Austin Nomads | Hasselblad

April 18, 2014

Remember the nomads we met in Austin?

000008760011Austin Nomads // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Ektar 100

The fellow on the right asked if we’d spare him and his buddy a dollar in exchange for a photo of them. Now, I thought this was a pretty bold move. Like I mentioned before, I doubt they realized the expenses involved in developing film. But all he asked for was a buck. So we snapped a shot, Jordan handed them two dollars, and then we continued to chat for a moment.

The dark-haired fellow (don’t remember their names) said he was evading some run ins with the law that happened in Oklahoma. Something to do with harassing a skateboarder. The skateboarder didn’t want to listen to some stranger (probably intoxicated) yelling at him to “do a kick flip!!!” And so the skater got mad. That’s all of the story I know.

His buddy with the blonde beard was just tagging along. I couldn’t tell how long they had known each other. They weren’t sure where they were headed next. Just not Oklahoma.

We saw them one more time that night, just before we headed back to the hotel. I wrote down their email addresses. Dark-haired fellow said he’d like to send the photo to his mom.

Canon Rebel T3i Giveaway

April 17, 2014

It is a historical moment. I am participating in a camera giveaway. The Canon Rebel T3i to be exact!


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Moab on Film | Hasselblad

April 16, 2014

000008750006That Arch // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Ektar 100

000008750007 copyDelicate // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Ektar 100

I had to exercise a bit of patience to capture that first shot of the iconic Delicate Arch. Unlike what the photo depicts, there were swarms of hikers that day. I even saw quite a few runners from the Canyonlands Half that took place that morning. So, I wasn’t the only crazy one to hike to the arch after running 13.1 miles!

The second shot isn’t quite as iconic (I mean I wouldn’t slap it on the Utah license plate :P). It was while we were exploring underneath the arch when I caught this view. I just stood beneath the arch and looked up. I couldn’t help but notice how delicate the rock really was. Like an elderly man’s hand, shaky and wrinkled, worn by the sun.

And I know I’ve said it before, but Utah is pretty incredible. I mean, if you are the exploring kind, it’s a great place to adventure. Prior to this visit, I had never really noticed the view beyond the arch. This was the earliest in the year I have been to Moab, and the snowcapped mountains are quite an incredible backdrop for the red rocks.

10 Things About Jordan

April 14, 2014

000008750001I Love You in Austin // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Portra 400

Well look who we have here. I snapped this while we were doing a bit of exploring down in Austin, TX. And, as promised, here are 10 things about my partner in crime, Jordan. (See mine here)

1. Don’t talk to him while you are brushing your teeth. He hates it. Toothpaste sloshing around your mouth is completely disgusting to him.

2. Speaking of gross, never offer him gum. Especially cinnamon flavored. He can’t stand the stuff.

3. Enough with what he doesn’t like. What he DOES like: Cars. In particular, his Subaru WRX. Come summertime, he will be taking it to open races across Utah just to see how fast it really can go ;)

4. Jordan lived most of his childhood and teenage years in Wales, Wisconsin. He’s a cheesehead. No Wisconsin accent, though. Dontcha knyow!

5. He played the trumpet in school. But after he got braces, it was too painful to continue playing. He eventually ended up with drums, and was in a band called Push Button to Ignite. His band covered Island in the Sun by Weezer, which would be covered by his future-wife’s band, Coming from a Hippie in later years (true story).

6. He can grow one mean beard. We’re talking full out, thick, black, face hair with a sprinkling of white here and there. He’s pretty proud of it. But it does come in pretty fast. He will shave in the morning and have a 5 o’clock shadow within a few hours. And chances are, he doesn’t want to hear your beard joke.

7. Jordan loves watching old movies. He loves to see old actors like Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen in their prime. He loves the nostalgia. And I think most of all, he just loves to see what filmmakers were able to accomplish in these films before the digital age.

8. He loves figuring out how things work. Studying things. On multiple occasions, he has pointed out some object/contraption/vehicle/bridge and will explain how it operates. In another life, perhaps he would be an engineer.

9. But in this life, he’s a filmmaker. He loves to create. To offer a new perspective. His favorite subject to film would be any action-related sport. Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, skydiving, racing, you name it. He believes there are great adventures to be had, and even greater stories to tell.

10. Lastly, he loves to make me laugh. That was one thing he wanted me to include on this list. And it’s true. He makes me laugh every single day.

10 Things About Sarah

April 10, 2014

000094510009Portrait at Safeco Field // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Portra 400

Hopefully that last post wasn’t too much of a downer. It’s good for me to wring my brain out like a towel. Hash out some things I’m still trying to figure out. On a completely different note, I’m just getting around to this 10 things thingy.

