Tear Sheet: The Wall Street Journal

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A couple of weeks ago, Sammy Steinlight, the PR maven I’ve been working with on the Monmouth County Historical Association His Hometown project pinged me.

The Wall Street Journal wants to do a story on the exhibit. They have a list of certain items. Can you shoot them?

So, I carved out some time to head into Freehold to shoot the requested items.

There were some challenges – a few of the items were framed and behind glass and I couldn’t easily take them out. So, I had to do a few flat-lay shots, being careful not to get any reflection in the glass.

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Handwritten lyrics from Brilliant Disguise

Some other items were really detailed, like the Medal of Valor that was given to one of Bruce’s relatives during the Civil War.


Inscription on back reads: “The Congress to Thomas T. Fallon Private Co K 37 New York. Valor for bravery at Williamsburg May 5, 1862”

But the shot I really loved was the one that wasn’t asked for but was sent along with the WSJ list, and actually made it into print: The “Two Guitars” photo.

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The guitar on the left was played by the battalion musician that Alexander Springsteen most probably knew, as they were in the same Civil War battalion.

The guitar on the right was a guitar Bruce Springsteen played during his time in The Castiles (late 1960s). In the middle, is a scrapbook kept by Adele Springsteen, Bruce’s mother.

I had this shot in my head for few weeks, but didn’t know if I’d have the opportunity to shoot it. But then, after I got the shots I needed to for the WSJ, one of the exhibit curators asked me if there was anything else I need.

So….I politely asked…if it wouldn’t be too much trouble…could we get both guitars from out behind their glass cases so that I could shoot them?

There was a bit of a pause. The clock was ticking as the exhibit was almost ready to open for the day. Then he said he had to check.

As I waited, I planned on where I wanted to shoot it, and how I’d light it.

A couple minutes later, he came back and said “Sure, let’s do it.” So he brought the guitars over to me, and let me go to work.

I had two Neewer LED panels with me, and they would be my main light sources. They are a great value LED light, which I like to use. I then turned off the overhead lights and try to kill any glare or shadow on the guitars and on the plexiglass case.

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The photo above shows a set up with my FujiX100T. However, I wasn’t really liking the color tone I was getting from this camera, so I switched over to my Canon 70D. (I also had the video screen turned off to the right of the case – having it on was creating issues as well.)

I kept the same LED set up, but also pushed my ISO to 1600. Believe I also brightened it some in post as well, and warmed it a bit as well.

But what I was left with was the image that I liked, and one that was close to my early vision. So, when I sent it to Sammy, he sent it along to the Wall Street Journal.

And lo and behold….that’s what the central photo was in the print version of the article! An online version of the article was posted this weekend, and that included a few of the other photos shot – but of course I like the print better, even if it means less pics.

It all came about because I asked to shoot the guitars and not just what the WSJ asked for.

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Shoot what you have to shoot…then go get the creative shot YOU want to shoot.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.26.19

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Here we are, quickly approaching the end of October. It’s been a beautiful month, but NJ has been mired in a drought (hence, the trees colors haven’t really “popped” this year.)

It was a busy week around these parts. Last weekend, I shot an charity event, then worked on processing 120 photos for them by Tuesday.

Liv ran her last cross-country meet of the season, and my youngest, Matt, celebrated his eighth birthday.

Then, on Friday, I cashed in a vacation day for a full day of visual inspiration. I took the train into NYC to go to the Photoplus Expo. Spent the day looking around the expo with Bryan Sargent, catching up with some friends over at Rocky Nook publishing booth, and generally seeing what I can see in NYC.

Just going to the newstand is inspiration, though. I love to look at different magazine covers, even magazines I have no interest in, to see who shot the cover, and try to figure out how they did it. I’m sure others do this too, right?

Scott and Ted at Rocky Nook told be about a book called Photograph Like A Thief. The concept of the book, written by Glyn Dewis is interesting and I may give it a closer look.

I guess I’ve been doing this for years with my film noir photography, and that’s why I watch so many film noir movies: They give me the ideas how to shoot things, especially on a budget.

Every photo we see, every film we watch, even everything we read inspires us in some way. That’s why it’s great to have diverse interests and tastes. I’m all for being up-to-date on the latest PetaPixel article…but I want to read that banker interview in the Financial Times as well.

You never know when it may come in handy.

What did you get inspiration from this week?


This Week’s Links: 

What I Read This Week: I finished Hallo’ween Party by Agatha Christie, and started The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva.

What I Watched This Week: The World Series and the NBA.

Smithsonian Mag: Here’s the Guitar Prince Revolutionized Music With

Architectural Photography Almanac: How To Stop Image Thieves on Instagram

History: Capturing Ghosts (not the Sam Darnold kind.)

Inside Hook: IG’s poet laureat

CNN: Martin Parr on Britain in the age of Brexit

Food & Wine: Stephen Starr’s new restaurant will be like a photo museum in a photo museum

“A good photojournalist goes into any situation prepared. And, as importantly, you make friends — you make friends with everybody, wherever you go. Because you never know when you’ll need to go back there, for one more picture, or to follow up on a story.” ~ Ralph Morse (October 23, 1917 – December 7, 2014)

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.19.19

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The week I shot some items from the Civil War and the early 1970s.

I did some environmental portraits, and things in the environment.

And I did some event photography.

This week, one of my favorite photogs, Kendrick Brinson, had a fun thread going on Twitter, about what photographers have to be.

Aside from being the person pressing the shutter button, of course.

What she gave to start, and the responses she gave, are all very good.

There’s much more to it than just going *click*.

Part of what makes this all fun, to me, at least.


Anyone going to Photo Plus Expo? I’ll be going on Friday. See you there?


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: This Gun For Hire (didn’t know it was based on a Graham Greene novel)

And: To Live and Die in LA. Watch it with the sound off for good visuals. Solid car chase scene, too. And directed by William Friedkin.

What I Read This Week: I finished Supernatural Noir and Honorary Jersey Girl

NY Times: The Photographer Who Found His Power In Shades of Gray

PetaPixel: Street Photography Doesn’t Need To Be On

CBS News (Watch): America’s First Aerial Photograph

United Nations of Photography: Surprise Me

“No matter what lens you use, no matter what the speed of the film is, no matter how you develop it, no matter how you print it, you cannot say more than you see.” ~ Paul Strand, who was born October 16, 1860.

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Gotham At Night

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There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. ~ Simone Beauvoir

New York, aka Gotham, has been in the news lately because of some Joker.

And those guys in pinstripes as well (though, they are on the ropes now, down 3-1 in their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros.)

But, ah, to be in the city at night.

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To me, there’s just something about roaming around NYC at night.

The light and the shadows, the sounds and the silence, the underlying pulse that throbs.



New York at night. As sweet as an ice cream cone.

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