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July 19, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Rhoda - There is certainly a great deal to know about this topic.

I love all the points you made.

Lora and Aaron – Indianapolis Engagement Shoot

I’m really excited to share images of Lora and Aaron.  Lora is my homie from way back, and I’m just delighted that these two are smitten about each other.  And Aaron, we learned, grew up just a few doors down from our first home…small world it is!  Here’s the hot duo!

Film vs Digital

I love this topic.  Mainly, because I love both film and digital.  So, don’t start reading this expecting to see a clear winner at the end.  This post is merely an ode to two loves in my life.

The battle between the two has been going on since my very first photography class in college.  The fight back then was much more even in the eye of the general public.  More people still owned the classic 35mm cameras.  The occasional digital shooter would show off the fact that their 1 inch screen on the back would confirm they nailed the shot.  At that point, film even had the edge when it came to the detail in an image.  That quickly faded.  The technology in digital sensors became better and better with the passing years until it was no longer a valid talking point.  Then auto focusing got so good (sans Canon, of course;)) that it seemed like film would be the next new exhibit in the 20th Century Museum.  But it wasn’t over.  Anyone who has really worked with film (darkroom style) knows the biggest advantage of all… The Feel!  That’s right, there’s something special, not about touching it but about seeing it.  As proof of it’s existence, there are products (apps or post production actions) used to altar digital images to create the look of film.  Try as they might they’ll never replace that silky goodness.  What made digital so popular, is ironically, what makes film so attractive to others.  Digital is easy; it’s fast.  You can see the image on the back of the camera, realize you messed up, take another, upload it to your computer, color correct it, crop it, touch up that booger in the kid’s nose and have it to a client within minutes.  That’s amazing, and it goes along so well with our current culture.  But what film lovers love is that film is none of that.  You take a shot and better have gotten it right.  You move on, finish your roll of film, send it off (because local places scratch your negative, see image #7), wait until it comes back, look over the images, send out the images you want printed, wait until they come back, sit and admire the “feel” and then hand them to a client.

Like I said before, I don’t have a favorite.  Jen and I would probably not be full-time photographers if it weren’t for digital.  But I don’t know if we would have ever fell in love if it weren’t for film… in love with photography of course.

 

Below are some samples of film and digital shots from our portfolio.  You be the judge.  I’m not going to because there’s room in our lives for both.

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March 8, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Matt - great post, i love seeing the differences. what are your thoughts on creating a film look from digital, such as
http://vsco.co

March 8, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Kurtis - I really like the look of what vsco does. One of my favorite photography business is The Image is Found ( blog – http://wwwtheblogisfound.com ), and they use vsco a lot. However, there is something to say for having the real thing. Which is why I still shoot a lot of non-business things with film.

March 11, 2013 - 10:12 am

Raphael - Excellent post. Both film and digital have their own redeeming qualities. I’m amazed how technology has made a great impact in the art world. I’ve heard a lot of people say that doing things digitally is “cheating,” but I have to respectfully disagree. There’s a lot of time and creativity put into post-production. It’s actually the same with illustration: I draw digitally 90% of the time now because it’s fast, cheaper (that’s if you already have the software and hardware) and no mess. :) But there’s just something about doing it traditionally that I still can’t get away from, so I still do sketches with pencil and paper when I’m out drawing.

The Mountains and The Warns

It’s hard enough to avoid the constant call from the West yelling, “Come see me!”  But what makes it impossible to sit in the Midwest is when it’s also great friends yelling the same thing.  Those voices, besides the mountains and national parks that drew us to Montana, most recently belonged to the Warns (one of our favorite families and closest friends).  We have missed them greatly since they moved out the West, but we are so happy that they’ve been able to more easily visit some amazing places.  So, we finally made the much-delayed journey to MT.  It was great seeing our friends and getting to spend some time on the slopes…two things we waited entirely too long to do.

The Mountains.

The Warns.

The Mountains.

(considering the average temperature was below zero (f), we made great use of the warming hut!)

The Warns.

(Brendan being Brendan):)

The Mountains

The Warns.

And lastly, Jennifer said that I had to add this one.  It may look bad, but all I’m doing in the photo is showing Brendan how you test out hotel beds… that’s how I was taught.

 

Adventures in Food Photography

 

If you know me well, you know I have a passion for food.  I’ve cooked since I was young, even attending cooking camp for a week during summer break…awesome move, Mom!  I am an adventurous eater, always one to try a new food or a dish done differently.  I appreciate the art of cooking, the creativity it allows one, and of course, the most pleasant experience of sharing food around a table of friends, family or even strangers (communal tables now trending).  While my palate is well-traveled and varied, I certainly have a soft spot for real, unadulterated  food, slow food, locally grown and home-cooked goodness.  Some of my fondest memories involve a meal so exquisite that I yearn to taste it again.  I recall so many special meals shared with special people.  And, of course, there were the meals set against the perfect backdrop…if it was not the food to be noted, all of the senses converged for one great moment.

I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some beautiful food and prepared dishes over the past year.  Working with the Produce Mom to the ever-fantastic Chef Concetta has been an enjoyable experience.  I’ve been able to meld my passion for food with my passion for photography.  Here I share some highlights from our many days in the kitchen!


March 1, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Nicole - Curious… Is one of the meals you yearn to taste again my venison stew? ;) just kidding. But I bet it is a meal we had in Italy! Ahhhh, I think about that often!

March 1, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Jennifer Bowersock - Yes, venison stew!! You are such a fine cook…those boys are lucky to have you! I enjoyed every single meal you made. And of course, several of those Italian meals are highlights!!

Recap 2012 Wedding/Engagement – We’re Working!

Working with my wife has been one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done in my life.  It’s great knowing that the other person with you during stressful moments is someone that you can count on.  And having a consistent person to shoot with over the past five years makes it so much easier to stay calm and stay focused.  While our focus is on our clients, we will sometimes turn the camera on each other or even ourselves.  Most of the time it’s because the other person is sprawled on the ground, half-way up a tree, doing something that would look funny in a photo with no explanation or just because we like each other.  What ever rationalization we used to snap these shots, they’re here and ready to view.

February 28, 2013 - 11:00 am

jane hunt - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these. You two are just too stinking cute!!!

Recap of 2012 Wedding/Engagement – Posers!

Our focus on the wedding day is to capture moments as they unfold, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun when it comes to posed picture time.  Below are just some of our favorite set-up shots, aka POSERS!

Recap of 2012 Weddings – Photojournalism

Grabbing those fleeting moments during one of the happiest days in our clients’ lives is our favorite part of our job.  You can’t beat it.  That pure joy and beautiful emotion can’t be posed or contrived, and there’s something so beautiful about that.  I believe it’s why the camera was built.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do.

 

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our 2012 clients.  You made our year a great one, and we are so happy that you trusted us to document our wedding.

February 25, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Barb - So glad that I don’t have to choose ONE favorite – So many wonderful images!
The Bowersocks Rock!!