The Great Gatsby may have opened in theaters last Friday, but we laid our eyes on some spectacular 1920s style at Denisse & Jay's art deco–inspired wedding last month in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Unlike the mixed reviews the film has gotten, we're certain this very special event has received nothing but thumbs up from our beautiful couple and their guests, many of whom made the voyage from Texas.
Featuring White Mystery Record Release Festival!
So it’s like totally 420 today and to be honest with you I have no idea what that means. I know that the people who enjoy the ingestion of a certain stupidly illegal plant seem to enjoy it and reference it frequently. I’m aware of the fact that I’m currently working on a computer that has access to the interwebs that probably has an endless variety of explanations of what this whole “420″ thing is all about. I don’t really care. I’ll assume it’s some sorta legal code for its illegality or some such thing. I’m all for its legalization and all but won’t be using it regardless of its legal status.
Ha! I just went to pour myself another cup of tea and looked out the window and saw what looked like about a 12 year old girl wearing an “I Heart Weed” shirt. Oh boy….. It’s funny how it’s such a “thing” out here in the East Bay and the San Francisco area. It doesn’t seem all that rebellious to me since EVERYONE does it. But oh well, more power to them. Oh, and yes, I’ve been to Weed, California, a few times on my way to Oregon so I know the shirt is a reference to said town that just happens to bear resemblance to the nickname of everyone’s favorite plant.
Geez, I’m really rambling here, aren’t I? It’s probably so prevalent in the air today that I’m getting a contact buzz or something. Anyway, the whole point of today’s post is to promote a show that’s going on over in San Francisco today. A “4/20 PSYCHEDELIC MELTDOWN” Here’s the info from the Brick and Mortar website.
White Mystery might be one of the hardest working bands around and they deserve your attention. So if you happen to be in the area I suggest you get over to the Brick and Mortar this afternoon and have a great time. If not then at least pick up their new record and enjoy these pics.
Schedule looks something like this
4:20 Projection Show.
6:20 Burnt Ones.
7:20 White Mystery.
8:20 Heller Keller (LA).
9:20 Palm Reader (LA).
–DJ Russell Quan–
10:20 Wrong Words.
11:20 Warm Soda.
12:20 Sir Lord Von Raven.
1:20 Sonic Angels (France).
Color shots with D700 and either 12-24 Sigma or 20mm Nikon Lens
Black and white shot with Leica M6 and 12mm Voigtlander lens with Delta 3200 Film and Contax Flash. Cheers!!!
We typically don't post photos from shows here but we're compelled to break the rules sometimes, especially when we take proper portraits of the bands, like we did on March 26 at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. On the bill were three jangly indie-popmeisters on the venerable Slumberland Records label. Two of them (Veronica Falls and Golden Grrrls…
On the last day of the first half of our Hong Kong trip we hopped the MRT over to Lantau and then grabbed a bus over to the small fishing village of Tai O.
It was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. I took a lot of photos of this very scenic spot and it went something like this.
Last time in HK we took one of these down from the Po Lin Monastery. This time we just took a bus around the island to Tai O.
Saw a bunch of feral cows wandering around.
At first we walked over the wrong bridge.
It was still pretty cool though.
Back to the proper tourist side we saw the famous stilt houses.
A lot of fishermen and bicyclists
We took a little boat ride around the river and out into the ocean.
Then did a lot of random exploring around the town. The market, temples etc.
We watched the sunset.
So many colors and textures to shoot
The market lights were coming on
The sky was turning a lovely color which contrasted nicely against the market lights. A lot of people were headed to and fro on their bikes.
Took a couple long exposures of the boats during which a dude came up and started talking to me. Friendly enough, even if he did refer to me as “Gweilo” which I think is pretty much Cantonese for “honky”. How life is great in a small fishing town, very relaxed etc, but obviously not much money to be made ‘cuz he wanted me to buy some good luck trinkets from him. I would have but had just borrowed money from the wifey just to get a bottle of water. A rather over-priced one at that. But yeah, I thought I’d made a new friend but he just wanted me to buy something. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m all for it. A man’s gotta eat. Or perhaps drink in his case. Which I can also understand. What a strange life it must be to live there. This coming from somebody who grew up surrounded by cornfields in Illinois…
We then headed back to the MRT and back to Kowloon where I finished up my Hong Kong shooting with some night street shots with lighting from these cool billboards. And this practice of using leading lines in the MRT station.
