Lorette Schroth Preview

Also appearing at Mexicali Live over the weekend was Lorette Schroth:

85mm, f/3.2, ISO 3200, 1/160s

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Nellie McKay Preview

Coming soon, from Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ…

Nellie McKay at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ

50mm, f/2.5, ISO 2500, 1/125s

UPDATE: After proper White Balancing, this is what the pic looks like:

Big difference. McKay looks less pink now, to my eye.

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Cassadee Pope Beats Gangnam Style on iTunes

Cassadee Pope has a song more popular than Gangnam Style

How does that make you feel, Cassadee?

Cassadee Pope smiles

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Cassadee Pope: 16 February 2012 Teaser 2

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.

Cassadee Pope at the Mexicali Live club in Teaneck, NJ on February 16, 2012.

85mm, f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/250s

Cassadee Pope at the Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ 16 February 2012

85mm, f/2.5, ISO 3200, 1/160s

(See also my previous tease for this photoset…)

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Stephen Jerzak: 16 February 2012

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…

Stephen Jerzak performs at the Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ

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.

Stephen Jerzak performs at the Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ

50mm, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 1/125s

Back to the smiles, and sticking with black and white:

Stephen Jerzak performs at the Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ

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.

Stephen Jerzak performs at the Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ

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.

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New York City on a Sunday Morning

On the way to NYCC, shot on the ferry from Port Imperial

28mm, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/2500s - and a lot of LightRoom 3

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Return to Radio

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. =)

Radio mic

28mm, f/2.5, ISO 800, 1/125s

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Birds in Flight

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.

Geese flying in front of somebody's house next to the soccer field

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….

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So Close!

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:

Apple Store on 5th Ave, New York City

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!

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Standing Room Only Teaser

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.

S.R.O. cover band lead guitarist

85mm, f/320, ISO 1250, 1/1.8s

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