Scooter Turns 71

Bruce Springsteen, April 2017

 

Today is National Boss Day, aka, Bruce Springsteen’s birthday.

Scooter turns 71 today.

It’s almost a national holiday here in New Jersey!

A lot of people love him.

A lot of people hate him.

Whatever side you fall on, it’s hard to fault Bruce’s longevity and songwriting abilities.

He’s not the best singer. He’s not the best guitar player, but man, he can tell some stories.

If you told the 14 year old me in 1984, when Born To Run came out, that’s have quite a few opportunities to photograph Bruce on stage, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Primarily because I wasn’t into photography then, but also, there’s no way I’d make the leap from watching him dance in the dark on MTV to thinking I’d be up close and personal watching him make that guitar talk.

Or shoot him walking a red carpet at a movie premier.

Or getting a wave from him (not really but it sure looks that way)

But, when you live in my little pocket of New Jersey, sometimes crazy things happen. I know it’s on people’s bucket list to see Bruce Springsteen at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park New Jersey.

On The Stone Pony Summer Stage 2019

I’ve been fortunate to see that few times over now. Now, on MY bucket list is to do some non-stage, but intimate portraits with him. Maybe the magic of Jersey will come through at some point.

Anyway, at 71, Bruce is getting introspective abit. He has a new album coming out next month. And Rolling Stone has him on its cover now (shot by his old friend Danny Clinch, of course). It’s a pretty good, insightful article. I recommend giving it a read if you have the chance, whether you like his music or not.

 

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Dispatches: Lake Smoke

First day of Autumn here in New Jersey.

I drove my daughter to school this morning, my FujiXT3 tucked on the seat next to me. Wasn’t sure I’d see anything but you never know!

As we drove down Main Street, past the The Moth coffeehouse, I looked over and saw an impressive display of lake smoke.

That “smoke” actually is water vapor that forms when really cold air moves over relatively warmer water and the thin boundary layer of warm air just above the surface. When the evaporating water rises, the cold air can only hold so much moisture, forcing the liquid to condense into fog.

And it’s cool to photography.

After I dropped Liv off, I rolled back into town and parked in the small lot by Sensi Park. Grabbed the XT3 and went to see what I could see.

The air was still cool, a beautiful morning in  our little postage stamp-sized town in Central New Jersey.

Both were shot at f/22 using the 15-45mm lense. I like the color version, but the B&W is nice to me as well. I was happy to get those lilly pads in the foreground. Think that adds a little.

Which do you prefer – Color or B&W?

Welcome, Fall.

 

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New Portrait Work

A few days ago, I wrote about the Fuji 15-45 and how it performed as a travel lens.

I also was eager to try it out shooting portraits, and had that chance last week, twice.

The first was photography Kari, an executive with the New York Red Bulls. She’s somewhat new to the role, having come over to from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier this year. So the ask was environmental corporate headshots, no seamless. We wanted to use the field as the main background.

Ironically, on the day we did the photoshoot, it was only her second day physically at the stadium – ever! She’s been working from home basically since Day 1 of her Red Bulls role, because of the lock down.

It was a warm September day, and our shoot started around 3:30. By that time, some of the seats still had nice nice light on them but I could photography Kari without any extra lights, and without her squinting into harsh sunlight.

I really liked the portraits with the 15-45. After working the outside scene for abit, I wanted a few from inside as well. But for a few in there, like below, I used the 50-140 zoom.

I don’t normally get executives for too long, but we were able to work a few scenes for about 40 minutes. But pretty soon, I was back on the NJ Turnpike heading home.

The next shoot came just a few days later. A nearby neighbor needed some new classic headshots on a solid background, for her work and social profiles.

So, I built a little headshot studio in the garage to get the job done. I do a lot work in my “garage studio”, moving the bikes to the side, hiding the lawn tractor, etc. When the sun rises to a certain point, it clears the door but I get a lot of nice diffused light. Here’s the look, straight out of the Fuji XT3.

 

Still, I wanted to make sure Maria was well light, so I did set up my Neewer Strobe with big octo to pop in a little light. I figured this out by having a stand-in to help me check my lights. Pulled him out of home-schooling for a few minutes.

I like working with the versatility of  Savage Universal gray seamless, and Maria brought a few different jackets and necklaces to change it up a bit.

All in all, this will be a really nice portrait lens for me and I’m looking forward to using it.

Flo was happy to have us working again, too.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.19.20

Fall is setting in here a few days early. It was downright chilly on a couple of these mornings. Like today.

I didn’t spin many miles on the bike –  too much busy family stuff going on as everyone is getting back into the back-to-school mode.

My 7:30 am to 8:30 am “me time” that was built up since last May seems to be spiraling down the drain.

I get it, nothing stays the same. But I was missing that time a little this week.

During that “me time”, I’d  put my headphones on, and start to pedal. Paved track, gravel track. I’d watch the morning light develop and dance. I I listen to my music.

My mind wanders and opens.

I think about photo projects I could do maybe do. Most never come to fruition.

I look around. I stop and take some photos.

I think about what I want to have for breakfast when I get back.

I’d maybe be out on a gravel travel and remember I had Zoom call in 10 minutes. Except I’m 20 minutes from home.

Ah well.

I’ll figure it out. The schedule will settle and I’ll figure out when I can get back to it.

Fall rides will be fun.

I hope.

But they won’t beat those humid summer mornings under the Jersey sun.

That was my time.

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What I Watched This Week: The Wolverine. Really visually interesting. Also, made me what to go back to Japan.

What I Read This Week: Footfalls on the Trembling Earth

NatGeo: The Artic, from Above

Deconstruction: When Trump met Obama

i-D: The crazy life of a rock star 

Watch (13 minutes): Learn by deconstructing by Chase Jarvis

fStoppers: Making it as a commercial photographer

The Guardian: Rene Burri, in color

Whalebone Mag: It all starts with three things

“The best of my career was in my 40s and 50s. I love photography a lot more now than I probably did [when I was young]. You get wisdom, knowledge, understanding of light.” ~ Walter Iooss, Jr, who had a birthday this week (read the Whalebone article about him)

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