January 28th, 2008


Weekend photo shoot and SmugMug

So on Saturday night boyziggy and I headed to Annie's Social Club for a midnight punk rock show, featuring my friend/teacher Steve Kirk playing guitar with The Symptoms. Two other bands played first, and we arrived in time for the last few songs of a very loud all-female group. At the break we escaped to the back room and sang a little "punk rock and schlock karaoke", which was actually pretty much the same as regular karaoke except that I thought the host (female) was a bit cuter than the ones at The Mint. Steve sang "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and I performed my usual, "Abacab" (still misclassified under Phil Collins rather than Genesis, sigh). Ziggy and I snapped a few pics.

Then we headed back to the main stage for Steve's set, where I began figuring out which lenses I was going to use in the very dark hall. I tried a few with my 17-55/2.8, but ultimately used the 50/1.4 for almost all of the set, as there was a good amount of room to maneuver and get both wide and close shots despite the lack of zoom. I ended up using shutter priority mode, set at 1/25 for most of the shots, which was good enough to counter a lot of the motion blur without underexposing too much. ISO was set at 1600, and white balance auto, as I was shooting raw as usual and would correct that, along with the exposure, in post. I took over 400 photos; 55 made the final cut.

I decided to post these on my new trial SmugMug account rather than Flickr. I'm seriously considering event photography as a side business, and SmugMug has more flexibility and features that are useful to pros, such as charging a markup for prints and digital downloads. Plus, the user interface is somewhat nicer than Flickr; for example, you can move between photos simply by using the arrow keys. I'm not abandoning my Flickr account, but I'm pretty sure I will make SmugMug a permanent part of my arsenal before my two-week trial is over.

I actually enjoyed the music too, despite the high volume level; some of the songs were reminiscent of the Talking Heads, and Steve's soloing was very impressive as usual. I look forward to acquiring the album he produced for them once it's released.

During the set I was approached by another photographer, who asked about what camera I was using to take the photos in low light without flash. Turns out he shoots for the Guardian and has a great portfolio online, and is also here on LJ as mrdodgy. We exchanged cards. I need to make a real business card and a logo now that I have a domain name (site has nothing on it yet so I'm not linking it here).

We were lucky enough to catch the all-elusive 27 Bryant bus home at ~1:15 in the morning. I was a bit concerned that if I start doing this for money regularly, my fees would be eaten up in cab fare. That and a lot of other issues are running through my brain as I ponder where I want to go with my photography. The one fact that's indisputable is that I still have quite a lot to learn.

Dubya's blog

Many of you likely knew this already, but I just found out via a comment on dykestwofstrip that W apparently has a blog.

The latest entry ends with these pearls of wisdom: "I'm looking forward to seeing Laura and Barney and Beazley and the Kitty. After all, there's no better place to lay your head than in your own bed with people you love."

I bookmarked it in del.icio.us under "humor".

iTunes meme

Yanked from the_ogre, for those who use iTunes and have some time to kill.

Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.

How many songs total: 4387
How many hours or days of music: 14 days

Most recently played: "I've Got a Feeling", The Beatles, from Let It Be
Most played: "Time of No Reply", Nick Drake, from same-titled album (though that's far from my fave song on that album, it's just the first track)
Most recently added: "I Don't Believe You" from Another Side of Bob Dylan - added yesterday

Sort by song title
First Song: "A.M. Mourning", Chicago, self-titled album
Last Song: "1946 - Sonata no 2, op 35 - 04", from Rubinstein plays Chopin

Sort by time
Shortest Song: 8 seconds - "The Waves To Del Pepe", Steve Kirk, from Pop Quiz
Longest Song: 55:57 - Daphnis et Chloé, Maurice Ravel (I'm sure this was originally segmented but I didn't rip it)

Sort by album
First album: Abacab, Genesis
Last album: 1967 Billboard Top 100 (only have one song from it)

First song that comes up on Shuffle: "Toto Dies", Nellie McKay, from Get Away From Me

Search the following and state how many songs come up:

Death: 7
Life: 68
Love: 158
Hate: 6 (includes four copies of the Arctic Monkeys' "Fake Tales of San Francisco", from Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - I guess it's getting it from "Whatever"??)
You: 285
Sex: 19 (almost all from Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik)