Ian Civgin

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The Monastery

Published July 13th, 2012

From a recent day trip up Big Thompson Canyon to the Monastery, one of colorado's world class climbing destinations. I didn't get the camera out for much of the day but got some quick approach shots and a couple of Jordan climbing a cool looking crack. I really need to start taking pictures again, and this was a fun little outing that got me somewhat motivated again.

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A slow day of procrastination...

Published April 4th, 2012

Trying to avoid doing the work I have to do for school, I went to Pearl Street with the Macro lens to take some shots of flowers. I'm a little rusty, but they turned out alright... It's another beautiful day in sunny Colorado.

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Spring Break

Published April 4th, 2012

Well, spring break 2012 was supposed to be an epic photo adventure; however, it quickly turned into an epic climbing adventure after I became frustrated with sub-par weather in southwest Utah. These shots are the only ones I got from the 8 day trip (less than one full day was spent shooting) and while I don't think they're necessarily bad, they aren't what I was expecting. That's how life is though: you don't always get what you want, but if you're willing to stray from your plan and follow the wind, you end up with an incredible freedom. Now that I'm back and have had some time to think about things, I'm glad I got to see these places even though the weather was less than ideal for photography - Zion is just stunning, and Bryce could be an amazing place to watch the sunrise - but I'm glad I went climbing for six days with friends; we made memories that will last a lifetime.

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5D Mark III

Published March 22nd, 2012

So I picked up the new 5D today and decided to go up to RMNP for a couple hours with my awesome friend Liz Blazer to try out the High ISO performance: in short, amazing. Barely taking time to set up, I was able to get some cool shots of Moraine Park and Longs Peak. Can't wait to see what I get while I'm on Spring Break!! More Soon!

-Ian

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Lost and found...

Published March 20th, 2012

So just now I became motivated to start thinking about the photography aspect of my spring break. First on my list of things to do was to empty my camera and double back up my computer (a process that will take hours while I'm sleeping). I found some old shots from the second Shelf Road trip and did a quick edit on one of them (I know the masking is horrible). It was taken from our campground as we were setting up tents for the night. The sky illuminated the golden cliffs with pink light and everything glowed an amazing color. Another great trip with great memories :) Keep checking the blog after next week for updates on spring break and the future for my photography

-Ian

EDIT: 500px isn't letting me upload the pic right now but I'll do it as soon as the site is back up.

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Shelf Road Climbing (Round 1)

Published February 26th, 2012

An epic weekend with awesome people. More to come...

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Lost Lake w/ Hiking Club

Published February 18th, 2012

Today I snowshoed and hiked around 6 miles with people from hiking club all the way to Lost Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness. It was 35 degrees and completely sunny, a perfect day. The only downside is I did it on two hours of sleep so by the time I got home seven hours later, I was a mess. I snapped a couple shots of the lake and group and snowshoed up a powder bowl to get the shot of Matt. Definitely need to do some backcountry stuff more often. -Ian

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Great Sand Dunes National Park (Afternoon Trip)

Published January 10th, 2012

Yesterday, whilst drowning in boredom again I decided to plan a trip for today. The options were to either go to Joshua Tree, Laguna Beach, or Great Sand Dunes; I chose the last one due to it's proximity. I have been wanting to get down there for the past month or so and the weather looked good so this morning at ten I headed out. The drive is four hours one way so I arrived at around 2:10 and checked out the visitor center. Actually, let me interject here.

The drive once you turn onto Hwy 160 is gorgeous. You become engulfed in mountains and the lighting was amazing the entire day. It reminded me of Heber Valley, in Utah (my favorite place). If you have never been to the San Luis Valley area, I strongly recommend it. I'll definitely be going back soon.

Okay, so at the visitor center I talked to the park ranger and she gave me some good advice on places to shoot from and things I should see. I decided I was going to hike to High Dune (1.25 mi one way "wander to the top" ...

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From the garage...

Published January 7th, 2012

Today i was pretty bored because of the bad weather so I was looking for creative things I could do. I ended up going down to the garage level of my apartment to take some pictures of my car. I wanted to try blending multiple images with the flash in different locations (since I only have one flash), in order to add some depth to the lighting of the car. It took about 15 minutes to shoot two set-ups and about an hour and a half to edit the selected composite. I thought it turned out pretty well and I'll definitely be doing this more throughout the next couple of cold weeks.

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New Blog / Lake Michigan Night Photography

Published January 2nd, 2012

Well, this is the first post of the blog I'm going to start here on 500px. I'm doing this mostly for myself as a learning tool and way too look back on, critique, and explain my work in the new year. I hope to improve a lot in the next twelve months, and want to really work on finding my own style as well as branching out from landscapes into portrait photography (I'll still take tons of landscapes, but hopefully from less generic places). Here it goes...

This is an attempt at a shot I've been wanting to get since I was in high school. Preferably, the clouds and wave patterns would be dramatic enough to make this an interesting black and white shot, but tonight that wasn't the case. It was also cold and windy, and I wasn't really in the mood to stand around all night trying different angles on a 5 minute exposure, so I just took one I liked and headed home. I'm here for another week in Chicago so I'm hoping to get one or two nights in, maybe with some clouds and stars :) Happy new yea ...

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