My Best Photos From 2014

31 12 2014
Air protest Panorama1

Outrage over the worst air pollution in the United States drew thousands of protestors to the Utah State Capitol. Canon G12, two photographs stitched in Photoshop.

 

 

Utah Gay Marriage Protest

Gay marriage proponents and their supporters filled the Utah State Capitol rotunda. Canon G12

 

 

Colorado Mountain College culinary students

Colorado Mountain College culinary students at work during a class at the Steamboat Springs campus. Nikon D300 50mm f1.4.

 

Colorado Mountain College

A mannequin visits sick relatives at Colorado Mountain College’s Breckenridge campus. Nikon D700 17-35mm.

 

 

Six Feet Off the Ground

A Rhodesian Ridgeback and its handler seem to float above the floor during a dog show in Farmington, Utah. Nikon D300 50mm f1.4.

 

Line Coursing competition

A pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks sprint during line coursing at a national dog show in Farmington, Utah. Nikon D700 300mm f2.8 TC20E converter.

 

Delle, Utah is Watching

Eyes just above the Delle, Utah exit from Interstate 80 seems to be watching. Nikon D700 70-200mm f2.8 zoom.

 

 

Double Shot Espresso is Watching

This double espresso is un-blinking. iPhone5. Photo+

 

Needles/ Canyonlands coffee break

Bruce Remington enjoys coffee on an October morning in the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah. Canon G12.

 

 

Catholic homily at the Madeline

Cathedral of the Madeleine homily by the Very Reverend Martin Diaz, Pastor. Nikon D300 50mm f1.4

 

 

July 4th, SLC downtown

Fourth of July, 2014, downtown SLC. Nikon D300 50mm f1.4

 

 

Milky Way over Saguache, CO

Milky Way over Saguache, CO. Nikon D700 17-35 mm f2.8

 

Oliwia in the Tipi

Oliwia in the Tipi. Canon S95

 

 

Graupel storm panorama

Graupel storm panorama, December 2014. Canon S95, two photographs stitched in Photoshop.

 

Xmas eve SLC panorama

Xmas eve SLC panorama, December 2014 Canon S95, two photographs stitched in Photoshop.

 

Snowfall on the Wasatch Front panorama

Snowfall on the Wasatch Front panorama. Canon G15, two photographs stitched in Photoshop.

 





Best Photographs of 2013

30 12 2013
2013 SLC air

January air pollution layer over Salt Lake City. Canon G12 three image panorama.

Winter study method. Canon S95
Winter study method. Canon S95

Studying with friends. Canon S95

Studying with friends. Canon S95

Reflection on winter. Canon S95

Reflection on winter. Canon S95

Cabin fever. Canon S95

Cabin fever. Canon S95

Eagles jostle for food at the Great Salt Lake. Nikon D700

Eagles jostle for food at the Great Salt Lake. Nikon D700

Air pollution protest at Utah State Capitol building. Canon G12

Air pollution protest at Utah State Capitol building. Canon G12

Insect on raspberry Canon G12

Insect on raspberry Canon G12

Tarantula on Shoreline Trail Canon G12

Tarantula on Shoreline Trail Canon G12

Dancer on the facade of the SLC library at the Arts Fest. Nikon D300

Dancer on the facade of the SLC library at the Arts Fest. Nikon D300

Motorcyclist downtown SLC. Canon G12

Motorcyclist downtown SLC. Canon G12

Metal salvage yard SLC Canon G12

Metal salvage yard SLC Canon G12

Cumulus cloud near Green River, UT Canon G12

Cumulus cloud near Green River, UT Canon G12

Montego Bay casino Wendover, NV Canon S95

Montego Bay casino Wendover, NV Canon S95

Sunset on the Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Sunset on the Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Full moon rises over Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700

Full moon rises over Salt Flats near Wendover, UT Nikon D700





My best photographs of 2012

2 01 2013

Early in 2012 I decided I would carry a camera with me everywhere.

To that end, I carried one of three Canon point-and-shoot cameras with me almost  all of the time.

Remarkably, more than half of my favorite photographs from 2012 are from the Canon point and shoot cameras, mostly the S95 and the G12. My experiment to carry a point and shoot camera with me at all times proved to me that Louis Pasteur spoke to many disciplines when he said:

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.”

For what else are we as photographers but observers hell-bent on capturing what Henri Cartier Bresson called  “the decisive moment.” A baker’s dozen of my favorite  images from 2012.

Historic Celestial Events

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It was a good year to look skyward with a camera. The annular solar eclipse crossed through southern Utah and we observed this amazing phenomenon from a campsite in Snow Canyon near St. George. A less dramatic  partial lunar eclipse followed just a few weeks later and was easily viewed in downtown Salt Lake City. The very rare transit of Venus across the face of the sun finished up an incredible couple weeks of historical celestial events. Just a note on the transit: Salt Lake City was unfortunately covered with clouds during the transit which lasted hours. Luckily, though I was prepared for full sunlight and to shoot the transit with a solar filter on my  300mm f2.8 lens and a 2X teleconverter, I was able to use the natural filtering of the fast moving clouds to capture what I believe was an even more stunning image of the ultra rare event. CANON G12, NIKON D300 70-200mm zoom with 1.4 converter, NIKON D300 300mm f2.8 TC20E converter.

Our dogs

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Nikon 50mm f1.4 at f1.4

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CANON G12

The Environment

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2

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NIKON D700 70-200 ZOOM 1.4 teleconverter

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NIKON D300 70-200 zoom TC20E converter

People

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2

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NIKON D700 17-35MM f2.8

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CANON G12

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CANON G12

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CANON G12

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NIKON D300 70-200 zoom

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CANON S95 28mm @ f2





MY BEST PHOTOS OF 2011

12 12 2011

University of Utah AirMed helicopter emergency crew at work, 24 July 2011.

