Almost finished with this batch of pictures, at long last! (And am working on lining up a couple new concerts in the next couple of weeks, too. Stay tuned!)
But I can’t sit on these forever, so here’s a quick couple teasers until I get the set finalized.
This is Cassadee Pope (now on “The Voice”) at the Mexicali Live club in Teaneck, NJ on February 16, 2012.
85mm, f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/250s
85mm, f/2.5, ISO 3200, 1/160s
(See also my previous tease for this photoset…)
We go back to the Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on a cold wintry night, where we join YouTube sensation Stephen Jerzak already in progress…
85mm, f/2.5, ISO 2500, 1/160s
This is Toreador Jerzak. It’s hardly representative of his concert, but I liked the serious bullfighter look, so I went with it.
50mm, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 1/125s
Back to the smiles, and sticking with black and white:
85mm, f/2.2, ISO 2500, 1/200s
Here’s a video from the show. One of this pics might be from that song. No way to tell.
85mm, f/2.2, ISO 2500, 1/200s
As oasis of color coming next. Most pics wound up in black and white because they looked better that way. At Mexicali, you can be fighting the colored spotlights a bunch and creating confusing pictures. Sometimes, sucking all that color out is the only way around it. Sometimes, it also starts looking cool and retro.
Click through for the rest.
For alumni weekend, I returned to my alma mater and did an hour and a half on the radio. Of course, I also brought my camera with me. =)
28mm, f/2.5, ISO 800, 1/125s
I’ve spent a lot of time in parks stalking birds, trying to get a good shot of them in flight. While I’ve had a couple decent ones, I’ve only had one or two I really liked.
Last week, I was at the park taking pictures of my daughter during her soccer class. I only brought my 85mm lens. Sunlight was directly overhead. Shadows were horrible.
And then a gaggle of geese landed at the far end of the field. The kids started screaming. I turned around, they were taking back off again. And, somehow, despite shooting in Manual Mode, carrying a fixed lens, and not having any set-up time whatsoever, I took a pretty good shot of birds in flight. From the point of view of keeping the birds in sharp focus with their wings spread as they flew, I think this is one of my best pictures.
85mm, f/2.0, ISO 400, 1/3200s
Unfortunately, the background sucked. And. man, do I wish I was shooting at a smaller aperture than f/2.0.
Ah, well. Back to the drawing board….
Was in New York City with the family today. Went to find F.A.O. Schwartz for my daughter. I didn’t realize where it was. Right behind this bad boy:
28mm, f/4.5, ISO 200, 1/160s
Sadly, didn’t get to stop in. But I did get to visit the Big Glass Cube, at least. Saw someone out front taking a picture of his girlfriend with his iPad. Geek-tastic!
I shot a band over the weekend. It’s been four months, so I was a little rusty. But it was outdoors at a birthday party as the sun was setting. I had some good light in the first set. Here’s a sample. More will come eventually… This is S.R.O.
85mm, f/320, ISO 1250, 1/1.8s
Those characters keep showing up in these pictures. It’s very dark in there, but I only pushed the ISO up to 1600 for a 1/50th shutter speed. Why was that? Because I was also recording video, which you want at 1/50th of a second.
Otherwise, I’d have gone for ISO 3200 and gotten the speed faster to get less blur. Everything is a compromise, but with a little Lightroom wizardry, you can make those compromises look pretty decent.
51mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/50s
I guess I probably should have saved this shot for Fourth of July. Oh, well. . .
24mm, f/16, ISO 200, 22s
In my previous post, I wondered aloud why I had cut off the golf ball, thinking that maybe a tree blocked my view.
Then I looked a few pictures down in Lightroom and saw a wide shot of the same scene. Yup, there was definitely a tree. And too many tourists. And bad nearly high noon sun. (The time stamp shows 11:48 a.m.)
I’m cutting myself a break.
28mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/2500s