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Count Basie Musicians

Count-Basie-Orchestra--Musicians

The 3 gentlemen pictured have been with the orchestra for many years. The gentleman on the left was also with the Duke Ellington orchestra at one time. I asked the gentleman on the right about the Basie Orchestra’s appearance in the Mel Brook’s film “Blazing Saddles” and it wasn’t Basie’s real band.


Count Basie Musicians

Count-Basie-Orchestra--Musicians

I am a fan of Big Band music and was recently assigned to take photographs of the Count Basie Orchestra performing. Needless to say, I was excited. Before the band went onstage I took the opportunity to go backstage and talk to a few of the members.

The 3 gentlemen pictured have been with the orchestra for many years. The gentleman on the left was also with the Duke Ellington orchestra at one time. I asked the gentleman on the right about the Basie Orchestra’s appearance in the Mel Brook’s film “Blazing Saddles” and it wasn’t Basie’s real band.

Before taking their photo, I asked for permission and it was granted. The photo was taken with available light, which was VERY little. I thought it best to take it “as is” and not waste the moment getting a flash and losing the opportunity.


Watching the Neighborhood

Don’t you get the feeling that the refrigerator is looking out the window?

Photographed with a medium format camera,
B&W film and developed in my darkroom.


Picasso

I can’t afford to buy an original so I made my own.


Silence

Solitude.

Camera on a tripod. From the days of film and my own darkroom.


Where are my Glasses?

Formal portrait taken somewhere in Provincetown, MA several years ago. The photograph was made with T-Max film, processed and printed in my darkroom. Ah, the old days…

(For those interested, all my film photographs – b&w and color – are scanned using a Nikon Coolscan 8000ED and Nikon software.)


Actors on Stage

I have been involved with community theater over the years, photographing actor portraits and taking cast photos. The photograph above is one of my favorites. It was taken with a medium format camera shooting film.


Always Be Ready…

I’m reposting this photo because it is one of my favorites. It is of my daughter, taken with polaroid film attached to my 4×5 view camera. This photograph was better than the subsequent images captured with 4×5 B&W negative film. So what did this teach me? Even when you’re setting up and testing, whether it’s digital or film, be prepared that the “inspired” photograph might be one of the practice shots.


An American Abroad – On the Road to Bath

The last time I visited Bath was in 1984. It was a wonderful visit, discovering the ancient Roman baths, and seeing the Royal Crescent. I vowed to return, finally making that trip last year. Again, it was a wonderful visit with an unwelcome surprise – a section of the town  had become an outdoor mall that looked American in style. I am an American who is perfectly content to visit these malls back home, but my visit to England was to discover “England” and not see transplanted American designs.

Now, onto the Roman Baths. Wow! It is still wonderful and exciting. The photograph above is actually 2 photographs processed together. The day was beautiful but with extremes in light, from darker where the tourists were to a very bright sky. One solution is to have your camera on a tripod, taking multiple exposures and blending the photos together. I actually didn’t think about blending anything when I took the photos, concentrating on making the best photographs. It was back at home that I decided to blend 2 photos for an acceptable exposure. And they were photos taken at different angles making it a real challenge.

On my Rich Green Facebook Page today is an interesting link – Larry Page Just Dropped A Huge Hint That A Google Tablet Is Coming Soon.


Art and Music

On a recent assignment at an art gallery, a musician was looking at a painting with trumpet in hand. I spotted the opportunity – Art and the Musician – a perfect blend. Thankfully the musician allowed me to suggest a pose and take his portrait in front of the artwork.

More of my musician portraits and musicians in action can be found at my Lifestyle website.


Portrait of a Teenage Artist

I photographed my daughter sitting on her bed next to her tree. Yes, she painted the tree on the wall. She fancies herself to be an artist. I fancy her to be a money pit.

For those who haven’t liked my Rich Green Photo Facebook Page, I would like to suggest giving it a try. While I do tie in my blog to the page, I also post interesting news links about photography, computers and other subjects. This is an example of a recent post – “Kodak discontinues colour reversal films”. You never know, you might discover something interesting.