an abandoned farmhouse in Stockton, Utah. I hope you like it.

"How Time Heals", Nikon D300, ISO 200, HDR using 3 frames and bracketed aperture at 10 seconds per frames, 35mm

“How Time Heals”, Nikon D300, ISO 200, HDR with bracketed aperture at 10 seconds per frame, 35mm
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Last Stand in Stockton – Revisited

Last September, I posted a photo I had taken in July just before the onset of the whirlwind that snatched James and me out of Utah and landed us in Florida. I wasn’t really happy with the photo, but in a rush to try to get something on my blog I threw up an “as is” version anyway. With James’ miracle of healing and pronouncement of being cancer-free despite an original terminal prognosis, our lives are no longer being primarily spent at Orlando’s M. D. Anderson Cancer Clinic. I am thus finding time to blog again on a more regular schedule.

One of the things I’ve been looking forward to was revisiting that photo – one of the first I captured with my pawn shop find of a Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera. Here it is; I’m much happier with it now. I hope you like it, too.

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford FP4 Plus ISO 125 film, 50 mm (I failed to record the shutter speed and f/stop used.)

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford FP4 Plus ISO 125 film, 50 mm (I failed to record the shutter speed and f/stop used.)

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Last Stand in Stockton

“I am almost a hundred years old; waiting for the end, and thinking about the beginning.
There are things I need to tell you, but would you listen if I told you how quickly time passes?
I know you are unable to imagine this.
Nevertheless, I can tell you that you will awake someday to find that your life has rushed by at a speed at once impossible and cruel. The most intense moments will seem to have occurred only yesterday and nothing will have erased the pain and pleasure, the impossible intensity of love and its dog-leaping happiness, the bleak blackness of passions unrequited, or unexpressed, or unresolved.”

― Meg Rosoff, What I Was: A Novel

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford 120, ISO 125, f/16 @ 2 seconds, 55 mm

Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
– Patti Smith

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Mama Mamiya!

Today, I thought I would share one of the first images I captured with my new Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera (circa 1987). I found this camera, along with 55 mm and 80 mm lenses and a Metz flash, at a pawn shop recently for $100. In three potentially trademarked words, “I’m lovin’ it!”

The downside of this photo and this camera is that it further reminds me how very much I love (and prefer) shooting film!

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford 120 ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/16, 55 mm

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High (Altitude) Dynamic Range: Mirror Lake

There are two kinds of light–the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
– James Thurber

Beautifully nestled among the fir trees growing at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Utah’s Uinta mountains rests Mirror Lake (Latitude: 40.70083 Longitude: -110.88361). It is without a doubt one of my favorite spots to watch the sun begin its journey above the horizon. You can see that the nearly perfect reflections of the lake’s surroundings on the surface of its crystal clear water provide the explanation for its self-explanatory name. Frequently, the only sound one hears is the cursing of a frustrated fisherman or a deer running through the woods. In its own way, it’s magical, and I love being touched by the magic.

For this post, I’m trying something a little different to bring out the magnitude of the beauty of Mirror Lake: HDR image processing. I hope you like the result.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 6 seconds at f/5.6, f/8 and f/11, 18 mm

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The Backstroker

It’s been a busy and hectic week thus far, and I didn’t get the opportunity to go out shooting either yesterday nor today. So, today’s photo is another one from last Saturday’s CHAT 2012 Invitational swim meet. CHAT is the acronym for the Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Team, based out of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center in the city of Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

In case you haven’t figured it out already, cottonwood trees are the height of Cottonwood Heights.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/8, 200 mm

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Alone With The Moon

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/200 sec. at f/5.3, 105 mm

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The Answer to Difference

Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.
– John Hume

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/800 sec. at f/7.1, 90 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/800 sec. at f/7.1, 62 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/320 sec. at f/10, 20 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/320 sec. at f/4.5, 18 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/640 sec. at f/11, 18 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 36 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/125 sec. at f/9.0

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/800 sec. at f/7.1, 46 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/125 at f/32, 65 mm

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A Sense of Pride

You can’t give people pride, but you can provide the kind of understanding that makes people look to their inner strengths and find their own sense of pride.
– Charleszetta Waddles

Today’s post features a few more photos from this past weekend’s Utah Pride festival and parade. I had a good time stopping perfect strangers and asking if I could take their photos. It was a great opportunity to meet some interesting people, do a bit of networking and capture some fun shots from impromptu models.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/320 sec. at f/2.2, 85 mm, (Richard designed and made his awesome skeleton outfit)

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 120 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/7.1, 35 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 60 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/4.5, 32 mm

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