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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

Cocoa Beach, Florida

By |June 12th, 2015|Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Uncategorized, while you were there...|

Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, Florida (2015) Cocoa Beach, Florida (2015) Space Shuttle Atlantis, Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida (2015) Front, Cocoa Beach, Florida (2015) Thank You For Visiting, Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, Florida (2015)

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4042n: Poudre Canyon, Cameron Pass, Jackson County, Rand, Walden

By |June 3rd, 2015|4042n, Destinations, F6, Film Photography, Geographic Interest|

Nothing hits the reset button like a road trip with a couple of old, film cameras - even if just for the day. On this day it was my favorite home away from home, North Park, Colorado. North Park is still "old Colorado" and I enjoy that immensely. North Park sits unassumingly, tucked quietly between the heavily traveled Steamboat corridor and Poudre Canyon. I've written about North Park quite a bit before - there's just [...]

Happy New Year from the West

By |December 26th, 2014|4042n, Geographic Interest, Natural History, Uncategorized|

As the year winds down there's a tendency to review and reflect - and anticipate with great excitement the upcoming year. The beginning of a new year has always been especially welcomed. Not prone to unrealistic, over enthusiastic expectations, but instead new goals. Fresh starts. Soon we'll travel back to Chicago to visit family. After having done this drive for 30+ years now it's easy to understand those who grow weary of it. For us [...]

Crane Hollow, Boulder County, Colorado

By |December 17th, 2014|4042n, F6, Film Photography, Uncategorized|

At the end of the day it’s light that’s the star. Great light can turn nearly any ordinary scene into something extraordinary. Those days I’m fortunate enough to be out in that wonderful, glorious autumn light with a camera are good days indeed. Making photographs is as much about the process as it is about the final image.

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Terra Firma

By |October 24th, 2014|Destinations, Environmental|

I'm excited to announce a new project - well, less "new" in terms of topic - but more "new" in terms of focused effort. The project is called Terra Firma, and I suppose like so many of my other "projects," I've really been working on this one for a long time. First Light at Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Terra Firma is a landscape collection on johnbcrane.com (please click here to [...]

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New West Fest

By |August 22nd, 2014|F6, Festival and Events, Film Photography|

For the past 10 years now the city of Fort Collins, Colorado has sponsored, in conjunction with Bohemian Nights Music, the New West Fest; essentially a birthday party for the city and fall jamboree for Northern Colorado, focusing heavily on live music. The scale of the event is difficult to grasp. The city blocks off the core of famous Old Town and people wander freely with children, strollers, the occasional huge stuffed animal won at a carnival [...]

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Walking in Memphis

By |July 31st, 2014|Destinations, F6, Film Photography, Uncategorized|

Memphis has been the subject of many a discussion between my son and I for a few years now. We love road trips and just being in the car together, so when ever we're hunting for a just barely out of reach, crazy destination to spontaneously shoot off to in the middle of the night (from Colorado) - Memphis has been a part of that discussion. Alas, common sense has prevailed and Memphis had remained [...]

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Kodachrome

By |July 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

I've been going through some old images for re-scan and really missing Kodachrome lately. I've also noticed how many more vertical images I made before the computer became the standard for viewing. Vertical images were desirable for publication covers. With 35mm film and a good reproduction they were the norm. These days, with the computer's horizontal aspect ratio dictating how most people view photographs, it seems vertical images are made less - which is another [...]

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Happy Fourth of July

By |July 9th, 2014|F6, Film Photography, General Information|

  Allenspark, Colorado is nestled snugly just below Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness. Each year Allenspark celebrates July 4th with a short but festive parade down the main street. In years past my eyes have been focused upward, searching the skies above for the real Fourth of July photograph. This year I chose instead to focus on what’s right in front of me. Attending the Allenspark Fourth of July parade has become an annual [...]

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Hope, Boundaries and Good Intuition

By |July 7th, 2014|F6, Film Photography, General Information|

I've devoted considerable thought over the past few years as to why we as people make photographs and frankly have come up blank. I don't think I could explain to someone why I make photographs other than the simple truth; it pleases me to do so. It's fun to read the plethora of great essays by others, from the famous to the unknown, presenting wonderful theories and insights. I think I've finally concluded however that I'm [...]

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