Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 6400
Kevin Harris is the tenor sax in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and possibly the jazziest of them all. He always plays in a cap and shades, and when I shot this I couldn’t help but think of Bleeding Gums Murphy, the saxophonist in the early episodes of the Simpsons. Must be the frizzy hair.
Fuji xpro2, 75mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players in large part for the diagonal opportunities they offer. TJ Norris was no exception during this Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig. Forearm muscles ain’t bad either
Fuji xpro2, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
Kirk Joseph is not only a legendary New Orleans musician, he’s also a legend and innovator amongst sousaphone players. His playing was mellow and funky that night, and when I found an opportunity to get close and frame him, he looked at me in this whimsical, inquisitive way.
Fuji xpro2, 140mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
It was hot as hell at the New Morning during the Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig. In fact, one of the band members remarked that it was as hot as New Orleans, except they have air conditioning there. This led drummer Julian Addison to play the second set bare chested, which the ladies probably enjoyed, but pleased me as a photographer as well. It gave these shots a distinct 70s atmosphere.
Fuxi xpro2, 120mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
Last week I was lucky enough to see the Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in Paris. It’s my 6th time seeing this band, and it never gets old. This is trumpet player and singer Greg Davis, and I particularly like this profile outlined by the blue overhead light.
Most of the spectacular doors I saw and shot in Rome were square, but this round door in a narrow street near the center appealed to me…
When in Rome, expect Roman columns…
Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Rome is a marvel of old stone, and walking around on a sunny day you will find tons of interesting things for photographic material. My obsession with doors was fed, and then some. This one is one of my favourites.