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Capturing Solitude: The Music of Shooting

September 26, 2011

It dawned on me that while I’m very open with the steps of my shooting, editing, socialization and marketing… I haven’t ever focused on what, to me, is one of the most important elements of making a good photograph:

What I’m listening to while I shoot and process.

Depending on the type of shoot and number of people involved, I will often have music going, either on speakers or in headphones.  And never will I process without music.  This is so vital in setting the tone and mood of the pieces I’m working on.  When I set out to shoot (I’m speaking here of more creative, personal jobs — not portrait sessions where the client dictates much of what we’re going for) I tend to already know what I’m feeling, what I’m looking for, and what I hope to capture.  Keeping a constant flow of music that fits with the mood goes a long way towards helping me find what I want.

I’ve posted a couple images from a solo shoot I went on a few days back — HERE and HERE.  I knew heading up that there was something I was needing to find… and not find.  There are days when I set out to shoot people, and life and action.  This was not one of those days.  This was a day of setting out to find nothing but a feeling of solitude.  It was late afternoon, and the sun was setting and I drove up into the mountains north of Los Angeles.  It was chilly, dropping into the mid 40’s and a steady rain was falling  (it was 95 degrees and sunny at my house when I left).  I took a 16 mile long and winding road up the side of a mountain in Los Padres National Forest and when I was nearly at the top, I found an unmarked dirt road.  I took it and went a mile in before realizing I had no idea where I was, or if I was going to be able to turn around or God forbid, back the whole way out.  So… I stopped and got out on foot.  I adjusted my lenses under a canopy of trees, taking a test shot here of my trusty Tundra.

I wandered up and down in the hills for an hour and a half until light started to become scarce.  The whole while I had music playing on a small speaker phone so I could also hear the sounds of the rain around me.  Just a great mood, relaxing yet rejuvenating.  I stumbled onto the Original Score from “The Assassination of Jesse James” some weeks before (by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis) and it was the perfect walking partner.

I then listened to it while I imported and processed the shots from the day.  As I look at the finished products, I feel the warmth and loneliness from the music.

Such an important part of the process.

Here’s one of my favorite tracks from the album:

 

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LINKS: Stunning Time Lapse “The Mountain” by Terje Sorgjerd

April 18, 2011

Time Lapse photography can be gimmicky and silly.  They often tend to focus more on the nifty fact that one can capture faux-motion using still images (even though that’s really all a non-digital movie camera is) instead of what’s actually in the image — the framing, the color, the look, the emotion.

It’s not that I think most Time Lapse work is bad, so please don’t be offended.  It’s just that I consider myself quite the authority on sub-par Time Lapse work since every piece of Time Lapse work I’ve ever done myself has been exactly that… sub par.  It’s just not my gig… but let me tell you something, when you see a piece that’s done right… a piece that’s composed of individual frames which on their own are works of art… you’ve got something special.

Terje Sorgjerd is one of those guys.  He’s found his niche, and man… it’s breathtaking (and I don’t throw that word around often).

I’ve seen Terje’s work before — his piece from a month ago on the Aurora Borealis was equally stunning, but this piece seems to have hit a chord with the world.  It was featured on the Today Show and is now hitting the front pages of some pretty reputable news sources.  The video is embedded below, with Terje’s commentary quoted after the fact.  Also note the luscious score from Ludovico Einaudi as well.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

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LINKS: Stunning Time Lapse "The Mountain" by Terje Sorgjerd

April 18, 2011

Time Lapse photography can be gimmicky and silly.  They often tend to focus more on the nifty fact that one can capture faux-motion using still images (even though that’s really all a non-digital movie camera is) instead of what’s actually in the image — the framing, the color, the look, the emotion.

It’s not that I think most Time Lapse work is bad, so please don’t be offended.  It’s just that I consider myself quite the authority on sub-par Time Lapse work since every piece of Time Lapse work I’ve ever done myself has been exactly that… sub par.  It’s just not my gig… but let me tell you something, when you see a piece that’s done right… a piece that’s composed of individual frames which on their own are works of art… you’ve got something special.

Terje Sorgjerd is one of those guys.  He’s found his niche, and man… it’s breathtaking (and I don’t throw that word around often).

I’ve seen Terje’s work before — his piece from a month ago on the Aurora Borealis was equally stunning, but this piece seems to have hit a chord with the world.  It was featured on the Today Show and is now hitting the front pages of some pretty reputable news sources.  The video is embedded below, with Terje’s commentary quoted after the fact.  Also note the luscious score from Ludovico Einaudi as well.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

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GALLERY: A Night of Jazz

March 30, 2011

Had the pleasure of recently seeing a buddy’s Jazz trio @ The Valencia Wine Club in Valencia, CA.  All three exhibited very well-schooled musical ability, and the requisite passion for the music they played.  A very good time.

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Music: Feel the lusciousness…

February 25, 2011

Going to stray from the photography for a moment here and just share this.  This song is one of my absolute favorites.  Just sultry and dark and luscious.  Normally, I’d post the official video, but something about these two guys and their dancing was just so fantastic.

Depeche Mode: It’s No Good (via YouTube)

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MUSIC: Dire Straits “Alchemy” release in HD Blu-ray

May 12, 2010

From time to time I post music news, although not often.  This, however, warranted a mention.   Dire Straits and more specifically, Mark Knopfler, for me are pretty much the be-all-end-all of rock and roll musicians.  From blistering guitar tracks, to emotionally charged ballads, they’ve done it all and done it flawlessly.

It was announced recently that they would be releasing their 1984 Live Album “Alchemy” (and accompanying video), remastered in 5.1 Stereo to HD Blu-Ray disc.  If you’re a fan… you should be rejoicing.  If you’re not a fan, you ought to give it a listen.

As with most quality musical releases, the new version will see light in the UK first on May 10, 2010.  It will hit US outlets on June 3, 2010.  Here’s the official “trailer” for the forthcoming release:

Full content/track list and Amazon links after the jump.
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MUSIC: Dire Straits "Alchemy" release in HD Blu-ray

May 12, 2010

From time to time I post music news, although not often.  This, however, warranted a mention.   Dire Straits and more specifically, Mark Knopfler, for me are pretty much the be-all-end-all of rock and roll musicians.  From blistering guitar tracks, to emotionally charged ballads, they’ve done it all and done it flawlessly.

It was announced recently that they would be releasing their 1984 Live Album “Alchemy” (and accompanying video), remastered in 5.1 Stereo to HD Blu-Ray disc.  If you’re a fan… you should be rejoicing.  If you’re not a fan, you ought to give it a listen.

As with most quality musical releases, the new version will see light in the UK first on May 10, 2010.  It will hit US outlets on June 3, 2010.  Here’s the official “trailer” for the forthcoming release:

Full content/track list and Amazon links after the jump.
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