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  • Jun29

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    I’m gonna keep the writing brief on this one, you can read a thorough review of one of the Archers of Loaf reunion shows through yesterday’s post. I can’t top that, so I’m just gonna let the photos do the talking. What I want you to know about these photos is the camera I used to take them all. Before I left for this trip, my father’s day gift was a new camera (which I picked out).

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    On sale for $379 (normally $499), I couldn’t resist getting the Nikon P7000 as a street/walkaround camera. After using my waterproof Pentax point & shoot camera a lot on my recent vacation because I didn’t want to risk breaking or getting my DSLR stolen while I was riding an ATV through Cozumel, I realized the value in getting a high-end compact camera. That value is the quality of life you can have by not lugging around a bag of camera equipment during casual engagements. While my Pentax is cool – it really is only good in outdoorsy settings where it can take the heat, dust, and water, but can’t do much with low light.

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11 Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11 Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    I threw myself into the fire over the weekend with this camera as the Archers of Loaf are easily one of my favorite bands ever, and here I am shooting their long awaited reunion with a camera I’m completely unfamiliar with. Furthermore, I wanted to pay attention to the show, not fiddle with settings.

    Archers of Loaf Webster Hall 6.26.11

    I had spent a good portion of Saturday figuring out the ins & outs of the P7000, including a walk through Central Park, which will be the subject of a future post. I pushed this little sucker as far as I could to see just what it can do. Sure it’s noisy in a club atmosphere, and yes I missed a lot of great shots due to my own lack of knowledge of the camera’s limitations, but to me that is the fun of it!

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11 Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11 Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    One Issue that popped up at the show in Williamsburg (which I didn’t notice until afterwards) was that the blades that cover the lens were sticking because some debris must have gotten into them. From the reviews I’ve read, the P7000 is very susceptible to this. Now that I’ve seen it firsthand, I know to look out for it while I’m using it.

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    You can see the effect on quite a few of these photos – it’s like a vignetting on only 2 sides. Fortunately for me it didn’t ruin a lot of the shots, although one picture of my friends after Saturday’s show cut everyone’s heads off – it really stings that that shot is ruined.

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    Archers of Loaf Webster Hall 6.26.11

    Archers of Loaf Williamsburg 6.25.11

    After that first night, I was aware of the issue and I kept an eye out for it (although it hasn’t happened since). I did manage to get another shot of some of my friends on the second night – this one was taken by the bassist for Risk/Reward, my friend John Houlihan:

    Archers of Loaf Webster Hall 6.26.11

    I’ll be sure to share more shots and talk more about the new camera in upcoming posts. So far, I’m loving this thing for sure. You can see the rest of my Archers of Loaf photos in this set on Flickr.

  • Jun27

    It’s who you know. But that’s not just what I’m talking about. Good pictures don’t care about hardware, they care about the intention and execution of the person conceiving and/or capturing them. Sure a camera’s lack of abilities can hinder you from getting a shot you envision, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a good shot with a poor camera! Once you realize this, it’s a matter of exploiting what the camera can do, and not wasting your time griping about what it can’t do.

    The photo above was made at the Archers of Loaf concert in Brooklyn, NY this past Saturday. I made it on my iPhone using the app Camera+. I shot it, converted it to B&W, and immediately shared it on Facebook. The next day, a writer for L Magazine (who is an old friend) saw it and asked to use it for his review of the concert. So yes, it is mostly a case of who you know. I did offer up some technically better shots taken with a better camera, but he liked the iPhone one enough and it works in spite of the fact that it was made on a cell phone.

    I’ll be sure to share more shots of the shows I attended this weekend that I made on my newest camera when I review it. I also have all of my vacation shots sorted out – just need to title and tag them, so that will be up this week also.

  • Jun18

    When the change was made uptown
    And the big man joined the band
    From the coastline to the city
    All the little pretties raise their hands
    Im gonna sit back right easy and laugh
    When scooter and the big man bust this city in half
    With a tenth avenue freeze-out

    RIP Mr. Clemons, you’re a legend on so many fronts – the artistic world has suffered a great loss, but you’ll inspire many generations to come.

    Here is a fantastic interview from Ron Bennington Interviews. Check out the part where Ron asks him about his health challenges, and Clarence responds with “I don’t see them as challenges, they’re opportunities”.

    Here’s the Big Man’s latest commercial collaboration with Lady Gaga:

    I know this is not photographically related post (never got to shoot the E Street Band, but I did see them at the Meadowlands years ago), but music is one of the most important art forms and it has given me so much in my life. Thanks for reading.

  • Jun16

    I’m Back!

    Posted in: News

    Hey folks, sorry for keeping quiet for so long. I vanished for some R&R a few weeks ago and when I got back, the gods of work made me pay for it and I’ve been swamped (that’s a good thing – we’ve got to pay for our adventures somehow). I’ve tried a few times to muster up something to write here between the cracks, and after a few failed attempts I decided to just go ahead and say hello as a start. I also wanted to share some photos of Hogwarts, well, Universal Studios “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” that I took on our first stop of our vacation. I actually haven’t even gone through all of my vacation photos but I did manage to sift though these so…

    Hogwarts

    Hogwarts

    Hogwarts

    These shots were taken in the morning, but since I had a clear sky at the time, I was able to drop the blue channels during B&W conversion to make the sky black, which I think makes for an ominous castle picture. Later on in the afternoon, the clouds made an appearance, so I used a different approach to keep the ominous feel, but with a more stormy effect:

    Hogwarts

    Well, I’ve got to run out to work again, but I will be sharing some more photos and I have a new HDR video iPhone app I wanted to demo with video I shot in Hogsmead, so check back soon!