@aottke - Adam Ottke

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Warehouse spaces outside Venice make me wonder about one day buying something up and living a simpler life. But in the summers, life in Venice is hardly “simple” with all the tourists. Sure is tempting, though.

#nikon #f6 #shotonfilm #ektar100
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Warehouse spaces outside Venice make me wonder about one day buying something up and living a simpler life. But in the summers, life in Venice is hardly “simple” with all the tourists. Sure is tempting, though. #nikon #f6 #shotonfilm #ektar100

A lot of people come into Venice from the other side, but I think the best arrival into the city is from the airport by water taxi (it’s actually not that much more if you’re with a large group anyway) to #piazzasanmarco . As you come around, the side of the magnificent Doge’s Palace (#palazzoducale ) reveals itself. Arriving at sunset doesn’t hurt the mood, either ;-) #nikon #f6 #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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A lot of people come into Venice from the other side, but I think the best arrival into the city is from the airport by water taxi (it’s actually not that much more if you’re with a large group anyway) to #piazzasanmarco . As you come around, the sid

Buildings on the outskirts of Venice. Venice has some of the most beautiful architecture. Even the older, more worn buildings have a certain character. Something between the yellow and clay-colored walls makes it a bit timeless.

#shotonfilm #nikon #f6 #ektar100
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Buildings on the outskirts of Venice. Venice has some of the most beautiful architecture. Even the older, more worn buildings have a certain character. Something between the yellow and clay-colored walls makes it a bit timeless. #shotonfilm #nikon #

Sophie and I walk by these doors every weekend when we get coffee and walk the town, the farmer’s market, etc. But the other day, we went back and they were all painted grey. So sad. But happy I caught these while they were still there.

#contaxg2 #shotonfilm
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Sophie and I walk by these doors every weekend when we get coffee and walk the town, the farmer’s market, etc. But the other day, we went back and they were all painted grey. So sad. But happy I caught these while they were still there. #contaxg2 #s

Sophie holding a camera on one of our Santa Monica beach walks. Trying to get both to happen more often, but that’s always a work in progress ;-) #shotonfilm #contaxtg2 #35mm
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Sophie holding a camera on one of our Santa Monica beach walks. Trying to get both to happen more often, but that’s always a work in progress ;-) #shotonfilm #contaxtg2 #35mm

It’s a bummer the G2 missed focus on this shot, but that actually brings out the best part of this even more: that incredible light. Just got lucky on the way to coffee one evening in LA.

#contaxg2 #shotonfilm
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It’s a bummer the G2 missed focus on this shot, but that actually brings out the best part of this even more: that incredible light. Just got lucky on the way to coffee one evening in LA. #contaxg2 #shotonfilm

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The life guard stand here just stood out to me. Completely empty with the setting sun, the greens really came through. It must have been put in place fairly recently (presumably a post-hurricane replacement given how perfectly painted it was), but the saturated green didn’t come through in the beginning because of the sheen on it. That’s when the circular polarizing filter can help a bit to calm down reflections and add back the saturation of the actual colors in the scene.

#nikon #f6 #shotonfilm #cinestill800
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The life guard stand here just stood out to me. Completely empty with the setting sun, the greens really came through. It must have been put in place fairly recently (presumably a post-hurricane replacement given how perfectly painted it was), but th

My camera battery died mid-roll right before I was about to take a few shots for a panoramic image (with film, why not!?) of the sunrise reflecting off these rocks. I changed it in time to catch the tail end, but it was even more brilliant the second before. Life…

#nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shotonfilm
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My camera battery died mid-roll right before I was about to take a few shots for a panoramic image (with film, why not!?) of the sunrise reflecting off these rocks. I changed it in time to catch the tail end, but it was even more brilliant the second

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Some plants over a fence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Simple, but beautiful.

#nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shotonfilm
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Some plants over a fence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Simple, but beautiful. #nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shotonfilm

Much of USVI’s historical architecture needed some revitalization after Hurricane Irma damaged countless structures. It’s still under way, but mostly finished up; and all the good bones (and colors!) are still there!

#nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shotonfilm
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Much of USVI’s historical architecture needed some revitalization after Hurricane Irma damaged countless structures. It’s still under way, but mostly finished up; and all the good bones (and colors!) are still there! #nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shoton

The USVI is a great place to visit, especially since post-hurricane reconstruction has now had time to revitalize the area. Even among some projects still wrapping up, with beautiful plants accenting every part of the area, the islands almost look like nothing ever happened. If you were waiting post-hurricane, you can stop waiting, now. They’re ready for you! :-) #nikon #f6 #cinestill800 #shotonfilm
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The USVI is a great place to visit, especially since post-hurricane reconstruction has now had time to revitalize the area. Even among some projects still wrapping up, with beautiful plants accenting every part of the area, the islands almost look li

The U.S. Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma, as was the rest of the entire region. But it’s remarkable to see what did survive and the recovery that’s happened since. Here, gorgeous, subdued colors complement the rest of the islands’ mostly white color scheme while bright green palm trees stand out around the historical architecture of the islands. Thanks to Adobe for having us along! #cinestill800 #Nikon #f6 #shotonfilm
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The U.S. Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma, as was the rest of the entire region. But it’s remarkable to see what did survive and the recovery that’s happened since. Here, gorgeous, subdued colors complement the rest of the islands’ mo

With calm enough water, you can see straight through ten meters of water beneath the lone paddle boarder. Colors second to none…

#nikon #f6 #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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With calm enough water, you can see straight through ten meters of water beneath the lone paddle boarder. Colors second to none… #nikon #f6 #ektar100 #shotonfilm

Helicopters are something special. The vantage point from any in-air experience is superb, but from floating above the ground on take-off (okay, I know we’re not floating…but it sure feels like it) to the unparalleled views you get from hanging your head out the open door or even through the bulbous front glass, there are a lot of incredible things about the maneuverability of a helicopter that make it the best way to see just about anything.

#nikon #f6 #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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Helicopters are something special. The vantage point from any in-air experience is superb, but from floating above the ground on take-off (okay, I know we’re not floating…but it sure feels like it) to the unparalleled views you get from hanging your

Hawaii is something else. Part of me used to dismiss it for the truthfully insane tourist-mania that it supports — just not my scene. But now that I’ve been able go back a couple times (once for a friend’s wedding and another time while working on this trip with @mpkelley ), well, I’ve had some pretty great reminders of the insane beauty that exists there. Every turn will surprise you, from mineral pools that reveal themselves as you come around the bend of an ocean-side cliff point to the joy of seeing small tropical creatures on the rocks or in the denser forest areas. It sure doesn’t hurt to have a helicopter to gain access to a few more views, too…

#nikon #f6 #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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Hawaii is something else. Part of me used to dismiss it for the truthfully insane tourist-mania that it supports — just not my scene. But now that I’ve been able go back a couple times (once for a friend’s wedding and another time while working on th

Cloudy or not, Interlaken was gorgeous. The mist even helped make it seem a bit more magical in its own way. Switzerland is a beautiful country in its entirety, but the driving here was second to none. Gorgeous areas, fun roads, and it was a perfect way to take a break on our way to Como with a little flight in the air…

#Contax #TVSII #kodakgc400 #shotonfilm
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Cloudy or not, Interlaken was gorgeous. The mist even helped make it seem a bit more magical in its own way. Switzerland is a beautiful country in its entirety, but the driving here was second to none. Gorgeous areas, fun roads, and it was a perfect

A little grey here, but #interlaken is a gorgeous, quaint city around which is some of the most pristine mountain driving and superb vistas. Here, we’re in the air #paragliding back into the city from the surrounding mountains. 
#Contax #TVSII #kodakgc400 #shotonfilm
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A little grey here, but #interlaken is a gorgeous, quaint city around which is some of the most pristine mountain driving and superb vistas. Here, we’re in the air #paragliding back into the city from the surrounding mountains. #contax #tvsii #kodak

