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Brandon Iwamoto is a freelance photographer based in Aurora, Colorado, USA

Hope Photography Project

The Hope Photography Project now has an official website. Check it out and keep spreading the word out there if anybody knows somebody who lost their home in the Waldo Canyon or High Park fire!

"The Hope Photography Project is a collaborative effort created by Colorado photojournalists and photographers aiming to help those that lost family portraits in the devastating wildfires. We, like many Coloradoans, have been deeply saddened watching homes destroyed — specifically in the Waldo Canyon and High Park Fires in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.

Together we are donating our time and collective talents to those who lost their tangible memories by giving them the option of recreating new photographic memories.”

The Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs destroyed over 300 homes this past week and many of those who fled didn’t get the chance to grab everything. Many of them lost their precious family photographs in the blaze.
My friend and fellow photographer, Bryan Oller, witnessed many of these homes being destroyed and helped to put together the Hope Photography Project, where many extraordinarily talented photographers will be donating their time and effort to help those people replace their lost family photos.

“We are poised to help do our best to recapture moments that are forever lost because of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Honestly, we hope every single family got out with every precious photograph. If they didn’t, we want to help. We have a tremendous list of photographers who will be on hand to begin the process of rebuilding those lost photo albums. It’s our humble honor to help if we can. This all voluntary and 100% free and open to anyone who lost family photos. Time date and place to come. Please share and if you know anyone who may be interested, please have them contact me. Thanks.”

I will be joining a long list of incredible photographers to help in our own unique way. In addition to Bryan and myself, a non-inclusive list of photographers involved:
From the Colorado Springs Gazette: Jerilee Bennett, Christian Murdock & Carol Lawrence.
From the Denver Post: Helen Richardson, RJ Sangosti, & Hyoung Chang.
Other notable photographers: Josh Buck, Zara Ashby, Ellen Jaskol & Lindsay Pierce.
If anybody in the Denver/Colorado Springs area would like to help or knows of somebody who is in need, please contact Bryan at studio80six@gmail.com. Please share and pass this along!

The Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs destroyed over 300 homes this past week and many of those who fled didn’t get the chance to grab everything. Many of them lost their precious family photographs in the blaze.

My friend and fellow photographer, Bryan Oller, witnessed many of these homes being destroyed and helped to put together the Hope Photography Project, where many extraordinarily talented photographers will be donating their time and effort to help those people replace their lost family photos.

“We are poised to help do our best to recapture moments that are forever lost because of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Honestly, we hope every single family got out with every precious photograph. If they didn’t, we want to help. We have a tremendous list of photographers who will be on hand to begin the process of rebuilding those lost photo albums. It’s our humble honor to help if we can. This all voluntary and 100% free and open to anyone who lost family photos. Time date and place to come. Please share and if you know anyone who may be interested, please have them contact me. Thanks.”

I will be joining a long list of incredible photographers to help in our own unique way. In addition to Bryan and myself, a non-inclusive list of photographers involved:

From the Colorado Springs Gazette: Jerilee Bennett, Christian Murdock & Carol Lawrence.

From the Denver Post: Helen Richardson, RJ Sangosti, & Hyoung Chang.

Other notable photographers: Josh Buck, Zara Ashby, Ellen Jaskol & Lindsay Pierce.

If anybody in the Denver/Colorado Springs area would like to help or knows of somebody who is in need, please contact Bryan at studio80six@gmail.com. Please share and pass this along!

Just a real quick sampling of a pair of senior portrait shoots from Sunday, the first field trial of my new AlienBee 800. Needless to say, I think I’m in love.

U.S. 666

Or at least it used to be. One of the deadliest highways in the country got a name change a while ago, to U.S. 491, after some were concerned that the highway’s ominous name was the cause of the rash of fatal crashes. Of course, we all know, it’s just an excuse to blame someone/something else.

The road is being widened from two lanes to four, in an effort to reduce the number of head-on collisions that occur, thanks to poor passing skills and alcohol.

On the way back from the highway buried deep (ok, only about an hour into) the Navajo Reservation, we stopped to get some shots of a rock slide. Sounds exciting right? Except that the rock slide occurred last night and there was no dynamite involved in the clearing of the massive rocks. For shame.

Congratulations to Jon Austria, a fellow former-Colorado Springs Gazette intern, who will be my new photo coworker after officially accepting the job yesterday.

/Brandon

Freedom Communications puts its newspapers -- including Orange County Register, Colorado Springs Gazette -- & TV stations up for auction

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My former employers, MediaNews Group, would be following the pattern set by its soon-to-be-former President and CEO, Dean Singleton if the company got Freedom’s properties and further consolidated production services in regional hubs (MediaNews already owns most of the LA area except for the Tribune-owned LA Times) including Colorado, since the company recently announced the purchase of family-owned small-town papers in Longmont, Loveland and Canon City.

Alternate Take on "Rule of Thirds"

Since there’s not much going on in my life as a photographer at the moment, spending the past couple of weeks cleaning up and moving out of my Colorado Springs apartment, I have decided to post some photographers and articles that have strongly influenced me photographically.

Today, we start with an article by Colorado Springs photographer and sports photography legend Dave Black. While Dave is a genius at arena lighting and always trying new things when it comes to pushing the envelope with gear, he takes a minute to discuss an important aspect of photography - composition - and give his take on the “Rule of Thirds.”

Enjoy.

/Brandon

Spooky Times

So nothing to really write about from today’s happenings, I was given the day off by Stuart because there were virtually no assignments tonight and because I had put in a couple of long days beforehand. I was supposed to shoot a cafe thing in Old Colorado City, but that never panned out (a whole other rant on that one, when and if it ever comes through).

So instead I thought I would fill you in on a little story I’ll be shooting Tuesday night on my day off. I’ll be joining a group of local ghost hunters from the group PURE Paranormal, who will be doing an investigation of a local night club known as Union Station. They claim to have gotten some pretty epic and consistent results from there, so I’m hoping to bring a little of what they do to the doorstep of our Colorado Springs readers.

I mentioned the idea to Stuart and he said something about Bryan having done it before, but that I was welcome to give it a shot… I’m not sure if I was meant to interpret it as a challenge to come up with better ideas or challenge to impress him with what I get… If it even was a challenge at all. All I know is that when I walked away, I felt like it was a reminder I need to be trying harder to come up with some more self-start assignments. I was a little down and disappointed in myself… still am, to some extent.

But we’ll see how this goes, it sounds like it’ll be quite the interesting thing if I can pull it off. Bryan was saying how when he did a thing on his ghost hunters (most likely a different group, the folks I’m talking to say they’ve not had the Gazette do anything on them yet) they were less than cooperative and the shots he got were less than impressive. We’ll see though, these guys sound quite legit (check out some of their stuff at www.PUREparanormal.com). I personally have a hard time listening to/viewing the evidence, the stuff creeps me out too much.

Yea, most of you who know me know I HATE ghosts and everything about them… but yet why, you ask, am I doing something like this? Well, they say to overcome your fear you have to confront it. And I’m doing that the best way I know how, by hiding behind a camera lens, hahaha.

That’s all for tonight!

/Brandon

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Unfortunately I have so much I want to say about today (another 12-hour shift, which yielded some interesting results) but I’ve got an early morning assignment tomorrow that’ll have me waking up around 6am… not fun. So I’ll maybe elaborate a bit tomorrow night, but for now I’ll just be posting pictures from today’s assignments.

A building auction, a feature hunt at the Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair, a general feature hunt and Colorado College hockey.

Enjoy!

/Brandon

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Crazy Mondays

Ok yes I know today is Tuesday, but I decided I didn’t feel much like writing about this last night. Yesterday was, as Jerilee put it, “Crazy Monday.” Apparently this isnt an unusual thing around here, between bodies found in the creek (my assignment) and a triple homicide (her’s) and who knows what else, it was definitely a strange day.

While technically yesterday was not the first dead body I’ve ever had to be in proximity of (the first being train man), it was the first time I ran into the dilemma of when you have pictures of the body, does it run? In the end, we decided not to, that we would go with the safe picture, here:

While I didn’t get photos of the dead body in its entirety (in fact I never even saw it in its entirety), I did get shots of it partially visible, which while the TV guys I’m sure had no problems with, its a little more sensitive with the still photo, as it stares you down and isn’t just a fleeting image. My argument for why still photos are still more powerful and are more relevant than video.

There it is, hidden behind a little drop off in the creek’s stream. Glorious isn’t it? Of course, in the end neither photo ran in favor of a less interesting photo by Jerilee (she even said so herself) of the triple homicide house, simply because a triple homicide of a white, middle class family means more than a possible homeless guy.

Just going to leave you with a random photo from last night’s Air Force Hockey game. Enjoy:

~~EDIT~~

Oh man, finally got the email I’ve been waiting for from Canon to estimate the repair costs for my camera…. $480 >.< Oh man, it’s a good thing the newspaper is going to pay for the repair, that’s more than my rent… More than I make in a week, even! On a shutter repair! Jeez, that really hurts, I’m kinda embarrassed and unhappy that that’s the number I have to report, but even still… Guess I need to hurry up and re-qualify for CPS and then apply for it, that’s just unacceptable…

/Brandon

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Short post today to just say that I essentially had an extra day off due to having to deal with my car being broken into. They shattered a window that was malfunctioning and stole a CD deck that hadn’t worked in weeks…. haha, joke’s on you asshole! But even still, set me back $170 just to get the window replaced (the same one that was broken last year too >.<) and cost me a day of work…. not amused.

That’s all for today. Hope everyone else had a better day than me.

/Brandon