August Portraits

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These photos are a part of my ongoing attempt to capture one good portrait of every member of my family, every month, forever. All of these were taken during our vacation at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

A Photowalk in Capitol Hill and Some Thoughts on “Street Photography”

Street photography is my most favorite genre of photography to look at it. To me it is the purest form of photography. It is a little bit less about technique and a little bit more about capture the person, the moment, or the location. I also believe it is very historically significant…maybe I should try to define street photography first.

Unfortunately, like a lot of things in photography, people get pretty angry and strict on how they define street photography. I really don’t want to get into all that, I think it is kinda stupid. For me, street photography is simply trying to capture the essence of a city through photographs. Buildings, streets, details, cars, and of course people all make up what a city is. Street photography captures a moment in history in a particular place.

Within that overarching genre there are so many individual styles of shooting. I am a fairly shy person and am therefore not great at some of the more aggressive styles, though I am working to get better. I think that is the beauty of it though, everybody views and approaches it differently and views the city differently. I have SO much room to grow, but one of my dreams would be to be remembered as one of the photographers that helped capture the Denver area and its changes through the 2020’s and 2030’s. I know that is a big dream, but it is what keeps me motivated.

I was downtown yesterday after work and had my gear with me so I decided to walk around. The light was pretty bad but I needed a break anyways. I decided to walk around the Capitol Hill area just south of the capitol and found all these really wonderful Modern and Art Deco buildings that have been cleaned up and turned into apartments. I am not super stoked with any of these pictures really, but I did find quite a few places that I would love to come back to when the light is better.

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A Day at the Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is one of our most favorite place in the entire city.

 

It might be because we have kids, but I don’t think so. We totally would go to the zoo regularly when it was just the two of us. There is just something about it.

We both love animals a lot, which is obviously a big part of it, but it is also just a really beautiful place. There is amazing plants and trees everywhere and it really just feels like a little natural oasis in the middle of the city. Having a pass is also definitely the way to go. It completely takes the stress away. We can go for a couple hours on a Sunday morning just to see a few things, and not feel bad leaving before nap time. It is one of our favorite Sunday activities and we are there probably twice a month.

Anyways…these photos are from our last trip to the zoo and what a fun day it was. We asked everybody what animals they wanted to see that day and we managed to squeeze all of them in. I am already excited for out next trip.

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X-Pro2 | XF16mm f1.4 | XF35mm f1.4
X-E2 | XF23mm f2


A Quick Trip to Brainard Lake

Some of our dearest and oldest friends were in town this past week from Florida, and we decided to go exploring.

 

We were able to carve out one complete day to head up in to the mountains and do some exploring. We decided on Brainard lake which is absolutely beautiful and, because of the huge amount of late season snow we got, not crowded at all. Many of the trails were still snow packed and we all ended up with shoes full of snow, but it was a still a blast. It was also beautiful! I want to make little trips like this happen more this year. The mountains are good for my soul. It is like a reset.

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Photo by Courtney Gilmer

Photo by Courtney Gilmer

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Fujifilm X-Pro 2 | XF35mm f1.4 | XF16mm f1.4 WR

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