It wasn’t the most sunny day, but the fog/mist had its own beauty when I finally got my long-time dream of #paragliding in #interlaken #switzerland checked off the bucket list. Only problem is it’s now going on my do-as-much-as-possible list. And the best part: I got my grandparents to do it, too! Oma was pleasantly surprised and actually enjoyed it in spite of some last-minute nervousness before take-off. But I think it was all much more relaxing than we all anticipated. Incredible experience.
#Contax #TVSII #kodakgc400 #shotonfilm
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It wasn’t the most sunny day, but the fog/mist had its own beauty when I finally got my long-time dream of #paragliding in #interlaken #switzerland checked off the bucket list. Only problem is it’s now going on my do-as-much-as-possible list. And the

Passing over Avalon Bay, an outgoing ferry, and an incoming cruise liner before heading back to the mainland in the Cessna.
#airportinthesky 
#Hasselblad #203fe #6x6 #120 #mediumformat #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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Passing over Avalon Bay, an outgoing ferry, and an incoming cruise liner before heading back to the mainland in the Cessna. #airportinthesky #hasselblad #203fe #6x6 #120 #mediumformat #ektar100 #shotonfilm

Evident in that smile, flying really suits Lia. Really pulling off the look with those glasses, too! Almost as impressive as pulling off that landing ;-) What’s not to love on such a gorgeous day on top of Catalina?
#airportinthesky 
#Hasselblad #203fe #6x6 #120 #mediumformat #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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Evident in that smile, flying really suits Lia. Really pulling off the look with those glasses, too! Almost as impressive as pulling off that landing ;-) What’s not to love on such a gorgeous day on top of Catalina? #airportinthesky #hasselblad #203

Beautiful day, perfect landing on top of Catalina Island a while back thanks to @liahalloran — can’t think of a better way to see Catalina and the rest of Southern California! Taken at Catalina’s affectionately named #airportinthesky 
#Hasselblad #203fe #6x6 #120 #mediumformat #ektar100 #shotonfilm
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Beautiful day, perfect landing on top of Catalina Island a while back thanks to @liahalloran — can’t think of a better way to see Catalina and the rest of Southern California! Taken at Catalina’s affectionately named #airportinthesky #hasselblad #20

[cont from 2/12 post] The spirit in this society is the society itself. And it truly lives all around us and within us. It enters you when you arrive and even tries to stay with you when you depart. It was created by and is maintained by the people that live within its realm, and it continues to stir itself into those who destiny decides should fall into it through birth or other means such as vacationing. There is no escaping it.
Seeing its effect — the incredible efficiency inherent in caring for ALL (things and people) — is thrilling. The world works as it should. People do as they should. But people do as they should. These must be amongst the most mixed feelings I’ve felt. The ominous nature of everyone behaving: the behavior is amenable, but the level of unison of it all is in its essence disturbing and at least mildly distressing. By its definition and proven by witness in its practice, this unison lacks the joy of individuality that disobedience brings. And so this is the discovery.
There is no good, single way for us all to be. Total conformity to any ideal — even the most ideal, whatever that may even mean to each person — will always lead to the transformation and elevation of the concept of society into an omniscient, spirit-like, and weighty presence. As much as we could all individually and also collectively certainly improve, I am far from convinced such perfection is worth the weight of such thick air. Much more exhilarating is the vast variety that comes with varying degrees of obedience and disobedience.
Obedience, compliance, conformity, submission, subservience. Where the lighter and more agreeable concepts of cooperation and collaboration run away from us into these heavy words might be a place we don’t want to go.
Japan of course has its counterculture, perhaps no more clearly displayed than within the Harajuku movement. But that, too, is an extreme. As much as it rebels, dressing in a Harajuku style itself is often a group activity.... [Continued in first comment]

