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June 4, 2005

Voltage 2005 - Model I

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/60s / f/2.8
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This is a continuation of my post about the Voltage Fashion 2005 at First Avenue from yesterday. It is very encouraging to see that indeed Minneapolis can and does have a fashion scene.

Many of the other models and most of the fashion that night was similarly striking. It was very difficult contending with the other photographers for good shots. It was very discouraging to finally get a good angle and then have the focus be off or to have your subject move.

I shot without a flash because, well, frankly the on-camera flash just is not suited well to shooting upwards at models on a runway and my old 5400HS is completely incompatible with this camera. On of these days I'm going to have to replace it. You really feel crippled in a shooting situation like this one without having at least a good cord mounted flash and a box to bounce the light.

 

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Voltage 2005 - Joe Berns of Melodious Owl

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Enter Joe Berns of Melodious Owl. At the tender age of 16, Joe along with his band mates Jon Kuder & Wes Statler are tearing up the music scene in Minneapolis playing some of our fair city's choicest musical venues.

I became acquainted with the band through my brother Evan who attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education with them. Evan and I showed up in support of the band at the très hip Voltage '05 Fashion Amplified show at First Avenue.

Voltage 2005 Runway

I promised the guys from the band that I would do my best to take some pictures for them sometime. The stars aligned and I was able to arrange for tickets through a friend of mine. Evan and I got their early, and we were able to weasel our way into the press section. Who needs a press pass when you look like a photographer? Owing a DSLR and having a, "hey, I belong here asshole!" attitude certainly can have its advantages!

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/60s / f/2.8
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The band looked fabulous that night. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who designed their outfits; but I would love to offer major kudos to them. They began their performance looking like little, thin Elton Johns in 18th century glam rock hipsters shirts and then they stripped mid-set and revealed these shear, modern looking black tops glowing with el-wire and blinking white, green and blue LED colars. I was highly impressed.

I took about 100 pictures of the band that night. Unfortunately for me the stage was quite dark to dually allow for their outfits to glow and to provide the fashion models walking the runway in front of them the spotlight. I ended up keeping maybe 5 or 6 shots. This was one of them I liked best.

I also took about 100 shots of the models that night. Tomorrow I will post of the shots that I like best. If there are any requests, I'll share more.

For the curious, below are some more links about Voltage Fashion Amplified. If you are able to go next year, do so! It's a good time!

 

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June 2, 2005

Karnataka Cane Fields IV

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Shutter / Aperture1/300s / f/2.2
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This is my travel companion and colleague Jim tasting the freshly cut and peeled cane given to him by the fieldworker from yesterday.

Although it was Jim's idea to get out and get involved in the field, he had expressed a lot of concern beforehand about having to actually try any of the crop on account of politeness. Jim was extremely afraid of catching ill from any of the many water-bourn bugs that surely run rampant in these South Indian fields that our soft American immune -systems are unaccustomed to handling. Sure enough, after we had been down there snapping pictures and interacting with everyone we both felt obliged.

A piece of cane was cut from the field, peeled and rinsed from the nearest water source available: the field's irrigation canal. I caught Jim in the only moment he actually had this piece of cane in his mouth. After which, he smiled and said, "thank you," and he took the cane with him, "for later." I think it got tossed out the window of our truck not far up the road.

He was extremely worried he was going to get el gripe or something even more horrible. He luckily got away with only a bad case of the worries.

I on the other hand foolishly devoured all of my cane. It was that good. I, too, escaped the encounter unscathed. I do consider myself lucky.

The man standing behind Jim is the field owner who asked us if we would politely send him his picture. I hope Jim made good on that. I'll have to ask him.

Overall I am pleased with the outcome of this picture for being just a quick snap. It pays to leave your camera settings in a mode that is ready for anything!

 

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June 1, 2005

Karnataka Cane Fields III

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Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/2.2
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There are some people you come across in this world that you take an instant liking too despite difficulties of culture or language. This guy was one such individual. Perhaps it was his smile or his friendly eyes. I cannot say for sure.

He was more than willing to share some of the day's crop with us. The cane he skillfully cut and peeled was so juicy and delicious. It was almost as though I was experiencing it for the first time.

It was significantly less bright at this end of the field as opposed to the direct sun falling on women in the images from yesterday and the day before. Rather stupidly I cranked the aperture dial instead of the shutter adjustment dial in order to compensate for the lack of light and ended up missing the focus on this shot. I added some extra sharpening in post-processing to compensate. Let me know if you can tell where and if it looks shabby!

I have another shot of this guy taken perhaps half a second after this one where the focus is a bit sharper but he was looking at the camera and carries just a hint of self-consciousness that I didn't like as well as the natural expression in this shot. It is amazing the subtlety of emotion that can be captured on film, even when it isn't desired.

 

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May 31, 2005

Karnataka Cane Fields II

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Shutter / Aperture1/1600s / f/3.2
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I had to take quite a few pictures of this woman before the exposure came out correctly. The sun was too bright. I had to comprimise with my desire to keep a shallow depth of field and a wide shot. For this picture, I had to stop the lense down one notch and step a few paces closer in order to adjust the exposure.

She grew embarassed yet flattered at all my snapping. I cannot help but think that morning that having a firang dude snapping pictures of you while you work in your field was just about the furthest thing in her mind she thought was going to happen that day. I wonder if they still think about us?

You walk a fine line sometimes: trying to be playful to entertain your subject in order for the both of us to feel that we are gaining something from the interaction yet without being corny or rude in order to be considered exploitative and having the mood grow sour. The feeling out in the field was one of playfulness and curiosity. We had a great time and the workers really enjoyed showing us how cane was reaped, peeled and eaten.

