My favorite portraits from the spontaneous shoot / contest at Generic store in downtown South Bend (a few years back). These made it all over my Facebook page for voting but the rest have remained Previously Unpublished until now.
On a personal note,
Be yourself. You are beautiful.
You don’t owe anyone an apology for not fitting their ideals of beauty, of cool, of popular.
That kind of confidence shows on your face, shows in your decisions, and sometimes, it even shows in front of a camera.
(1 part finding a post in the drafts folder, 1 part nostalgia for the old hangout downtown, 1 part chicken logo – shake & enjoy)
What to do on the way home from shooting 10 hours of wedding fun on a hot muggy day? Stop by a sweaty hot back room hardcore band debut show at Generic downtown. (I mean at that point I already needed a serious shower and had camera gear handy from a wedding shoot so if ever I was prepared for such a show it was that moment.)
Last night I dropped by Generic in downtown South Bend to catch Analecta play a live set. Decided to play with my Nikon D700’s high ISO settings in low light. I positioned myself in an open spot across from most of the moving lighting where pretty much all the light was above and behind the bassist up front. It would make your eyes crazy after a few minutes, not to mention mess with a camera’s autofocus. Perfect spot for test shots. The D700 locked focus excellently even in very harsh backlight on top of all the less-than-ideal setings. Seriously – concert lighting is rarely rigged for photography, which makes it all the more fun to find and make good shots in dodgy lighting.
Nikon D700 with 24mm lens. ISO 3200, 1/25th sec @ f/2.8
10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye lens – 1/4 sec exposure at f/3.5 to burn in some of the color. Not even the black ceiling is that dark any more.