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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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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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Since Last Writing…

I realize rather suddenly that it’s been a month since I last posted. It should be noted that the Facebook page for this little endeavor gets rather regular attention but the blog… not so much. Perhaps it’s the necessity of actually putting down words that causes the neglect. Whatever the case, tonight you find me verbose and therefore tonight… you find me at all.

At last posting there was actually a glimmer of a possibility of photographing real people. In retrospect, this was a boon of enormous importance but sadly, like most good things, it came swiftly to an end due to circumstances quite outside my control. Hopefully the time will come when I will again have actual willing humans towards which to point my interest. Until such time as new victims appear, we always have the standard fare.

I have found over the past month that I’m increasingly fascinated by the medium of time-lapse. What would make a fairly dull picture can, with the aid of large amounts of patience, make a reasonably interesting video.

Building on the lessons learned in the time-lapse I did for our company meeting… Oh, did I mention? My video for my company actually won a grant competition for Kids Against Hunger and netted the organization a $10,000 donation. You can look at the news release on their website here. Despite being a surprisingly anonymous contributor to this effort, I’m still giddy beyond all reason about it. Anyway, moving on… I spent several hours in downtown Indy working on this same sort of “limited attention span” effect. Time-lapse is great and all but after 10-20 seconds, the average person is ready for a new point of view. So I’ve taken to composing short vignettes and moving the viewer rapidly between them. Add some up-beat music and you’ve got a reasonable result, I think.

And, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include at least one celestial event.

For the race fans out there, we took ourselves to Carb Day at the Indy 500. At almost 7 minutes this is by far the longest video I’ve ever bothered to cobble together. I’d say it sums up the event pretty well though. The last half of the video is the pit-stop competition. Given that the actual pit-stops take all of 12 seconds to finish it felt a bit ironic to be compressing time but it does give one a sense for just how long it takes to set up for those 12 seconds.

Penultimately, my youngest expressed her desire to “do a movie” of her own. Find below her chosen content as well as the music she chose, by specific request by name, “I want the popcorn song”.  Who says the hits of yesteryear are lost on the young?

And finally, you may have noticed that a few nights ago we had a celestial event that only occurs once in a couple lifetimes as the planet Venus passed across the disc of the sun. Of course we were all at the top of a parking garage to see it and time-lapse it. To actually see the tiny dot that is Venus, you’ll have to go with the HD version of this one.

And so we close. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll summarize some of the still shots that transpired over the past week. Perhaps even better I’ll bother to post on a regular basis.

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9/6/2011 – Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Indy Downtown

I took a random day off on Tuesday with the determination that I would have a random day out of the house wandering about. With that goal in mind I found myself in the zoo parking lot and ready to disembark at 9:03am. It is surprising just how easy it is to park at the zoo at 9am on a Tuesday.

First I took myself off to the oceans section of the zoo. Several times in the past I’d thought it would be nice to get some pics of the small selection of life aquatic but I completely failed to properly estimate the difficulty of the lighting conditions. It was all I could do after an hour to reel off a few even decent pictures.

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Luckily, the giraffes did not share this problem. Their distinct chewing motions make for grand portraiture that reminds me strongly of the toothless bald guy on Benny Hill who was repeatedly patted on the head.

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Not far off from the photogenic giraffes, we have the walking corpses of the animal kingdom, the Marabou Stork. These guys look like their faces are rotting off and their posture is comical to say the least.

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The lawn at White River is a popular venue for concerts. The Indianapolis Nilharmonic was playing John Cage’s 4’33” the morning I was there. Quite magical.

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There is a small urban garden across from the Indiana State Museum. It’s interesting but I was most impressed by this artichoke flower.

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In general, I despise parking garages but the views are astounding.

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And the Citizen’s Gas Thermal plant which supplies steam to many surrounding buildings is quite an eyesore.

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State Capitol…

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Further wandering, I found myself down by the circle only to realize that they were in the midst of an event. Apparently the statue at the top of the circle city monument has been down for repairs recently and on this day they’d planned to replace it. This never happened because the wind was too strong, but it did cause quite a crowd to gather.

Cops doing crowd control were certainly jovial…

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And there’s a lot of history in the face of this homeless gentleman…

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We’ve become a very camera-focused society. (no pun intended)

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And finally the lady herself. She’s a lot bigger than she looks.

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And that was the day that was…

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