Sunday, August 30, 2009

Willie and Lucinda

The Dude here with some concert photos (yes, I know the Diva said I would be showing shots from above tree line, but that will just have to wait till later).

One of the things I love about Tahoe is the Casinos. Never thought I'd say that. I don't gamble and hate the thought much less the reality of it. But...I LOVE the music. Every summer the Casinos bring in some truly great acts. Small venue, free parking -- what could be better. I've seen more concerts in the last five years than in the previous twenty-five!

About a month ago was Willie Nelson. Took the first shot with the zoom on Camera Genius. Not bad for relatively low light, but not that sharp and rather boring. Sitting there between songs I decided to play with it, so I brought it into IDroste and made a faux-Escher out of it. Back in Photogene, I fixed the exposure and sharpness. Then added a custom frame with the red line and the shadow. Think Willie might have enjoyed it.

Earlier I'd used Pano to shoot the whole stage merging 5 or 6 shots. Brought it into Cinema FX to add a bit of Comic effect. Then into Tiffen PhotoFX and added a Plum ND grad to the sky. Finally into EdgePix to add the boarder and get rid of the blemish in the sky where Pano had a little problem matching exposure. Only wish these images were larger files, this would have made a great poster.

Last night is was Lucinda Williams at Harrah's (Truly great show). Tried to shoot the stage from the audience but it was impossible without exposure control. The massive black background dominated the exposure and totally burned out Lucinda in the spotlight. She looked liked she was simple a white brush stroke. As I couldn't change the exposure, I had to make the best of what I had. Brought the image into ShockMyPic and accentuated what, as I said, already looked like a brush stroke. The result had a nice feel to it.

Hey,I also recorded part of the concert of Voice Memos. We got back home, played it through big speakers and the results were amazingly good! Good images AND good sound -- Too much fun!

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