The weather has struggled towards Spring with the utmost lethargy. We will have a day of Spring-like weather, followed by rain and then snow. Now snow that will make a Winter Wonderland, but the snow mixed with a crust of ice that turns everything dull. In short, not the weather for inspiring photography.
So instead, I will leave you with a quote, spoken about America in the 40s.
“Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.”
I'd say we've reach this point.
Now, what are we going to do about it?
At a bit of portraiture. This is Monica, a young singer who needed some shots for her accounts. I had hoped to take these indoors at the Main Street Station, but those plans fell through and we took them outside instead.
They were in colour, but converted to B/W for more impact.
Ok, I've been experiencing issues today creating posts, either Chrome or BlogSpot is being dumb and eating my posts. Long story short: No Gwar shots, venue were being jerks. Had a warm weekend so heavy fog, here are the results.
An awesome gift from a totally awesome girlfriend.
The camera is the gift, the 10 Trillion dollar Zimbabwe note I already had. It's worth, about 0.05$ US. Although officially the Zimbabwe currency was abandoned around 2008. At the height of the (ongoing) economic issues Zimbabwe faces, their inflation was in numbers so high they practically have to invent words for it. 90 Sextillion percent. I read somewhere that if each percent was an atom, the highest inflation Zimbabwe encountered would be equal to one third of all known atoms in the universe. That's still a mindbogglingly staggering number. Sorry, off topic, this is a photography site, not a history or geopolitical journal.
The Yashica 635 TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) pictured here is one of only a handful of TLRs that were dual format, they could take film of 120 format, and with an adapter (hard to find, but included with mine) standard 35mm format film. There are no more medium format film houses here in town, so I'll be shooting a lot of 35mm through this.
The serial number of the 635 indicted it was made around Christmas of 1960, which I thought was cool, making it almost exactly 53 years old when I got it.
As usual, I meant to have this post before the holidays had arrived, not after. Oh well, distractions abound. I wanted to wish all my readers a happy and joyous holiday and New Year's celebration. I will be photographing Gwar in concert tonight at a venue known for having proper concert lighting.
If you are unaware of who, or what Gwar is, I urge you to look up their live work on YouTube, it's a sight to behold. I fully expect to come back with ruined clothes (Gwar are well known for spraying their audience with all sorts of liquids during the show) so I'm going in grungy outfits with a rainpouch for my camera gear.
I probably won't get to processing and sorting the pics until the New Year, so check back here in 2014 to see samples.
I've been wanting to play a musical instrument for decades, and some years ago I bought a number of guitars, thinking I'd find time to learn. Well that never happened and I ended up giving them away to a friend, and selling the more valuable ones.
Fast forward to today, and my life has changed (for the better!) so with more free time, I picked up a bass guitar and signed up for lessons. This is an Ibanez SR500 in solid mahogany good with active pickups. The sound is stunning, deep rumbling to light tones, and I hope I can do it justice.
Firmly attached to the Ibanez is Ollie, a snow corn snake who was a rescue. It's quite difficult to get snakes to pose properly for the shot and I ended up with a dozen or so outtakes.
Gear used: Nikon D2x, Tamron 17-35mm lens, Manfrotto tripod and studio lights set at 45 degrees from each other.
I ordered a bunch of frozen meat (mice to be specific, for my reptiles) and it came packed in dry ice. A huge block of it. So after I did the usual fun experiments, it was time to break out the camera and lights for some shots.
Here is one, just before the bubble burst. Shot with my Nikon D2x, the 50mm Macro, tripod, and a set of studio lights, one giving a 50% flash to light it up evenly. There is no post processing on these shots, they are all straight out of the camera.
One advantage of a crowded venue...crowd shots! Given the lighting from the angle I was, I had to drop the shutter speed way down to 1/40 of a second, risking motion blur but felt any blur would add to the energy of the shot
Toxic Holocaust lead singer/guitarist here. The band consists of only three members, so getting a group shot is difficult. Add an active mosh pit and it was pretty much no chance of one. Nonetheless, I did get some dynamic shots on individuals here.