So back up a couple weeks ago (I’m a wee bit behind) it was a Wednesday night, I was supposed to be finishing packing but as I took once last look through the ol’ inbox, my eyes narrowed. RE: YOUR SCANS ARE HERE. Tonight I got to see my very first set of scans from my new-to-me Mamiya 645AF (see week 37.) I am pretty happy with them, although I think they could be a bit more in focus. Maybe its the film, maybe it the lens or maybe its my eyes and lack of correct dipotic lever use. It reminds me of 9th grade year, fumbling around in 5th period darkroom without any real guidance, giving it your best shot. Sometimes you win, sometimes you’re better off just lighting a $20 on fire.
A couple favorites.
You can see all the scans on my photo site here.
Back to the business of packing. I am meeting the group from Tofino (an offshoot from 2012 Oasis and 2011 Asilomar) This time we are off to a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere, nestled deep within the patchwork mountains of Colorado. So important as an artist to push away from the comforts of your chair and get our in the world and shoot. Even more important is the human connection. You don’t get this in a Facebook group. Hard to condense everything that I extracted out of this weekend into a neat and tidy post but here it goes.
- Instax Wide Film
- Mark 2 with the 24 – 105 mm
- Fuji Instax 210
- Polaroid Mio
- Polaroid Sonar SX70
- Instax Mini Film (for Mio)
- Polaroid One Step 600
- My Charge portable charger
- Impossible Film for Polaroid camera
- Moleskine Accordion Pocket Folder
- Mamiya 645 AF
- Mamiya Polaroid Back
- B+W 7mm Kaesemann Polarizer Filter
- Canon 14 mm Ultra Wide Prime (rented from Borrow Lenses)
- FP 3000b Fuji B&W Peel apart film
- Kodak Portra 400
- Kodak 400 TMax B&W
- Kodak Ektar 100
- Kodak Portra 160
- Fuji Color Pro 400
- Illford Xp2 400 B&W
- Fuji Neopan B&W
I’m Leeeeeavin on a Jet Plane – how can you NOT think about that John Denver line, especially when you are travelling to well… Denver! I grew up signing those lyrics as we traveled the back roads in our yellow Volvo stationwagon. Best folk singer (and humanitarian) there ever was.
This morning I’m scheduled on one of the first flights out of our local airport. We have special noise regulations here, no flights before 7 am or after 11 pm. There are also noise abatement procedures in place, we call it the bat-out-of-hell takeoff where they basically sling-shot you at a 90 degree angle and then cut power to the engines, that’s the drop you feel, while quietly ‘coasting’ over “sleeping rich people” as one Southwest attendant joked.
wheels up. can you spot our shadow?
Next stop DEN.
Spent the afternoon downtown, a few quick stops for provisions before we head to the mountains.
Food truck turned restaurant Pinche Taqueria
There’s always stops along the way with this group.
Corinna’s instagram of me taking this photo … I busted out the 14 mm wide angle and as always I dial up the f stop to 22 to get that rainbow flare.
We headed towards to a hidden valley on the way Steamboat Springs about 3 hours from Denver. We hit the aspens at just the right time.
First night is always so much fun. We drop bags and cameras and pick up our glasses. The trip is officially ON and Tara makes us Indian Meatballs with basmati rice.
The days were bright and sunny, perfect for film with its blues and gold.
My happy place (above and below)
me and my mamiya learning how to work together. another. photo credit : cherish bryck photography
These were taken with a Polaroid back on the Mamiya 645AF, it only gives you an image that is 2 1/2″ x 1 5/8. Kinda like mini proof shots.
Ventured out with a couple things on the docket. Barns and Hot Springs and if anything else comes up then we can add that too. When we are together there is an unspoken rule that at anytime anyone is free to yell STOP!!! Our perfectly patient driver Corinna would proceed to pull over (safely of course) and we would pile out with our bags. We found a great stretch of highway where you could see far enough that we could make it our studio of the moment. I pulled out a 14mm and shot the road from ground.
same photo cropped If you squint in you can see 2 little people in a photo sesh along the fence to the left.
And not more than a few yards down that highway we came upon this group.
As soon as we called them they headed right towards us, heads slightly lowered. So sweet.
We spent quite a while lingering. These animals are so majestic, I was trying my best to hide my nervousness. Have you ever pet a horse and felt their giant strength? All at once I have flashbacks the book, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ I wanted to be a veterinarian after I read that. I could write a whole post about these special equine.
The owner came out and was so nice about us swarming her horses. She said in a few days these guys were going to be saddled up to move over 600 cattle. No small feat.
On to barns. We love barns and their slightly off center structure and weathered look. Finding one settled in the middle of tall grass with patchwork foothills behind it is pure BONUS.
My favorite, shot with the Instax 210.
We made Cherish dress up in her vintage turquoise gown.
and then she turned the camera on us … I’m way back there on the right.
There were campfires and stories (and s’mores of course.)
And when we were stuck inside when it rained we used big beautiful bright windows to do portraits (film still forthcoming.) We cook for ourselves, Gluten Free at that and I can say it wasn’t too difficult, although I did sneak some toast smothered in Kerrygold and it was glorious.
When the rain stopped we went traipsing through an aspen grove and spotted a few deer.
Tara and I snuck out early one morning to grab a sunrise photo. Everything was PINK! It was so still, the only sound you could here was elk of in the woods or the woeful yelp of a restless bloodhound.
photo by lifestyle photographer and new Alaskan resident, Tara Romansanta
There were collages … my new
You get the idea.
The last few days we spend working on portraits, we had a day of rain and an epic storm come through as we left for Denver. Tornado watch and all. But just as we drove out from the cabin the skies opened up long enough for someone to yell …. STOP!!!!!!
And we shot the Aspens.
… maybe one of my new all time favorite Mini Instax Shots.
Photo by Corinna Robbins (she’s the bird who took my sunglass-wearing-headshot) who is about to embark on the coolest new adventure as a storyteller for a humanitarian non-profit.
last group shot its time to head back to Denver but not to worry plenty more photo ops still left …. credit: corinna robbins
Gore pass … rain slicked highways, dodging cars to take photos of the continental divide (perhaps not the safest choice in retrospect.)
Big Shooter Coffee, Kremmling CO
We stayed in this loft our last night in Denver. If you are looking for a cool place complete with a collection of mid century marvels, flea market finds, Super 8 cameras and a working Skee ball machine!!!! then you must stay with Danny and Christy at their church turned Mexican restaurant turned upcycled loft/home/AirBnB. The night we arrived they were crafting homemade telegram-style save the date invite for their upcoming black themed Valentine’s Day wedding, not your standard DINK couple. They are also the brains behind Denver’s annual Zombie, EyeheartBrains. The win the cool couple award.
I wish you could all take a peek at our collection of photos on Flickr, just so you could see the depth of work from this Ahhhh-mazing group of photographers. For me this is when the real learning happens. When I see them infuse their photos with their own artistic touch. We talk about settings and post processing in a very open and honest discussion, no one ever hoards information or withholds inside info. I couldn’t ask for a more open group to learn from.
More photos from the seven rolls I dropped off, next week, I’ll try to post a few more here too >> Flickr album #BHBSTEAMBOAT
Time to go offline for a bit so I can catch up on this series. For those of you who subscribe, I’m going to turn off the email service for a week while I upload the missing weeks from Spring, which will include photos from my first trip to NYC this past April. I don’t think you want 8 new posts clogging your inbox, am I right?
Have a great weekend and remember GOYA! (get off your a**) and GO SHOOT something!