Thursday, June 30, 2011

Landscape Class

First day of Landscape class with Kyle, spending the day riding around Bozeman photographing. Summer school is awesome!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

From Iraq With Love (more fun with low light)

8 years ago I bought a roll of Fuji Neopan Professional 1600 to see what shooting in "low light" was like. The results were awful at best. Low light meant "tripod," and it also usually meant "absolutely no movement." It's pretty cool to be able to get quality images using ISO speeds at or above 1600. And by above I mean 6400.
Soldiers prepare to mount a .50 Cal M2 machine gun. 1D Mk III, Sigma 50mm, 1/160th, F/1.4, ISO 2000
Pre-Combat Inspections. 1D Mk III, Sigma 50mm, 1/40th, F/1.4, ISO 2000
Cigar Thursdays. 1D Mk III, Sigma 50mm, 1/30th, F/1.4, ISO 6400.
To give you an idea of how dark it was when I shot the last image, I didn't even have enough light to manually focus, much less even see the distance markers on the top of my lens. Through that window was a single fluorescent bulb about 20 feet away on the ceiling. Ironic how shooting digital now can be more challenging and yield creative results that you can't even physically achieve with film.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 Outside Bozeman Photo Contest

The deadline for the 2011 Outside Bozeman Photo Contest is quickly approaching. I encourage all of you to submit your outdoor images. This contest is a great opportunity to showcase your work and get your name out into the community.


4 sec handheld in the middle of the bluegrass pit at Telluride. Wishin everyone a happy music filled summer. Cheers

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"ALL OF THE LIGHTS!!" -Kanye West

Went to my cousin's wedding a couple weeks ago and brought a camera. I left the pictures of the bride and groom up to Elizabeth and Heather, but I did take this one in-between tequila fountain shots. (Like a chocolate fountain, but with a steady stream of tequila.) Hope everyone's summer is great!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011



photo © Ian van Coller, All rights reserved. I finally dusted of the camera and got back to Butte yesterday to make portraits of Baylen who is an awesome musician on the Banjo. She was also a great model. The light turned out to be gorgeous after the lovely spring we have been having.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Film Lovers

Hey, want to help a girl out with teaching kids about film? Click on the title of this post! But do it fast, her deadline is coming up!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Off to Kenya!

I've been playing with fuji 4x5 instant and love it. Check out my blog for a couple others. Off to Kenya in the morning to start working on my USP grant!

Arlee water tower and Pasture Golf

Couple of random B&W from an expired roll I was testing. I shot these with my lil Yashica Mat EM. I'm discovering I really like shooting the square format. Hope everyone's havin a good summer so far.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Leaving Camp Ramadi

Located on the outskirts of the Iraqi citi of Ramadi (about a half-hour from Fallujah, and about 70 miles west of Baghdad).
Canon 5D, 70-200/2.8L IS, 1/1250th, F/2.8, ISO 200

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Long Shot Photography Marathon (June 17-18)

In March of this year, after I had moved to Seattle to pursue more photography opportunities, I started volunteering at the local photography center, The Photographic Center Northwest. PCNW is an amazing community with equipment available to the public, including a color darkroom (which sadly is going away soon), a black and white darkroom, digital lab and a multitude of classes and workshops that are offered throughout the year.
This Friday/Saturday PCNW is hosting a 24 hour photo marathon. What does this mean? Anyone can participate, even out of state photographers who are eager to enter images in a show and help out the photography community. You can photograph for up to 24 hours (by no means do you have to do ALL 24, but some people do...) submit up to 10 of your favorite images from this event to PCNW, one of those images will be displayed in the gallery on July 23rd and if your image sells, all proceeds go to PCNW. Check out the website for more details, it rocks.
If anything, this will challenge you as an artist, in a good way. Pick up that camera, tackle those projects and subjects you've been wanting to conquer, get creative, get together with fellow friends and photographers (make it fun for everyone), spread the love of photography!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

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More New Gear at Checkout

This is a complete list of new photo equipment we are purchasing by month end. Canon 5D MkII Nikon D700 Nikon 50 mm f1.4G lens Canon 50mm EF f1.4 2x Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe-Mount Flash Kit 2x Canon 580 EXII 4x Beseler 23CIII 2 x Canon 28mm EF f1.8 Canon 200mm EF f2.8 Toyo View VX 23D Schneider 80mm f/4 Digitar Canon 135mm EF f2.0 Canon 85mm EF f1.8 Elmo P-10, Multimedia Projector 6x Gralab electronic Timers 4 x Premier RC Print Drier 4x Pocketwizards

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Super super excited.  After much swearing at Dreamweaver and FTP, I have my website up and running!

Photo of the Day

I found this a pretty amazing story, thought I would share for inspiration.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A kid in a candy store

Collin has been killin' it with photo submissions. Great work buddy!! The world is your candy store!

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

The new website is almost finished. It's scheduled to go live sometime monday evening, so you can check it out next week if you are bored. It feels good to have a real website.
But for now, here's a picture of a helichopter.
Canon EOS 1D Mk III, 70-200/2.8L IS, 1/8000th, F/4, ISO 100, -2.0 EV

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Gear At Checkout

We have the following gear arriving at checkout Canon 5D MkII Nikon D700 Nikon 50 mm f1.4G Canon 50mm EF f1.4 2 x Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight i-TTL Shoe-Mount Flash Kit 2 x Canon 580 EXII Speedlights 4 new enlargers for intro lab and hopefully more coming

Pipestone Palooza

Went to Pipestone over the weekend for Pipestone Palooza, a 1st Annual Mountain Bike party complete with Dj's, camping, and riding. enjoy!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My most recent exhibition

Hey All! I just wanted to share a couple quick pics I got of my new show at the Patricia Stewart Gallery in Lakeside. They'll be on display for the next 6 weeks or so. If you're in the valley go check it out. 7220 Hwy 93 South in Lakeside. The old Mercantile Building. CLICK ON THE TITLE OF MY POST TO SEE THE PHOTOS.

Two montage versions

I'm leaning towards the gold toned version, but would like to see how others "read" these images.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011