Aerial Lessons at Abrasive Media

October 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Shad­ow­ing Lizard Walk­er dur­ing a cou­ple of aer­i­al class­es at abra­sive­Me­dia. We are start­ing to explore a long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion which is very exciting!

Sep­tem­ber 2015. Delta 3200, Mamiya 645 pro tl

High Watt Recap 1 of 4: Field Report and Joe Pug

August 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

After meet­ing the folks from East of 8th blog at the Apache Relay show ear­li­er this year, I’ve col­lab­o­rat­ed with them by pro­vid­ing pho­tos from four High Watt shows. I also real­ized I haven’t post­ed any of the work on my site, so here are recaps from each of the shows!

Christo­pher Porter­field with Field Report is the new king of singer/songwriter Amer­i­cana in my mind (although he’d prob­a­bly decline the throne and insist he’d be the court jok­er instead). Joe Pug brought a high ener­gy show — with tight ban­ter, smart songs and a stun­ning set of back­ing musi­cians. Both acts are well worth see­ing — def­i­nite­ly check them out.

Photo Exploration — FALL Rehearsals, July 2015

July 29, 2015 at 4:34 pm

I was for­tu­nate to be the Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val 2015 pho­tog­ra­ph­er, and as always there were many incred­i­ble ses­sions of the­ater, aeri­al­ists, pup­pets, and music. There are many, many, many tac­tics one can uti­lize when pho­tograph­ing per­for­mances. Long expo­sures, high-ISO cap­tures, processed images to high­light the per­former — all are good options. Anoth­er option on engag­ing the sub­ject: shoot once, process none. Shoot film, process, and take what develops.

In addi­tion to the actu­al live per­for­mances, I was also invit­ed to check out some rehearsals, includ­ing the work of the FALL com­pa­ny. It was pret­ty incred­i­ble to lis­ten in and hear some of their process as they rehearsed through the work, and to try and unob­tru­sive­ly cap­ture some of the dis­cus­sions in pho­tos. Below are three of those images next to one of the per­form­ers dur­ing the rehearsal set.

FALL Rehearsing, Side Show Fringe Festival 2015

FALL Rehears­ing, Side Show Fringe Fes­ti­val 2015

Giv­ing up some con­trol with the medi­um lets me work in the avail­able light­ing and motion with­out stress­ing over the upcom­ing post-pro­cess­ing. A chance to pho­to­graph the mood and ambi­ence in the unpol­ished envi­ron­ment. A bit of a loos­er, yet more focused, feel­ing from the per­form­ers seems to come out in rehearsals. When the dancers are con­tin­u­ing the com­mit­ment of their work to mus­cle mem­o­ry it’s almost like a pho­to cri­tique. Peo­ple are look­ing for input, look­ing for encour­age­ment, but also any­thing that helps rise the lev­el of the work is welcome. 

Many thanks to FALL for allow­ing me to shoot the rehearsals!

Franklin First Friday Art Festival, May 2015

May 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Every first Fri­day of month these days Franklin hosts a walk­ing art fes­ti­val down­town for perusal and fun. Below are some favorites from my walk around the fes­ti­val for May 2015.

Editing Photographs with Darktable on Linux

March 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Every once in a while, I’m left with just a lap­top run­ning lin­ux (Red Hat Enter­prise v7 specif­i­cal­ly) and I need to do a quick bit of edit­ing on a pho­to­graph. His­tor­i­cal­ly the only fea­si­ble option has been to fire up GIMP and puz­zle through the dialogs to try and get some­thing usable. While I am a big fan of open source soft­ware, and espe­cial­ly long-estab­lished pro­grams like GIMP, it is just too dif­fi­cult for me to use. I like the Pho­to­shop toolkeys and lay­out. I know there are peo­ple who [a] have no trou­ble with GIMP [b] have installed skins and what­not for eas­i­er use [c] both a and b. I’m not one of them. I want my image work­flow to “just work” and GIMP just doesn’t.

But Dark­table does! For some­one like me who is used to Ligh­room, dark­table pro­vides a sim­i­lar inter­face and work­flow as usu­al. Very help­ful when some sim­ple edits and cor­rec­tions need to be done. How do you go from the start­ing image on the left to the fin­ished on the right?

Click Read More and let’s dig in to the process of tak­ing a RAW image from cap­ture to fin­ished output.

Photo Exploration: The Bird (or Movement IV)

March 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Aeri­al­ists are incred­i­ble. Flat out, hands down — some of the most enter­tain­ing per­form­ers com­bined with incred­i­ble phys­i­cal abil­i­ties. Twist­ing, pulling, turn­ing, falling — it’s amaz­ing. See­ing an aer­i­al per­for­mance is great. Always, always, always go if you have the chance. The pho­to below is from the 2014 Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val. This ses­sion was with the FALL dance com­pa­ny and Aer­i­al Fab­ri­ca­tors.

The Bird (Movement IV, SSF 2014)

The Bird (Move­ment IV, SSF 2014)

It’s been a long time since the last pho­to explo­ration post. The fall and win­ter were a pro­duc­tive time, just not for updat­ing this part of the web­site. So let’s dig in one a pho­to tak­en around the time of the last pho­to explo­ration!

Long expo­sures a great. They are easy to do, fun to share, and usu­al­ly pro­vide some very inter­est­ing results. Almost every pho­tog­ra­ph­er I know has gone through a water­fall peri­od, which usu­al­ly involves con­sid­er­a­tions for ND fil­ters, low-as-pos­si­ble-ISO, stop­ping down the lens and look­ing for the shadi­est spot pos­si­ble to get a good image of creamy water over still rocks. For that mat­ter, I still do those shots when the oppor­tu­ni­ty arises!

How­ev­er, when work­ing in a black box the­ater with high con­trast spot lights, it’s much eas­i­er to do long expo­sures than any­thing else. The ques­tion is, just HOW long should that expo­sure be? 1 sec­ond? 5? 1/2″? It’s tri­al and error at the start, and with per­for­mances you might not get a sec­ond chance. Pro tip: auto-brack­et­ing helps tremen­dous­ly in this sit­u­a­tion. But once you get the set­tings dialed in for the scene, some fan­tas­tic work can be captured.

I remem­ber the piece being incred­i­ble. Bursts of motion over­laid on still and gen­tle cross­ings of the stage. When the per­form­ers were climb­ing, it seemed like they could have stayed aloft for­ev­er. When one came down, it was like a bird emerg­ing from the egg and imme­di­ate­ly tak­ing flight. Enthralling, to say the least!

Color Self Portraits, February 2015

February 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

I do shoot col­or some­times! These are two dig­i­tal images made while test­ing bat­ter­ies and con­fig­u­ra­tions for off cam­era flash setups. 50mm f/1.4 on the 5dmk2

French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville. June 2014.

July 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

We had an extend­ed vis­it to West­ern North Car­oli­na in June, and one of the stops was the always fan­tas­tic French Broad Choco­late Lounge. Great cof­fee, great treats. 

Shot with the Mamiya 645 Pro TL and expired FP4+ 220 film.