Silversun Pickups

It’s been a little while since my last post. Partially due to work load and my battle with some sinus issues. I had some travel in December to NYC that seemed to cause me to catch “The Sickness”, but a trip to the doc’s and a Zpack later…I was back on track this month with shooting and my first show of 2016 happened to be the one and only SSPU!

Getting to Mark That Off My List

A little backstory on Silversun Pickups, this band is one of the all time favorites of my girlfriend, Kris and mine. Before I began shooting shows and bands, I was a huge fan and we had already seen these guys play live twice. Once in Baltimore and then we flew to Rhode Island to see them again that same tour. After starting to shoot, I put them down on a list of the bands I must shoot as a music photographer. We got an opportunity to see them again in Baltimore and I was not able to make the list as a house photographer that night. I was bummed, but I brought in a Canon point and shoot and got some good images through the crowd anyway. Well, now I can mark this off my list. Not only did I shoot the show but also was able to shoot the meet and greets for x102.9. I was ecstatic about hearing I was going to shoot SSPU right here in Jacksonville. Little to say, so was Kris 😉 I’ve been shooting with X102.9 for a little over a year now. I’ve met and shot some amazing bands in this short amount of time. (More about this in a separate post coming soon!)

I’ll start this post off with the meet and greets and then some images of the show.

1/320 sec | f/4.5 | 85mm | ISO3200

Brian from SSPU | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Tank and SSPU | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Myself, Brian, Kris and Nikki | 1/320 sec | f/8.0 | 28mm | ISO500

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Now that we’re past the meet and greets, let me share the show experience. When I first heard that SSPU was coming to town-which came through as a exultant phone call from Kris while I was in NYC, I had to reach out to my peeps at one of my favorite venues I love to shoot…Saint Augustine Amphitheater. (I’ve been shooting for the Amphitheater for a little over two years. I shoot a variety of events and concerts that come through for these wonderful people. I was hoping that they didn’t have anyone to cover this show just yet!) The call was a success, we were in to shoot! I was floored. This was one band I had been hoping to shoot for almost 6 years! I can now put down my camera and call it quits 😉 Just kidding…but it was truly exciting for us.

So the night of the show, after spending the afternoon in the meet and greet/acoustic session at the station, we were ready to rock. No matter what, I was destined to get great shots, as always, and have a good time watching our favorite band bring down the house. That is exactly what we did too. Here are some of the images from that night.

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/250 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO3200

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/320 sec | f/2.2 | 50mm | ISO1250

1/250 sec | f/3.5 | 50mm | ISO3200

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Clean Water Music Fest 2015

One thing I get asked about at these type of events is how I get the photos on my phone and on social media so fast. The answer is the EyeFi SD cards. These are great to proof an image or share in real time as something is going on. I love mine and hardly ever run without one.

Saint Augustine turns 450!

I am so happy to be a part of a beautiful little city, the oldest city in the US. We had almost a week of festivities throughout the downtown area. Historical reinactments, music on multiple stages with a main stage highlighting some major acts, cake cutting, and even had the King and Queen of Spain in town to visit! I ran around capturing as much as I could getting images of the people having a blast, the entertainment and anything else that symbolized the anniversary of Saint Augustine. Not only is this a great place to live, with so much history, great beaches, but also some amazingly talented people and inspiring people at that. Here are some of the images I have from my strolling around during the celebration.

The top image I’m looking to make prints so if anyone is interested, let me know! I may add it to the online store coming soon.

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Polaroid Landcamera

I have been shooting porfessionally for almost five years now. In that time I’ve been focusing on digital and lighting techniques. Early on I had studied photography for a few years while in college. Back when it was film, no DSLRs. I had a blast learning how to configure my settings on the camera, then the anticipation of how they turn out as I rush off to the dark room. I shot on 35mm and also on medium format during that time. Most of my shooting was in black and white because I have love for it and also because my accessibility to a dark room was only for developing black and white film.

Polaroid of my oldest daughter

Over the past year or so, I’ve started to pick up my 35mm camera again working again with black and white and now knowing my skill with setting the camera and not wasting film is also reassuring since film isn’t cheap.

Polaroid of my girlfriend Kristin

So a couple of months ago I added a new camera to my collection and this has really been a ton of fun to shoot with. I picked up an old Polaroid Land Camera. It has been converted to using a AA battery. I have found that film can be purchased online, mainly finding Amazon a good place. My favorite to shoot with is the 669 or 667 film from Polaroid, but it’s hard to find film that is not expired. You can also shoot with FujiFilms version of Polaroid film, which I have done and it works great. The reason I like 669 and 667 film so much is the film transfer you can do. This is where you shoot your image, peel the film apart and stick the solvent to a sheet of paper, wood, any other surface and it will develop on there. I haven’t mastered this art form just yet but when I do I’ll have a post about it.

Polaroid of Dick Clow

One thing I love the polaroid for is shooting some take aways from shoots I’m on. I have started a journal sketchbook for pasting my polaroids in and make notes on the shoot and such, this process was inspired by studying Frank Ockenfels while in one of the 8 Week Portrait Workshops with Don Gianotti. Check out Franks journals, those are truly inspiring works of art alone.

Polaroid of my girls parents

Another thing I love this polaroid for is portraits of people. Friends, family, strangers. It always starts a great conversation. Whether it’s someone that remembers when these came out and they had one, or someone that has never seen one and is amazed at how this make a photograph.

A few weeks back I was on a trip back up to Maryland and decided to use this for portraits of people I was around during the few days. Again some were excited to see one in use again, and a few were not sure what this contraption was. The photos sprinkled throughout this post are from that adventure in making portraits.

I definitely see this being in my camera bag for a while.

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Part of Your World

I love getting out when I can and catching good music and friends. A few weeks ago I stopped into Stogies, here in Saint Augustine, to see Sea Floor Explosives play and also for the First Magnitude Tap Takeover. The beer was amazing and the highlight was Jon Bailey singing “Part of Your World” but the adult version. Hope you enjoy the photos and the video. When you get a chance, make sure to check out Stogies, grab a First Magnitude and listen to Sea Floor Explosives!

St Augustine Alligator Farm

I took my kids over to the Alligator Farm here in St. Augustine and we had a blast. I’ve lived here in St Augustine for almost two years, and hadn’t had the chance to see this place. When you get inside, it’s hard to believe how massive it is. Passing by the outside you would never have guessed. It is definitely become one of my favorite attractions here in St Augustine. Go check it out if you come through this way. Here are some photos from the day.

Interview with mentor/instructor Donald Giannatti

Had a little recorded interview with Don Giannatti of Lighting Essentials. We talked about me moving from amateur photographer to getting more gigs and breaking into full time photography. It was great to share my path so far and things I’m working to do to keep and gain new clients.

I never really felt that I had a style, until I had someone come to me a year ago and say “I really love your work…you have this really dark, sort of comic book feel.Tucker Joenz