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OTR by Train in Spain

A different mode of transportation and amazing terrain resulted in some wonderful new non-traditional landscape photographs from my recent trip to Spain and Portugal.  We spent a lot of time on various trains and trams which gave me plenty of opportunity to make a few new additions to my ongoing photography project, On The Road (OTR).  This first installment might look like photographs of a model, or maybe captured with a tilt-shift lens.  However, they are all real photographs (no manipulation or photoshop) captured with my Fujifilm X100s camera.

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New OTR photographs – The spaces and places in between

Below is another addition to my ongoing project, On The Road; a series of non-manipulated photographs capturing the essence of a landscape in a very non-traditional way.  Often my work takes me to remote or rural locations that require hours of driving to reach.  The spaces and places in between offer their beauty as the miles roll by.  With these photographs I hope to capture a bit of the soul of the land I pass and a glimpse into the lives lived upon it.

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OTR: Oil Boom Country – Bakken

I find myself back up in the Oil Boom country (the Bakken region) working on assignment.  The crazy weather  (snow + -20 + wind) makes for challenging photographic situations.  But the weather and logistics create a wonderful atmosphere for another installment of On The Road.  This project consists of photographs I create while driving to/from an assignment, usually on deadline, that hopefully captures the spirit of the landscape and place while utilizing photography in a novel way.

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Documentary Photographs of Colorado Flood

The 2013 Colorado flood caused catastrophic damage along the entire Front Range, mountain communities, farmland and towns along the South Platte River.  Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, roads and bridges were washed away and several people were killed.  I spent an afternoon in Jamestown and a morning in Evans working to create a collection of photographs capturing a slice of the toll the flood inflicted on the people in its path.

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New mountain set of non-traditional landscape photographs

This set of new photographs from my continuing project, On The Road (OTR) captures a colorful sunrise through the mountain trees while driving to Jamestown, CO to photograph the destruction from the recent flooding there.

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Photographs of Colorado Flood 2013

An unprecedented week of heavy rainfall across the Colorado Front Range has flooded mountain towns, larger cities, portions of Denver and rural agricultural lands.  I wanted to see how the more rural Colorado agricultural areas were affected, especially those situated along the South Platte River.  Floodwaters race down canyons in minutes, but it can take days to reach here.

Below are a few documentary style photographs from my trip through the area yesterday.

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Colorado Mountain Landscape Photography My Way

My ongoing series of non-traditional landscape photographs (On The Road) consists mostly of agricultural scenes.  This time I took a trip into the Colorado Mountains and returned with a new set of photographs.

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New non-traditional landscape photographs

A set of new non-traditional landscape photographs capturing a bit more of the spirit of  rural Colorado.  I created these photographs while driving between editorial assignments recently.

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6 photographs at the intersection of man & nature

Another day began, as many promising days do, with myself in an unfamiliar car and rural miles extending ahead as far as I can see.  On this day the dreary morning was welcome; rain for the ranchers and farmers I was passing by and would soon meet is so deeply needed here.

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Photographs from tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

I spent 2 days on the ground photographing the aftermath of the tornado that tore through parts of Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, May 20th, 2013.  Below are a handful of the photographs ranging from aerial photographs captured near sunset the day after to residents and volunteers salvaging items of sentiment and value from destroyed homes and views inside Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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The Fine Art of Cooking: Garlic

A photograph capturing the fine art of cooking.  I saw and photographed this found arrangement the other day with the Fuji X100s.  Garlic


New X100s photographs from 4/20 celebration

I have had my new camera, the Fuji X100s, for a short while now and have been rather pleased with it as a camera and the photographs that can be made with it.  I took it (and only it) to the 4/20 marijuana celebration in Denver yesterday and made a few available light, documentary style photographs, and a few using off camera flash.

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3 new non-traditional landscape photographs

3 new non-traditional landscape photographs attempting to capture an ethereal portrait of the landscape.

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Spirit of a Landscape

Early morning, struggle to get gear into car – last of the coffee slides off the frozen roof.  Thus this trip to South Dakota began but all was not lost; an emergency Redbull stored in the fridge replaced spilled coffee, and my attempt to capture a more ethereal portrait of the landscape seems to have been successful.

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Landscape Photographs created my way

A moment before the long drive begins, I sit in my car and look at a map, or a map I’ve scribbled on the back of an old The Far Side page-a-day calendar or conjure up a map in my brain.    I preset my camera to the settings I believe will be most likely to capture the mood of the landscape that lies ahead, or maybe best embody the mood of the driver.  And as the car turns down the road, and the miles accumulate I hope to bring home something from On The Road.

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Time Lapse video of large construction project

This time-lapse video is another portion of my construction shoot up in North Dakota recently.  The crews set this 32,000 sq. ft. building in 6.5 days – a stunning process to behold.  It is a neat addition to the traditional still photographs I captured during the construction – and this video really shows the process in a visually interesting way especially since the final version of this in full HD.


Photo Essay: Entrepreneurship

I’ve introduced entrepreneur and restaurateur Ryan here: https://matthewstaver.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-portrait-of-entrepreneurship/

Below are a small selection of photographs capturing Ryan’s journey through creating and opening DiFranco’s in this quintessential tale of entrepreneurship. I believe they offer insight into this often overlooked process – revealing emotion and risk while weaving threads of the economy, the quest for a better quality of life and community betterment into the seemingly simple process of opening a small restaurant.

This was a self-assigned personal project that has yet to find a good home in print.

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Moody Landscape Photographs

Another two reasons I love this part of the country.  Here two moody landscape photographs I captured recently during a trip up to the oil boom area of North Dakota and Montana attempt to capture a bit of the beauty there.  These are part of my ongoing OTR project.

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Documentary photographs of amazing construction in Williston, North Dakota

Witnessing a crew creating a 32,000 sq ft. building in 6.5 days is the epitome of the entrepreneurship, grit and the staggering pace found in the oil boom area in North Dakota.  I can’t say that I enjoyed every moment of this project (the average temp. was 22.3 degrees!) but I absolutely enjoy the wild-west feeling and spirit of the Boomtown, and love working and making pictures there.  Williston_set_Staver_0027

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The disappearing agrarian landscapes of Colorado’s Front Range

I used to drive I-25 to and from Denver and Fort Collins every week.  There was a stretch of close to 50 miles where a subdivision was not to be seen; corn, sunflowers and cows ruled the land.  Today much of that agrarian land has been planted with rows of houses.  Below are 6 photographs I captured of those disappearing agricultural landscapes during a drive home from Wyoming.

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Photographs of Wild Horses

I recently had the opportunity to photograph wild horses adopted and now living near Longmont, CO & under the care of the BLM in Cañon City, Colorado.  The horses are, of course, beautiful, amazing and large.  Below are a few of the photographs I created focusing on details that I found both beautiful and indicative of their intrinsic wild spirit.

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Photographs from Friday the 13th!

Here are 2 pictures for my OTR series I captured this morning while driving to a shoot at an undisclosed location.  A good fit for Friday the 13th, I think.  🙂


Gritty documentary photography of a Birthday BBQ

Maybe an odd subject for gritty documentary photographs, but the lighting and texture of the wall + home created an environment that encouraged these.