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Being a Regular

Mocha latte at the Bean Cycle. I'm in the loft looking down on the coffeehouse.

Mocha latte at the Bean Cycle. I’m in the loft looking down on the coffeehouse.

I can walk into several coffeehouses and be greeted by my first name. That feels good. πŸ™‚ I also know several of them by name. At some locations I can even have the baristas call out and say, ‘The usual, Monte?” These young people and the coffeehouse can easily become an extended family. We will almost always have some sort of conversation whether started by them or me, asking questions such as, “How was your weekend?” or “What have you planned for the day?” I find it comforting  when they let me know I’m a person and not just a customer with money in his wallet.  Continue reading »

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A Little Jazz Music

The music is in His Soul

Jazz musician near Bourbon Street in New Orleans

“More photographs of beautiful moments have been lost by looking at our cameras than will ever be lost to missed focus or poor exposure.” David duChemin

I took this image of the musician near Bourbon Street in New Orleans back in 2008 while I was still flying (working). There were perks with that job and one was the photographic opportunities offered on the longer overnights. 

Through those long overnights my interest in street and documentary photography was discovered. My camera equipment changed as the smaller mirror-less gear was more to my liking and much easier to travel with. The “decisive moment” began to take on more importance, knowing I could not come back and retake an image if I missed it.

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β€œTo me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Finals Are Over

It was along night

It was a long night

Graduation were the past two weeks so along with that are the long nights studying for finals. I noticed this young man at one of the local coffeehouses. Hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend!

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I keep telling myself I must practice more portraits. I tell myself that because I enjoy people and the challenge of lighting and posing. I’ve always felt there are certain photographers who have a knack for relaxing the models and therefore bring out the personality of the person. Only practice will let me know if I have such a gift. This was taken back in February on portrait session with a young man named Dan. 

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Nothing to do

It's a Good Book

It’s a Good Book

Took this image last week at a local coffee shop while sitting on the outdoor patio, enjoying the nice sunny weather. However, this morning has presented overcast skies and 50 degrees. But, we call that good out here in Colorado. My to do list has nothing listed and plan on keeping it that way. 

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