Category Archives: Music

Chemical X

I had an opportunity to snap a few shots at a friend’s private concert. The band is Chemical X, and our friend, MG, is the lead singer.

I took nearly 300 shots in an hour. (300 counts as “a few” shots, right?). I’m happy with about 20 or 30 of them, which is a less-than-acceptable ratio for me. Regardless, there are some pretty fun images!

I was reminded that it can be tough shooting in the dark at fast-moving targets. (This wasn’t the first time I’ve learned that lesson.) Once I stopped trying to get accurate still shots (what was I thinking?!), I had a great time with longer exposures. Exposures over 1 second produced awesome lighting and light-trail effects as shown below. The light trails are natural to all these photos. I did some Photoshopping, mostly on the black & white image. Everything else is very, very close to natural.

P.S. The band absolutely rocked!

Gorgeous Sound, But What Is It?

I was visiting Kiev (Ukraine) and saw this older man playing a really intricate string instrument. It sounded amazing, like a cross between a balalaika and a harpsichord. It was unlike anything I’d ever heard before. Only one problem, I don’t know what the instrument is called! Woops!

Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens
(I complain about playing my 6-string guitars! This guy has about 50 strings to deal with! Zheesh!)

More Guitars, Fewer Excuses

My friend Joe recently moved to NYC. Before he left, he unloaded most of his belongings to make the trip easier. Bequeathed to me were three guitars – a home-made electric, a full-acoustic and a Delta King hollow body electric jazz/blues guitar. These three guitars join my previously lonely Yamaha acoustic-electric. Now I have four guitars and no remaining excuses for not getting back into playing. (Though I could use a new 15″ Powerbook with GarageBand!! That would help!)

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Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

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Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens

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Oregon photos, Lake Oswego, Mount Hood, Portland, Oregon Gardens