Kodaline (with Gavin James) at TLA, 4/21/15 [Show Review & Photo Gallery]

I’ve never re-blogged something before. Anyway, here are my shots and write-up from the Kodaline show on Ear Nuggets.

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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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Winter Storm Thor; Blog Update

First off, please excuse the new bare-bones blog theme. ¬†I’m currently shopping around for a premium theme to make the most out of my blog in 2015, but I want to make sure I’ve found the perfect one. ¬†In the mean time, I needed some sort of change.

Winter was something I definitely did¬†not¬†have to deal with last year when I lived in Los Angeles. ¬†This was not the case for 2014-2015. ¬†I would even go out on a limb to declare it the worst winter I’ve experienced since 2006-2007 (because I didn’t live here last winter). ¬†Winter makes it hard for me to do¬†anything. ¬†Apparently¬†I become some sort of hibernating animal, and I only emerge when completely necessary. ¬†Needless to say, I stepped away from the camera for two months because I stepped away from my life (I believe this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder). ¬†I’m really looking forward to dealing with that next year, since it’s not something I can ever truly do again.

March actually came in “like a lion” in the shape of Winter Storm Thor, which decided to remind the East Coast that although it¬†was¬†the month of March, it was still in fact, Winter. ¬†This season was filled with false predictions of large snowfall totals for Philadelphia (sorry, Boston), so I did not expect I would be¬†shoveling my car out from a¬†foot of snow on March 5; but that is what I did. ¬†And then I bit the bullet and went outside with my camera:

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“GET LOST”; Hybrid of the Streets – Ariyahna

What in the hell is “Hybrid of the Streets?” ¬†Good question. ¬†

In short, “Hybrid of the Streets” is a personal project of mine that combines the feel of street photography with the look of an environmental portrait. ¬†Everyday humans with an unorthodox sense of style posing on the street, but with higher production value. ¬†The name derives from my first model, who reposted one of my photos to Instagram and sent it to Twitter: because of the 140 character limit, the name was cut short. ¬†So I took it.

I have always been fascinated by “street” fashion. ¬†My fashion sense has always been unique, and it has definitely evolved with time. ¬†During high school, I would essentially take whatever Gwen Stefani was wearing and translate it into menswear. ¬†As my taste broadened, I began to pull influences from other cultures: Rockabilly, punk, formalwear, even some hip-hop. ¬†My fashion sense has also transformed with each location I’ve¬†moved‚Äď‚Äďmost recently, the West Coast. ¬†My residence in California introduced me to surf wear and taught me that just wearing “shorts and a t-shirt” could be exciting as well.

I worked with Ariyahna years ago and watched¬†her style evolve via Instagram. ¬†I knew she was the perfect model to begin this exploration, and I photographed¬†her on a playground last week in Philadelphia. ¬†Canon 7D; Sigma 10-20mm; Canon Speedlite diffused with a 60″ umbrella.

Follow Ariyahna on Instagram: @highimariyahna.

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