Mormon Temple towers from The Avenues neighborhood in SLC, 1 May 2011.

SLC skyline and the Kennecott Copper mine in the background, 11 July 2011.

SLC downtown library window, 27 March 2011.

University of Utah fountain, 27 August 2011.

Environmentalist Tim DeChristopher outside federal court, 2 April 2011. 

Colorado head coach Jon Embree, Rice Ecceles stadium,  25 Nov 2011.

We Are One protest at Utah state capitol, 2 April 2011.

Bill Gates makes a federal court appearance in SLC, 22 November 2011.

An alley near the University of Utah, 4 May 2011.

Underwater in a pool in Murray, Utah  3 July 2011.

Sailing on the Great Salt Lake with Antelope Island backdrop, 11 August 2011.





Native son David Burnett returns to Salt Lake City with Too Close exhibit

7 10 2011

David Burnett, co-founder of Contact Press Images, returned to his home town of Salt Lake City and opened his exhibit Too Close at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus, 6 October, 2011.

His exhibit might also be called “Outtakes” since it is composed mostly of unpublished images from his illustrious career. The exhibit title is a tongue in cheek homage to Robert Capa’s quote “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

These images are spectacularly suited to a gallery setting and as Burnett himself noted, “Worth studying. Even many years later they have something to say.”

Burnett has been a hero to photojournalists for most of his 40 years as a photographer. That includes me. And I’ve only been at it for 30 years. Burnett is a true photographic innovator with his use of multiple camera types and formats. His images are iconic.

Some quotes from Burnett’s entertaining lecture:

“Time will change how you view your pictures. Keep everything.”

“The most important pictures are of your own life, from the same room that you are living in.”

“Photojournalism is pronounced dead every five years or so. It will always be with us.”

On digital photography and the lack of darkroom training for young photographers:”There’s something wrong with that, vastly wrong.”

Burnett shed light on two cherished moments from the 1980’s in his long, globe-trotting career.

During the first meeting ever in Russia of President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev Burnett sheepishly admitted to manipulating history. Burnett and a few other photographers covering the event feigned taking light meter readings on stage and moved the chairs where the two world leaders would sit to about a foot apart.

While covering the overthrow of the Shah of Iran Burnett told how he, with the help of about 10,000 Iranians, was able to throw/relay a roll of Tri-X film to French photographer Patrick Chauvel during a massive Khomeini rally of nearly  a million in Tehran.

Burnett is wonderfully modest. He’s a heart-felt speaker with a great flare for humor and obvious love for photojournalism (and film). I hear he is an avid blogger. I intend to sign in and follow him.

His exhibit continues at UMFA until January 29, 2012.





Tim DeChristopher: Remarks to the court – 26 July 2011

28 07 2011

“The people who are committed to fighting for a livable future will not be discouraged or intimidated by anything that happens here today,” he said. “And neither will I. I will continue to confront the system that threatens our future. Given the destruction of our democratic institutions that once gave citizens access to power, my future will likely involve civil disobedience. Nothing that happens here today will change that. I don’t mean that in any sort of disrespectful way at all, but you don’t have that authority. You have authority over my life, but not my principles. Those are mine alone.”
“Fossil fuels are a limited resources, whoever controls access to that resource in the beginning gets to set all the terms,” he said. “They set the terms for their workers, for the local communities, and apparently even for the regulatory agencies.”

“Since no one can control access to the sun or the wind, the wealth is more likely to flow to whoever does the work of harnessing that energy, and therefore to create a more distributed economic system, which leads to a more distributed political system,” he said. “It threatens the profits of the handful of corporations for whom the current system works, but our question is which segment of the public are you tasked with protecting. I am here today because I have chosen to protect the people locked out of the system over the profits of the corporations running the system. I say this not because I want your mercy, but because I want you to join me.”





A picture in search of a thousand words.™

17 03 2011

I asked creative people from all walks of life to let loose their thoughts about this image. Here’s what they saw and said.

 

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  attributed to Yogi Berra – Allene Remington


“A road sign questions the meaning of it all. Y indeed.” – E P Kosmicki


“Why not?” – Jeri Lyn Fowles


“Warning:  Anti-Christ Ahead. Use Caution.” – Steve Kosmicki

 

Peace! – Lois Remington

 

“Y out West”  – Suzie Romig

 

I thought immediately of a preschool rebellion. The sign to me meant y=yellow NOT the fork in the road. It merely is an instructional sign, a la sesame street, that tells you y is for yellow. Perhaps around the corner, you would find a B on a blue sign… an R on a red sign… you get the idea. – Mary Noone

 

Road open to males only: Females must take the alternate X route. – Nancy Lofholm

 

I think it would be a great image even without the sign, but that adds whole extra level of meaning. I’m not sure I would have picked up on the Y = “why” concept without seeing your title, but it’s clever. It ties in well with the image of the road and the concept life as journey and it’s purpose. – Dave Evenson

 

There are always forks in the road of life… but, somewhere, in the shadows, there is an arrow that has already told you which way you are going (look to the base of the sign, at the shadow to see the arrow.) – Sallie Dean Shatz

On the road less travelled, does it really matter which fork you take? – Beth Zukowski

“Y is the question mark missing?”
The succinct metaphysical-philosophical caption could be simply:
Y?
The in-this-world activist caption could be:
Y NOT?
and so it goes….

J Rolf Kjolseth


Y destroy this with gas drilling? or

If you have to ask, you’ll never understand. or

Existentialist crossing ahead.   – Chad Filipiski


“Decisions … decisions.”  – Pam Szédelyi


Caution, approaching Brigham Young University – Dale Sheld