Nothing beats a lead singer in a band. Haven’t met one yet that doesn’t have an ego and wanting to be at the center of attention at some point. The music industry calls it lead singers disease. While I love to give singers crap, to be honest without a dynamic front person in a band, no matter how good they are talent wise, it can be a very boring show. While this one is rather tame in comparison I may share out him doing the Dio Salute (RIP Ronnie James Dio).
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
I have an affinity for bass players. They are the crapped on members of almost every band ever made. So I make it a point to shoot the bass player whenever I shoot a band. Sadly, with lighting being what it was I could not nail the pictures with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth but this is pretty decent all thing considered at the ISO and shutter speed I was at.
I have no idea where this picture was taken other than in Thailand and who this is but I think its special. Sure, its a bit too dark but I think it enhances it. At the end of the day, we as photographers take pictures for ourselves and this one is for me.
I really like having a huge back catalogue to work off of at times. Gives you time to not get emotionally attached to the images and you can go through and create something instead of just processing images after images. This is from Chicago and I was fascinated with the red entrance cover. I am normally not a fan of the selective color in a black and white photo but in this case it works.
You really haven’t lived until you have taken a motorbike taxi in Asia. I was terrified of them at first and never took them either walking or jumping on what is locally known to foreigners as Baht Bus’s which are just pickups with a cover over them and two bench seats. Then one day I needed to go some place fast so I had no choice but to jump a motorbike taxi and I have been hooked ever since. They aren’t all great as I have had experiences with a driver that hit someone else while I was on the back, an extremely drunk driver one night (I could smell the whiskey on his breath AFTER we took off), and drivers getting lost. For the most part they are fast and efficient way to get around and they are also used to run errands by the locals. I also use them as mobile photo platforms when I can and this is the resulting shot of me riding on the back of one. While not the most technically proficient photo on this planet, its a rather interesting one.
I was walking back to the condo I rented and I always passed the taxi stand that was on the corner. The guys were nice and I used them often if I was heading to some place not within walking distance. It helps to speak some Thai if you are going to some place outside the norm. One day I was walking back and saw this driver dead to the world so I of course had to take a picture. Ran it through the VSCO film pack. Forget which filter I picked but just having some fun with it for now.
This is my friend Nam. The funny thing is I am not sure I took the picture but it happens to be my favorite of her. My camera disappears when I go to this bar and it eventually comes back to me as I sit and chat with others there.
This is another from the Chicago Experience as I am now calling it. I was coming in from doing some shopping and I saw these guys reflected in the mirror above the hotel. So I snapped it quickly and it was an interesting image. I recently got a legal version of DxO Film Packs 3 which you can get for free via Steve Huff’s site. I used the Generic Fuji Velvia 100 film type and it gives the image some rich colors. So enjoy life sideways.
I was up in the wee hours one morning on my recent trip to Thailand. I’m not going disclose if I was going to bed or has just woken up. That’s a photographers secret. The island in the distance is Koh Larn which I have been to on a day trip before.