Coming Soon!

Breaking news... I'm putting up my second Kickstarter campaign very soon. This is me in a screen grab from some test shoots yesterday and today. There were two other locations tested but this one has the best feel and natural lighting for this particular campaign.

 
 

I'm really excited about this project and can't wait to share the news. Attention awesome backers of End of the Innocents: you will be receiving the link to the new campaign 24 hours before it goes out to everyone else. Start checking your email inbox early next week for your notification.

HB Lowell George!

One of the greats celebrates his birthday today...time to celebrate!

 
 

LOWELL GEORGE
4/13/45 - 6/29/79

How about some Dixie Chicken to celebrate Lowell...

 
 

See lots more photographs of Lowell George in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Deadplus the 47 other musicians I honor along with my personal stories.

The photograph of Lowell and Mo Ostin is available in a Limitied Edition and Open Edition.
Check it out here.

Piano In Union Square

I shot this three years and a few days ago. This is Union Square in early April. I've been here five days and have worn my winter coat every day. Today it's been in the forties. 

About this photograph...I'm always wondered how the piano gets there.

Mystery instantly solved thanks to Google. Meet Colin Huggins aka 'the real piano man' or 'the piano guy'. He used to push this piano around New York and even played in the subways. I apparently saw his other piano last summer when I met up with a creative portraiture client at Washington Square Park...I say apparently because he wasn't there but I've just read that he know uses a grand piano. When I saw it Colin wasn't around. Maybe on a coffee break.

BREAKING NEWS!

This is not Colin Huggins, although the empty grand piano I saw in Washington Square surely belonged to him.

If you'd like to learn about COLIN HUGGINS click his name, and you'll realize why I thought this was him and then pieced the evidence to get to the truth.

Not to mention I found this video of my guy credited it to Colin and Colin commented, "hahahahaha, that's not me."

I remember him playing much better than this.

HB Peter Wood!

Celebrating Peter Wood's birthday today! Not only was he an amazing musician and songwriter (he co-wrote Year of the Cat with Al Stewart), he was also an excellent photographer. I took this photograph of him while he was using my second camera to photograph me taking a picture of him, etc. The shot he took of me is on the cover of Everybody I Shot Is Dead. There is also a portrait he took of me without a camera in front of my face in his section of the book.

PETER WOOD
4/9/50 - 9/18/94

Here's  a video Peter Wood on keyboards touring with the late great Lou Reed, where they actually cut to Peter several times throughout the video.

 
 

Time to buy a copy of my book Everybody I Shot Is Dead where you will see all of the 400+ photographs of the musicians I honor in the book.

Docks

Photography Tips

Continuing on from yesterday's post about aperture/f-stops, the photograph below is of a lake with four docks and the shoreline at the back. Unlike yesterday's photograph where only the water drips were in focus, for this shot I wanted everything in focus to create a graphic feel and flatness. It has more of a stacked look with an f-stop of f/16 than it would have had if I opened up to an f/9 or lower. And the crisp reflections in the water from front dock to the shoreline also influence the image looking flat.

The confusing part of f-stops is when the aperture is closed down it is the higher number (making everything in focus), while the lower numbers mean you are opening up (making only the object you focus on to be sharp). One would initially think that stopping down (f/16) would be the lower number and opening up (f/1.4) would be the higher number.

Just remember when you want everything in focus, change the f-stop to the higher numbers and when you only want one part of the image in focus, change the f-stop to a lower number.

And don't forget that when you change your f-stop you will have to adjust the shutter speed and/or the ISO number (aka film speed). All three of these settings are dependent on each other.