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50 Portraits – 18

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

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: F2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/640 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: How the Stars Got Crossed, Radio 4, New Song & Dance, 2000 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #18 is nathan

nathan and my wife grew up in the same neighborhood on the north side of chicago. nathan is a musician, a photographer, and a graphic artist as well as a truly nice human being. i met nathan years ago at a bar that does not exist anymore while i was courting my wife (possibly, 4th date? maybe 5th?). he’s a sweetheart of a guy and he’s a blast to chat with about many different topics. but most of the time we talk guitars, cameras, and cars (three things that we both know a fair amount about). we tend to get kicked out of small rooms where the volume of our conversations can take over even the loudest of chatters. i can’t wait for the warmer weather to break on through to my backyard so nathan and i can sit, grill, swill, and chat about the world at large. he’s a good egg and he was kind enough to sit and have his portrait taken in what might be the quickest portrait session of this project (quicker than drive-thru food…). 18 down. 32 to go?

the music:
radio 4 is one of the brooklyn bands that made the scene in the early 2000’s. along with contemporaries, les savy fav, and the yeah yeah yeahs, radio 4 played indie music in the vein of disco dance rock. as the other two artists moved into more creative phases of their careers, Radio 4 kinda stayed put. don’t get me wrong, it’s good music, but it’s repetitive good music. they are also, quite possibly, the shortest band i have ever seen on stage. average height had to have been 5’6″. that’s indeed weird that i remember things like that. but it was really noticeable.

four from before

| currently listening to: Someday My Prince Will Come, Miles Davis, Someday My Prince Will Come, 1961 | LINK

the photography:
today has been a long day. we spent most of last night listening to the party that our tenants downstairs were throwing. i didn’t fully fall asleep until well after 5 am this morning. it was bad news. but it was nothing a good home cooked meal couldn’t fix. eggs, bacon, waffles, coffee, orange juice, and a citrus fruit cup. divine. no photos today due to the awkward stress that sleep deprivation plays on my head and my hand eye coordination. i trudged through the files and found these four photos from various times in my career. i don’t know why i threw in the photo of the guitar. the photo itself is nothing to write home about but there is something special about the homemade box light that i made out of 2×4’s and fluorescent tubes. it about 2.5 feet wide and tall and had a mounting bracket on the bottom so i could stick it to a light stand and shoot through it. you can see it’s effects on the eyes in the first photo posted. with today’s ability to adjust your white balance to meet any light, these lights become cheap alternatives to expensive strobe driven ring lamps. the 50 portraits will continue this week. some volunteers have sprung up along the way. i am really excited to dive even deeper into the process. expect to see some unexpected things come out of this. if anything, shooting 50 different people is pulling me out of my comfort zone and making me think hard about what’s coming next. and who…

the music:
this recording is the last record miles did with coltrane. it’s not one the most highly touted records, though it is one of my favorites. people always point to kind of blue and in a silent way but i am quite sure that this record bests them both. amazingly orchestrated and superbly recorded, this record is smoother than anything before and since. it also reminds me of my dad and i playing records while my mom would be working in the kitchen. i love that the bass and trumpet are centered in the mix (left to right, stereo sound) the piano is pushed right and the drums and saxophone all left. it’s an amazing listen on headphones. it transports you.