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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

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The Buttermilks

I love photographing clouds, no matter whether they’re complex with texture or simple and ethereal. On this particular evening, the alpine glow at sunset was spectacular, and the landscape filled with the most beautiful light. What caught my eye and motivated me to take this shot was the ray-like streaks of clouds that stretched into the sky. Obviously, this isn’t something I could have planned for. But my readiness with the camera allowed intuition to take over and I was able to photograph the scene before the magic disappeared. I like the simplicity of this image and how it makes the landscape feel small yet grand at the same time. This duality creates a contrasting interest that draws me in. How does it make you feel?
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This image was made in foothills above The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was made with T-MAX 400 on a Hasselblad 501cm medium format camera. #thisismycommunity #followthedream #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Vermont

Here’s the final color image from my trip to Vermont in October. This image was made somewhere in Vermont on Velvia 50 with a Hasselblad 501CM. Film developing by The Icon. @iconla @gitzoinspires @reallyrightstuff @manfrottoimaginemore @hasselblad_official @fujifilm_profilm #vermont #fallcolor #landscapephotography #ishootfujifilm #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Vermont

Don’t forget to turn around! At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m photographing. This particular image was in the exact opposite direction as yesterday’s image, and I find it surprisingly different. Yet like the other, this image was made somewhere in Vermont on Velvia 50 with a Hasselblad 501CM. Film developing by The Icon. @iconla @gitzoinspires @reallyrightstuff @manfrottoimaginemore @hasselblad_official @fujifilm_profilm #vermont #fallcolor #landscapephotography #ishootfujifilm #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Vermont

There is a lot of water in Vermont. It’s everywhere! Down the road. Across the way. Over there. And right here with this babbling brook that caught my eye. This image was made somewhere in Vermont on Velvia 50 with a Hasselblad 501CM. Film developing by The Icon. @iconla @gitzoinspires @reallyrightstuff @manfrottoimaginemore @hasselblad_official @fujifilm_profilm #vermont #fallcolor #landscapephotography #ishootfujifilm #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Vermont

There’s something about dirt roads that I just love. They call to me, and I feel compelled to drive and explore where they take me. Sometimes, I have no idea where I’m headed, but that’s part of the fun. To get lost and find the unknown. This image was shot somewhere in Vermont on Velvia 50 with a Hasselblad 501CM. Film developing by The Icon. @iconla @gitzoinspires @reallyrightstuff @manfrottoimaginemore @hasselblad_official @fujifilm_profilm #vermont #fallcolor #landscapephotography #ishootfujifilm #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Vermont

Containing the chaos somewhere in Vermont. This image was shot on Velvia 50 with a Hasselblad 501CM. Film developed by The Icon. @iconla @gitzoinspires @reallyrightstuff @manfrottoimaginemore @hasselblad_official @fujifilm_profilm #vermont #fallcolor #landscapephotography #ishootfujifilm #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

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Italy

This image was shot in 2008 somewhere in Italy. Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly where it was. This was made with a Holga toy camera on Kodak Tri-X.

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Salton Sea

Although I’ve been able to make some appealing images with my Zone VI 8×10 view camera, there were a couple shortcomings that began to bother me after about a year of use. First, because it’s made of wood, I always felt that it was a bit imprecise, and this goes against my nature. Next, since my 4×5 camera was made by Toyo, I couldn’t easily share lenses between the cameras unless I swapped out lensboards. Therefore, when a Toyo 810M view camera came up for sale, I jumped at the opportunity and purchased it.
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Interestingly, I purchased this camera from Chris Jordan, an artist and photographer who is well known for several projects: “Midway”, “Intolerable Beauty”, and “In Katrina’s Wake”. I highly recommend you check out his work at www.chrisjordan.com
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For this particular image, it was made at the Salton Sea in 2007 with a Toyo 810M view camera on Fuji Provia. Who says you can’t shoot directly into the sun, especially on transparency film?

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Point Mugu State Park

Here’s another image made in Point Mugu State Park with a Zone VI 8×10 view camera on Provia. I’m not sure why I never scanned and printed this image until now. Like the two previous images, I feel that this B&W version is better.