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Neal Preston – Exhilarated and Exhausted Trailer Extended

 

Realised I’ve not posted on my blog in over a year! (Well a year yesterday)

Of late I post my photos to Instagram.

And have developed my main website to more of a portfolio site.

So will continue to use this blog just to post items of interest – mostly found elsewhere.

So here’s one – a video trailer for a Music Photography book by Neal Preston.

I first found out about him from a Matthias HTBARP podcast.

Have ordered the book ūüôā


Nikon Custom Picture Profiles

Something super interesting/geeky looking on a Nikon Rumors post.

Custom profiles for Picture Control settings.
I think you can upload them to your camera using the Picture Control Utility.
It includes profiles for some classic film stock as well as modern cameras.

A friend used custom profiles to boost his blue skies on Ibiza outdoor clubbing photos on his 5D.

https://nikonpc.com/

NikonProfiles

Alas I can’t try them yet as I just dropped my camera off for a service today.

 


Video

John Free – 10 year photo project

Interesting story from Photographer John Free about his 10 year photo project!

Initially found via The Art of Photography (which is a great channel I watch often)


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Chris Hondros – another conflict photographer film

Come across this and thought I’d share.

Seems Chris Hondros was injured/killed in the same incident as Tim Hetherington. Wiki says he was a finalist for a Pulitzer on two occasions.

Just the trailer so far – so hard to tell how good/bad it might be.

The Trailer website: http://www.chrishondrosfilm.com/trailer/2015/4/9/hondros-teaser-trailer

 


UK Photoshow 2016 deals

Just been to Britain’s largest¬†annual photography show in Birmingham NEC – these times called “UK Photoshow” but in the past “Focal”. I’ve been to it a few times over the years -usually just to geek out (hey I know good photography isn’t about the gear – but I enjoy that aspect anyway) but also occasionally to buy equipment.

There have been good deals to be had in the past – but I think less so in recent years. I’ve gone into the habit of photographing price lists to share them online so others can see if they want to go. This year though I’ve just been on the penultimate day – so maybe not so much of use – but what the hell.

I only photographed the price lists I saw that were easily photographed – a fair few only had prices on individual items – as I wasn’t buying – I didn’t go for them.

Past years:

2014
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2014/03/02/photography-show-2014-prices/

2012
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-cameraworld-prices/
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-jacob-prices/

Sorry for the quality – taken on a phone.
I’m not one for taking my camera to photography shows.

Click on the picture to view larger, and then click on the “view in full size” bottom right to see the original.

http://www.photographyshow.com/


Shoot for the jobs you want not the one’s you’re getting

Came across another fairly inspirational video –¬†the post title is a line from it.

Take a look.

Like the fact he treated and shot school sports teams like full on pros!

Originally found via Strobist.


James Dean + Dennis Stock – by New York Times

Used to watch New York Times [Lens] videos on a regular basis. But as they’re no longer on Vimeo it seems I’ve missed them – but they’re on their own website.

Here’s a really interesting one I thought I’d share – on James Dean and Dennis Stock – the photographer who took “the” photo of James Dean – the one of him n Times Square in the rain. Rather than a quick snap – seems that there was a two month run up to it. Would be great to do something like this! If only I had the time. Maybe I should make it happen rather than hoping always.

I tried to embedd the video but as wordpress.com doesn’t allow iFrames – here’s a standard link:

JamesDean


Video

Interesting tech, innovation, maker video

Less about photography and more about tech this one.

For last couple of years I’ve thought about playing around with ardunio tech, wanting to make something both technical and creative. In parallel I’ve also wondered about some day¬†pushing something like this beyond the point of just messing around or doing for fun – i.e. launching into a wider audience by starting a company or similar.

Just come across this video which is really interesting on many of those aspects plus maker community, open source etc – and thought I’d share.

 

Original source is here: http://99u.com/videos/52119/chris-anderson-how-and-why-i-built-a-drone-empire-with-a-19-year-old

999u.com seems really interesting – will follow their video feed.


Never too late

Wow Рbeen a while since I posted something to my blog Рoops sorry. Been busy doing lots of gigs and such. Not really posted much on that here but does a few bits on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dafowen/
I intend to start a 500px page too.

Anyway – back to the issue at hand – here’s another inspiration video for you. Shows it’s never too late to be / do whatever you want to do.

Found via Kottke.org


Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

A film/Documentary about Tim Hetherington – the well known photographer who was killed in Syria – “Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” is currently available to view on BBC iPlayer for the next 22 days.

Likely UK only.

Not watched it yet but thought I’d share.

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zq89v


Video

The Art of Photography : Mick Rock Interview

The Art of Photography is a Video Blog by Ted Forbes I¬†occasionally watch during my lunch hour. It’s usually a decent length – 20min or so and often covers a review of prominent photographer’s work – however it does sometimes cover other aspects of photography e.g. issues with signing contracts. Worth adding to your feeds if you do such things (I use feedly after Google Reader was stopped) or checking occasionally otherwise.

