Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Favorite Images: Derek Trucks



I was going through photos I took this summer. While doing so, I ran across this image of Derek Trucks who was performing at the Newport Jazz Festival. I'm a big fan of close-up shots of hands playing instruments.  It's one of those shots that I always try to capture.  Sadly, they don't always turn out the way I envision them in my head.  This one, however, did.





Sunday, September 9, 2012

On Film: Newport Jazz Festival


Film camera fun at the Newport Jazz Festival.

3 Cohens: Yuval, Anat & Avishai Cohen

Christian McBride

James Carter

Joe Lovano 

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Audience


On Film: Newport Folk Festival


Film camera fun at the Newport Folk Festival.

In color ...

Alabama Shakes

Brown Bird

Dawes

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Sharon Van Etten
Audience

In black and white ...

Charles Bradley

Gary Clark, Jr.

Arlo Guthrie

Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons

My Morning Jacket

Patty Griffin

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Trampled By Turtles

Saturday, September 8, 2012

On Film: Music

I took my film camera out to the Newport Folk Festival and ran a couple of rolls through it.  I need to spend more time learning the ins and outs of the camera.  Nothing a little time and patience won't fix.  

When I use digital, I usually end up fiddling around with my various editing software to add grain, fading, light leaks and any number of things that give me what I want.  Well, the good and in some cases bad about my film photography foray is I got all of that without the aid of software.  It's one thing to take a nice crisp digital image and dirty it up.  It's a completely different thing when you get no choice.  If I didn't know the camera was capable shooting well, I would be concerned that it was a bad apple.  

Alabama Shakes
This is the kind of photo I wanted when I was toying around with my Holga, not so much with my slr.  I love the photo though.

Sharon Van Etten
Again I like the photo but would rather it be the result of my toy camera.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nature: The Opossum


There are butterflies and bunnies in the backyard but they aren't as adventurous as the opossum that I found dangling from my porch light.  The photographer side of me had to grab the camera and get some images of this little daredevil.  



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Historic Sights: Fort Adams

While I was taking in the music at the Newport folk and jazz festivals, I decided to spend a little time exploring the fort itself.  The festivals take place at Fort Adams State Park and the structure screams to be photographed so, that's what I did.





I'm not completely positive but I think the clothespins were left over from the folk festival when a photographer used the room and had some images, probably Polaroid's they had just taken, displayed.



I tried to capture the connected rooms in a sort of infinity way visually.  I think I would have achieved my goal had I used a wider angle lens.  While I like the images, they're just not quite what I saw in my head when I took them.  


At first, I thought this was another image that would have benefited from a wider angle lens ... I would have gotten the whole medallion in the image.  But, I find that I like the portion that was captured and now I'm glad I didn't have a wider angle lens handy.  



I went up to the roof of the fort to get some images and as I was coming down, I became fascinated with the stairs.  They're precarious to walk up and down but there was something about them that I just liked.  I'm afraid of heights so with one hand I'm doing a death grip on the handrail and with the other, I'm snapping the stairs as I'm inching down slower than a snail.  Once I made my way to the bottom, I looked to the left and noticed a gated in bit of the fort that in three years I've never noticed.  Yeah, I know, not very observant  for a photographer!  Anyway, the wall caught my eye and I wanted to get a shot through the bars.  I'm happy to say it, as well as the stair photo, turned out exactly as I saw them in my head.


This is the flag that flies over the fort.  This is one of those photos that I did something that I didn't notice until I started processing my photos.  I took the photo from the back of the flag.  I'm not an overly patriotic person but having the flag appearing to fly backwards bothered me.  So, thanks to my editing software, with the click of a button, I sorted out my photo.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nature: The Butterfly


A billion butterflies have taken up residence in the aptly named butterfly bush outside my window.  Okay, a billion is exaggerating but, there are a lot of them.  You would think with so many of them flitting about and in general just lounging around on the bush, I would be able to get a decent photo of one.  Well, apparently, my butterflies are anti-posing, anti-camera and outright anti-social.  I spent a fair amount of time outside in various locations and positions, snapping dozens of photos trying to capture a decent image of one. This is the disappointing result of my butterfly stalking.

Monday, August 20, 2012

My Favorite Images: Avishai & Anat Cohen


My camera and I were hanging out at the Newport Jazz Festival taking in the sights and sounds.  The festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park and, one of my favorite places to photograph from is the windows of the fort right behind the main stage.  I was looking out the window and noticed Avishai Cohen and sister Anat Cohen who had stepped back while brother Yuval Cohen and their band jammed.  Anat was snapping her fingers and swaying her head to the music while Avishai was temporally stoic.  I think it's a cute image and a snapshot that has landed on my list of favorite images.

 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Favorite Images: Charles Bradley


I love when entertainers put on a show.  I love hearing good music but when there is performance to go along with it, it often takes things to another level.  For those who have seen Charles Bradley live then you know that he puts on a show.  He poses, he bird flaps, he throws himself on his knees and he makes costume changes.  If you haven't seen him live, then you should.  Bradley makes for good photos and I knew I wanted my images of him to be in black & white.  I felt that black & white would add to the dramatic nature I was trying to capture.

Performing at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival

Performing at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival

Monday, July 23, 2012

Musicians: Experimenting With Editing Effects

I'm not a fan of editing photos.  Actually, I should say I'm not a fan of editing to "fix" photos.  Truth be told I rather enjoy fiddling around with my various editing software if I'm doing it to be creative or for the fun of it.  I like trying to make a photo match what I see in my head be it a retro look, a grainy look or any number of looks I can create with my software. The below image of Ollie Steck is the result of some of that fiddling.



Friday, July 13, 2012

On The Rocks



I was out by the ocean earlier this week and discovered this little tower of rocks.  I'm not sure who made the formation or why but, it was sitting there perfectly ready for me to photograph.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nature: Dandelion

Weeds, they start rearing their annoying little heads come spring.  As I was sitting at my kitchen table looking out the back door, I thought to myself, I really should make an effort to tend to the lawn.  However, as quickly as that thought popped into my head it left.  Instead, I did the ultimate form of lawn care denial and procrastination.  I embraced it!  I got my camera out and set about trying to make weeds look like art. My effort is below.  All of the dandelions in my yard have lost their little white afros except this one.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Concert Photography: Bob Schneider


Here's a shot I took of Bob Schneider at the Bowery Ballroom earlier this week.  I believe this shot was taken right after the first glow stick was thrown onstage.  At any rate, I'm still editing photos. I'm also putting together a blog post for my music blog Quirky NY Chick.  All of that should be done in the next day or two, hopefully.  "Make a living" jobs get in the way of blogging!

More Photos HERE & video HERE

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

From The Passenger Seat: Fog

I finally photographed some fog that I'm reasonably happy with. 




I'm fascinated by black and white images of fog.  I think black and white makes fog look more eerie.  Below is the un-edited color image, which I think is lovely in its own right, as well as my black and white edit.