CroCro y su Jazzismo Bailable at Phil & Derek’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar last night (3/11/18).
If you’re looking for excellent live music, a relaxed atmosphere, a great selection of food and drink, and great service, I highly recommend Phil & Derek’s. They have live music most nights.
I took the gig (a shoot for Prozealous) because I love shooting musicians/artists/athletes/performers; it was another opportunity to test my low light skills and push my camera’s limits; the promoter is easy going and very down to earth so there is a real possibility for future collaborations.
On Friday March 9th, 2018 I shot the 2018 French Cultures Festival Kickoff Concert at Houston’s Discovery Green. There were three great bands (The Great Novel from Montreal, Tomar and the FCs from Austin, and Headliners The Blind Suns from Angers, France. They all played on the same accessible and beautifully lit stage with the downtown buildings providing a sometimes dramatic background.
People doing what they love and being oblivious to the camera makes capturing emotions a breeze and never having to pose them. This has given me a desire to shoot more artists/musicians/athletes/performers at work.
If you’re a photographer looking for an easy atmosphere to practice your craft, this is one of the best places to work on your skills. Kudos to Discovery Green for creating such an inviting venue!
For the photographers out there, all these were shot on a Fujifilm XT2 and a vintage M42 mount Asahi Pentax SuperTakumar 135mm f2. Manual focusing is not that hard with some practice and the camera’s peaking assistance.
Day for Night is billed as a “visually immersive art and music festival exploring the boundaries of light, space, and sound.” It certainly lived up to that billing. It is such an audiovisual feast! I highly recommend attending if you can.
Like many events, the organizers don’t allow attendees to bring in “cameras with detachable lenses.” Having no choice but to I leave my XT2 at home, I relied on the little X100. Despite the very low light, the 1st generation X100 did better than OK and slowing down to pick a shot is a very enjoyable experience.