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Friday night music

Last night we went out to see a friend’s band play some of their original material in a kind of theatrical setting. I brought my G11 along and took quite a few shots. I knew when I looked at the LCD screen after taking this shot that it was going to be a blog post. Sometimes you just know. The story is that the Hammond organ player is laying back while the sax player takes a solo.

Musicians on a Friday night

Canon G11 out on the town.

Vacation view at f/22

I’m feeling 100% better so I’ve spent most of the day… practicing guitar. I did grab a few moments of quality time with my T2i while some cool summer cloud formations were passing overhead. This is the first photo I’ve published that was shot at f/22. In fact, today was the first day I took shots at f/22. And I forgot to check the ISO (vacation brain is lazy), so I was shooting at f/22, ISO 100 without a tripod. The trick: don’t breathe! 😉

Black and white view from the lazy table

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 15mm. 1/25 at f/22, ISO 100.

Canon T2i looking up from the lazy table.

Black and white and red

It’s Labor Day, and I’ve got a bit of a stomach malady. Nothing serious, but barbecuing isn’t going to happen here at the homestead. Neither do I feel motivated to pull out the camera. So I decided to pull up an older shot and do some Photoshop play. The image was first converted to black and white using the Nik Silver Efex Pro (version 1) plugin, then I selected all the reds from the original image layer, copied and pasted them them into their own layer. I merged the reds with the black and white layer, did a little fine tuning, et voilĂ :

Black and white with red added back

The red clad group are members of the Hubbub Club hanging out backstage after their set at the 2011 Cotati Accordion Festival.

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm.

Canon T2i seeing red.

Old school musician

Here’s another image from last weekend’s accordion festival. This guy is old school, but his look is trĂšs cool. No need for color–his vibe is all about black and white. I grabbed the shot while standing just outside a small booth where accordions were being sold.

Old school accordion player

Lens: Canon 15-85mm at 50mm. 1/200 second at f/5.6, ISO 200.

Canon T2i going old school.

Button box player

This past weekend our band played at the Cotati Accordion Festival. Our set was on Saturday, but Maggie and I were there all day, both days, selling merch and hanging with friends and fans. When I wasn’t at the booth working, eating or enjoying a cold beer or two ;-), I was out and about with my camera. My first offering is a portrait of our fiddler friend Scott working a button box.

Button box player

Lens: Canon 15-85mm at 25mm. 1/80 second at f/5.6, ISO 200.

Canon T2i in the moment.

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