 

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Karnataka Cane Fields I

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Shutter / Aperture1/1250s / f/2.8
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Jim and I had a deal while travelling through India. If one of us saw something that we wanted to stop and get a closer look at we were to inform the other of us and we would stop and look as chances were we weren't going to get a second chance to see some of this stuff again in our lifetimes. This policy proved to be much to our advantage of seeing some very cool things.

One such thing was a cane field we passed shortly after our exit from the bird sanctuary. Jim wanted to get a closer look. We signaled to the driver to pull over. After Shiva had a quick chat with the field owner and we exchanged some photos we were happily accepted into the fields by the waving cane workers.

Here is the first of the cane workers I photographed. She was quite embarassed, yet flattered that I was taking her picture. I positively love the floral print of her dress. I wish people dressed that well up here in Minnesota.

As you can see from the EXIF data (above) it was really quite bright outside. I used a fairly wide aperture in this shot to try and accentuate the subject from the background.

 

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May 30, 2005

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Boatman

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LensSigma APO 70-300mm f/4-5.6 @ 130mm
Shutter / Aperture1/400s / f/5.6
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Here was our trusty boatsman through the Ranganathittu Sanctuary. He was a real nice guy. He didn't speak much English, just enough to know our names and where we were from but he didn't speak much Kannada with Shiva either. He patiently rowed us around to many interesting things and animals to see.

I found his look and the stark contrast of his facial hair to be very interesting. I snapped a series of shots when he wasn't looking and just sort of smiling to himself. I really like how natural his manner appears to be in this shot.

 

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May 29, 2005

Perpich Center for the Arts Class of 2005 Graduation I - Got Ethics?

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Here is my brother taking his walk to receive his diploma. The highlight of the graduation for me and my family. I was positively elated to see him take his final walk as a high school kid!

As you may know or can tell, the Perpich Center for the Arts is rather non-traditional. There was no valedictorian. The is no football team. There wasn't even a band playing Pomp and Circumstance.

The kids could wear whatever they wanted to the graduation. My brother chose to wear big 80s blue-blockers and a sport-coat over a tee-shirt. How very L.A. He better get used to the part, because he'll be moving to Santa Monica in the fall. California, here comes Evan!

Some of the other outfits that stuck with me was the girl in the bee costume (how very Blind Melon!), the kid in the Stalin era-esq military formal wear, and the girl wearing a mortor with artifical grassy turf and a flower on her head. Very creative!

At my graduation, I just remember feeling self-concious about not having any special honors stripes and being kind of fat.

 

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May 28, 2005

Perpich Center for the Arts Class of 2005 Graduation I - Got Ethics?

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Nothing is a greater joy to me than to watch somebody we love succeed. My brother Evan graduated from the Perpich Center for the Arts yesterday along with the rest of the Class of 2005.

There were presentations from all five disciplines of the school: literature, dance, music, visual and media arts. All of the students are so amazingly talented and seeing a sampling of the outcome of their two years spent at the school was an awe inspiring treat to see. The highlight for me aside from seeing my brother receive his diploma was to watch the charismatic and wise Mr. Wesley Wallace from the Science faculty give his speech to the kids.

Mr. Wallace delivered his speech in the form of small nuggets of light hearted advice that summed up to a mantra for how to live to maximize happiness and live well. Starting from the everyday, "always recycle, because it is the right thing to do!" and, "learn how to enjoy to do the dishes!" He gradually moved his message forward using a simple graph showing a rising line labelled "material wealth" intersecting with a dead-flat line that read "happiness."

He further expounded on this concept with quotes from Kurt Vonnegut, moving on to Socrates, "an unexamined life is not worth living," and ending on the above slide of, "Got Ethics?" to much excitement and jubilalation from the crowd. I could not imagine a better final lesson from a teacher to send these kids to the next stage of their lives.

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/60s / f/2.5
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I, on the other hand, acted rather unethically during the graduation ceremony. There was an announcement that no photography or video recording of the precedings were allowed. It was stated that this was due for the, "safety of the performers during the ceremony." Indeed flashes can be dangerous and annoying but I felt this probably had to do more with the ability of the school to be able to sell you a DVD of the event later.

My father and I threw caution to the wind and we took pictures willy-nilly. It was quite dark in the Ted Mann Concert Hall so I had to crank the camera up to 3200 ISO in order to get anything decent. There is a bit of noise and banding in this image, but the preservation of the memory is what takes precedence.

My brother is the third student from the left. Way to go Evan!

 

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May 27, 2005

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Crocodile, People, and a Curious Bird

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LensSigma APO 70-300mm f/4-5.6 @ 120mm
Shutter / Aperture1/300s / f/7.1
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I had no idea what sort of wildlife we were going to run into in our little boat. The oarsman stopped at one point and pointed into some foilage: Jim, Shiva and I were greated with the gaping tooth-filled maw of a large crocodile.

To make an analogy, the shock of seeing something like a crocodile mere feet from me was the somewhat the same feeling one would receive from somebody stating midly to you, "did you know that the building is on fire?"

Being that the sign at the park entrance contained the words "bird" and "sanctuary" one does not immediately make the conclusion, "oh, there's going to to be things that could eat me!" Looking around, I realized there were multiple times more crocodiles than people in the park and for an instant I felt quite vulnerable in our tiny row boat.

After I checked our little boat for leaks and the initial shock let me I felt quite safe and shot scores of pictures of anything and everything that moved. There were many crocs, birds, and even other sets of tourists to shoot pictures of. The shot for today is one grouping that I caught with most of these elements together.

Although asthetically this isn't the most interesting shot in the world, I thought I would share with you my experience and recommendation of visiting this park if you ever get the chance.

 

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