Now All Your Love is Wasted


It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on here to get in some writing and leave an update. The past couple of weeks has been crazy with a new internship and although I still have a few weeks before graduation, i’m trying to finish up my portfolio so I can get my portfolio sent out to some agencies, maybe land a job in time for graduation? All I can do is try my hardest and hope for the best!

While I was home for break I did a lot of thinking and a lot of hiking! I was able to see my good friend, Stephanie, for the first time in probably over a year. She’s wonderful, she’s moved off to Denver to pursue her career as a teacher. From what she tells me, she’s loving the Colorado lifestyle and couldn’t be happier getting to spend time with the children she teachers, and that’s saying a lot for teaching at an all boy’s school!

Anyways, here are a couple of shots that I wanted to share. One morning I went hiking with Steph and her family. It was a great work out and it was awesome getting out there with them, great bunch!

10. Winter Wonderland 9. Winter Creek 8. Tree STDS 7. Christmas Horns 6. Daddy, Mommy, Baby 5. River Rapids 4. Whitey 3. Old Flatbed 2. Radio Tower

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Beautiful Montmartre!


Alright!

So last time we touched base, life was pretty hectic.. well, life is still pretty messy out here in Paris but, it’s everything I could ask for! Life shouldn’t be easy and the work I’m doing is definitely shaping me to be exactly what I want to be in this world of Advertising, I think!

So I haven’t been able to go out and take as many pictures as I wanted to but with 5 more weeks to go, I’m hopefully to have a slew of posts each week for you guys to follow along! Last weekend I got to venture up to Montmartre (as the title of the post entails) and I was quite happy with my decision. As I walked out of a winding metro station, I came to a hillside of cobble streets, small cafes and shops, and the view of Paris that I was hoping for! There are more then what I have here but I haven’t been able to get them uploaded yet. I’m hoping to get back to Montmartre in the coming weeks to take more so I’ll get them up then!

Edit: All photos added!

19. Musicians and Pringles 20. Pidgeons in Flight 21. Into Paris 22. Streets of Montmartre BW 23. Open Paris BW 24. Steeple of Sacre Coure 1. Alleyway with Graffiti 2. restaurant with Man3. Open Shutters4. Up the Hill6. Scootered Hill 5. Leveled Rooftops 7. Montmartre Cottage 8. Orange Flowers 9. Restaurant of History11. Sacre Coure through the Trees 12. Epic Sacre Coure 13. Winding Road BW 14. Metro Kiss 15. Balcony Vines 10. Vine Cottage 16. Vine Shuttered Corners 17. Beer Shop 18. Red Light Bike Ride

So much open space


If you asked me a year ago from today, if I thought that I would’ve spent a couple of days in the desert in a year, I would’ve laughed and walked away thinking you were a crazy person. My oh my was I wrong. Not only did I spend some time in the desert, I checked out Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon.. THE GRANG CANYON! I really don’t think there’d be anything else in the world that I’d want to experience for a national park now. I’ve seen all the cool ones, the rest are pretty much like backwoods in comparison (I’m guessing).

Here’s a collection of shots that I took during the later half of the trip. We pulled off a lonely highway one early morning a couple of hours outside Moab, Utah and then  made way for the Grand Canyon & Scottsdale Arizona within a couple of very hot days.

Enjoy the selected shots from the trip, let me know what you think of them!!

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From the Badlands to Bozeman!


 

These couple of days throughout the road trip were probably my favorite by far. Cold weather, mountains, the wild, and just my three friends and I hitting the road. Endless driving with good music and just being in awe of our surroundings. We landed in South Dakota late at night and pulled into a hotel on the side of the road to get some shut eye and a shower before heading back on the road in the morning. Nothing felt better then crawling into a bed at that moment.

When we woke up we headed for the Badlands, it’s a park with these most amazing rock formations that kind of look like the tops of caves, but growing up instead of down. We were one of the only cars in the park all morning and the animals were just waking up (i’m guessing) and getting out to eat some breakfast. We came across some deer and some  mountain goats just hanging out by the side of the road, you’d think we’ve never been to a zoo before. The basin of these hills went on for ever and the roads that curved through these peaks were amazing to drive through!

After we left there we were headed for Mt. Rushmore. I never thought that I would be going to see these sculptures because I never found any real interest in it. It’s American and all but it’s just some faces carved into rocks.. right? Yeah, I was right but it was something completely different in the experience of walking up to see them. Thinking of how long the artist must have taken to pick away at these mountain sides to create some smooth faces.

After that we grabbed some food and hit the road.. again! That day was a wicked busy day, we had cut a day off our schedule and were heading for the second one on our way to Bozeman. Wyoming was pretty, we saw the first group of snowcapped mountains on our trip, and lots of red rocks throughout the farmlands. I wish I could tell you more of what happened here but the next thing I remember is waking up in a strange house with a loss of pride and feeling of shame I wasn’t ready to accept.

But anyways, with my headache and upset stomach we headed into Bozeman after meeting Eva’s friend Matt. Matt was the one who let us crash in his home, really awesome guy! He knew everybody in the town and his house was pretty much designed with his hands. Earlier in the morning I wandered around while everybody was asleep and the room that I was in had at least 40 ski resort maps on the wall (awesome idea by the way) and in the living room he had little jars with soil from places he’s traveled all over the world (also, a really awesome idea!)

After grabbing some food (that I had to leave behind due to upsetting reasons) we went on to our next national park, Yellowstone! It was unbelievable! The hot springs we went to go see reeked of rancid ass, but I would kill to go back to see them! The buffalo just walked along the cars on the road and we even got to miss seeing wolves, but only by a few minutes apparently! – LAMESAUCE – Also, we got to go into some hot springs! Something I’ve always wanted to do! We drove down to the parking lot and briskly changed into our suits and made the half mile hike down to the river. As we came to the spot we could smell the sulfur again, exciting! The hot springs poured down the entire side of the mountain in an underground spring, and emptied out into the freezing river. So when both collided it created this wonderful bath of jetted hot water. I could’ve stayed in there forever, can’t wait to go back to one!

Suffice to say, those couple of days were something I’ll always remember! I would keep writing but I wanted you guys to stay long enough to check out the pictures I took! They’re a little scattered in order but that’s okay. I hope you enjoy looking at them at least half as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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New Lens Lovin’


I BOUGHT A NEW LENS!!!!! Thank god to a cheap priced Canon lens for making my life that much better. I finally balls’d up and bought a 50mm / f.18 lens. It works much better in dark places, has a higher depth of field control, and just plain looks cleaner with the shots. For a cheap price, I was a fool for not doing it sooner. On that note, I need to stop spending money!

Enjoy the shots!

Mike