Girl of Glass at Weber State

Truly, played by Kaylee Lloyd in the production, Girl of Glass, poses for pre-publicity photos at Weber State Univesity Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Truly, played by Kaylee Lloyd in the production, Girl of Glass, poses for pre-publicity photos at Weber State Univesity Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Here are some pre-publicity photos from an original play at Weber State called Girl of Glass. It seems like a spooky production where somehow, this character keeps a bunch of these jars of “memories” and…well… I guess you’ll have to see the rest.

Film Goodness

Holga Rocky Point

HolgaPaige

Here are a few more photos from the rolls of film I got back this week. The success with these Holga film cameras was mixed in these first few attempts. I got some decent photos and I also got some duds. Of course, the duds always make me want to remedy the situation and shoot better next time. More to come…

Mixed Holga Success

Holga35 1

Holga35 2

Holga35 3

I just got my latest pictures from Nichols Photo Lab, (thanks guys!!), and if you have been following my Facebook lately, you might have noticed a few posts about my new, technologically un-advanced camera. It’s called a Holga, and I actually bought two of them. One is a 35mm and the other, a 120. And those are numbers that refer to film… For you youngsters who have never used it, check this link.

If you are into photography, you likely already know what these cameras are, and what they do. If not, I will explain briefly.

They are plastic cameras intentionally built to produce images that most “real pros” try to stay away from. The edges of the frames are out of focus. There is ample vignetting on the corners. As you can see from the photos above, the subject isn’t always centered in the viewfinder. And you can only really shoot outdoors, unless using bulb mode, which I haven’t tried yet.

I have even heard stories of photographers putting these in the oven so they warp slightly to get more light leaks for a creative effect.

Another nice feature is that the shutter will fire whether or not you have advanced the film. The images above also show that I forgot to advance the film between one photo shoot and the next.

These are my first few images since I returned to the world of film photography and I will be posting much more about these cameras in the months to come.

Enjoy!!

Writing Samples

MoabSpread

As a journalist, I have had the good fortune to not only cover events with a camera, but also to write the stories on occasion. I figured it would be a good idea to compile a few of my favorites. Here are the links.

LINK: Dirty Dash
LINK: Moab Slickrock Trail
LINK: Ogden’s Hurt in the Dirt
LINK: Ogden Marathon, 2012
LINK: Cik Skate Park
LINK: Waterskier Nick Parsons

Thanks for looking!

Brian

Kit Collins Tribute for the Standard-Examiner

Friends of Kristopher "Kit" Collins, from left, Ben Fischetti, Spencer Wells, Zach Friehl, Taylor Boren and Jarod Larson watch as Nick King, does a back flip off the billboard installed in Collins' honor on Washington Blvd. in Harrisville Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.  The friends were gathered for a group photograph of the billboard of Collins, who died last August while skateboarding.

Friends of Kristopher “Kit” Collins, from left, Ben Fischetti, Spencer Wells, Zach Friehl, Taylor Boren and Jarod Larson watch as Nick King, does a back flip off the billboard installed in Collins’ honor on Washington Blvd. in Harrisville Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The friends were gathered for a group photograph of the billboard of Collins, who died last August while skateboarding.

Marty Collins, father of Kristopher "Kit" Collins, who died while skateboarding in August, prepares everyone for a group photograph with a billboard installed in Kit's honor on Washington Blvd. in Harrisville Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

Marty Collins, father of Kristopher “Kit” Collins, who died while skateboarding in August, prepares everyone for a group photograph with a billboard installed in Kit’s honor on Washington Blvd. in Harrisville Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

Here are a few favorites from last week. A group of friends and family gathered for a photograph near a donated billboard honoring Kristopher “Kit” Collins. Kit was killed last August on Washington Blvd. in Ogden while skateboarding.

I am always amazed at the strength and courage displayed in times of tragedy like this. It is every parents fear that they outlive their children. I can’t imagine what it must be like. But hearing stories about Kit, his love for life and the love he had for his friends and family make me want to live better, treat others differently, and put aside all the petty nonsense I face on a daily basis.

LINK: Friends, family of killed skateboarder memorialize him with a billboard

It’s a Christmas Ninja!

Ninja Wiseman

I stumbled upon this photo I overlooked while going through some images from a church party. It’s obviously a children’s rendition of the nativity, with a ninja wise man mixed in.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

Marketing photos for Brigham City Hospital

Brigham

“If this photo shows up on a billboard, I WILL SUE.” This was by far my favorite quote from this particular photo shoot.

The Brigham City Hospital prefers to use actual employees and members of their community for their marketing campaigns. I think it’s a great idea. I’m sure those whose photos are used on billboards, no matter how reluctant they were to be photographed, enjoy the connection with the community.

Ben Lomond at Morgan for the Standard-Examiner

Matt Murdock of Morgan, left, looks for a pass after scrambling for a loos ball with Jaeden Yates of Ben Lomond, in blue during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.  Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Matt Murdock of Morgan, left, looks for a pass after scrambling for a loos ball with Jaeden Yates of Ben Lomond, in blue during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Corbin Medina of Ben Lomond, in blue, scrambles for a loose ball against Matt Murdock of Morgan during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.  Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Corbin Medina of Ben Lomond, in blue, scrambles for a loose ball against Matt Murdock of Morgan during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Garren Miles of Morgan, left, drives past Jaeden Yates of Ben Lomond,  during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.  Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Garren Miles of Morgan, left, drives past Jaeden Yates of Ben Lomond, during their match up in Morgan Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Morgan defeated Ben Lomond 82-40.

Morgan was all over the floor at home tonight against Ben Lomond in what turned out to be a serious blow out. I don’t fault Ben Lomond, it’s just that Morgan is that good. I suspect this team has a very bright future. View the entire slide show here.

Ski Jump – From The Archive

A composite image shows Nick Keefer launching off one of the obstacles at Wolf's Lair Terrain Park at Wolf Mountain.

A composite image shows Nick Keefer launching off one of the obstacles at Wolf’s Lair Terrain Park at Wolf Mountain.

A few years ago I shot this photo of Nick Keefer at Wolf Mountain for the Deseret News. This season looks promising so far in terms of snow pack. So if anyone is crazy enough to pull some stunts like this, let me know. I’d be crazy enough to take your photo.

Bonneville at Weber for the Standard-Examiner

Cooper Cosby of Weber High, in white, is tripped up by Justin Porter, left and Jayden Smith of Bonneville High during their match up at Weber High in Pleasant View Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.

Cooper Cosby of Weber High, in white, is tripped up by Justin Porter, left and Jayden Smith of Bonneville High during their match up at Weber High in Pleasant View Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.

Cooper Cosby of Weber High, in white, is tripped up by Justin Porter, left and Jayden Smith of Bonneville High during their match up at Weber High in Pleasant View Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.

Cooper Cosby of Weber High, in white, is tripped up by Justin Porter, left and Jayden Smith of Bonneville High during their match up at Weber High in Pleasant View Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.

Using a super fast motor drive to shoot sports is one of the best tools to capture the best action. However, one of the drawbacks is that once a series of photos are captured, it can be difficult to choose the best action shot of the series.

This was the case on Wednesday. I couldn’t decide which of these two photos was the best. If you have a strong opinion on the matter, let me know. It’s your turn to be a photo editor for the day!