Shepard Fairey at the Black Book Gallery

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shepard fairey black book gallery

One of my favorite things to do in L.A. was visit art galleries. Gallery 1988 had amazing artists and theme shows every month. We were quite obsessed with them before we left. That sort of gallery appeals to me greatly because they fill a niche of good but inexpensive art for our generation.

shepard fairey black book gallery

Friday was the first time we have visited an art gallery in Denver since we’ve been here — I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year. One of our favorite artists, Shepard Fairey, was showing new art at the Black Book Gallery.

shepard fairey black book gallery
shepard fairey black book gallery
shepard fairey black book gallery
shepard fairey black book gallery
shepard fairey black book gallery

Shepard Fairey shared the show with Jim Houser and Even Hecox. Hecox may be a new favorite of mine (first picture).
evan hecox black book gallery
jim houser black book

Denver Comic Con, part 1

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When I found out that there was a comic con in Denver I knew I was going! If it was anything like the San Diego Comic Con, I was in! This was Denver’s first comic con so I knew it couldn’t possibly live up to San Diego’s (although I’m sure that would be true if it was Denver’s 20th) but if it was even a miniature version, I knew I would love it.

This passed weekend the Comic Con finally arrived and I was so happy!

The first thing about Denver’s Convention Center that is unique is the 40 foot blue bear peaking inside the windows looking in the window. He’s so cute!

denver convention center bear
denver convention center bear

Of course it had all of the quarky and fun things the other cons have:

The best cosplay all year.
denver comic con cosplay

Interesting toys.
unicornasaurus
dinopopper pigpopper

A lot of sweaty nerds jam packed in one place.
denver comic con exhibitors

Favorite characters from tv shows– Jasika Nicole from Fringe and Colin Ferguson from Eureka.
denver comic con jasika nicole
denver comic con colin ferguson

We got through the entire thing in 2 hours so it was literally the tiny version of comic con but it had the they vibe and enthuseam that I was expecting. I hope they can make it bigger and better next year.

In part 2, I talk about art and artists and I discovered on Comic Con.

~steph

a Christmas on 35mm film

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I took my new Diana F+ mini with me on my Christmas holiday to Montana in hopes of capturing candid family photos on film, just like the photos my mom has at my age. They look like they’re having fun and didn’t have time to stop and pose.

But, the ones that actually turned out were indeed all posed pictures. The candid ones were either blurry, or dark, or didn’t look good to me for whatever reason. It’s obvious I still need practice with indoor photos.

double exposure - Christmas morning

This picture is my favorite. I accidently double exposed it as it was the last frame on the film. One is a posed picture and the other isn’t with a beautiful stream of Christmas tree lights. I love it.

Action shot - Throwing cousins on the couch

This was my best action shot. My older cousins were taking turns throwing the little cousins on the couch. Tthey loved it. As you see in my cousins face here.

Land scape/outside - Peir on lake and mountains behind

On our way from one Uncle’s house to another on Christmas Day, we were asked to grab some vodka. The only place that was open was a little local tavern. While my uncle ran in, my aunt and I ran across the street and trespassed onto some lady’s property (that was inside her house near a window but didn’t see us) and ran onto her small dock to snap a few pictures of Flathead Lake. Because we jumped out of the car in a panic, when we go to the dock, I didn’t think to adjust my shutter and/or aperature before snapping pictures so these photos got way too much light.

Lighting issue - burrly and not enough

To be honest, I’m not even sure what I did wrong here. This was right in the middle of a strand okay pictures. Although I kinda like it.

Overall, being in Montana for 9 days was too many. I love and enjoy my family’s company but there was a point where I didn’t want to be there any more. I wanted to sleep in my bed, lounge on my couch, watch my television. The flight from Denver to Missoula is only 1 hr and 45 mins so I am eager to fly up there for 3 day weekends more often instead of one 9-day trip in almost 2 years.

Also, we went skiing and I filmed one of my runs. It’s almost 9 minutes long so I want to cut it down before I show it you. I haven’t been skiing in years and I felt like it came back pretty quickly. Like riding a bike.

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my first Lomography camera: the Mini Diana F+

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Ryan presented me with this neat little camera before Christmas so I had time to perfect it before spending the week in Montana. And I just got back my first roll today!

It was successful in that it was unsuccessful and I’m learning from my mistakes.

First off, none of the pictures from inside my home turned out because I had the aperture set to N instead of B. Apparently, N doesn’t stand for night time, quite the opposite. B is for night time and N is for day time. So all my pictures inside were too dark and didn’t turn out at all. Huge bummer.

However, some of my outside pictures are quite beautiful. Another lesson I learned was to advance the wheel properly, or remember to advance the wheel at all. As you probably suspected, I had a lot of double exposures and even one triple exposure. Sad face.

Some of these were taken in our backyard and the rest were taken at a park close by.

snow on porch
double sun in trees
goose in park
goose on pond in park
geese foot prints and geese
steph in park

steph