Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams
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This image was made near Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Aspendell, California

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Aspendell, California

“Photography gives us for the first time a feeling of the structure of things with an intensity which the eye, limited by its accommodation, had hitherto been quite unable to perceive.” – Otto Steinert
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This image was made near Aspendell, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Big Pine, California

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Big Pine, California

“I do believe strongly in photography and hope by following it intuitively that when the photographs are looked at they will touch the spirit in people.” – Harry Callahan .
Birch Mountain over Owens River. This image was made near Big Pine, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #owensriver #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

The Buttermilks

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The Buttermilks

Recently, I received the following quote in an email correspondence:
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” Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
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The sender was a stranger, and I have no idea why she included this quote. But I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately. I’m not one to give up, nor am I afraid to make mistakes. Instead, I welcome and learn from them. With regards to photography, I continue to strive for improvement, even through missteps, setbacks, and experiments, and it’s become a life pursuit with no end in sight. So it seems that I’ve been following Abhyasa. I like this.
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This image was made in The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

The Buttermilks

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The Buttermilks

“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” – Walker Evans
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This image was made below Mount Basin near The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 100 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #mountbasin #sierranevada #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

The Buttermilks

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
The Buttermilks

“Chaos is a friend of mine.” – Bob Dylan
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This image was made near The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #chaos #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking
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This image was made near Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #startrails #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

Continuing with the idea of working the scene, but going backwards in time, here is another image from the same location as the previous two. Up until this point, I haven’t disclosed that on this day I was extremely tired and somewhat unmotivated to shoot. I had been photographing very intensely for the previous four days at higher elevations and in the cold, so I wanted a location that was easy and close to where I planned to camp. This area is near Bishop, CA and a great spot that I’ve photographed at before, but my expectations weren’t very high. Notwithstanding my low energy, the light was spectacular with bountiful subjects, and I found my stride. I particularly like this photograph, because I feel like the dramatic sky gives the trees a sense of strength and eminence.
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This image was made near Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 large format camera. #thisismycommunity #followyourdreams #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

Working the scene is a concept photographers talk about as a way to not only increase your productivity but also improve your image quality. And this makes sense, because if the light is good, why would you leave to go somewhere else? In addition, by walking around and looking at things from different angles and points of view, you’ll most likely see things that you didn’t envision or anticipate. Yesterday’s image with the fence was a result of this practice, because I actually took this image just prior to it. Although there’s a similar theme to both, I find them different enough to keep the two.
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This image was made near Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #followyourdreams #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 12, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

Territory. Protecting. Limitations. Barriers. Rules. These can all be attributed to the meaning of a fence in dreams, stories, or even everyday life. With regards to photography, it seems that one must learn the “rules” of a good image when starting out. At least that’s what we’re told. There’s the rule of thirds, negative space, symmetry, patterns, leading lines, tangential lines, and so forth. How many of you actually follow these rules or perhaps break them intentionally? For me, I don’t think about rules so much anymore. Instead, I follow my instinct and intuition so that the image feels “right” to me, and this practice holds true from inception to final output. My hope is that that feeling is ultimately conveyed to the viewer, for only then is my image truly successful.
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This image was made near Bishop, CA. It was created using T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #followyourdreams #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto