Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Road Trip!

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I am getting ready for a 5-day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains with my wife and first-born son, later this month.  The travel itinerary that I have made will take us to both Louisville and Nashville, up to the second highest peak in the Appalachians, to a pond full of salamanders, into a cave that’s been haunted for two hundred years, behind the curtain of a waterfall, and more.

This will be the first adventure where all three of us will have a camera.  I’m excited, and can’t wait to share the pictures!

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Interlude: Big Muddy Adventures

Posted in awareness, beer, cruise, family, Hike, Jason Gray, links, photography, prime lenses, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on June 20, 2016

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For Father’s Day, my beautiful wife booked a moonlight canoe trip with Big Muddy Adventures, an adventure tour operator located adjacent to the Riverview neighborhood of St. Louis.  The business’ founder and primary guide is “Big Muddy” Mike Clark, who has logged more than 10,000 miles on the water.  For a mere $75 and a bit of “devil-may-care” daring, Clark will lead you onto the world’s fourth largest watershed, with nothing between you and 300,000 cubic feet of water per second but a wooden canoe and “Big Muddy” Mike’s ingenuity.

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Interlude: Walking Distance

Posted in art, awareness, family, Jason Gray, perception, Photo Walk, photography, prime lenses, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 27, 2016

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Like most neighborhoods in St. Louis, there is a lot to photograph within a short walk of my front door.  As a colonial city (that’s right, STL was founded during the time of the 13 colonies), there is more than two and a half centuries of history bottled up in this city, and that is if you are only counting since the time of French settlement.  It is no wonder then that a short stroll can reveal countless insights into the idiosyncratic nature of this town’s architecture, natural landscape , and people.

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Atmosphere

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, Chicago, photography by Jason Gray on June 26, 2011

Some of you might recall a series that I started several years ago, and that was somewhat erroneously referred to as “Photo-Impressionism”. In any case, here is a slight expansion on that old, abandoned project; picked back up in the city where it began. Enjoy.

All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens.

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Chicago Street Photography, Part 3

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, black and white, Chicago, photography by Jason Gray on June 19, 2011

Part three of my recent trip to Chicago-land.

All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens.

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Chicago Street Photography, Part Two

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, Chicago, perception, photography by Jason Gray on June 18, 2011

Five pics are never enough to fulfill a Chicago fix. Here’s five more, and part three is coming tomorrow…

All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens.

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Chicago Street Photography, Part One

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, black and white, Chicago, photography by Jason Gray on June 17, 2011

Who doesn’t like some good, old-fashioned, street photography every now and again? These are part one of the fruits of my latest expedition to the “Hog-Butcherer of the World”.

All Nikon D50 with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens.

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Birdies Revisted

Posted in 35mm, art, black and white, film, perception, photography, technique by Jason Gray on June 3, 2011

I am experimenting with trying to get a look that is close to the film series that I posted several weeks ago using digital equipment. The film prints were all hand-toned to get the color, which has been more difficult to match digitally than I would have expected.

What do you guys think; if you squint, can you tell the difference? I will be working a bit to try and get this closer (including trying to work in the film grain and getting rid of the bad, specular highlights which are a digital token).

Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens.

COLOR.

Posted in art, photography, precipitation by Jason Gray on May 13, 2011

After several months spent in a darkroom, laboring over the tonality of various black and white prints, it almost feels weird just writing it, c-o-l-o-r. Recently, I picked up my digital cameras at length for the first time in quite a long time, and I have to admit, all of that vibrance at my fingertips felt pretty liberating. Nonetheless, most of the images on this post are concerned with geometry; something that I have been relying heavily on in my black and white work.

All Nikon D50 or D300 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, or Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G lenses.

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Back to the Construction

Posted in art, photography by Jason Gray on November 3, 2010

I decided that I would return to an old, photo subject for me on here, the ongoing construction at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Enjoy!

All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens.

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