Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maritime Aquarium Trip

My nephew loves marine life, squids of the giant variety in particular, so we took a trip down to Norwalk to check out the Maritime Aquarium. We went later in the day which was nice because there weren't a lot of people there. The downside was that most of the animals were already sleeping for the day. The kids didn't seem to mind at all and it showed me the super cool eye cover that the green tree frog has when it sleeps, seen above.

The jelly displays are super cool and really nicely lit which made for fun photos.




James also loves the lion fish, so I made sure to take a bunch of photos for him.


Meerkat slumber party.


We trapped Grandma in the shark cage.

While the sharks were resting, the rays still swam by for a few touches.

 The harbor seals were tuckered out after their last feeding of the day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Booker T at Stage One in Fairfield, CT 08.28.14

I had good reasons for holding off on this post: I got an autographed CD for my brother at the end of the show and I didn't want to tip him off. Now that his birthday has passed, I'm super excited to share these photos with you. It's a small set of images because I wasn't officially shooting this show. I ended up with front row seats right in front of Booker, so I snapped a few here and there with my mirrorless Canon EOS M, using 40mm and 85mm lenses and manual focusing so not to distract. Stage One is a very small venue, which makes for super intimate concerts. It was an absolutely amazing show, split into two hour long sets. Sometimes it's good to just enjoy musical genius as it happens. Booker and the band hung out after the show to talk and sign autographs and they were all beyond gracious and lovely.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Andrew Bird, Lucius, Jimbo Mathus at the Klein, Bridgeport, CT 07.11.14

In my efforts to turn around concert reviews quickly over on Surviving the Golden Age, I've failed to post them on my blog. I have a bit of a back log that I'm still sorting through, but I'm bringing you the first of them today. If you would like to read my full review of this concert, head on over to StGA with this link. This post will mostly be about my experience of shooting and the results.

I think what I like most about this post is that I am able to show you the amount of growth that's occurred in two years. In 2012, I went to see Andrew Bird at the Beacon Theatre in New York. I brought along my point and shoot digital because this was well before I was getting photo passes to most events and managed to get a few shots of the band. I view them as absolutely cringe worth now, but if you want to take a full look, here's the link.  I don't like to praise myself, but I'm amazed at how much better the shots are from this year.

 Andrew Bird at the Beacon Theatre, 2012

This was my second time shooting at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT. I covered Ben Folds solo back in 2010 there for my day job at the newspaper. That time I was only allowed to shoot from the balcony so my options were pretty limited. This time wasn't much easier, but for a different reason.

 Ben Folds at the Klein, 2010

I go back and forth with different PR people when getting a photo pass and every now and then, some information falls through the cracks. The PR person failed to let the tour manager know that I was coming to photograph, so there was only a ticket waiting for me. Security did not want to let me into the venue without a photo pass. I always keep copies of my emails handy for moments like this; they don't happen often, but they do happen. The best thing to do is to remain calm, stay upbeat and talk to the staff in charge. I worked out the confusion with the help of the on site PR person, the promoter of the show that knows me and the tour manager. Unfortunately, it only left me one song to photograph of the first band, hence the small selection of Jimbo Mathus photos. Lucius was a blast and very colorful to photograph and the lighting at the Klein is such an improvement from what I normally shoot. In fact, I shot the majority of the pictures with the lens I call "The Beast", my 35-350mm 5.6 lens. I've really come around to that lens as it offers such a wide focal length that I don't need to change lenses as much. In well lit venues, it's become my go to lens. I never though I'd say that! As tricky as it is to shoot Andrew Bird, he has his eyes closed most of the time he's on the stage, I managed to catch a few moments where he made eye contact with his band mates and more than a few smiles. I'm really excited to finally share these photos with you!

Jimbo Mathus


Andrew Bird