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About John Crane

John B. Crane is a photographer, illustrator and 3D animator living and working in Fort Collins, Colorado. When John isn't sitting in front of the computer creating complex technical and industrial 3D animation projects for clients around the world, he may be found roaming the Rocky Mountain West in his Subaru, old film cameras in hand, refocusing his eyes, enjoying the solitude and beauty the West has to offer. To view a complete catalog of images please visit http://www.johnbcrane.com.
"an artist's talent is found in the power of his individual opinion."- Yusaku Kamekura, Nikon F Camera Designer

Shrine to Second Beach

By |November 12th, 2018|Geographic Interest, National Parks, Olympic National Park, Pacific Northwest|

Some of you probably just won't get this next article, and I understand. I'm not sure I would had I not seen this myself. Some of you may get it though, and it's for you I'm writing it. Sea stacks at Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (2011) After years spent dreaming of walking the shores of Olympic National Park I found myself standing on Second Beach September of 2011. Second Beach, [...]

New Mexico 2018 (a non-linear creative pick me up)

By |November 5th, 2018|Art, black and white film, New Mexico, Photography|

Santa Fe and northern New Mexico are epicenters of creative thought. There’s no doubt the 5 years we spent living there helped shape my creative thinking. Though Colorado is now home, we return each year to the Land of Enchantment and “The City Different” for a creative pick me up.

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Badlands National Park

By |October 29th, 2018|Badlands National Park, National Parks, The F6 Project|

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area. Many photographers whose work I admire and respect flatly state you can't do meaningful work in a new place you're visiting for the first time. Others will hold sacred the idea of seeing a place for the first time; how nothing can compare to when your eyes meet new land - with no expectations, no plan, no pre-conceived notions. Like so many other things I suppose I [...]

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Great Light is Great Light (you know it when you see it).

By |April 9th, 2018|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Boulder, Colorado, Film Photography, Medium Format|

because this is, after all, a journal... (I don't know why the image above is cropped like that... kinda drives me nuts. Below is what it should look like). Eldorado Springs, Boulder County, Colorado Saturday - out driving around literally all day, looking for a photograph. I went to Denver to pick up some more Delta 100 at Denver Pro Photo. Leroy said he'd hold a 10-pack for me earlier in the week [...]

Autumn 2017

By |November 8th, 2017|American Southwest, Autumn, Destinations, National Parks, Pacific Northwest, Road Trippin', Rocky Mountain West, Travel Journals|

Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to - if only for a short time - experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.

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Beach One-Klaloch

By |October 27th, 2017|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Film Photography, Medium Format, Pacific Northwest, Washington|

The last day in Forks was spent around Klaloch's Beach One. After checking out of the Town Motel I headed south on the 101 for one last look at the coast. I was to head inland later this day and though I'd still see the water - it wouldn't be the coast of the North Pacific. I wanted to say goodbye. Looking for nothing specific and driving slowly, the large burls on Beach One's Sitka [...]

OLYMPIC 2017

By |October 23rd, 2017|black and white film, Destinations, Environmental, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Hoh Rainforest, Medium Format, New Halem, Olympic National Park, Pacific Northwest, Philosophy, Road Trippin', Twisp, Washington|

For many years I've had a fascination with the Pacific Northwest, and more specifically, Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. A massive colony of life is represented in this scene of mosses and epiphytes (plants growing on other plants without harming the host) clinging to a giant Sitka Spruce in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington (2017). One early memory comes from a American Wilderness TIME-LIFE series book given to me one Christmas about [...]

Fires

By |September 6th, 2017|Environmental, Geographic Interest|

This map contains live feed sources for US wildfire reports (I-209), perimeters, MODIS hot spots, wildfire conditions / red flag warnings, wildfire potential and weather radar. Each of these layers provides insight into where a fire is located, its intensity and the surrounding areas susceptibility to wildfire. As air quality in Colorado worsens by the day due to fires in Wyoming I've been keeping an eye on the historically bad wildfire situation in Oregon, Washington, [...]

Back to Olympic

By |August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

HOH Tryptich, no.1 After much hemming and hawing, head scratching and pontificating it looks like it's been decided. Back to the Olympic Peninsula the last week of September, 2017. This page has been established to - more than anything else - save the map I created in Google Maps. I couldn't figure out how to preserve the route established without embedding it (or posting it on facebook), so this blog post will serve [...]

Yuma County Grain

By |June 20th, 2017|4042n, Road Trippin'|

For whatever reason I'm drawn to the the less popular; the rag-tag, rumpled, untucked misfits of the world. Not as some sort of contrarian act - but more in a search for intrinsic worth. In all things. Acknowledgement of  life's many, many dimensions. Yuma County Grain One of my favorite things to do is head East, towards the less notable portions of this glorious state of Colorado. I don't know if it's out [...]

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