FujiFilm X100 Second Shot

More fun with the X100. Shot in a bar in extremely low light, with the ISO cranked to 12800 and set to B&W mode. Shooting JPG, just to see what the camera can do. No tweaking in Aperture; just imported and exported.

Definitely a bit blocky, but really overall a pretty impressive result. The camera was set to –1EV though; the straight metering was too bright.

A blackgrass blues band titled 'Stereotyped' (yes, black not blue) in Ashland, ORA blackgrass blues band titled ‘Stereotyped’ (yes, black not blue) in Ashland, OR @ Oct 2011 | Fujifilm X100 @ ISO 12800, ƒ/2, 1/13

Country Music, Street Style, in Nashville, TN

On the Road Again

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

The journey began yesterday; driving from South Carolina through North Carolina and into Tennessee. Along the way we stopped at the “Freedom Gun” shop, because that’s not the sort of thing you get outside of the south, and certainly not in Europe. Their sign on the street caught our attention, and the nice folks inside were kind enough to let Alenka feel up some serious American metal. After that we stopped at a beautiful roadside market where I introduced Alenka to hot boiled peanuts, (yummy salty goodness!) and then pretty much drove straight on through to Nashville.

Nashville, Tennessee

We visited with a high school friend and his family, and after dinner wandered downtown on Broadway street, the “honkey tonk” area. There was a free live music Red Cross benefit concert playing in the streets, and of course we sampled a few local bars, each with live music of their own!

At the end of the evening we came across this street performer who was just fantastically into his gig, and didn’t mind my prying lens one bit. Thanks, Mr. Street Performer!

Street Musician, Nashville, TNStreet Musician, Nashville, TN @ June, 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 1600, ƒ/2.2, 1/20

This is hand-held with my Lumix GF1, that street camera I’m coming to love more and more. Auto white balance worked reasonably well; the lighting out there is crazy, mixing street lights, neon lights, and whatever is pouring out of the bars themselves. I desaturated the colors and tweaked the curves a bit, but that’s about it.

Photography on Scott Wilkie's new album, "Home Again"

Last year I photographed my friend Scott Wilkie for his album cover "Home Again: The Solo Piano Sessions" (original blog entry). The album is now released on iTunes, and will soon be available on CD. The photographs are used as the album cover on iTunes, all over his website www.scottwilkie.com, and will be used throughout the CD packaging.

'Home Again' on iTunes

Be sure to check out the album. It was in the Top 10 jazz albums for its first few weeks on iTunes!

'Home Again' Top 10 on iTunes

Shooting the album cover for Home Again

I had a business trip to LA last week and took some time aside to photograph my friend and colleague Scott Wilkie for his upcoming solo album release, Home Again. The album is a beautiful collection of original solo piano music, blending jazz and pop. His previous albums are available on the iTunes Store [link], and this one will be released this summer. Here are a few selects from the shoot, some of which will be coming soon to an album near you.

[Edit] If anyone can tell me how to not have Blogger strip the color profile from the preview icon (the ones you see below), please let me know. Click through and you see the images properly; on these small views they look rubbish. *sigh*. Hmm and it appears that Firefox doesn't honor the color profile anyway. Browse in Safari! You are using a Mac, right? ;-) *ahem*

Black Eyed Peas

In April 2005, we did a shoot with the Black Eyed Peas for a company project. I shot some pictures along with one of the company directors. Some of these photos are his, some are mine, with no way to separate them. For this reason, I’m uploading only small thumbnails. Sorry, BEP fans ;-)

The gallery is here.