#shotonfilm #nikon #f6 #35mm #portra400
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[cont from 2/12 post] The spirit in this society is the society itself. And it truly lives all around us and within us. It enters you when you arrive and even tries to stay with you when you depart. It was created by and is maintained by the people t

On the way back to the airport, the interior of Venice’s Alilaguna boats bring us a final reminder of the old world with the beautiful woodwork, jade-colored paneling, and forest green seats.
#venice #italy #nikon #f6 #portra400 #shotonfilm
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On the way back to the airport, the interior of Venice’s Alilaguna boats bring us a final reminder of the old world with the beautiful woodwork, jade-colored paneling, and forest green seats. #venice #italy #nikon #f6 #portra400 #shotonfilm

Some of the subway and train cars in Japan are quite modern. And then others — quite a few, in fact — are extremely dated, featuring velvet fabrics, wood paneling, and pale, dusty colors. While Japan’s taste for these color schemes hasn’t entirely passed as it has here in the U.S., one still wonders why these train cars haven’t been changed out. But as a search for that answer begins, the fact that these cars still exist starts to stand out.
In the U.S., these would have been destroyed long ago by daily commuters, tourists, and the rest of the terrible humans that deface and destroy all things public far earlier than they would be through normal use. But in Japan, everywhere you go, it’s clear society as a whole cares (emotionally and, in turn, physically) for every part of the sphere of public space as though it were theirs… And what a concept, as it IS theirs! And that’s probably one of the most amazing things about Japan.
Equally as impressive as it must be impressing upon those who feel the responsibility society collectively expects them to carry, everyone plays a part in keeping up the town — only the “town” is all of Tokyo or Osaka or Kyoto. This all-encompassing group mentality is likely what contributes to a palpable coldness and rigidity in the passersby in the Japanese metros. The black and white swaths of people — hundreds of light faces peaking out of the hoods of dark coats — flurrying back and forth between work and home each day lack the variety present in, say, the people of San Francisco’s more varied apparel program.
As though some godly spirit passes judgment over each individual every minute of every day, every person lines up perfectly upon a single agreed-upon side of the escalator if choosing not to walk. No one dares cross even a short crosswalk along a non-bisected street before the walk signal comes on. And they don’t even wait impatiently. It is at once both refreshing and anxiety-provoking…..[cont. on V-Day] 
#cinestill800 #nikon #f6 #shotonfilm
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Some of the subway and train cars in Japan are quite modern. And then others — quite a few, in fact — are extremely dated, featuring velvet fabrics, wood paneling, and pale, dusty colors. While Japan’s taste for these color schemes hasn’t entirely pa

Hep5’s faris wheel is a tough one to miss when you first arrive in Osaka. @sophierosseel wasn’t hating the views as she rose above the city. Playing Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” with the smartphone speaker in our little pod was a nice touch. #cinestill800t #nikon #f6 #35mm #shotonfilm @hep_five
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Hep5’s faris wheel is a tough one to miss when you first arrive in Osaka. @sophierosseel wasn’t hating the views as she rose above the city. Playing Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” with the smartphone speaker in our little pod was a nice touch. #cinest

Dark walkway along the water walking through Osaka on a quiet night. Osaka was an incredible experience. It’s famous for the food, but it’s here that we also met some incredible people at Beer Belly. A British expat and a local Japanese friend of his — both teachers at a school nearby — struck up a conversation with us when they saw my Hasselblad 203FE. We passed it around, talked about everything, shared a few IPAs from @minohbeer and three hours later they departed, sneakily leaving us with a cleared tab. So incredibly kind! We’ll never forget that trip. By the way, if anyone knows there to get Minoh Beer in the US, PLEASE tell me! #cinestill800t #nikon #f6 #35mm #beerbellyosaka #shotonfilm
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Dark walkway along the water walking through Osaka on a quiet night. Osaka was an incredible experience. It’s famous for the food, but it’s here that we also met some incredible people at Beer Belly. A British expat and a local Japanese friend of his