1. My favorite color is grey. That counts as a color, right? A bit of a change since childhood. I was hot pink obsessed.

2. Now, I’m a bit hat-obsessed. Slouchy beanie, snap back, favorite sports team cap, you name it. I’ve got at least 3 of each.

3. I have five sisters! I’m the third oldest. Or fourth youngest. Take your pick.

4. I was in drumline in high school. Played bass drum, quads, and then finally, the snare my senior year.

5. Speaking of drumming, my two best friends and I were in a band in high school called Coming From a Hippie. We had a handful of shows that our friends came out for. But no, our parents were not hippies. Our MySpace page is still out there, I think…

6. Want to see me at my limit? Spill food on my pants/t-shirt/any article of clothing. I can’t stand going throughout my day with a stain on my clothes, no matter how unnoticeable it may be. I have to literally clench my fists and grit my teeth to harness my anger. Hm. That sounds a bit scary now that I think of it.

7. On a lighter note, I LOVE baseball. Makes my heart swell.

8. In an alternate universe, I’m an adrenaline junkie. In this universe? My survival instinct is too strong. Sometimes I wish I were a little more daring. I love to skateboard and ski, but I have never even broken a bone (knock on wood).

9. I would wear Vans everyday if I could. Well, I guess I’d give them a day off for church :)

10. My last meal would have to include toast. I love toast.

Stay tuned for a 10 Things about Jordan!


April 8, 2014

IMG_0293Monochrome \\ Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

Finding a niche is hard.

I keep thinking back to my resolution for the year. To focus. But I can’t quite figure out what to focus on.

This space has been great for me to explore different creative outlets. It has given me a platform to share. I have found so much inspiration in this community. But I feel a bit scattered. Up until this point in my life, school was a good structure for my goals. I had mentors, assignments, projects with deadlines. Now, life is a bit more up to me, I suppose. I define the structure. Set my own goals. And I’m not quite sure what my end goals are. But I am the only one who can answer these questions. I feel like I have the answers inside of me. I’m searching for them. I’m digging, chipping away unnecessary pieces, sifting through distraction. Hopefully getting closer.

For now, here is a photograph that Jordan snapped along side a quiet highway in rural Kentucky. The monochrome hues somewhat reflect my mood today. Subdued, quiet, pensive. Waiting.

If my scattered thoughts don’t inspire you, maybe this photograph will.

My Favorite Pastime

April 4, 2014

000094510005_1Pastime // Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Portra 400

I look at this photo and I smell hot dogs and garlic fries, with the occasional gust of the sea breeze. And I am reminded of those cool summer nights spent alongside my parents, enjoying the ball game. My mom used to shout “I got it!” any time a ball soared foul into the stands. Even if the ball was no where near our seats. My teenage self was annoyed. So I told her to stop. For whatever reason, she complied. The years that followed, she held her tongue anytime a foul ball was hit. As time went on, I felt a bit guilty. It was a little thing, but to me, it represented every little thing I ever complained about to my mom, everything that was ‘embarrassing’ or ‘annoying’ to a teenage girl.

I have since moved away from home, and I don’t get to go to as many ball games with my parents anymore. But last time I was home, I told my mom to forget it. Forget that silly request of a silly teenage girl.

She hasn’t caught a foul ball yet, but I think her chances are better now.

001 // Instagram

April 2, 2014

Maybe someday I’ll come up with a clever name for these posts. In the mean time, here are some recent and not so recent shots from Instagram.


It’s a healthy mix of iPhone, Canon 5D, and Hasselblad photos. With an occasional insta vid to shake things up. I like to keep ya on your toes.

Follow along on Instagram! (sarahroser)

Once is Enough

March 31, 2014

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West


We took the camera gear up to Brighton this weekend to get some footage for work. That meant a lot of hiking around in snow. Jordan got that awesome shot of the trees reflection in my goggles after I collapsed in the snow following a particularly taxing hike. He was a trooper, I’d like to think he’d say the same for me. But I guess I kinda was a whiny trooper :P


I’ll miss these snowy ski weekends come spring time. It’s been a memorable winter, to say the least. Don’t get me wrong, I love those long summer days. But man. Hashtag Never Summer, though.

Throwback Thursday and a Ferry Ride

March 27, 2014


As I anxiously await a handful of rolls to be developed, I thought I’d share a photo I had overlooked from my last batch of film. This was from Christmas break in Washington. We took a ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for a brisk walk down Winslow Way, to an ice cream shop. It was a chilly, overcast day, but the ice cream was worth it. I opted for a hot chocolate-ice cream float, which resulted in melted ice cream and lukewarm hot chocolate. Not the best concept in retrospect, but I’ll take the peppermint-chocolate flavor combo any day.

On the ferry ride back to the mainland, we caught quite the view of the Seattle skyline. Sure do love this city.

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