JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 04.03.21

How happy I would be again
Oh, If I could live April again
If only I could live April again
How happy I would be again

~ April Again, Dean Martin

Ok, April!

Again.

We leave one of my most un-favorite months and head into one of my most-favorite months.

New growth, rebirths, my daughter’s birthday.

Baseball season.

Lots of good stuff happening this month, at least usually so.

Hoping for the same this year.

Myself, I’ve re-dedicated myself to a fitness program. Did pretty good in March, but need to keep it going.

I’d like to plans to shoot some portraits, but with COVID again on the rise in NY and NJ, I still want to be cautious. Still not vaxxed, hope to get one soon. That would increase my comfortability.

How about you out there? Any plans? I know it’s been hard, but try to get out, get back into it as best you can.

Maybe try shooting something new – macro only, food only, B&W only. Or use just one lens – the 35, the 50, a long zoom.

Do photowalks around your town or city or nature trail, but look…realllllly look. Find something new.

And shoot it.

Or just put it into the memory bank.

It’s a time of re-birth.

And backing up!

Don’t forget to backup your March work!

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: The 39 Steps

What I Watched (and listened to) This Week: Almost Famous (forgot how good this film was. Heckuva soundtrack, too.)

BPOTY: Bird Photographer Of The Year finalists

Honored: NY Yankees give Anthony Causi a plaque. (Anthony died of COVID in 2020.)

The Atlantic: The Great Vaccination Campaign

Apollo Magazine: In Aget’s Paris

Listen/Watch: The Photo Banter podcast speaks with Brad Trent 

fs Blog: How To Avoid Bad Decisions

Watch: Sean Tucker on The Healing Power of Self Portraits

Baseball: Let’s Go Phillies!

Easter: Bunny

From The JSP Archives: Play Ball! ~ April 5, 2009

“A photograph is a biography of a moment.” ~ Art Shay (March 31, 1922 – April 28, 2018

 

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Opening Day: Baseball Portraits

Matt behind the dish.

“You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” ~ Joe DiMaggio

Next to Christmas Day, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is one of my favorite days.

I know summer is coming. I have something to keep on the TV, or the radio, for the next six months.

And, as my boys continue to get older, it gives us more common ground. They both LOVE the game – to play it, especially, but to follow, and watch, it. (Though, truth be told, Matt’s more into the watching it than Chase.)

Chase, with his stick of choice.

This spring, they are playing on two teams – A “travel” team called the A’s, out of Hamilton, New Jersey. Chase is on the 10U (10 year old team) and Matt on the 9U squad.

And they will both play in the Allentown Rec league, but on the same Minors team, the Detroit Tigers.

The travel teams get some type of grade that I have no idea about, but they should be playing other teams around their level.

The Rec team is for 8 to 10 year olds. Chase is an 10 but just missed moving up to the next level, the Major, due to his May birthday. So he’ll be one of the older, bigger kids in the league. Matt is right where he should be.

The Bash Brothers, circa 2021

I’m just the shuttle driver for their A’s engagements, driving them to and from. But I’ll be coaching their Tigers team, as I have every year since they both started tee-ball.

Matt too young to play, but tagging a long at Chase’s t-ball practice, 2016

The season starts for real next week, so last weekend, I had to had to set up the garage studio and do some preseason photos of the boys.

My simple, go-to set up: Neewer 4 strobe in the 47″ umbrella softbox, Savage Universal gray seamless, Fuji XT3.

I had an idea, though, to give it a bit the final images a bit of that vintage look.

Using the Nik Collection > Silver Efex Pro2 > Vintage preset gave me the look I wanted with these.

The Nik Analog preset also gave me the look I was hoping for.

BTS, Garage Studio

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The Tigers had their first scrimmage the other evening. Down one run, Matt walked to get on base, was moved over to second on an infield hit, and Chase smashed a two-run triple to win the game.

Here’s to a good baseball season.

Play ball!

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JSP Visual Week of Review ~ 03.27.21

Heading deeper into the second COVID spring.

More people vaccinated (not me, not yet), which is good.

Mass shootings, racism, still exist here in the US. Not good.

Things don’t change just because there’s a new president, or that the buds begin to open.

But hey, I got out on my bike for the first time in 2021, and I spent more time on the baseball field this week with my sons. Major League Baseball’s opening day is on April 1.

No foolin’.

Best we can do is hang in there.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished The Gift Horse (nice little novel) AND Thin Air by Robert B. Parker. Not often I finish two books in one week.

What I Watched This Week: Blood Simple, very cool neo-noir from the Cohen Brothers

The Guardian: Why did it take so long for Charlie Phillips to get his due?