Been a nice long while since I’ve posted, but we’ll see how this goes as I post again. Have quite the backlog of images to share. Here, @sophierosseel smiles during the reasonably grueling hike through the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto during our Japan trip. #cinestill800 #35mm #nikon #f6 #shotonfilm #shootmorefilm #fushimiinaritaisha
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Been a nice long while since I’ve posted, but we’ll see how this goes as I post again. Have quite the backlog of images to share. Here, @sophierosseel smiles during the reasonably grueling hike through the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari shrine in K

Another #osaka #japan shot, this time a little more moody, on #cinestill 800T #35mm #film . People sometimes think Tungsten-balanced films kill reds. I’m not sure why, but here’s a perfect example of amazing reds coming through and the film doing its magic to bring the balance to something more realistic and true to life. This film does all the work for you! Amazing.
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Another #osaka #japan shot, this time a little more moody, on #cinestill 800T #35mm #film . People sometimes think Tungsten-balanced films kill reds. I’m not sure why, but here’s a perfect example of amazing reds coming through and the film doing its

I think this has to be one of my favorite shots from our #Japan trip earlier this year. Just shooting while walking around the thousands of restaurants #osaka and then this guy presents himself as a perfect subject. It’s great to get some personality without the subject noticing you... ;-) This is also a prime example of what makes #cinestill 800T such an amazing nighttime street shooting film. These colors!!!! Ah! Yes! #nikon #f6 #35mm #film
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I think this has to be one of my favorite shots from our #japan trip earlier this year. Just shooting while walking around the thousands of restaurants #osaka and then this guy presents himself as a perfect subject. It’s great to get some personality

Happy New Year’s Eve! A few shots from our #japan trip earlier this year coming up over the next few weeks. Sophie was sick this night , so I went out to shoot some late-night street photos and grab a bite to make the best of a sad situation. Here, a biker talking to a friend notices I’m taking her photograph at the last minute. #35mm #nikon #f6 #cinestill #film
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Happy New Year’s Eve! A few shots from our #japan trip earlier this year coming up over the next few weeks. Sophie was sick this night , so I went out to shoot some late-night street photos and grab a bite to make the best of a sad situation. Here, a

Inside at @denverunionstation looking at the giant shuffleboard and @terminalbarden before we left...
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Inside at @denverunionstation looking at the giant shuffleboard and @terminalbarden before we left...

Some #color from #denver a while back. Accidental #destijl ??? ;-)
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Some #color from #denver a while back. Accidental #destijl ??? ;-)

Super impressed with the @denverunionstation during our first proper visit to #Denver last month. Gorgeous exterior that pays homage to Denver’s classic architecture. And when those doors open and you first see the inside....!
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Super impressed with the @denverunionstation during our first proper visit to #denver last month. Gorgeous exterior that pays homage to Denver’s classic architecture. And when those doors open and you first see the inside....!

The 60-inch telescope at @mtwilsonobservatory where some of this equipment was used to discover the universe is expanding at a faster rate, and more.
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The 60-inch telescope at @mtwilsonobservatory where some of this equipment was used to discover the universe is expanding at a faster rate, and more.

The 60-inch dome at @mtwilsonobservatory in #losangeles is an amazing thing to look through and AT. The ominous glow of red light doesn’t hurt the beauty of this shot on #cinestill #cinestill800 with the #hasselblad 203fe
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The 60-inch dome at @mtwilsonobservatory in #losangeles is an amazing thing to look through and AT. The ominous glow of red light doesn’t hurt the beauty of this shot on #cinestill #cinestill800 with the #hasselblad 203fe

Amazing, gorgeous #sunset from our trip up to @mtwilsonobservatory a few weeks back with @chapmanu students to study the skies and do some #astrophotography from one of the largest telescopes you can still put your eye to! Go #astronomy !!!
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Amazing, gorgeous #sunset from our trip up to @mtwilsonobservatory a few weeks back with @chapmanu students to study the skies and do some #astrophotography from one of the largest telescopes you can still put your eye to! Go #astronomy !!!

