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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here is a photo I shot while running the Deseret News Marathon. It was a work assignment and the slide show can be found here at DeseretNews.com. Tom Smart helped out by providing many of the photos on the show. I can't promise I will offer to shoot photos and record sound for a marathon ever again. We'll see how quickly the amnesia sets in. It hasn't yet and my legs still hurt....
I shot this photo for a story on a new fashion trend I could really get used to, wearing shorts to work. This guy is in an actual job interview wearing shorts because of the company's policy. The company is Richter7 here in Salt Lake City and they have a "no pants" policy of wearing only shorts between July 15 and August 15. The story can be found online at this link. They used a couple of my photos and grabbed a bunch of fashion shots from the wire.
Here is a third from my first roll of Holga photos. This is probably one of my favorites of the roll but I fudged it a little because I liked the repetition of the two merged frames. If you are interested in learning more about these plastic cameras, check out the website, Lomography.com
Another Holga photo. I think I shot this from a taxi on the outskirts of Tianjin. My first roll, I had the film advance window set wrong and most of the photos overlapped each other, which I think made the photos better. You can see the frame number up at the top of this one.
While my family and I were in China, I came across a camera store that carried a bunch of plastic novelty cameras like Lomos and Holgas. For you non-photographers, these are cheap cameras made of plastic that produce effects that most camera manufacturers try and avoid, like light leaks and vignetting. I had always wanted one and the following few posts will be from by first couple rolls through the Holga. I shot these photos in China but let them sit until processing them this week. Enjoy. -BN
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So the 19th of July this year was the National Day of the American Cowboy. I was hired to get some shots of some long-time Utah cowboys and ranchers at this dinner and then a group shot of them at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo. I stayed a few minutes after and shot this photo of the team roping event. -BN
Leading this pack of runners is former Weber State runner and current Weber State coach, Lindsey Anderson. She will be heading to Beijing to compete in the steeplechase, which is a track and field event. I waited to post this until I had a chance to put together the multimedia slide show which can be found here at deseretnews.com.
I shot this assignment for a trade magazine and the subject of the photo shoot was a UTA MCI bus, and UTA's CEO and President, John Inglish. It was an overcast day and I only had about 15 minutes to shoot before Inglish was whisked away by another driver. This is what I liked but the magazine didn't. I re-shot the buses later on with no clouds in the sky. For this photo, I wanted to take advantage of the cloudy day so I used a very cool color temperature for a white balance and a warming gel on by strobe. -BN
As I was driving to the photo staff's favorite Tuesday night dinner spot, Rubio's, we watched as this guy on a bicycle was pulled over by a cop. Not a bike cop, a real cop-in-a-car cop. It was weird. I wonder what they got him for. Speeding? Exhibition Driving? CUI? (Cycling Under the Influence) BN
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I got a call during church about a homicide in Ogden and went out after some photos. The following day, there was a neighborhood candlelight vigil which drew around 15 people. Here is one of the photos of a slide show presentation at deseretnews.com. This was the location of one of the murders and a friend of the victim. -BN
Shot some architectural photos of some cabinets for a friend of mine today. His company is growing rapidly and they do some amazing work. Check them out at Lignimago.com. They can work you up some very high quality cabinets and for a very good price. -BN
I shot some photos of my sisters family after they returned from camping. My sister wanted to show how dirty the kids had gotten. This photo reminds me of a famous Dorthea Lange photo of a poor, migrant mother and her children. The photo is called Migrant mother and you can view it here. This photo is certainly not in the same category and not even close to holding the same meaning. It's just interesting how iconic photos sometimes pop back into your head and influence your own photography. -BN
Saturday, July 5, 2008
For some reason, I can't seem to keep my camera away from shooting guys with cool hair. Maybe it's the lack of good hair in my own reflection. The guy in the middle has appeared on my blog before and I ran into him again with a couple friends. I spend about $12 dollars managing my hair every two years when an electric razor goes bad. I can't imagine these guy's hair spray bill. They must have a sponsor. -BN
P.S. If you have been keeping track, today marks the first time in about a month that I have FINALLY caught up with the calendar on this photo-a-day thing. Woo Hoo!
As mentioned in the previous post, our neighborhood hosts a flag ceremony at the local church. This year, kids brought out cardboard representations of many of the flags that have flown over this country. This one was brought out to represent the flag which was raised over the World Trade Center a few days following September 11, 2001. I remembered the feelings of unity and solidarity we had as a country and wondered why in the space of seven short years, those sentiments have so quickly disappeared.
Every year, our neighborhood hosts a children's parade and flag ceremony at the local church. Until recently, we haven't really attended since our kids were too young to ride bikes. As we rolled up to the parking lot, it was full of kids and their decorated bikes, so full in fact, that I was amazed that there were no bike on bike collisions. This photo doesn't really show the amount of bike but I really like the clean backdrop. -BN
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This is the US Men's Speed Skating team. In the lead is Apollo Anton Ohno who you may remember from 2002 Winter Olympics fame. I had a lot of fun shooting this assignment since the skaters were very comfortable with the camera and seem to have a great time hanging out with one another. Oh, and they are very serious about their skating. -BN
I had this assignment to cover the efforts of a group of volunteers, make that an army of volunteers, as they cleaned up and uncovered headstones at the Ogden Cemetery. As I was following them around, I thought I would try and find the headstone of one of my good friends who had died back in 2004. I remembered it was under a tree that sort of stood out and after walking to a couple different trees, I found it.
Scott Dee Estes.
Aside from my dad who often took me running when I was in my teens, Scott did more to inspire me to get out and run than anyone else. Ironically we never actually ran in the same race at the same time. Once we went down to the Moab Half-Marathon but he didn't make it into the lottery, I was injured and only ran the five miler while my wife ran the half marathon, her first. We made plans to run the Other Half in Moab that fall and before the date had arrived, he had passed on. To this day, that is one of the most memorable races I have ever completed. Thanks for the memories Scott, and God bless you. -BN
I was asked to participate in the high school photography contest as a judge during the Ogden Arts Festival. Participating with me were lifelong artists Fred Hunger and Steve Stones. I felt more than qualified to judge the photography contest but as these two artists went around to the different sculptures and paintings, they were almost speaking a different language. It was fascinating. I think I was mostly lost when they started citing different styles from different artists whose names I didn't recognize. -BN
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Here is a photo of the Ogden salvage yard fire that probably saturated your TV screen Thursday and Friday last week. The DNews published a bunch of photos on their gallery. For this photo, I climbed onto a warehouse with the help of a few Fresenius employees. Thanks guys.