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


Monochrome

I have always loved monochrome images but I could never get in a grove with taking them myself.

I recently re-discovered the work of Nate Kaiser, and it kinda changed it for me. I talked about his work in my last post. What I realized by looking at his photography, is that by not using color, in many ways, the photograph is reduced to the moment. Light, shadow, and composition are all extremely important, but it in his photography specifically the moment is most important.

I still adore beautiful color, but for the more simple everyday moments with my friends and family, I am really starting to love monochrome. It has shown me that I have a long way to go in my photography journey. Seeing those magic little moments is not easy, and being fast enough to capture them is even harder.

Below is a random collection of images over the last month or so taken in black-and-white. I used my Fuji X Pro-2 and the 16mm f2, 23mm f2, 35mm f2, and the 50mm f2. Processed with Mastin Labs.

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Ashley and Isaac × Piggies: Fall Portraits

Yes you read that right…piggies.

Before her mini-session Ashley asked if it was ok if they brought along their pigs for the shoot, to which I replied “that sounds like my dreams coming true”. It really was a blast and I love mixing things up. On top of that these two were amazing. Ashely is so sweet and hilarious, and her boy Isaac is a super cool little dude…way cooler than me actually. I mean check out that smile!

On a technical not, this was my first shoot with the “fujicron” line up of f2 lenses, the 23mm f2, 35mm f2, and the 50mm f2. They performed WAY better than I expected. I am sold on them for sure.

We will definitely be doing another round of mini-shoots this next fall so keep your eyes out. Slots go fast.

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