Announcements - New Blog, New Book

I’m pleased announce that after all this time, I have finally migrated the Cocktail Hour blog onto one of my own hosted websites, BergenStudios.com. It will now be treated as a part of the Bergen Studios | Photography entity.

The biggest improvement are larger photographs for viewing. It’s a photoblog! We should see photos on a larger scale and as the main focus.

I’ve also expanded my Blogroll to include not only my favorite photographers, but also photography and camera resources, links, books and more.

Please update your bookmarks, and take a moment to re-subscribe via email if you want to see Cocktail Hour in your inbox first thing in the morning — because, who doesn’t want a cocktail then ;).

Announcements - New Blog, New Book

In addition, I am so very excited to announce that I have published a book of Cocktail Hour to Blurb.com. It includes 175 of the 800+ photos that I have blogged about from 2007-2009.

I had a lot of fun designing the book, and encourage you to look at the book preview and perhaps order one for yourself or as a gift. I am currently selling them at cost — in the future I would like to sell for a little bit more and donate all proceeds to benefit an organization for kids & photography or perhaps to the Aperture Foundation. First, I’d like to gauge interest level and figure out how I could drive the proceeds.

I thank you so much for your support, whether you’ve been reading for years, months or just days. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2010!


Happy New Year

31Dec09

643 // December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

A very spur-of-the-moment photograph of Keystone’s Torch Light Parade down the mountain. Caught it at the tail end — wish I knew earlier so that I could set up a better long-exposure shot. Next time I suppose.

Have a very safe and happy new year!


Flat Stanley

30Dec09

642 // December 30, 2009

Flat Stanley

How many of you have made or have had a Flat Stanley visit before?

This is actually our second, and we always have fun taking them up and down and around the Denver and the Rocky Mountain area.

Because of all the snow and weather this season, he is wearing a “snowsuit” (aka ziplock bag).

Flat Stanley

He came to visit just before Christmas, just in time for all the snow in Denver… the snow came up to his head.

Stanley said he wanted to go skiing tomorrow… we’ll see which resort gets the most snow!


Ski Rental

29Dec09

641 // December 29, 2009

Ski Rental

Supposed to be powder days from today until after the new year… hope you have your gear!


640 // December 28, 2009

Structure and Lines

Building near Montview and Oneida in Denver.


Happy Holidays

27Dec09

639 // December 27, 2009

Happy Holidays

Hello! Took an unexpected break from the blog, and I am here to welcome you back on this Monday morning.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday break, as did I (didn’t go near a computer for almost five days!). Now, I’m ready to get back down to business as well as continue our cocktail hour.

This was taken on a walk near our home last weekend, late afternoon.


638 // December 22, 2009

David White Stereo Realist Camera

By now I really have forgotten when, how and why I discovered this type of camera. But, ever since I did, I was smitten and have been in search of one. More than to collect, but to actually use.

I mean, look at the results they produce! Two almost-identical photographs, when put together just so, will create a 3-D image. To see what I mean, you have to cross your eyes so the two images make a middle image – sort of like the Magic Eye posters (see a quick how-to). Don’t worry if you can’t do it, that is what Stereoscope viewers are for.

David White Stereo Realist Camera

Sure, there are digital photography hacks that you can do in Photoshop – and I’ve tried and failed – but there is certainly nothing better than the real thing, with slide film. This new addition to my collection is a 3.5 lens, with a serial number of A32246 (it was produced between 1950-1951).

It is in working condition, and I intend to pick up some 35mm slide film (perhaps Thursday, when I pick up two rolls of film I recently took with the Holga!).

Can’t wait to show you some results after the new year.

David White Stereo Realist Camera

In addition to the very beautiful camera and case, the seller also included a manual, flash and three unused bulbs… so the camera looks exactly like this when put together.

Thanks again to my friend John Milleker for finding this camera, and taking the time to offer up his advice on this unique type of camera.


Bright

21Dec09

637 // December 20, 2009

Bright

What the heck is this? The plant was found at the local University up the street.


637 // December 20, 2009

Squirrel on a Wire

The weather has been unseasonably warm down here in Denver. Which, I don’t mind at all. Keep all the snow in the mountains… (well, unfortunately, that hasn’t been happening, either).

I took Mr. Cub on a walk today around the neighborhood, this squirrel followed us for about a solid two blocks.


Faded II

17Dec09

636 // December 17, 2009

Faded II

Part I


635 // December 16, 2009

Study of Night Traffic

Study of Night Traffic

Study of Night Traffic

Driving on I-70.


Pine

15Dec09

634 // December 15, 2009

Pine

Wee little tree out in Summit County!


Faded

13Dec09

633 // December 13, 2009

Faded

Looking up at Keystone, warm and cozy from the condo today. We received quite a bit of snow…. more in one day than perhaps the whole month!


Cold

10Dec09

632 // December 10, 2009

Cold

Cold

Hope everyone is staying warm!




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