We ate at some Chinese restaurant that looked like an American diner. I tried preserved lemon coke. It was quite good. Along with some more beef noodle soup. Even in a fast food looking place it was quite delish!
The next morning we headed to Taiwan where we stayed for a few days before heading back to HK. More on that to come.
For any camera or shooting info just click on any of the above shots to take you to my flickr page. All the data is on the bottom right. Unless it was shot with my Leica which I mentioned in the tags. Mostly it was the D600 with either the 20mm F2.8D or 85mm F1.8D. Leica was with the 40mm M-Rokkor or Voigtlander 12mm. Thanks for stopping by.
Here’s a few shots I took at our wedding. Most of them are on her flickr page so go to the links and enjoy. Thanks!!!
Lindsay has a deft way with razor-sharp scissors, a fine-toothed comb, and extra-hold hairspray; she transforms scraggly mops of hair into runway-ready coiffures on a daily basis. She brightens our day whenever she assumes her alter ego Poindexter, gets behind the KALX soundboard, and throws down jangly indie pop and vintage soul stormers. When we learned that she loves to bake, we thought it'd be fun to hang out while she did so—and not just because we hoped we'd get a slice of pie!
Wow! So another shot got on explore! Sorta on a roll I reckon. This was a self portrait I took of us in front of the HK skyline at night. Right after the nightly light show.
Not too bad for just using the D600′s pop up flash. I was less successful with an attempt at the Peak. Camera/lens refused to find focus. Oh well, this one was better anyway.
I also just finished my first video from the trip. Didn’t really shoot all that much video but enough decent footage with some ok time lapse that I thought I’d like to share as well.
So uh yeah, here ya go!
and here’s the video
A little bit of video and time lapse to go with all the photos I’ve been posting over at my blog.
GEORGIANA STARLINGTON from the new debut album ‘Paper Moon’ out March 26th on Hozac Records
1st song is “Days of Heaven”
2nd song is “Mirage”
Last bit of weirdness is the karaoke tents outside of Temple street markets where competing caterwaulers surround the street with the strangest of sounds. Quite surreal I thought.
And a bunch more photos for ya to dig
Back to Temple Street Market for a late dinner. On the way we passed a lot of fortune tellers.
Behind some pretty dresses
Hong Kong moves fast!
We had more delicious seafood
But no foot massages
Still moving fast
Almost caught some Zzz’s on the train back to the hotel
For our next days trip to Tai-O Village! See ya soon, thanks for stopping by!
One of my Kowloon photos was picked for Explore on Flickr again! Cool. I mean, it’s not like number one or anything like that. Actually it was around #419 on Flickr river, with various random shots of buses that somebody who really likes photographing buses took. I suppose that could be sorta interesting. Anybody that shoots any sort of thing over and over (sorta like train spotting but for buses) is certainly not your average photographer.
This, however, is a shot I took in the Jade Market over in Kowloon. We were there for some time while the ladies of the market frantically ran around trying to find a ring that would fit Lily’s ring finger. The ring we’d gotten for our wedding was a touch big so we had already returned it. Being a proper married lady now she needed a ring to show the world, right? So what better place to look than the Jade Market? She saw a cool red “jade” ring and tried it on but it didn’t fit. Hong Kong Jade Market ladies weren’t about to let her go, though. They’re some seriously hard sellers! I guess you have to be if that’s your living. I could probably learn a thing or two from them. Anyway, they went running around to other dealers and booths searching for another one that was both her size and the cool red hue she liked. It wasn’t easy. They were almost all a bit too big or small or a darker-uglier red, etc., etc. After about 20 minutes of fussing and whatnot, one of the ladies found one and Lily wears it to this day! Thanks, Jade Market! The original price was ridiculous but she was able to talk them down to something like US$13. We’ve since seen similar rings at the Ashby flea market in Berkeley for only around five bucks. That’s not nearly as good of a story though. So anyway, while this is all going on I’m walking around shooting pics of various people and things. I sorta knew the one of this guy plucking his beard would be a goodie and so it was. However, it wasn’t as good as the one I’d missed earlier in the day.
