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Patience. Many know of it, but little practice it. Patience is performed by the few diligent souls that expect greatness out of their own work. From athletes to actors, and many other professionals, many reap its rewards.

Since I started shooting film I have learned a lot about photography as a whole. Film can be a really hard teacher, with its limited amount of exposures and its lack of live preview (no screen to review picture), patience is necessary. Each shot requires the photographer to consider everything that lines up in the viewfinder. Due to the small exposure count, the photographer is pressured to make each shot count, to not squander the film on meaningless subjects.

Patience. It is require even after the shots are taken. Developing the rolls generally takes an hour (sometimes more if the machines are down) which can seem like an eternity. One can sit there in his/her own silence second guessing themselves. The shoulda, woulda, coulda’s come about, constantly nagging the brain.

After the hour is over, the results are in and victory smells so sweet. The overwhelming joy of flipping through printed paper, full of life, is second to none. The doubts and fears are pushed aside when a subtle surprise comes popping out. Patience is necessary to capture golden moments, and hard work always pays off in the end.

-dont be your own antagonist, this hinders your own creativity.

I Dream Of Pie

Sigh

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The Best Camera Challenge #10

It has been a while since I uploaded some photos from my faithful little Ipod. I have been exploring a lot of various tools for capturing images, mainly sticking to more technical devices ( analog and digital slr’s). I find that they are easier to rely on, especially when a split second is all that matters. So whenever I find myself in pickle and in need of camera I turn to old faithful(ipod). So here are a few that I have captured, spur of the moment and edited after the fact. Enjoy!

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Doors Open Denver 2013

I recently joined a photography club near my job (ski shop, not really hard work, but who says work has to be hard), mainly to meet with like minded people and learn more information about my hobby. For any native Coloradans reading this (whats up 3OH3) Denver Photographic Society is a tight knit group of avid photographers, with a plethora of knowledge (over 65 years of active service). The club has multiple lectures and classes, as well as site field trips each month. As a new member I was overwhelmed by the large amounts of new opportunities laid before me.

Anyhow, after our last meeting I learned from the club of a event being held in Downtown Denver. Doors Open Denver, a weekend long event where numerous Architectural buildings (both public and private)  were open to general public. The kicker… a photo contest for the best architecture shots of the wonderful downtown scenery.

I couldn’t resist the challenge of pushing my creative juices to their limits. So I stuffed my day pack with both digital and analog cameras and headed out to capture the winning photo.

I journeyed all over the city for half the day, from walking down bustling streets, to desolate back alleys. Snapping anything interesting that came into the view finder, I realized how much fun I was having at little to no cost. Along my travels I met interesting people with fantastic stories to tell.

Although the sun was not cooperating with me, I found that with a little post production magic I came away with some great black and whites. As they say, a photo is worth a thousand words.

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After editing several photos, a few stuck out, and with a little more work I put on the finishing touches. Here are the four photos that made the grade and will be heading to the cutting room floor. I hope that you enjoy the photos, hopefully you are told a tale, or at least taken away to a special place for a moment. If so, please head over to Denver Arts Interactive and please vote for any of my photos. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely your fellow photog

Philip Mondeau

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First Roll of Film with the New Analog SLR

Amazing Mistakes

Here are some of the first shots from my analog SLR (Konica).

I loved the outcome of these shots, since the built in light meter doesn’t work (I have been using the Light Meter app on my Ipod). With a few tweaks on the computer, these shots came out great. A few surprised me (seeing that they were a double exposure) but added to the feeling the photo provoked.

Classy

Digital Power Horse

flame on

Abstract imagery

Bokehlicious

Kickin Oldschool

classic

Introducing friends to photography

Denver

Coolest Shop Ever

Ill Style

Konica Autoreflex TC Review

Time travel is possible these days, however it does take some special tools in order to voyage into the past. One must acquire a Analog SLR and a few quality rolls of film.

The Power Horse

I recently acquired this beauty from a college of mine at a wonderful price. For a total of seventy U.S. dollars I received a classic Konica Autoreflex TC SLR, as well as four lenses and two zoom converters. It was the deal of the century, seeing as many modern DSLR bodies can use old lenses with a simple attachment ring.

