JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 04.29.17.

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Wow, the end of April already. I always like this month as Spring really starts to get started and the weather, while sometimes rainy, is nicer.

And, it’s my birthday month, which I celebrated this past Tuesday. Hence, the cake photo (I like carrot cake so that what my wife made). I also had to do a portrait of myself, for posterity.

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The art director told me to shave, but I decided to go with this look.

Anyway it was a good birthday for me. I spent most of my free time this week still editing the photos from last weekend. All seems like a blur now.

Here we head into May one month closer to summer. Any plans yet?

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This Week’s Links:

What I’m reading this week: M Train

What I watched this week: LaLaLand (loved it)

RIP Jonathan Demme

Driving in Los Angeles

Eight Photographers On Their Favorite Robert Frank photo

Lou Reed on Three Life Rules

PS: How’s that short story coming?

 

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These Prints Are…

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It’s Friday.

About 83 degrees here in the Great State of New Jersey.

I didn’t expect to do a post today.

But then….the mailman came.

My lordy lordy lord these look nice.

16×24, white border, metallic finish from AdoramaPix.

From last weekend. I think I placed the order around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday (why wait?) and they came today by noon.

Seriously on fire.

Like, I can’t stop looking at them cool.

Now I gotta go make more, and there’s no way I’ll hang them all but I just gotta have prints because AdoramaPix does such a nice job and the turnaround is so fast and you just…you just…you just gotta…

Make prints.

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Tearsheet: Backstreets.com and Mighty Max

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A trifecta for the week! The good people at Backstreets.com featured my photos for the third time this week, and I’m pleased as punch.

I guess it’s easier to get up on Backstreets when there are members of the E Street Band – both past and present – floating around Asbury Park for a full weekend. The latest tearsheet comes from shots I took while E Street Drummer, Max Weinberg, was interviewed by the director of LA’s Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli (whom I met a few weeks ago) at a small theater/club in Asbury Park called House of Independents.

The talk happened last Saturday, so I was still running excited energy after seeing Little Steven, Southside Johnny and Bruce the night before. That was good though, because after going to bed at 2 the night before and getting up at 5:30 a.m. (thanks to new puppy Bo!) and then coaching two baseball games, I needed something to run on.

The shoot itself wasn’t very challenging…just not very exciting. It was a basic two seat, two mic set up on a stage. Not much to really go on.

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My first snap as I scouted the venue.

So, I had my work cut out for me. Ironically, as I was standing in the lower wings figuring stuff out, putting my sticks up, a guy comes up next to me and asked me if I was shooting video. I said it looks like they are indeed shooting video, but I’m doing stills for Backstreets.com.

Then it dawned on me that this guy was Mighty Max Weinberg himself, long-time E Street drummer (who also played on a Meat Loaf album and was the bandleader for Conan O’Brien) and the guy who would be in front of my camera for an hour.

So I made some small talk with him about the show the night before. I said it was great to see Steven, Southside and Bruce all up on the stage together. He said “Oh Bruce was there?” He said he wasn’t there, but he would be at Little Steven’s show later that evening. With that, another person came over and told Max he had to go to the meet-and-greet. I saw them walk behind me, where there was a lower-level foyer and bar, and go up the steps.

OK, with the small talk with the star out of the way, I had to look for something more interesting. I really wanted more than just stage shots for Backstreets. Not knowing what access I’d have, I just started to explore the lower foyer. I actually liked how the light was coming off the exposed brick, and did a test shot.

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I like these brick-wall portraits so this was something. Guess that’s what I’ll hope for. The theater started to fill up and the time was getting close.

It dawned on me that what goes UP the stairs…will probably come DOWN the stairs. So I hung in that area.

Sure enough, Max and Bob came back down. As they took a moment before heading to the stage, I politely asked if I could shoot a quick portrait. Bob said “Me and Max or just Max.” I said both (later thought I should have gotten one of just Max too but oh well.)

Three clicks with the FujiX100T, I got what I wanted.

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Available light, shooting in B&W. Is it the most interesting portrait ever?

Nope. But it’s something more than if I hadn’t scouted a bit, and hung around and asked.

And Backstreets, as you can see above, led their piece, written by the talented Caryn Rose, with it.

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There’s a story to this shot. Read Caryn’s article to see why I submitted it to Backstreets….

So, in the end, I think I got what Backstreets wanted plus just a little more. And it was a MIGHTY good learning experience for me, too.

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Tearsheet: Backstreets.com / Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul

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Yesterday was my birthday. Yep, another corner rounded in this thing we call life.

As usual, I burned one of my “floating holidays” to take the day off from work and do the day I wanted to do.

And I did. It poured down rain all day, but that was OK. I swung a hammer in the garage on a project I’m working on, had lunch in the local diner with my wife and youngest, shot some pictures and saw that more of my photos  – this time from Saturday night – had posted to Backstreets.com.

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Shooting the Little Stephen and the Disciples of Soul show was a little different than the previous night. We had orders not to shoot down in the first row, so I had to get a little creative with where I placed myself. Some of the other photog’s there had their 75-300mm or 400mm lenses with them. My max zoom was 105.

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But I think it worked out ok. I moved around a lot – I worked the aisles of the theaters and went up to the second level and the balcony. Frankly, it’s part of my style – shoot entire to detail.

Having close-ups are great…but to tell the story, I wanted to show the lights and the dancers and the guy playing the congas stage left. I couldn’t really do that way down in front (and to be honest, once you’re in front, you’re very hesitant to give up that spot. You may not get it back.)

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I got a little luckyit…I think Bruce is here…” and “That’s his Marshall amp on stage, I bet he’s coming out at the encore.”

That all helped me plan a head a little to think where I should be when the encore started.

Of course, while I was shooting from the side aisle in the darkened theater, it also helped when a guy brushed up past me. When I looked over it was Mr. Springsteen.

So..yeah…I knew he was in the house then.

When he DID come out for encore…after Little Steven called him out by saying “Where’s my brother from another mother?”…I was ready to get the shot I wanted.

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I love this shot because of the Steven’s hand on Bruce’s shoulder while they share the mic. They go back a long, long way and are genuinely friends. I’ve heard a live version of No Retreat, No Surrender where Bruce intros it by saying Little Steven is one of his favorite dreaming buddies. I’m glad I caught it the special gesture.

And I really like the B&W shot that opens this post, and also what Backstreets.com used to open their article. It’s a wide view, but I love how it takes it all in. Entire to detail.

It’s shot with my Fuji X100T set to monochrome mode, since I LOVE those B&W files from the Fuji.

The whole weekend was such a tremendous learning experience for me. I’m still reflecting on it all and hope to share some insights soon.

In the meantime, click over to Backstreets and you can see some of the videos posted of the great night in Asbury Park.

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