October 31, 2012

Fishtank Ensemble in Sunnyvale

I ran into this band at de Young in June 2008 and immediately became a fan. This time only core members were present.  I was happy to see how little they changed.  Fabrice Martinezis is still a tough subject to photograph.  I tried hard to capture a single instance of emotion on his face.  All to no avail.  Djordje on the other hand has enough drive and energy for the entire band.  I would love to hear him playing rockabilly as he allegedly does.  Unfortunately Ursula was sick and did not sing much.  She is pretty amazing.  Can't wait to see their next CD!
This was also a first time I made a major mistake in my shooting process.  Image quality settings were accidentally changed from RAW to JPG.  So please do not judge the camera by the quality of the images - it is all operators mistake.  D600 with 80-200mm 2.8 is a wonderful combination and I could not be happier about it.

October 29, 2012

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk in Campbell

This year I got back to leading a photo walk in Campbell.  We got lucky and the date of the photowalk, October 13, fell right on Octoberfest, which is a big deal in our neck of the woods.  It was nice to see familiar faces and welcome new ones.
While taking pictures of junk cars in the middle of Campbell (I was always wondering how come they are there in the first place!) I was confronted by the property owner Paul Del Grande.  The situation was quickly defused after I asked Paul for permission to take pictures of his sign, his cars and himself.    I am glad I did!  Paul proved to be a fascinating guy!  Now in his 80s, Paul spent the last 20 years of his life in a constant litigation with the city of Campbell.  The city tries to force Paul to remove junk cars from his lot which became a prime piece of real estate.  Paul usually looses in court but then finds the way to back out of the deal.