MorningPortrait #20 – August 29, 2013

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A stop by the old weekend, skateboarding, stomping grounds.

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MorningPortrait #19 – August 28, 2013

MorningPortrait #19 - August 28, 2013

Yeaaahhh … definitely cheated on this one, not a stranger but my beautiful girlfriend Kyla! The stars aligned, the moon was blue, and we miraculously had a day off together. She is also a temporary railroader pursuing the creative life, so her schedule being equally as hectic as mine, makes shared days off few and far between.

Out for coffee and after careful seat selection we were sitting in the best coffee light available. Big window light right, acting as key, and bouncing off the neighbor table adding a little warmth from below. Hair light coming from the window in back, also working double time, bouncing off the wall as fill. After catching this I decided I liked it too much to not use, and wouldn’t bother stalking a stranger before the harsh mid day light set in. Can you blame me? ūüėČ

Oh, and be sure to check out Kyla’s blog, Riding on Rail Cars –¬†Slave to an Age-Old Trade.

MorningPortrait #18 – August 26, 2013

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After being shut down a record number of times since starting this project, I ran into the “Ice Cold Ryders” the motorcycle gang that has a club house right below my apartment. Going against the biker gang stereotype, they all seem to be super nice guys, and more than one was happy to help me out. Out of the couple guys I shot this was my favorite one …. yeah, even with the sloppy framing.

MorningPortrait #16 – August 24, 2013

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This one was almost too easy. I walked out the door of the coffee shop I frequent in Williston while working on the blog, and this gentleman here, happens to be sitting on the bench right outside the door. I popped off my lens cap, said hello, and even tricked him into looking at the blog on his phone as I set up the shot, two birds with one stone.

MorningPortrait #11 August 19, 2013

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So here we have the MorningPortrait that almost never happened….¬†As I mentioned a few posts ago, I have a new schedule with work, no schedule at all, on call 24/7.

So on this day I was talked into going out to the lake instead of doing my days blogging duties, for some jet skiing and wake boarding! While at the lake I was called to work in Williston, ND, the very heart of the modern day wild west, that is the Bakken oil boom.

Very literally, on my way in the door to work, I spotted this guy standing next door at the Amtrak station. So I quickly ran over and got his portrait just before his ride rolled up. He had just gotten in from California in pursuit of the no experience needed, 100k a year, black gold good life.

Super stoked to have snagged this shot, as it is exactly what I have been wanting to capture in this area. A life packed into a couple small packages, and no idea what is to come next, other than hopefully, the means to a better situation in life. A parallel to my own journey, and reason for being where I am today.

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For a more in depth look at what’s going on over here in the Bakken, I met some people having coffee the other day who are doing an awesome project on the area. I highly recommend following what they are up to on their blog, The Oil Men.