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Blues City Troubadours

Blues City Troubadours
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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-10
Categories: Event
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-13 15:57
Viewed: 1371
Points: 2
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Yeah, I know. I haven't been here in a long time. But, I have been watching what you all post, but not commenting. Yep, I've been lurking. Sometimes I say something, but most times I'm blowing by because I have a lot of stuff to do. Probably no busier than anyone else here, but I have my own website now (http://www.TripleRPhotography.com) and use Facebook for a social way of showing my photos. But, this shot, or actually the post processing is what I want to show you all. I just love the way this photo turned out. I used Lightroom 4.1 and I am truly amazed at the detail and sharpness that application can pull from a RAW file. I used a little noise reduction to clean up a bit of the grain produced from a flash shot that was underexposed by about 1/2 a stop at ISO 500. Definitely not orthodox, but the saturation from the underexposure is fantastic to me. I don't know - I suppose lots of folks could have gotten the same result, but I just love how it looks.

This is a local St. Louis Blues Band playing at a local St. Louis venue called The Blues City Deli. They have live music matinees on Thursday and Saturday and pull in some great national blues artists. I have an affinity for our local guys, though. This is a band called "The Bar Room Troubadours", and they actually all play in several other bands, each one of them. St. Louis Blues Musicians are an incestuous bunch in that they share players between bands like they might a marijuana joint. Not that any of them are into that - this is just an analogy. They all get along so well and do such a wonderful job with their music. We have the best blues bands and blues bars in the country. There is not a night of the week where you can't find quality blues music in St. Louis.

The people in this band are: Matt Lawder on lead guitar, Paul Bonn on vocals and washboard (and drums and harmonica at times), Country Bill Edwards on drums (and harmonica sometimes) and Slim Louis, late of Cee Cee James Band (who is just now coming out with one hell of an album that you might want to look into getting if you are a blues aficionado - www.ceeceejames.com - her new album Blood Red Blues is available for pre-order). I know this sounds like several advertisements in one, but really, this is what I have been doing for the past year or more and really having a great time. I'll see you all again in the future!

Oh, yeah - I did use a flash - an SB-800 is on the coke machine behind me and to my right, fired remotely from my D300 in commander mode.

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Hey Reed

I like the entire image of the band caught in this tight crop. The color saturation is awesome. Another excellent image.


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