The four lenses that came with the camera include; 50mm, 135mm, 80~200m, 35~105mm. Having so many different lenses allows me to experiment with different focal planes. Which gives me more tools to help improve my technique. More importantly, film forces one to set up the shot before the image is captured. The way I take photos has changed dramatically, It has helped me strengthen my photographic eye.

This purchase also came with a classic strobe for taking flash photography, which has opened up a whole new world for me.

Taken photos is so much more work, but so much more rewarding when the perfect shot is taken.

New setup

“I don’t wanna ill, I just wanna chill”

Large Professor says it best, some day all I wanna do is relax and kick back, listen to some good music and work on some photos.

Nothing beats some clean melodies to ease the stress of today away. While I was sitting around listening to some music, I thought of some interesting shots that I could take. I got off of my lazy ass, and got to work. After twenty minutes of setting up a make-shift studio in my basement I set up a still life of my old Technic turntable. My inspiration for moving and grooving was all thanks to The Physics. Probably the best song that I have heard in a long time, great beat and amazing lyrics. Check these guys out, true hip hop killers.

Real musicians like both of these bands need all the support that they can get. If music fans want true soulful music, instead of the trash that is played on the radio, check both of these artists out.

I just wanna chill

Well here is the final product, after many hours spent setting up the set, to mixing up the medicine in the lab It is finished. This is my first studio shot and It was a great lesson in flash/light work. Hope you all enjoy my rants, thanks so much for all of your support!

Lomography

REd Rocks

Is film dead? Some may say so, but there are so many wonderful photographers that still use it to this day. There are numerous benefits to using film (higher pixel count, forces user to take time composing shot, interesting formatting, etc.) that digital cannot recreate.

Winter Tree

Film is like a box of chocolates, as cheesy as it sounds, you will never know what your going to get. I love that feeling that you can’t look into a brightly lit lcd screen to see how the shot came out. It makes the anticipation that much more exciting, as one waits for a roll to be developed.

Tree Limbs

I have only started getting into film and cannot not describe the feeling one gets when snapping a photo. The click of the spool wheel as you forward the roll is like nothing else. If you are feeling that your love of photography is becoming stale, I highly recommend grabbing an old analog camera and start shooting your days away.

-by the way all of these photos were shot on 35mm film with a holga 120cfn (which normally takes 120 format film). I still have yet to find a film developer that would develop 35mm film (or 12o format rolls)with the spools included (since shooting with this camera exposes the entire width of the roll).

World Famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre

B&W rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is where world class musicians come to make history. Bands such as the Beatles, CSN, and Eric Clapton have left their mark on this special place. I decided that I would try to make a recording of my own, and spin my own view of this wonderful place.

Cold

Bone chilling temperatures and a peaceful calm surrounded the landscape. I could hear the crunch of gravel underfoot as I traipsed the grounds. As I began setting up some shots more people began showing up for some freezing morning exercises, some ran the stairs while others practiced yoga poses.

Colorado Sunrise

Darkside of the Moon

Mountain man

Pathlite

Rainbow tree

It turned out to be well worth losing sleep and a warm breakfast. The thing is about photography, that many don’t understand is the work that photog’s put into each shot. There are a lot of cold mornings, lack of sleep, and meticulous post-production. However, nothing compares to getting the perfect shot, where both mental vision meets physical success.

BOKEH

I Heart Bokeh

I’m sure many photographers have heard of these wonderful out-of-focus balls before, but for many it is an illusive subject. Bokeh, according to Dictionary.com , is the”…out-of-focus areas photographic image”. The origin of the word comes from japan and not only describes the cute blurring balls in images, but it can also describe a person’s state of mind. Kai Wong of Digital Rev does a stellar job of not only explaining what bokeh is, but he goes in depth on how to create wonderful bokeh in one’s images. Check the video below to see Kai in action.

Grave Bokeh

The photos in this article that I have taken, are very simple examples of what one can do to manipulate the shape of bokeh. All it takes is some black construction paper, a pair of craft knives (exacto-blades), and creativity, and your on your way to “Bokehlicious” images.

Cross Bokeh

Have fun and please, don’t run with scissors (or blades). It will end badly.