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About John Crane

John B. Crane is a photographer, animator and writer living and working in Fort Collins, Colorado. 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.
"... a photographer wants form, an unarguably right relationship of shapes, a visual stability in which all components are equally important. The photographer hopes, in brief, to discover a tension so exact that it is peace." - Robert Adams

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 [...]

Covering Country: 4042N, Year 8

By |March 28th, 2017|4042n, black and white film, Film Photography, Wyoming|

I realized something of great importance this past Saturday while traveling Iron Mountain Road in Wyoming: I love Wyoming. I love it the way you love something you didn't realize you loved at first. The way some things kinda sneak up on you when you're not looking then bam - there they are and you wonder how long this has been going on. I love Colorado too, but Colorado's easy to love - everyone loves Colorado. [...]

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Boulder, Colorado

By |February 20th, 2017|Boulder, Colorado, Medium Format, Road Trippin'|

Often times when you head out for the day along Colorado's Front Range you simply don't know what the day holds. That's one of the reasons it's such fun: that unexpected surprise emerging when you think you're looking for one thing - and another takes you completely off guard. Such was the case on this day. Fort Collins was shrouded in cold, gray fog.  There was really no hint of redemption - just unrelenting grayness. [...]

Dark Skies in New Mexico

By |February 8th, 2017|American Southwest, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Medium Format, New Mexico, Road Trippin'|

Looks like I'm going to have another go at the Bisti this weekend. It'll be the first real road trip of 2017 and I'm excited. After recently getting the 645 dialed in I'm feeling ready for whatever happens. Dark Sky is a great weather app for the iPhone. At first glance it's simple, easy to use and understand. But there's a lot more power under the hood, like the satellite tracking map at far right. [...]

F

By |January 18th, 2017|Believeinfilm, Film Photography, Nikon, Old School, Philosophy, Product Reviews|

The Nikon F with FTn finder and 50mm lens. Admiring the F again tonight; its simplicity, elegance, small footprint, lack of any type of power what so ever required to operate. All mechanical, no electronics. What a thing of beauty. Who would have thought in 1959 something was being released into the world that would have such a long lasting impact - not just on the art form of photography, but the world. [...]

Winter Grasses and Snow, RMNP, Colorado

By |January 16th, 2017|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Colorado, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Old School, Rocky Mountain National Park|

Winter Grasses and Snow, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Nikon F2S, Ilford Delta 100. Winter is one of Colorado's unique charms. One day we'll be -15°, a few days later we'll be in the mid-to-low 60's. January can be a pretty dreary time, especially just after the holidays. Back to work we go, after what was hopefully a restful - but more likely a stressful - holiday season. Summoning the energy to get [...]

Southwest Color

By |December 6th, 2016|American Southwest, Believeinfilm, Colorado, Destinations, F6, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Mesa Verde, New Mexico, Road Trippin'|

A moonless, cold night in early October proved an excellent time to hunt for the Milky Way in southwestern skies. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, San Juan County, New Mexico (2016). Last light overlooking Cortez and the San Juan range from Geologic Overlook, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (2016). Southern morning vista with Monument Valley in the distance, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Southern Utah (2016) First light in Alamo Wash, [...]

2016 Autumn Walkabout: Monument Valley, Utah

By |October 10th, 2016|American Southwest, Believeinfilm, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Golden Circle, Monument Valley, Road Trippin'|

We've just returned from the annual fall walkabout, this time to the American Southwest in search of perfect light. We found it in Monument Valley, Utah one morning. This first of a series of entries won't be a linear description of the trip, but instead snippets surrounding given images, memories or thoughts. Milky Way, Artist's Point, Monument Valley, Utah. The park doesn't open until 7am, but we were able to get in earlier and set [...]

Chicago Lakes, Mount Evans, Colorado

By |September 18th, 2016|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Colorado, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Old School, panorama|

Chicago Lakes from Summit Lake Overlook, Mount Evans, Colorado (2016). To view image as large as possible please click and you'll be directed to the gallery containing it. One of the commonly cited demerits of 35mm film is its lack of resolution when you want to print really big. It's true. This is a physical limitation; a wall unclimbable by any camera or any lens combination. Leica, Nikon, Canon, Zeiss... it matters not. A frame of [...]

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