Just looked after not watching for a while and noticed there is an interview with Mick Rock. One of the most significant names in Music Photography and possibly THE name in terms of 70’s Rock. Work (an image library) have some dealings with him and my recent coverage of music gigs peaked my interest in it, and then thought I’d share.

Part of me wonders what it would have been like to be a photographer then – especially since I’ve loved and at one time had a big passion for that kind of music (was a massive Hendrix fan). Certainly – much more skill was required with film and as such I’m assuming there would have been much fewer photographers and so possibilities of back stage access or hanging out with the musicians more likely. I’ve been to gigs where there are 20+ photographers in the pit. I’m sure because of this we are kept in our place with stricter limits. But then befriending a musician that becomes “big” might just be a matter of being in the right place¬†at the right time.


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Grunge & 90s Style Mags : Video

Been a while since I blogged anything – mostly as I’ve not had the time – covered (photography) a couple of London Music festivals and have other editing I’m way behind on. Will likely post some of these in time.

During my lunchtimes I often read photography (or related) blogs, news feeds and such like which sometimes include videos. One that’s not usually photography related (iD Magazine YouTube upload feed) has recently featured a video which¬†covers photography and fashion of the 90s Grunge scene. Thought I’d share.

It’s part of a series on UK youth culture:
Episode 1: Grime & Emo – http://bit.ly/1eCWMxP
Episode 2: Jungle & Cybergoth – http://bit.ly/1UvT0XU
Episode 3: Grunge & 90s Style Mags – http://bit.ly/1K5gNL7
Episode 4: B-Boys, Ibiza & Acid House – http://bit.ly/1Dq3FIO
Episode 5: Soul Boys & Casuals – http://bit.ly/1Mk4xqI
Episode 6: Skins & Scooter Boys – https://youtu.be/5PpAWL1FVxY


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Another Inspiration video

I do like my inspirational videos and enjoy sharing them.Well here’s another.

I usually prefer videos which aren’t so targeted i.e. not about inspiration itself but about other people doing what they do, and doing it well sometimes in the face of adversity – but this is a direct one. However if you look at the creators other videos – you see there is a creative pattern there too.

Originally found on Zack Arias’ Dedpxl blog, from the series The Society of Good Stuff – by Meghan Arias. Specific post has several inspirational inspired items.

Video is by Maximus Thor


Gig: Olly Murs, Ella Eyre + Bright Sparks

Olly Murs

A set from my second event at The O2 Arena – this time Olly Murs plus guests.

This was the first event I’ve been to with a runway of sorts. We were warned initially that we’d have to stay at the front as pyrotechnics would be going off towards the back of the stage. Alas I missed photographing them going off – Boo! I just had my camera down for a fraction of a second.

At the O2 – you can’t take your camera bag into the arena – you have to leave it back stage. Last time I had a lens bag on my belt but I forgot it this time. A lot of photographers often have two bodies, especially from the main agencies – but I can’t justify that. The lens case I use for these things doesn’t really work well – belt loop too low on it – so I might look to buy some alternative option.

Olly Murs show was a great spectacle – great stage lighting/ background graphics.

Ella Eyre was great – struck me as a cross between Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. listening to her on Spotify -0 sounds very Amy Winehouse but then there are lots of Housy remixes.

 

Olly Murs

Ella Eyre

Bright Sparks

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Gig: Marc Almond + Monitcristos

Marc Almond

A few photos from the gig I covered on Friday – Marc Almond at Shepherd’s Bush empire.

At the time – it seemed fairly easy going – but then getting home it turned out that the lighting had been quite heavy on the red – something that always seems to perplex digital cameras. It often causes them to over expose – but of late I’ve dialled the exposure down a bit more. Still need to correct heavy red cast though. Annoying as it can take time as it takes more than one pass – White Balance, colour adjustment levels, etc.

Marc Almond

 

Monitcristos

 

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Sundance Festival – TinTypes by Victorial Will

Just a quick share of some beautiful photography….

Have come across these Tintypes from Sundance Festival by Victorial Will and thought I’d share.

Have loved the videos of Ian Ruhter doing truck-sized tintypes in the past, surprised I’ve not blogged those! So have come to like the look. Not something I’d likely venture to any time soon – but I do love the look of them and the physicality.

Go take a look.

 


Gig: Carl Bar√Ęt & The Jackals, Asylums + Trampolene

Carl Bar√Ęt & The Jackals

Last week I covered a last minute gig as another photographer couldn’t cover it. Headliners was¬†Carl Bar√Ęt (of The Libertines) & The Jackals. Was at Scala which I usually enjoy – but on this ocassion it was really tricky – Scala has a pit but is quite narrow. Usually it’s fine with 3 or 4 of us – but on this occasion there were 8-9 of us! Also lighting was really dark and the odd pint would get chucked over!.