FStoppers: Do you wait for the right light?

Go Big: How to make large prints

Joe McNally: On The World’s Tallest Building (no, literally, on it…)

Watch: Daniel Norton on Portraits and Fashion with Small Flash

Listen: Pete Souza on The Photo Banter Podcast

Learn About: Louise Rosskam 

Favorite Photo of The Week: Legs.

RIP: Warhol photographer David McCabe

“Find good people, great light and have fun.” ~ Bill Figge (March 25, 1919 – May 1976)

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Event: Promised Land At Mcloones

Alex Mahoney, Tommy Dowd, Kenny Munson

By the time lead singer Kenny Munson launched into Bruce Springsteen’s Light of Day at the end of their show last weekend, singing Just around the corner to the light of day! he was drenched in sweat.

He was about two hours into the set and he, and his band, were giving it all they had. And for those couple of hours- in a seaside bar that couldn’t be at full capacity due to COVID restrictions – it DID feel like we were just around the corner from the light of day…and from coming out from under all this.

The fact that Tim Mcloone’s Supper Club couldn’t be at full capacity didn’t stop Kenny and the band from still rocking as hard as they did that first time I saw them at The Stone Pony in 2018.

Because that’s what Promised Land does – they rock, no matter the size of the house.

The Promised Land onstage

I’ve been trying to catch back up with Promised Land for a couple of months. The last time I shot them, it was December 2019 over at The Stone Pony.

I did some shots of the band before the show, then, of course, them onstage as well. Kenny really like the photos, and we had big plans to do more shoots together.

And then, COVID happened. Kenny and I still kept in touch, he’d often text me an MP3 of song they’d be working on. And they even used one of my photos on the cover of an EP they released over the summer.

They’ve been able to play some socially-distant shows since late last year. I turned a few opportunities down as I wasn’t comfortable with being out and out.

But when Kenny pinged me about this show in Asbury Park, I felt more comfortable getting out there to push some pixels while they moved some music.

Kenny Munson & Rob Petillo on drums

I’ve passed Mcloones a million times while down in Asbury Park, but was only inside once, about six years ago. In its heyday, the building was an iconic Howard Johnson’s restaurant. 

I had to laugh, though, when I saw Supper Club on the drum kit. I asked if they’d be playing any Sinatra or Dean Martin, like what I used to hear when I’d go to Swing 46 in New York. It was a pretty solid “NO.”

Instead, it was a solid two hours of Springsteen/Little Steven/Southside Johnny…with just a wee bit of Lynyrd Skynyrd thrown in.

Kenny Munson, on vocals, is the driving force of the band. He alternates between singing without his guitar, but also strapping on the axe and taking it from there as well.

Kenny with guitar

One of the best parts about Promised Land is the strong horns section, just like the E Street Band. They also have their version of a Big Man in sax player Alex Mahoney.

Alex “The One and Only” Mahoney

One of the great things about the evening was to catch up with some of the fans in attendance. Promised Land band fans travel – they have no problem hoping on the Parkway or the Turnpike and ending up in Little Eden to to see one of their favorite bands. In these times, even with people looking to get out, that says a lot about the type of show this band puts on.

Yes they do.

Here’s the Promised Land’s spirited version of Springsteen’s No Retreat, No Surrender. I shot this handheld with the Fuji XT3 – very simple to switch to video (but, as a videographer, I have a lot of room for improvement)

Promised Land is (left to right):

  • Toni Nostro Mahoney – Piano, Vocals
  • Allan Katz – Trombone
  • Alex (The One and Only) Mahoney – Sax
  • Brian Miesegaes – Trumpet
  • Tommy Dowd – Bass
  • Rob Petillo – Drums
  • Ken Munson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Mike Petillo, Jr – Organ
  • Mike Petillo, Sr – Lead guitar, Vocals
  • Larry “The Bari” Bussamante – Baritone Sax

It was really great to get back down to Asbury Park to shoot a real, live show. I won’t lie – I felt a little rusty. It’s been over a year since I shot a show in AP with an audience.

Also, this was the first show I shot with my Fuji XT3 and my 16-55mm. I did pull out my 50-140 for a few shots, and even tried out my GoPro for a few photos (to no great shakes.). The Fuji X100T did a bit of work, too, but all the shots here were with the XT3.

But really, due to the size of the room and the access I had, the 16-55 was all I really needed.

Then, after packing up and saying goodnight to the band, I walked out of Mcloones, and looked across the street.

There, in the last hour of the last night of Winter 2021, I caught The Wonder Bar under a waxing crescent moon.

Just around the corner to the light of day…to Spring…to live music back in Asbury Park!

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