Okay, last one from the end of the #infinitymirrors #infinityroom show by #yayoikusama at @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles
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Okay, last one from the end of the #infinitymirrors #infinityroom show by #yayoikusama at @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles

Phallic shrooms everywhere? At #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors at the @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles
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Phallic shrooms everywhere? At #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors at the @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles

Such a fun room of colorful stickers at the end of the #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors #art exhibit at @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles
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Such a fun room of colorful stickers at the end of the #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors #art exhibit at @thebroadmuseum in #losangeles

It was so dark in this #infinitymirrors #infinityroom that the #35mm #film could barely keep up, but easily one of the most beautiful spaces in #yayoikusama ‘s exhibit at the @thebroadmuseum
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It was so dark in this #infinitymirrors #infinityroom that the #35mm #film could barely keep up, but easily one of the most beautiful spaces in #yayoikusama ‘s exhibit at the @thebroadmuseum

Just a little peek inside another, smaller space at the @thebroadmuseum #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors #infinityroom exhibit.
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Just a little peek inside another, smaller space at the @thebroadmuseum #yayoikusama #infinitymirrors #infinityroom exhibit.

There you have it! @sophierosseel from when we FINALLY got to see the #infinityroom by #yayoikusama at the @thebroadmuseum — SO amazing! Shot in lovely 35mm with a #Nikon #f100 from @filmobjektiv
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There you have it! @sophierosseel from when we FINALLY got to see the #infinityroom by #yayoikusama at the @thebroadmuseum — SO amazing! Shot in lovely 35mm with a #nikon #f100 from @filmobjektiv

Last @museumoficecream shot. It’s been fun here, @nicolaswendl is intently trying to receive a message on the other end. Techy stuff: shot at ISO 800 and 1/45 s on the #x1d and then pushed to +2.7 in #lightroom and it’s still super sharp with minimal noise that’s more like a fine, pleasing #film #grain — review up on @officialfstoppers
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Last @museumoficecream shot. It’s been fun here, @nicolaswendl is intently trying to receive a message on the other end. Techy stuff: shot at ISO 800 and 1/45 s on the #x1d and then pushed to +2.7 in #lightroom and it’s still super sharp with minimal

Looks like maybe some not-so #accidentalwesanderson at the @museumoficecream in this phone room. Gorgeous arrangement...what’s on the other side? #pastel #pink
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Looks like maybe some not-so #accidentalwesanderson at the @museumoficecream in this phone room. Gorgeous arrangement...what’s on the other side? #pastel #pink

Last three coming from the @museumoficecream in the first room. #hasselblad #x1d
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Last three coming from the @museumoficecream in the first room. #hasselblad #x1d

They have too much fun #working at the @museumoficecream while cleaning up all the spilled #sprinkles on the floor.
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They have too much fun #working at the @museumoficecream while cleaning up all the spilled #sprinkles on the floor.

The entrance of #museumoficecream in #losangeles — Anyone going to the #sanfrancisco one soon?
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The entrance of #museumoficecream in #losangeles — Anyone going to the #sanfrancisco one soon?

Oh, you want to take a photo of me? When d— Now, thank you! ;-) #churro flavor #icecream samples at the @museumoficecream in #losangeles #yum #yummy
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Oh, you want to take a photo of me? When d— Now, thank you! ;-) #churro flavor #icecream samples at the @museumoficecream in #losangeles #yum #yummy

Seriously, jumping in the pool of #sprinkles was not a bit less satisfying than you might hope. Some insane ideas are good ones! #losangeles #color
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Seriously, jumping in the pool of #sprinkles was not a bit less satisfying than you might hope. Some insane ideas are good ones! #losangeles #color

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