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"Scenes from the Outerfest"

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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-04-09
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment, Action, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-11 5:59
Viewed: 1826
Points: 10
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The blues was alright on this Friday night.

I got to Jax Beach late this Friday, so I missed the shows at the Springin' The Blues Festival at the beach, so I headed to a place called Mojo's Kitchen, a blues bar and barbecue joint. I liked the blues this evening better than I liked the barbecue, but it's all a matter of taste. If you ever go there, remember that their appetizers are big enough for about 4 people...

The annual Springin' The Blues festival is one of the top 10 free blues festivals in the world. It consists of three nights and two days of blues music, national and local acts, and beautiful spring Florida weather. After the festival acts are complete each evening, a couple places have all-star blues jam sessions hosted by the festival headliners. These sessions are known as "The Outerfest Activities." Shane Dwight hosted the outerfest at Mojo's Kitchen all three nights.

This evening Shane started playing at 9pm and tore the place up, got the crowd dancing and wanting more, then some local blues musicians - members of The Traffic (they played behind Toots Lorraine) - came up to jam with Shane. In the foreground is Chad Mo'Dant on lead guitar and the gentleman in the background on harmonica is Mike Neverett. They were feeling the blues this night.

So was I, apparently. Somehow I got my camera set to aperture mode at F7 and didn't look again the rest of the night. Everything I shot was at F7, even shots with the flash - so they all had a super high ISO - this one is 6400, but I think the mood benefits from the noise - and I added some grain, as well.

I was a little embarrassed by that, but the next day I reset the camera and started over to much better results.

I'll post a shot to the workshop of Shane working up the crowd. I had more fun at this festival than I have had in a long, long time!

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I really like many things about this shot Reed .. I've studied it for a while :)
The black and white . .and the graininess/grittiness .. I like. Your perspective is great .. love his expression. I really like the way you've framed the harmonica player between the mic stand and under the neck of the guitar. He stands out well as a secondary focal point .. especially in his light colored suit. The single spotlight in the dark upper right corner is great too .. a good balance up there!
Glad you had the great time there .. that's what it's all about.
I have a ticket to the Winnipeg Folk Festival this July .. can't wait!
Hope your life is happy and less stressful now.

Hello Reed

I like the POV here. The lighting turned out perfect. This was an excellent image without a flash. Did you use a tripod. Or you must have one steady arm.


hi Reed once again you captured the atmosphere well in this shot te Details are GOOD AND YOUR DECISION to make it b/white works very well just with we had sound
tfs regards bryan

Well done!

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-05-11 7:08]

Hi Reed,
what first came to my mind on viewing this shot,was for you to keep this setting on future stage shots:-)IMHO I can't see where you could improve on it. Blues to me has always been sung with emotion & you have certainly captured that with these two musicians. I like your angle, it keeps my attention in the photo,I dont want to leave.I like both the spotlight & how you have captured the light on both men.I also like your addition of grain,great B&W.TFS


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-11 7:56]

Hi Reed,

This is a great shot. The low POV on the lead guitarist and the way Mike is framed by the guitars and mic stand make this a truly well composed shot. The lighting is superb and the graininess, although initially unintended, is an asset. I hate it when I forget to change settings for different scenarios, but you sometimes have to make lemonade out of lemons (not that this is a lemon).

Best regards,

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