Putting Yourself Out there and Saturday Nights…

Firstly, a bit of the usual preamble. Lately I’ve determined to take this whole photography “thing” more seriously. For years I’ve wanted to get more involved and actively cultivate something to photograph but haven’t quite had the chutzpah. Now, for whatever reason, the chutzpah has been acquired and I’m prepared to make an effort. Now as the new Wednesday prepares to dawn I’ve spent the evening reaching out to musicians, sports teams, local celebrities and anyone else I can think of that has a physical presence in the world to see if they’d take on an enthusiastic and unpaid photographer. My calendar isn’t quite full yet but it’s got the seeds of something better than watching reruns of The Office on it. And let’s face it, that’s a pretty high standard.

So on to Saturday!

Saturday saw us in Downtown Lafayette for an even known as Dancing & Cruising in the Streets.  While the post-mortem on this from people around town was pretty negative (almost everyone I saw was complaining) Laura and I were giddy beyond all reasonable belief.  For $10 we saw two pretty good bands and countless classic vehicles.  Rarely have I dished out my lucre with such efficiency.  Anyway, enough preamble, let’s photo!

First person up was Jessie James Decker.  I’ll admit that I’d not heard of her before Saturday but she had a certain down-home something.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Think there might be something going on with this guitarist…

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Well, and maybe the other guitarist too….

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Or she’s just nice to everyone….

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Any rate, check out the whole album here.

The main attraction was several dozen classic cars.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Dancing and Cruising in the streets &emdash; 2016 Dancin and Cruisin in the Streets, Lafayette Indiana

The crowd seemed to find ways to enjoy itself.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Dancing and Cruising in the streets &emdash; 2016 Dancin and Cruisin in the Streets, Lafayette Indiana

Check out that bit of the action in this album.

Lastly we had the band Kansas.  Well, what was left of the original band by that name, which is nothing at all.  Still, they played wonderfully and when their album comes out in September I’d definitely consider it.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

All in all, it rocked.  Get the full tour here.

Easily the best $10 concert I’ve ever been to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lafayette Indiana’s Mosey down Main Street – 2016 (so far)

As is often my habit this time of year, I’m about to say that I should do this much more often! I’m fairly in the habit of snapping photos and spending hours processing them but then don’t bother to tell the story. That’s a shame, really, because I far too easily forget the story. Any rate, let’s go!


“The Mosey” is a monthly street festival held in Lafayette Indiana during the summer months. You can visit it on Facebook in a couple of different places: The Page The Group.  I’m not honestly sure why there is both a page and a group but whatever the case, data abounds.

The festival has all the usual features of a street festival: vendors (which I pay no attention to), musicians and lots and lots of highly varied people (to whom I pay a lot of attention).  You can see (and buy) photos of all this shenaniganery on my zenfolio page for the Mosey but the tip of the iceberg of the highlights I’ll enumerate below.


Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; May Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

This gentleman is a true fixture of the community. He’s at every possible outdoor event playing and singing for the crowd. Sadly I don’t know his name or his story but he is a true icon of the area.


Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Speaking of fixtures, State Representative Sheila Klinker fits that designation as well. I love the expression of sincere concern on her face as she talks to a constituent.


Moving on from the celebrities who make regular appearances, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the music acts. Seeing them in these extremely close quarters you can feel their sincerity and nearly touch their souls.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; May Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And some of them just exude cool….

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And the collision of cultures is always apparent


For those more in tune with the Terpsichorean Muse, every Mosey also seems to have belly dancing exhibition from Oasis Bellydance.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana


Last and certainly not least, the people-watching is second to none. Kids love the idea of dancing in the middle of the street for one night only…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Interacting with the Bellydancers…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

or just listening to some music…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

I love the expression of parental pride on this dad’s face. That’s true love if ever i saw it.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And sometimes the perfect portrait is just waiting for you to capture it. The negative space and color contrast in this one make it my favorite of the season so far.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana


So there you have it, the Mosey so far. There are two more in August and September if you have a mind to come see for yourself. As always you can find more of my random babblings on my Facebook page or robslaven.com

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Spring Planting Time-Lapse

Bit rough technically in the beginning but two weeks is a long time to keep something still….

