Friday, August 7, 2009

Camping in Utah's Boulder Mountains

Had a recent camping trip with some 16-17 yr old scouts into the Boulder Moutains in Utah. We camped at just over 10,000 feet above sea level. Found a great place to camp along the Row Lakes and had some good fishing.



Below is "Hotel Tolman". I built this trailer during the winter and was able to take this tent on a test run. I plan on purchasing a tent like this to go on the trailer, although I need one slightly larger. Worked out great and was extremely comfortable.

Sunset on the Row Lakes.

Fish were jumping all over the lake so we thought we'd do well with flies, but we had better luck with lures. The best luck was had using a Rapala lure.

I caught several fish using the Rapala and one of them jumped clear of the water as soon as I set the hook. It fought for a few minutes then jumped again, straight out of the water and into the lap of one of the boys who was in the canoe with me. The other hook caught his leg and he wrestled with the fish for a few minutes as it flopped around and set the hook deeper into his leg. Pretty funny moment actually.

Fishing in the early morning mist on the Row Lakes.

Very peaceful fishing in the early morning with lots of fish jumping and just the sound of a breeze and a few frogs singing in the grass.


Two of the boys we had with us. The one on the left has muscular distrophy so we were limited with the activities we could do. He has a great attitude about it all and really does his best to do as much as he can. We had a great time with him.







Wednesday, July 1, 2009

See some proofs......

See some proofs from some of my portraits here.....

http://bluegatestudio.instaproofs.com

Hope you like some of them.

Moab, Utah




Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Here we go again!

So I've had a blog for my illustrations for a while (although I haven't added to it as often as I should). But rather than clutter that blog with irrelevant content, I thought I'd start a new one with a focus on my photography work.

So a little background on my experience behind a camera.......

I've always had a strong interest in photography and I can remember taking my parents camera when I was very little and wasting an entire roll of film on random things in our yard. I've continued to take photos and have been a huge fan of photography for probably 30 years now. My education wasn't in photography, but in art and illustration. If there's one thing in my life in regards to creativity that I have a passion for above photography its artwork and illustration. My artistic idols are N.C. Wyeth, John Waterhouse, and I have always had a stong appreciation for cubism and as a result I love Pablo Picasos cubist paintings. Contemporary artists that I enjoy (although maybe not as well known) are Jon Foster, Ryan Wood, Todd Harris, and Craig Mullins. One of the strongest influences I have had on my art is my college professor, Leon Parson. He will always be the primary force in sending me down the road I've taken with my artwork.

Back to the photography, I have no formal training whatsoever. The artistic training I've had has been an asset in regards to composition, lighting and mood. The limitations I have with the camera are entirely from either inadequate equipment, or lack of knowledge about how to use the tools that I have. I spent about 4 years managing a team of 5 or so photographers documenting ski resorts around the world that were used as reference for recreating those resorts for a series of snowboarding video games. That is where I had my "baptism by fire" into the world of photography. I've loved it ever since. Now I take pictures whenever I can. Hopefully I'll be able to share some photos that you are able to enjoy.

Stay tuned for more updates.