Photography

Templar Tactical Arms

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Brad Davison at Templar Tactical Arms in Bozeman Montana on some photos. TTA makes some amazing AR15 rifles. They are machined out of 7075 T6 billet stock unlike most other makers that use forged castings. What does machined mean? It means that TTA will be able to make receivers that have details that are not available in forging. Be it mag-well details or stippling.

Either way enjoy the pictures.

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The Parlotones

The South African Band The Parlotones made a swing through Seattle and I was lucky enough to get some shots of them. Unfortunately the venue wasn’t the best as there is a giant pole in the middle of the stage. Be sure to check out the photos I took of them on their prior tours.

You can see two sets of shots of them from the High Dive Set #1 and Set #2 in Seattle from a year ago. And a photo set from The Showbox Sodo and an interview with singer Kahn Morbee on Flotzam.com.

Twitter: @parlotones

Journey Through The Shadows on iTunes

Push Me To The Floor (single) on iTunes

 

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More Thoughts on Digital

 

Despite the fact that I think of my self as a young guy I can remember “Mikey” tv ads, VHS rental when the store also rented players, Laserdisc, DVD and Divx wars, the wide acceptance of HD TV. More over the migration from film toward digital imaging.

By no means does this mean that I am a Luddite and want to keep my head deep in the sand as the world passes me by. It’s more that the progression of the world doesn’t seem so progressive. You go from grabbing a roll of film and knowing its look and feel, making a choice in seconds–Now, a picture is made but it’s not ready for until someone spends hours in front of a screen just to get it look like right. Then more time to get it to look good on paper.

There was darkroom time in the bygone days but it seems that to take a photo from light to paper takes longer in the era of 1’s and 0’s.

Many will say that the darkroom has simply been replaced by the screen. But, I don’t see it that way. The darkroom was an effiencent place where you would print a test strip and go. Or, at least for me. But, I would also try to work with the same film and paper and developed an understanding of what results I would get in all matter of conditions.

Retouching seems to take hours to do something as simple as building the overall look and feel of the image. What could be made in the time it takes to load a camera to get the contrast, grain, hue, saturation, vibrance now is done in hours in a chair. What was built in by Fuji, Ilford, Kodak is now in the eyes of the viewer at the desk or coffee shop.

But, as Pathé said “The March of Time!

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Portraits: Wesley Scott aka The Passive Disaster

I tend to post a lot of live photos so I thought since I am reaching back in to the archives I may throw up some portraits. These were done as PR shots and were a blast to do. Having some nice summer evening light doesn’t hurt in a few of them either. Plus, a little Fujichrome goes a long way too. One thing that is great about portraits for musicians is they rarely are boring.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

A couple years ago I had the chance to shoot Rodrigo y Gabriela at Marymoor park. Prior to shooting them I had never heard their music or knew their story. An acoustic guitar duo that can just flat out rock is rare. After seeing them I will say that I’m sold as a fan. They have an intensity in their eyes that is amazing and their hands flew over their guitars appearing to hardly move yet enormous sounds come out.

After hearing a story about their new album Area 52 on NPR I had to go back to the archives and share some photos. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to shoot them again.

Twitter: @RodGab

Area 52 on iTunes

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