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

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
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

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

Aspendell, California

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Aspendell, California

While driving near Aspendell, CA, I saw this waterfall across the valley and it jumped out at me, as if the scene materialized from the pages of a fairy tale. The picturesque setting seems quaint and distant, but I’m certain it’s real and the full force of its power would be felt if you were to reach out and touch it.
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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 #followthedream #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

The Buttermilks

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
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

The Buttermilks

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The Buttermilks

While scouting one day in the foothills above The Buttermilks, which is a climbing area West of Bishop, CA, I stumbled across this subject. I was immediately drawn to the spider-like limbs of this burnt bush as it crawled over a boulder. I took a cell pic and made a mental note to photograph it later when I returned with a film camera. Later that afternoon, however, I couldn’t find it, and I felt defeated. So I resigned to accept my cell image and moved on with other shots. But fortune was with me that day, because I stumbled upon it once again while setting up for a different shot. Was it difficult to find because it crawled it’s way over to a different boulder? Perhaps. The mountains are certainly a mysterious place. I guess this is my lucky spider. .
This image was made in The Buttermilks, West of Bishop, CA. It was made with T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 view camera. #thisismycommunity #followthedream #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Bishop, California

Posted on Mar 6, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments
Bishop, California

I scanned this image yesterday without thinking about any subtext, but this was the last image I shot on a photo trip to the Sierras in November, 2017. So in some ways, it seems appropriate to begin at the end.
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When I study this photograph, the subject speaks to me. Is it much different than us? It may appear to stand the test of time, but its place in the world is temporary just like ours. And similarly, this rock started soft and hardened into maturity. As time passed, the environment puckered its skin and carved a story. Eventually, it’ll weaken, its bones will break, and it’ll be diminished in time.
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It seems sad – our temporary nature. But I can accept that life is transitory. What’s difficult for me, is that although time is endless, it’s also limited. There seems to never be enough time to spend with family and friends or do everything that your heart desires. Life moves forward, but it also consumes.
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This image makes me think and it reminds me to live in the moment. Truly! Don’t let the power of time take control. Instead, embrace it, so that this temporary life can be as rich and as full as possible. #timeisshort
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This image was made in the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop, CA. It was made with T-MAX 400 on a Toyo 4×5 view camera. #thisismycommunity #followthedream #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 in Instagram | No Comments

After a long hiatus due to a family injury that’s consumed most of my time, I’m finally back in the studio. This is the first time since November, and it feels really good to get back into a creative mind-frame. I’m not out of the woods just yet with respect to my responsibilities, but I hope this creativity can last, or at least be a little more frequent. Thanks to everyone who has stuck around while I’ve been absent. I’ve got a lot of images from my last photo trip to show as well as other ideas for the future. #thisismycommunity #followthedream #believeinfilm #mikebodenphoto