Tag Archives: Architecture

Inspired By: Christopher James

I’ve done a couple of night time workshops with Christopher James in Downtown Denver.  But I think what I have learned the most about myself from working with him is an appreciation of Interior Spaces:

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The Symbol of My Journey

As I mentioned in My Inner Monet at the start of the year, I’d been aiming at those grand sweeping landscapes and missing the point………My talents were leading me elsewhere.  More towards interiors and intimate landscapes.

So here is a summary of some interior spaces at Christopher’s Old studio (unfortunately now a gentrified condo) and one from the Byers-Evans House:

 

And what about that space ship in the Denver Library:

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Christopher has been busy lately with the care of his elderly parents.  But I hope to see him back at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center offering Workshops Again……..

Interior Spaces

This image was shown in another post, but I wanted to Feature it here as a part of my exploration of Interior Spaces for My Inner Monet:

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From the Como-Boreas Pass Festival.  Follow the link to see more.

I. M. Pei’s Mesa Lab Through the Fisheye

Last week featured the disastrous Lomo Purple pinhole results.  This week a better result with B&W film, a Fisheye lens and the Mamiya 1000S 645 shooting Sunny 16.

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Famous Architect I.M. Pei (1917-2019) designed the Mesa Lab for the National Center for Atmospheric Science in 1961.  It was his first totally ‘hands on’ project in a number of years and he found inspiration in the natural rock formations, The Flatirons.

My favorite photographic location at the Mesa is the Courtyard:

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You have to love that Star Sun, totally unexpected!  You just have to accept the lens flares.  They don’t bother me.

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I had toyed with the idea of buying a Mamiya 645 fisheye.  But when I thought about it the price was prohibitive (>$1200) for a lens I would rarely use.  So when I came across a discussion online about the Arsat Zodiak-8 f/3.5 30mm fisheye for and average price less than $200, I started searching for one.  Glad I bought this last Winter, because it seems to have been discovered and the prices have doubled.  The Luminous Landscape has a nice write-up on the lens, so I won’t try to duplicate that here.

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The set-up: using my lovely refurbished Mamiya 1000S with the waste level view finder and shooting Sunny 16 with Ilford Delta 400 film.  Check out more Fisheye Fun here.

Inspired By: John Sexton

After Viewing This Image, I knew what I wanted to say here….Inspired by John Sexton’s rich silver prints:

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I can’t wait to print this image.  Taken with my new/old Fuji GW690II, this was only the second roll through the camera. The subject, the Roosevelt Dam at Salt Creek, AZ. Oooooh that Black Water!

Yes my Image is grainy and high contrast, but I’m not trying to copy the Sexton Style, I am instead drawing a link in Personal Vision of what represents Beauty.  Inspired by His Book, “Places of Power”  and an appreciation of Industrial Beauty:

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Somehow Interesting……

Sometimes you see an image, and know that it has to be captured, even if an unconventional subject.

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Which Crop do You Prefer?

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I think what I really like is the water fountain.  So maybe I’ll try a closer crop?

Just When We Thought it was Safe……..

After discussing the “Contest Trap” in previous posts….. of course I have just entered another contest for the Denver Architecture Foundation, sponsors of Doors Open Denver.  My interests in the contest was two-fold:  I’m a member of DAF and the co-sponsor Colorado Photographic Arts Center (aka CPAC, and unfortunate acronym): I love photographing Architecture…….Also it was open to any architecture within the Denver City limits, no stated time limit.  So although the Clock Tower was taken at a DAF Open House, none of the images are from the actual Doors Open Denver Event.

I tried to avoid cliched images….Did I Succeed?

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My Expectation is that I will again fall into the “Special Merit Category” which means, OK but not our style……..