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Eagle Creek Park in Winter

Today Laura and I traipsed out into the cold and sunshine to see what could be seen at the local park.  Armed only with a 100mm prime macro my results were fairly abstract…

Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN I can’t resist a good tree stump… Any plant is a wondrous thing drawing nourishment from the dirt and the sky to become a towering giant. Even after they’re cut down, their mark on the world remains for years until nature slowly reclaims them. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

The last winter hangers-on from the cattails pondside.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN At some point I’d like to sit down and learn enough about the various fungi of the forest to identify them on sight. I adore these quiet reclaimers of the forest. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
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Not to mention lichen, nature’s truest collaborator.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN I like the contrast of metal and ice but it always surprises me to find such things in the middle of an urban forest. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

One can’t help but stop and look at the crispy sheets of ice.
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN We close with a solitary hanger-on… perhaps he’ll last until the spring. Misc macro fun from Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN

It was good to be out. We bought the annual pass so we’ll be back.

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Well poo… it’s been six months

You know, every few months I pop on here and suddenly realize that it’s been far too long since I’ve made any update. You know it’s been too long when you have to scroll back 12 pages in Flickr to find the last picture you made commentary on. Oh well. No time like the present to catch up.

Alright… well, since June we’ve gone on vacation. We got in the car with three kids and said, “OK, oh children of ours, which direction?” After some discussion they said: “West!” so west we headed. A few more directional questions later we found ourselves in…

Madison Wisconsin for fireworks over water…
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and a nice view of the capitol building…
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Even the teenagers were happy and unafraid to show it for just this brief moment.
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After another “Which way, kids?” we found ourselves in Milwaukee. This ultra-realistic statue of a security guard still haunts my dreams. Milwaukee WI 099

But the art museum is nice…
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From there it was on to Green Bay where the youngest got eaten by a dinosaur…
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Asking the kids again which way to go they voted to head over the top and loop the loop over Lake Michigan so we made our way up the long way to the Mackinac bridge and home through Michigan
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but didn’t do a thing for the accommodations at the parks. You can just make out the top of the roof of the shelter house in the water.
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But the bugs didn’t mind in Skiles Test Park.
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And as the weather changed all manner of these little things were found laying about.
A poor dead house fly has come to dinner Immediately on the heels of GenCon, the state fair is always a wonderful place to see people… 2015 Indiana State Fair012
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Much to the disappointment of these guys
2015 Colts vs Patriots082 With the close of the year upon us, my muse was only awakened because of a realization that I was missing an opportunity. I get lots of products for review yet I wasn’t using them as photographic subjects. So over the past couple of days I’ve taken to exercising my macro lens. LED Bulb 024
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So it’s been a heck of year, in retrospect. Aside from those things pictured, there are a few events I should note. In October I moved out of my apartment and bought a house. In November we saw Elle King in concert and while she was profoundly foul mouthed she was deliciously entertaining. Best concert I’ve been to in years. And lastly, earlier in December my house was broken into and all my best camera equipment was stolen along with the majority of other electronics. So that’s been fun.

At any rate, it’s been a delightfully varied year. I promise I’ll write more often. But then, you’ve heard all THAT before I’m sure.

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Indy Downtown Randomness – 6/6/2015

On Saturday I did a thing that most people don’t really understand terribly well.  I intentionally stranded myself downtown in Indy for the day without a car so that I would be forced to go forth and make the best of the day.  I also intentionally didn’t look at the events calendar so I had no clue what (if anything) was going on downtown.  If I was going to find anything at all then I’d have to do so on foot and at random.  As it happened, it worked out wonderfully.

My fiancee has class downtown on Saturdays all day so I went downtown with her and walked her to class.  On the way, we noted a large yellow tube in the road and also that the road was blocked off to traffic.  We questioned what this could possibly be but since she was due in class she had to go on her way while I was left to investigate.  After dropping her at class I wandered up New York Street and found a gaggle of people making their way down Blackford.  Heading that direction the first thing I noticed was that the Indian State Museum is a HOTBED of Ingress activity.  There must be 50 portals in a single block area.  That distracted me for quite a while as I took out some Resistance Portals (which, since that time have been reclaimed by the Resistance and then re-reclaimed by the Enlightened)

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So wandering down that way it quickly became clear that that the day was dedicated to “The Color Run” in which runners make their way around the 5K course and get squirted with all manner of colored powder on the way. Interestingly, it was one of my long-term goals to photograph a Color Run so in some weird happenstance of randomness, I managed to wander exactly into the thing I had been trying in vain to do for a long time. Which, if you know me at all, you’ll know is one of my key life ideas. That the best things happen to you when you’re not really trying to make them happen at all. At any rate, let’s get on to the pictures.

