September 2015. Delta 3200, Mamiya 645 pro tl
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.
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 discussionsÂ in photos. Below are three of those images next to one of the performers during the rehearsal set.
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!
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.
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.Â 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]Â 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.Â I want my image workflow to “just work” and GIMP just doesn’t.
ButÂ 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.Â How do you go from the starting image on the left to the finished on the right?
Click Read MoreÂ and let’s dig in to the process of taking a RAW image from capture to finished output.