Monday, April 28, 2014

Looking at you

Since I have covered the Seabreeze Jazz Festival 14 out of the 16 years of its lifetime, I have picked up on some of the artists' stage antics. Brian Culbertson like to get on the backside of his keyboard during his performance. Most of the artists like the ability to walk out on the runway or leave the stage to roam among the fans.
Cindy Bradley, on the other hand, loves to play to the camera or maybe to the camera's operator, i.e., me.

Fuji X-E1 and a Nikkor 1,8/85mm at f2.0.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jim Peterik & Mindi Abair

Things continued to rock at the 16th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival with the legendary Jim Peterik jamming with saxophonist Mindi Abiar. Shot with the Fuji X100S.


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bringing down the house!

I must preface this entry with the fact I am working from a laptop and do not have all the bells & whistles of my desktop so the quality may not be the best.
That being said, here is a shot of saxophonist Eric Darius as he finished his performance last night. His performance was extremely high energy and he had the crowd on their feet for most of his show!


I am shooting the festival mostly in aperture preferred mode and the Fuji cameras are performing quite well. The other change for me is I am shooting with manual focus and am finding the focusing peaking quite adequate even though I am shooting mostly wide open or close to it. This shot was with the Fuji X-E1 and a Nikkor 1,8/85mm at f2.0.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

So it begins!!!

The 16th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival began last night. Here is a shot from the closing act of the night - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue! Great start to a 4-day event....


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Teenagers - in a world of their own

One of the things I enjoyed about shooting for a small local paper was locals began to recognize me after a while. It was fun shooting kids almost as toddlers and later grabbing images of them as they grew up.
I was shooting a local high school's homecoming and these two young ladies knew I was with the local paper. Both were sophomores (around 16 years old) but the difference between them could not be more obvious.
And the young man behind them trying to see what the girls were seeing (i.e., me with a 2,8/300mm lens) really completed the picture for me. One of the girls trying for the sultry look while the other just enjoying the attention.
Teenagers never change.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Why?

I shot this image a couple of months ago and kept it as part of an ongoing series I am working on about the square that is in the center of the small town where I live. I am not sure why I kept this shot. Compositionally, it is probably not very good. The girl on the right is slightly cut off as she cuts around me. The guy sitting at the inside table on the left is just barely in the frame.
But I keep coming back to it. There is just something about the combination of elements - the two people, the statue, the reflections - that keep drawing me in and getting me to look around the image.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just a glance

I was working on my manual focusing technique yesterday in the Square in preparation for the upcoming jazz festival I am covering. I plan on using a Nikkor 1,8/85mm AF-D on my X-E1. To keep things going in the manual focus mode, I am also going to use my X100S on manual focus to stay "focused" (pun intended!) on each shot.
This image is one from yesterday as I tried to keep up with a woman as she walked toward me. Looks like I got LUCKY! (I also love the sideways glance she is giving me!)


It was shot at f2.0 on the 85mm so I think my technique is getting better just in time for the festival!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gotta go back!

This is one of those shots where I know I need to go back when the light is better. Too many reflections, shadows too hard, and on and on.

BUT the possibilities make me want to try and get a better image.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bad hair day!

From the last cruise in 2013. Just enjoying the sun on the deck of Carnival Legend on a sea day. Love sea days!!!


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Well, uh....yeah.....I guess

The title of this post is probably a little confusing. Which is exactly what I thought this young lady was feeling.
Picture this: you are 18 or 19 years old and away from home for the first time in your adult life. One of your professors is also an accomplished and published poet who is having a book signing and reading at the local used bookstore. You arrive and get in line to not only get a book signed but it is a free book of the professor's latest work.
You get to the front of the line and he addresses you by name as he begins signing your copy. Suddenly you are flustered by this attention from your esteemed professor.
Instead of looking directly at him as he talks, you look down, playing with the closest thing you have to keep your hands busy.
That is the feeling I get from this shot. The young lady is playing with something off her keys and averting her gaze as she answers a comment from the professor. I could almost feel the bashfulness  in her as she tried to conversed with the professor.
And, IMO, with her arm stretched out, it adds a sense of geometry to the image that in a previous image is missing.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Subjecting family to our obsession

We photographers sometimes drive our families crazy with our obsession with this visual art. I am as bad as anyone else. But it seems my grandkids are starting to get used to it.
My son's children spent a few days with my wife and I during their spring break this week.
So, Like any good grandparent, I broke out the cameras.


My son's oldest daughter


My son's youngest daughter


and his son. He was the toughest. A 7-year-old perpetual motion machine.....
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Groovin'

Shot of a fan at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in 2010. Looking forward to covering this event soon for the 14th time during its 16-year history.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Serious reading

Our son and his family came over on Sunday. I cooked up a mess of bbq chicken on the grill (first cookout of the season). Got this shot of his oldest daughter as she was looking through one of my photo magazines.


This was shot with manual focus on my X-E1. I am trying to get to where I can really "see" the focus peaking in preparation of an upcoming music festival shoot. I will be using my Nikkor 1,8/85mm a lot during the festival along with my X100S and an old Yashica Electro35 GS with Tri-X film. Should be an interesting time.....
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oh, to be young

Just another enjoyable (at least for me) photo that sings to me. I love the way the little girls are holding each other and their expressions and postures are slightly different. Then the little boy all by himself.
But, in the great scheme of things, there is not much to this image. No earth shattering thoughts are going to come from looking at this. Just, again for me, a sense of youth and simpler times.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Forget

Looking through some old images trying to see what I photographed that was not really suitable for newspaper publication but I kept the image anyway.
This is one of those images. It doesn't really lend itself to being a standalone piece of filler art for the paper because there is nothing that really provides the 5 "W"s but I like the image. The image you see has been through no cropping. It was just what I saw in the viewfinder. I like that the person on the left is not fully seen and that the person behind the little boy is not recognizable. But the boy's fixed gaze on something made me wonder what he was seeing. I don't remember if I tried to figure out what he was seeing but this is my image of the day.


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