John Rodden (of No Outlet) @ J.D. McGillicuddy’s

April’s been a super busy month for me so far, so I have tons of photos to share. ¬†First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team over at Ear Nuggets as a contributor. ¬†Check it out, especially if you’re looking for new music to listen to this summer. ¬†As a music fan as well as a photographer, I’m excited to watch the project grow.

Now to the photos. ¬†Last weekend I was booked fairly solid, but my buddy John told me he was playing an acoustic set at a nearby pub (J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Wayne, PA if anyone’s interested). ¬†I had Friday night free after work, and rented a Canon EF 50mm ∆í/1.2L¬†from BorrowLenses for the weekend, so I stopped by to hang and shoot a bit. ¬†The 1.2L is a beast in a poorly-lit situation like the front area of a bar with the tables cleared. ¬†Literally, there was only ambient light available and I rarely use flash shooting live music. ¬†I think it kills the mood. ¬†Even at an ISO of 2500, on the APS-C sensor of a Canon 7D I got some pretty awesome shots without having to do some extreme noise reduction. ¬†I changed the autofocus to one zone to ensure there weren’t too many shots with the microphone as the focal point. ¬†It’s no wonder this lens is so damn expensive!

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CMJ 2014: New Zealand Showcase @ The Studio at Webster Hall

As I continue with my CMJ recaps, I want to thank everyone for their comments and viewership! ¬†This is the most traffic my blog has had in a long while. ¬†I’m glad to see people are appreciating new music as much as I am.

The New Zealand Showcase was my first assignment at CMJ. ¬†I’d previously shot upstairs at Webster Hall before, but never in the Studio; which is located underneath the main auditorium. ¬†The Studio at Webster Hall is a¬†very intimate¬†venue to say the least, and quite the contrast to the multi-level behemoth upstairs. ¬†Inside, folks were passing around a variety of Kiwi appetizers ¬†to prime the crowd for¬†the impending New Zealand takeover of New York City. ¬†October 21st’s bill consisted of four artists: Chelsea Jade¬†(a sonic artist who implements field recordings of everyday sounds to punctuate her music), Doprah¬†(a self-proclaimed “sinister and evil cult which lures young people into drug-taking”), “future funk” quintet¬†Orchestra of Spheres¬†(whom use a variety of homemade instruments), and Popstrangers¬†(a trio of New Zealand transplants based in London delivering a blend of grunge, pop, garage rock, etc., the product of which creates a very distinct sound).

Be sure to check them all out after viewing the photos laying past this jump!

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Up in the Gym, Just Working on Your Fitness

It’s been a crazy few weeks for me, at least in my personal life. ¬†Within that manic stretch of time, I got to do a fun beach shoot with Danielle Montezinos. ¬†Like myself, Danielle recently relocated to L.A. from New York City. ¬†We met through a mutual friend out here and found out that not only did we graduate from the same college, but we also lived in the same part of Astoria when we were in New York. ¬†She is a brilliant actress and comic (you can visit her website here), as well as a fitness instructor. ¬†This was my first time doing a fitness shoot, and it really puts it all into perspective: I have become¬†crazy out-of-shape.

The original shoot date was rained out; one of the few occasions this winter on which it has actually rained in Los Angeles (big drought out here).  We re-scheduled to a much warmer and significantly sunnier Wednesday, February 12.  I shot Danielle at two locations: alongside the promenade on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, CA, and on Santa Monica State Beach.

Equipment: Canon 7D; Canon 85mm ƒ/1.8 USM & Sigma 10-22mm ƒ/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (which is suddenly becoming one of my more favorite lenses, especially when paired with a speedlite)

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