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horses

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: f3.2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f3.2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

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Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f3.2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

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Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: f2 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

| currently listening to: Take Warning, Operation Ivy, Energy 1989, | LINK

the photography:
that’s right. i love horses. they are the most majestic, non-urban, non-exotic, animal that i can think of. yet, for some reason, right in the middle of the Old Town neighborhood on the northside of chicago, there is a field (empty lot) that is a fenced in pen for a group of horses. why do i know this? because it is visible from the train (brown and purple lines for those at home keeping score) just south of the Sedgewick stop looking west.

glorious prancing horses. yup. amazing. on this fine day, there were three light colored specimens and one eerily ‘black-as-night but with red highlights’ specimen trotting around the lot. every time i got close to the fence with my camera, one of the horses would inevitably walk up to me as if to say ‘this is the part of the story where you give me a carrot or some hay and i’ll be cool with your presence’. it was pretty awesome.

the back story is that my wife and i have been enamored with these gigantic creatures since we started riding the train together to go to work about three years ago. a good day in my book is when i get to see the ‘guys’ (as they have come to be regarded) on my way to work and on my way home. i even go so far as to make sure i am sitting on the proper side of the train for a good viewing. oh yeah. i’m obsessed.

photos are with the 28mm and if you know your focal lengths, you will realize that 28mm is pretty wide so you can really get a sense of how close i was on some of these frames. good times. they are beautiful creatures and they scare the crap out of me when i get too close. it’s humbling to be so close to such a powerful animal in the (cough, literary license) wild.

the music:
i have this reoccurring habit (um, doesn’t the definition of habit mean reoccurring?) of leaving my ipod at home. this sucks when i have gobs of photos to edit and nothing to listen to whilst doing so. pandora radio is an ok distraction but it’s biggest fault lies within the fact that after about 45 mins, the songs start to repeat themselves. thank god i brought the ipod today.

Operation Ivy were a raucous nor-cal punk outfit featuring a very young (and extra snarly) Tim Armstrong (of Rancid fame) that were full of the punk ethos as much as jamaican rock steady. their mix of punk, ska, and anti-establishment sounds a lot like a cheap The Clash rip-offs but Op Ivy meant much much more to the music community in the late 80’s. Op Ivy’s real claim to fame (at least in the music press) was that they solidified the Berkley punk sound that led us directly to bands like Green Day and Sublime. as Op Ivy played their last show in 1989, the openers were a small little punk trio that had just changed their name to Green Day. oh well, someone had to do it. if kids in the 2000’s are picking up Op Ivy records because Billie Joe Armstrong told them to, so be it. these guys deserve their due. legacies aside, take warning is a stripped down ska/punk jam filled with advice, upstroke guitars, and a damn funky bass line. it stands the test of time for sure. go out and find the Energy LP. it’s as awesome as much as it’s cliche and trite. but hey, they did it really well.

50 Portraits – 17

Exposure: 1/6400 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/6400 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2500 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1600 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/5000 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/5000 sec – Aperture: F2.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: (Arrow Up), Boredoms, Vision Creation Newsun, 1999 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #17 is christopher

not only did i get a chance to spend a day at the horse track but i also knocked off both #’s 16 and 17 of the 50 Portraits Project. whew. life moves pretty fast during the summer. true that. chris is related to my wife and he is visually, a great photographic study. he’s a handsome man with impeccable taste in dress wear and he knows it. a little attitude will get you everywhere in the photographic world. especially when you look that good in front of the lens. his modeling contract days may be behind him but i was happy to be able to pull him out of retirement for my 50 Portraits Project. he’s a good egg. also, the wind had very little effect on chris’ hair, unlike that of his counterpart, leah. not to throw us all under the bus (and not to make leah feel too bad about the incident) but chris was also there when the tambourines went missing. i have many stories to tell about this one but both chris and i prefer our privacy. we’ll tell my kids one day. it’ll be fun to watch their jaws drop. i don’t know if i have mentioned this before but within each of the photos in the 50 Portraits Project, i am using the same lens and the same camera and all of the photos have been taken since the day i started posting them. these are not being culled from the vault. they are fresh. just like chris.

the music:
japan’s favorite noise, funk, rock, indie, weirdos, and all around torchbearers of dreadlocks, boredoms, love to play music and they really love to play the drums. their music is a percussive heavy / keyboard leaning shout-out to american / british psychedelic rock of the seventies. lots of overdubs, tracks, noises, blips, and echos are heard above the driving beats. there may be gobs of manipulation on the surface but don’t let that fool you, the drums are recorded live and played by drummers (usually 3 of them when they play live). the keys are just there to add enough sunshine to highlight the rhythm. i think that every song boredoms produce has at least one symbol being crashed every second. this track contains actual guitar and vocals as well. but i always forget that.

50 Portraits – 16

Exposure: 1/8000 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2500 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/5000 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2000 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/3200 sec – Aperture: F2.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2000 sec – Aperture: F2.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Plumb Line, Archers Of Loaf, Icky Mettle, 1994 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #16 is leah

am i only up to #16? on saturday we spent the afternoon hanging around arlington racetrack decked out in seersucker, salmon pants, sun hats, sweaters, and sun dresses. the sun was shining and the ponies were running. it also happened to be Derby Day so the mint julips were also flowing. it was perfect. leah is a dear friend that i have known for a number of years now. she was great to not only put up with my camera but to also join in on all of our antics. the last time i went to a karaoke bar with leah, we may have walked out with one tambourine in her purse and one in my wife’s purse. never a dull moment, right? this was no exception. i also came away with a small set of winnings as my wife went 4-5 for her picks on the day. not too shabby. now if i had only known that the winner of the derby race itself would be the 50-1 mine the bird. dear lord. trifecta that on a $10 bet and you would have been a millionaire. one thought about this first photo: i love the fact that this is an interesting portrait that actually shows very little of leah’s face. photography works in mysterious ways sometimes (windy or not). aesthetics follows very few rules.

the music:
i don’t want to say that archers of loaf coined the phrase but they definitely brought the term “indie rocker” to the masses (at least in my circle of friends and our vocabulary). this record is a great snippet of guitar driven indie rock from the mid 90’s. together with pavement, the archers of loaf brought the guitar to the forefront, hard, angular, and distorted. if i had to pick a basketball team filled with guitar heroes, Eric Bachmann would be on the team at 6’7″ or so. jeez. he makes the guitar look like a toothpick.