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My New Photography Website

Hello everyone! I have been absent for quite some time and I just want to give you a few updates. I have been working hard on a new website that displays more of my work and it would be great if you can take a look and let me know what you think!

Check it out here: http://www.benricardphotography.com

 

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Glowing Grafitti

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog post about the history of our ancient French monastery that has been passed down in our family for several generations. Click here if you want to read about it more and also look back and see the images I took of the Milky Way as well. The images below were taken on the same night. After dinner we decided to build a camp fire from scratch using one of the best fire starters, pine cones. We laughed, we drank, we then played with sticks of burning fire and acted like we were in the movie Highlander. Anyways, please like, share, and comment if you enjoyed these sweet pictures!

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The Milky Way from an Ancient French Monastery

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These photos were taken during July of 2012 without any sort of professional equipment, simply a Nikon D90 and a 10.2 mm lens. Of course, with a little bit of PhotoShop, the pictures came to life. As an amateur photographer, I was beyond excited with the results.

This location where the photos were taken, as we call it ‘Crouzet’, is located in the outskirts of a small village called Aubenas, France. The larger geographical area it is located in is called Ardèche. We roughly own 50 acres of the land around the building. Although it is hard to pinpoint exactly when it was built, it is believed to be around as far as the 14th century. During it’s long history, it first served as a monastery and then was later bought out and turned into a silk mill. The owner of the silk mill had two daughters and they happened to marry two Ricard brothers back in the early 1900s, which is how it fell into my family. Our tradition is to hand Crouzet to the first born son, and believe it or not, the first born child has been a boy in the Ricard family tree for as far as we know, and as the second born son, I am a little bit bitter about this tradition.

Today, we use this place as a vacation home during the Summer where we usually invite friends and family to stay with us for a week, or longer. Without TV or Internet, it truly is a therapeutic escape from life. I have retained some of my best childhood memories from Crouzet, and I hope to do the same for my children and grandchildren.

Please like and share if you enjoyed the blog post and the pictures. Comment if you would like to see more images from this magical place.

Ben

The Malibu Bandit

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I took this photo in Malibu, California at Leo Carrillo State Beach. I put this photo under my ‘lucky’ category because it is one of those moments where you don’t have any time to react, you just have to press the shutter release button. I am sure most photographers can relate to moments like these in life. If only the wave was breaking in the background! I hope you enjoy this photo. Keep an eye out for more of my work. Don’t forget to like and share!

Ben

Sunset in Cannes

These photos were taken on January 31st, 2013.

It was a rare 75 degree day in the middle of winter but I took full advantage of the warm weather by hanging out on the rocks overlooking the water with my shirt off. Believe it or not, my skin was a light pink color the next day. Who would of thought it’s possible to get a minor sunburn in January in the south of France? Anyways, I hope you enjoy these images and please share with your friends and family!

Ben

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Everything is a Remix Part IV

I apologize for being absent for so long, but I am back blogging again. So here is the final part of Kirby Ferguson’s incredible documentary! Enjoy!

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