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Extended Thursday: Back to Beber’s natural beauty

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Happy April to all you faithful readers!  For those of you keeping score, my Extended Thursdays series has officially been running for over a month.  I don’t know about you, but I’m very impressed with my consistency.  I’ll keep it up as long as I can.

Anyway, let’s get back to the photography….

One of the many benefits of documenting life at Beber Camp every summer is an opportunity to experience the area’s wonderful natural beauty.  I had the privilege of watching the light, clouds, and environment shift from day to day and hour to hour, giving me a strong appreciation of both the power of nature’s beauty as well as its transience.

These two landscape extensions capture a range of time, as daylight disappears and night approaches.  Traditional dusk photos, or any traditional photographs for that matter, usually capture a particular moment.  These extensions not only capture an expanse of space, but perhaps more interestingly in this dynamically shifting end of day period, they also display an expanse of time.

(And yes, for you avid readers who pore over every post, both of these shots have been on the blog before.  I couldn’t resist pairing them together here to illustrate the concept of time extension.  Thanks for understanding!)


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April 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Extended Thursday: Beber staff get to know each other

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After returning from Honduras, I had the honor of spending another beautiful summer on the shores of Lake Beulah in rural Wisconsin as Beber Camp’s Director of Photography.  You can see a fun sampling of images from my time at Beber in my WI PotD series.

To start the summer, the staff spent a lot of time getting to know each other.  I took advantage of these moments to explore how large groups of people translate into time and space extensions.

I also started to scout some potential spots for landscape extensions as the summer progressed.  I’ll post a few of the more successful examples next week!

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March 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

Extended Thursday: Travels to Honduras

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After my breakthrough with “Chicago River Winter (Extended)”, I was excited to keep the extensions concept in the back of my mind as I traveled to Honduras for a client project.  On the inside, Tegu’s factory provided a variety of graphically interesting aspects (you’ll notice that the fluorescent lighting is reminiscent of my much earlier grocery store extension).

And looking out through the loading dock, I was surprised to find dusk transforming a drab parking lot into a beautiful urban landscape.

This parking lot shot translated beautifully into a fine art print and was included in my David Strawn Gallery show.


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March 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

Extended Thursday: Trail Ridge Road

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For the third installment of Extended Thursdays, we’re going back to Colorado.  The Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is a photographer’s dream (and because of the frequent stops, his travel companion’s nightmare).  I shot six different sets of potential composites, and eventually decided to construct two of them:

All in all, I left Colorado with 17 potential extensions.  These four made the final cut, but I hope to return to the archives one day to see what how the others turn out.

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March 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

Extended Thursday: Mt. Audubon’s top and bottom

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Welcome back to Extended Thursdays.  I have to admit that I’m impressed with myself for delivering on last week’s resolution.  Today we jump ahead a few years to a trip to Colorado.  The extension concept had been bouncing around my head for a while, and I took advantage of the amazing panoramas to test out my ideas.

Here, you can see Mt. Audubon from down below

and up on top


Needless to say it was a fantastic hike with great views.


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March 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

Extended Thursday: In the beginning…

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I know, I know, I know:  I haven’t posted a single thing since my 2010 recap, almost two months ago!  Bear with me, dear readers, because I’ve seen the error of my ways and I vow to be better.  I’ve been cranking away at tons of new content, some of which can be seen on my recently updated website.  There’s a lot more still in the works, and I’ve committed myself to regular blog posts moving forward.  A “March 2011 resolution”, if you will.

So without further ado, I’m announcing a new series.  Every Thursday until I run out of material, I’m going to post a new addition to my “Extensions” series.  I plan on showing early examples of the concept in my work, through to the Extensions premier at the David Strawn Gallery, and onwards to new pieces that have been shot but not yet pieced together.  This is very much a sketchpad of photographic ideas, and I welcome any and all feedback.

Starting from the beginning – way back in 2006 – here are a few examples of my very first attempts at extending space and time in my photography:

(And yes, that’s me looking at the parasols.)

Stay tuned for more extensions, as well as other bits and pieces from my photographic life…

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March 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

David Strawn Extended

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As promised, here is an extended composite panorama of my David Strawn opening.  And don’t worry, more people attended the opening than you see here.  I was too busy talking with guests to take these shots before the end of the night.  I swear!

Also, I want to take a quick moment to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.  It’s been a phenomenal year, and I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings us.  I’m taking advantage of a few quiet weeks to rest, reorganize myself (which will hopefully lead to new blog posts), and prepare for some exciting changes in the new year.

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December 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

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