Carl Bar√Ęt & The Jackals

http://carlbaratandthejackals.com
https://www.facebook.com/carlbarat
https://twitter.com/carlbaratmusic

Asylums

http://www.asylumsband.com/
https://twitter.com/Asylumsband
https://www.facebook.com/asylumsuk

Trampolene

http://www.trampolene.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/trampoleneofficial
https://twitter.com/trampolene_band

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Video : Forensic Photography

Came across this interesting video about Forensic Photography on the Vimeo Staff picks¬†feed. Thought I’d share.

Fascinating stuff – but don’t think it would be for me – I much prefer photographing people. The little challenges would inspire me though I think.


Gig: Hunter and the Bear + Rothwell

Hunter and the Bear

Another gig at Dingwalls.
A previous gig there was VERY hard for me – there was lots of back-lighting, I was told that I could use flash – but I’d taken my flash out of the bag that morning! ha fail. Since then the flash has stayed in the bag even though I don’t expect to use it. Dingwalls has no pit – but this time the crowd were a lot easier to move through.

That previous gig was a metal one – this was quite different – what I guess you could call Indie Folk rock.

Although musicians might not like comparisons – I think it’s a natural thing to do – and in that respect – the tracks that Hunter and the Bear have on spotify are quite in vein with Mumford and Sons – however live I found them to be much more up-tempo. The fully acoustic song they did – a rendition of “Wounded” ( for a friend of theirs who had been taken ill (but is getting better) ) to a silent club was seriously emotionally beautiful – verging on tear-jerking. I took a couple of photos of them all standing away from mics – but then put the camera away as everybody else had. As it turned out – the lights weren’t great for that shot anyway.

Support was Rothwell – a lovely singer songwriter solo artist. I usually find that soloists don’t keep the attention of the crowd – but she did a great job.

 

Hunter and the Bear

Hunter and the Bear – on Spotify
Twitter; Facebook ; Website

 

Rothwell

Rothwell on Spotify
Twitter ; Facebook ; Website

 

 

 


Gig: Rival Sons & London Souls

Rival Sons

Haven’t put all my Gig Photography sets of late – been a tad busy, but thought I’d put this one up.
Continues the run of metal/rock events at the Roundhouse.

In the past I’ve said how much I enjoy photographing gigs here – lighting is usually great, or good at least, and there’s a decent sized pit. On this occasion though there was a ¬†LOT of smoke for the support act – The London Souls, combined with LOTS of blue lighting. Took a fair bit of tweaking both in camera Raw and in Photoshop to stop those shots from being a washed out blue mess.

London Souls were good – only a guitarist and drummer. He has amazing skill and reminds me of Hendrix (an analogy many people have likely made – on skill alone ignoring the hair). Alas the songs they have on Spotify don’t really reflect this. I couldn’t help think that it would have been better – a more full sound with more musicians.

 

Rival Sons

Rival Sons on Spotify

The London Souls

The London Souls on Spotify

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A video (not mine or from this show) showing some great London Souls music:


Photo Inspiration : Ray Collins Seascapes

Ray Collins Seascapes

I’m¬†loving my inspirational videos at the moment. I tend to be going for two kinds really – the “just go out there and do it” type of video and also those showing something so simple and basic yet done so well and beautifully – and this is the latter of those two.

Sure we’ve all seen lots of surfing photos and videos – but this is a video about Ray Collins primarily just photographing waves. Something so simple and basic in concept – yet done so well and beautifully. Suggests any of us could go do something similar with a topic that we usually just take for granted.

Many of his pictures remind me of solid lumps of glass or obsidian.

Originally seen via PetaPixel.

His Website


Gig: Placebo + The Mirror Trap

A few photos from last nights Placebo gig at Hammersmith (Eventim) Apollo.

The last time I was there we had to shoot from the back as it was an all seater event – but on this occasion there was a barrier/pit so shot from there. Lighting was a little tricky – a spot pointing down at¬†Brian Molko from a steep angle most of the songs we could shoot (only 2) – which meant out of camera the face was very bright and the rest very dark. Also did no favours with shadow in the eye sockets – but you have to go with what you’re given.

Placebo

The Mirror Trap

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Gig: Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

So photographed my largest gig to date last Tuesday, bar previous festivals of course – so my largest indoor venue at least.

Photographed Spandau Ballet at The O2 arena.

Was a good experience – however I think it didn’t have the impact it once may have since I’ve been doing gigs for a fair while.

I’d say there were approx fifteen photographers in the pit. Decent size although could been a little deeper – it was only enough for approx three people deep. So sometimes it wasn’t possible to get/pass to the optimal position.

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Inspiration: Honey shoot

Links to the honey shoot from Blake Little has been doing the rounds a fair bit on social media. He has a book of them : Preservation.

At the time it struck me as such a simple yet clever idea. Although there are of course logistics to consider like buying and controlling honey, different models etc – ultimately it’s simple and beautiful. The kind of thing where I think “Oh – wish I would have done that”.
I keep wanting to do more creative shoots but the impending organisation usually stops me or to be correct – I don’t event start. I just need to commit some time and just do it.

Recently came across a BTS video of the series and thought I’d blog it tagged as Inspiration.