Friday, April 29, 2016

Highly Suspect and Audiodamn! at Riot Room

On Sunday night we made a trip over to the Riot Room to catch recent Grammy nominated act Highly Suspect.  Opening for them was Audiodamn!

Check it out:


Highly Suspect

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Holy Cow Rock n Roll

Here's images from the Holy Cow show a couple weeks back.  The night featured lots of rock with a set of singer-songwriter tunes from John Keck.  Check it out:

John Keck:

Potter's Field:

Dynamite Defense:

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

39Rainbow Jazz Series

We don't normally do too many press release type of things for a number of reasons but this one seemed worthwhile.

Over at the strip, 39Rainbow on 39th & Rainbow near KU Med, there is a weekly Saturday afternoon jazz series through the end of this month.  Each week from 4-6PM, local jazz artists will setup in front of the shops and play some tunes.  Go check it out and support KC music.

Here is the schedule for the month:
  • April 16: Hermon Mehari Quartet
  • April 23: Sons of Brasil with Stan Kessler
  • April 30: Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz Quartet

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Riot Room: Archie Powell, Pink Royal, Yes You Are, The Noise FM

More stuff from around town recently:

Archie Powell & the Exports

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Pink Royal

Yes You Are

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The Noise FM

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35mm: The Local Music Scans

Here's a short collection of a few 35mm scans I shot over the last 6 months or so featuring KC musicians.  There's Jessica Paige, Wide Stripes, Noise FM, Making Movies, The Latenight Callers and more.

Shooting moving subjects with film in terrible light creates some challenges.  First, no auto-focus.  Second, no image preview.  Third, fast moving subjects and shallow DOF.  You have to be precise.  You develop muscle memory when focusing.

Basically, you are forced to think hard and fast and do a fair bit of metering in your head.  So you need to know how many stops from dark to light.  You have to use your reciprocals for minimum shutter speeds (Most of the time not below 1/80s max).  You also have to know how much to trust the camera's meter.  On a  30-40 year old camera, it's bound to be a little off.  The addition of the high contrast between light and dark can play tricks on it too.

My process is pretty simple.  For awhile I was going back and forth between Ilford Delta 3200, HP5+ and Kodak Tri-X 400.  Now I'm pretty much shooting straight HP5+ pushed to 1600.  I don't push any film really past 1600 at this point bc the grain gets way too huge if there is any need to crop at all.  I shoot all the 35mm with a Nikon FA and either 28, 50, or 100mm prime lenses (All Nikkor).

After shooting, I'll develop the film at 1600 and use the bare minimum number of agitations with either Kodak D-76 or Ilford ID-11 developer.  Sometimes I use the Microphen when I've got it, but as it gets depleted, the development times for 1600 can get ridiculously long.  Like into stand developing territory.

Anyways, the stop and fix are just Ilford products using their instructions.   Film is hung dry then cut and sleeved.

I've got a Beseler 23CII enlarger for printing 35 or 120 negatives for totally analog processes. Alternatively, an Epson scanner for digital editing which is what you see here.

Feel free to drop a comment on here or twitter if you've got any questions.  Enjoy!