We always look forward to spending time in Vegas with our friends from Dedolight. If you’re at NAB 2017 this week, do yourself a favor and come see what they’ve brought along!
Sad news this weekend, as we all learned that the great Chuck Berry had passed on at the age of 90. His contribution to modern music is such that the entire first page of a Google search for “father of rock and roll” features his name. Or, if you prefer a form of recognition less ephemeral, he was one of the few performers immortalized on the “Golden Record” placed aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft, now streaking through interstellar space at nearly 11 miles per second. “Go, Johnny, go”, indeed.
I was lucky enough to photograph Mr. Berry in concert (and fortunate enough to have the images close at hand, considering their age.) The time was November 1972, and the place was Hofstra University, on New York’s Long Island. It was a cool, slightly drizzly night outside, but you wouldn’t know it inside the auditorium, between the warmly-gelled stage lights and the energetic Berry, performing his signature “duck-walk” as he grinned and wailed away on his Gibson. The show was being filmed for ABC’s “In Concert” series, a new venture for the network, directed and executive produced by the legendary Don Kirshner.
Imagine my delight on finding that highlights from the show are available right here on YouTube. If you watch very carefully (pixels being so much larger and blurrier back then than they are now), you might be able to pick me out standing next to the TV cameras. (I’d much rather you gave your full attention to the music, though.)
And you’ll note that, were you an audiophile who wanted to hear the program in stereo, you were directed to tune your “hi-fi” to the ABC-affiliated FM radio station, which was simulcasting the show across the country. We were all a long way from carrying hi-def televisions in our pockets all day (which also happened to make phone calls and catch Pokémon), but the energy of those live performances was as good as ever – maybe even better.
To our great fortune, she also spends some of her time teaching the craft of photography, leading workshops around the world for creativeLIVE, KelbyOne, and others, as well as publishing books – some with titles that might make you chuckle and say, “Yep. Been there.”
She recently shared a behind the scenes video showing how she created these fashion portraits for Elle Indonesia. The magic in these images came from – besides Lindsay’s brain – Rosco gel kits. Lindsay had the idea to hold various gels at different angles in order to create splashes of color over the image, as a graphic designer might do. The result is gorgeous and arresting, as the layers of colors wrap across the model’s face. If it’s winter where you are, as it is for us, you’ll probably appreciate these vivid images all the more.
To learn more about the project, including which gel kits were used, click through to Tatiana’s post on Rosco Spectrum.
And don’t forget, the best way to store your gels is Gelly Roll, which lets you keep your gels organized, portable, and ready to use whenever inspiration strikes.
Showing off Rosco’s new Silk LED lamps in the Adorama Pro department, Daniel Norton demonstrates how he builds a lighting setup from scratch, live, on YouTube. Take a look! If you watch closely, you may even notice our very own Allen Green in the audience…
We find ourselves this week at the end of an absolutely brutal political campaign. The phrase “worst election ever” is thrown around by both sides nearly every four years, but this year seems unlikely to be surpassed for decades (or so we hope). According to the Pew Research Center, literally half of either side is ‘afraid’ of the other party. And as many feared, the turmoil has not subsided as the contest ended; indeed, many tempers seem to be worsening as the transfer of power begins.
As we contemplate our role in this new world, I ask you to take another look at some of the precious details you may have forgotten were there all along, being masked by all the noise and vitriol. A moment of Zen is in order, even if only to recharge your batteries in order to better stand up for what you believe in.
Dewitt Jones, former National Geographic photographer and a collaborator and friend of ours for years, publishes an ongoing project called “Celebrate What’s Right With the World!” Dewitt has a knack for discovering beauty and peace in natural scenes (though he might characterize these as “revelations” rather than “discoveries”). His project has evolved over the years from a film, to a website, to an entire community of like-minded people posting their own celebrations of life for all to enjoy. Most of the action takes place on his Facebook page, but if that’s not your style, you can choose to follow him on Twitter or Instagram, or join his mailing list. Whatever your choice, I hope you’ll spend a few moments at the end of a tumultuous week scrolling through Dewitt’s images, and that they bring you some wonder, joy, inspiration, or peace.