So to begin with I got a surge of energy from the opening. Here’s a shot of the crowd before they get colored on at all. It’s whiter than a Zionsville baseball game!

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After a bit of photography at the opening, I decided that the best course of action would be to find my way to the end of the course and walk it backwards. That way I’d catch everyone head-on and as they were coming around the course. Essentially, I was walking the 5K course backwards.

At first, this worked out poorly. This gentleman was the first to finish and I didn’t realize he was a runner until he was already past.

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But soon things started to get more lively. This group of four was places 2-6 and I told them so as they went past.

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After a bit I came upon a color station. Which was quite an amusing waypoint, plus or minus the obvious danger to my camera equipment from airborne orange dust.

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Moving onward, I noted that the course doubled back on itself a bit. The blue checkpoint is apparently the first and it is at this point, more or less, that I noticed the death fog of colored powder and when my camera started to complain of the airborne particles.

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Between checkpoints orange and pink, there is a fairly large gap and it is in this section that the crowd began to thicken. I had worked my way through the hard core runners and found myself in the land of the casual attendees and they were exceptionally happy to ham it up for the camera. To be frank, their energy and verve for the event was one of the most delightful moments in my life as a candid photographer. They posed. They strutted. But they were their own happy selves. And that was profound. This really is the happiest footrace on the planet.

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I have to admit that I find myself rather sad that I was only an observer of this happiness and that I can’t share any of these moments with the random strangers that were involved. Sad as usual that I feel disconnected from the world around me. Any rate… I traipsed manfully onward until the pink station reared its head.

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My camera was already having fits about the dust so I opted to bail out at this point to save the equipment. In a rather desultory manner I wandered downtown….

I didn’t find much of interest until I heard Indian music a couple blocks away. I hurried to determine the source of the ruckus but even after seeing it…. I have no clue what this was about.

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All I can say for sure was that it was amazing, very musical and distinctly Indian in nature. I regret, as usual, that I’m on the outside of such events and not in-the-know. I adore Indian culture (and, honestly, people in general) so I regret that I was an ignorant witness.

At any rate, from there I wandered on downtown and then back to IUPUI but didn’t take any pictures. The day turned out to be rather a scouting event for future days. The point is, I suppose, that the city is extremely picturesque and given the right open-minded attitude, there is always something going on. Even in the event when you don’t actually PLAN anything but just let the wind blow you wherever it will. Such is the joy of human experience.

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What’s going on in Carmel…?

My youngest is doing a 4H photograph project so I got her out and about this Saturday to take some pictures.  No idea where she gets the idea that photography is fun…

First stop was the Museum of Miniatures in Carmel.  As always, we just stumbled across this place not knowing that it had previously existed.  I always say that the best trips are those whose plans are simple blank slates.  Sometimes you end up in a cornfield and sometimes you end up seeing tiny suits of armour…

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or playing a tiny game of chess

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or sitting in a really uncomfortable chair. I have to admit that I wasn’t very well equipped to look at tiny objects in a poorly lit environment behind glass but some of these vaguely suffice.

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Tiny loo, anyone?

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You have to admit, the level of detail on these guys is amazing. I’m tempted to go back with a tripod and take some much more solid shots if they’ll have me.

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You can never have too much armour.

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After the small stuff, we hit the streets and saw some real characters in the Arts and Design district.

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Catching up on some old news…

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And there’s always a friendly policeman to show the way.

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Spring is in the air. It’s time to water the flowers…

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I’ve tried to teach Izzy that the best photographs you take are those in which you’re least comfortable. Here she is getting the low shot.

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We always stop to listen to the music. Such as it isn’t.

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And we close with this dude who is…. well, have to admit, rather sinister.

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And that’s the day that was on March 21st in Carmel.

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