I was REALLY in the mood to shoot this day. Even woke up early and headed down to the promenade to shoot the sunrise. Well, not quite. It was already up but still low enough for a time-lapse that didn’t come out all that great. The boats and stuff looked cool, though, so I’ll be making a compilation of video and TL at some point and posting it. Anyway, after getting booted from at least one spot I wasn’t supposed to be and climbing an empty parking garage trying to find the best spots for a panoramic, I headed back to find my sleeping lady. Woke her up to get some long-yearned-for vegan dim sum from Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine, which we’d visited on our last trip and really loved. This time, not so much. Well, especially myself since I’m in no way vegetarian anymore. I was, for many years but have since given up that mess. I mean, I try and make it grass-fed, pastured, non-factory, etc., but whatever. Not the point. After enjoying the magic that is Tim Ho Wan, there’s just no enjoying any other dim sum.
Afterwards we headed back to the Kowloon Tin Hau Temple. The day before it had been closing and I really wanted to shoot more pics there. So today I did, in the room with the cool spiraling incense coils. Noticed a good amount of commotion coming from the room all the way over on the other side of the entrance. Decided to check it out. There were people waiting around with paper lanterns they had purchased and written notes to what I think were deceased relatives. Then they would wait to have it blessed by a man wearing a mask, wielding a sword, doing a dance and spitting fire. Yep. He’d do a little dance around the burning sacrament to the rhythm of the beating drummers, schwing his schword around and then finally take a big swig of what I’m guessing was some kind of Chinese moonshine, and then do a no-handed cartwheel over the lantern while spitting whiskey into it, thus creating a very magical poof of fire! All this and I was told “no photographs” when I entered. I was devastated. Well, don’t get me wrong. I’m amazed and grateful that I got to see it in the first place but the fact that I maybe could’ve taken that photo…. Oh man, it burns me up inside. I had my 12-24 so I could’ve eeked up to the front and shot from a low angle, clicking the shutter right as he was upside down and spitting in the fire. But alas it wasn’t to be. I tried to convince Lily to buy a lantern and maybe we could take a photo of the blessing, but she wasn’t having it. We had more important things to do. Like go to the Hui Lau Shan across the street and drown my sorrows in mango desserts. Then off to the Jade Market for some afternoon haggling.
After the Jade Market area we wandered around a meat market that seemed to have a lot of REALLY fresh chicken. They would grab the one you wanted, twist it’s neck and throw in the boiling water to De-feather. It all happened in seconds. Pretty amazing and probably really good.
On the way back to the train I took a photo of a lady selling yams. Her son or something hollered at me. Man, not my day.
Kicked out and denied all day long yet I still managed to get a few good shots that day. That’s the way it goes though. Later on this night we went and watched the light show at Tsim Sha Tsui. That’s always cool. But I’ll save that for another post. Possibly with video.
For now I’ll just go off to bed with dreams of masked demon dudes spitting fire into my camera.
All shot with Nikon D600 and various lenses. Click on any shot to send you to flickr where you can see the shooting data etc on the lower right hand side. VSCO film lightroom presets used quite a bit too.
One of the things that drew us back to Hong Kong was the sights and the seafood at the Temple Street Night Market. Last time we’d eaten at the Tong Tai Seafood restaurant and were blown away by the huge tasty scallops and sensational Singapore noodles for dirt cheap. This time around we just had to go back. We were there sorta early this time around. Right when stuff was really starting to come to life. It wasn’t quite as crazy as last time but still a bit hectic. We got the scallops again and a whole cooked fish. I don’t know if it was just nostalgia or what but they didn’t seem quite as good as last time. By no means were they bad just not quite as good as last time. Still enjoyable and afterwards we wandered around for some time just shooting whatever and taking in all the life and the colors.
Here’s a look at some of what we saw around Mong Kok and then Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and the Market itself.
Camera info etc. All shot with Nikon D600, 24mm F1.4 lens and 85mm 1.8 lens. More settings etc can be had by clicking on the image and going to flickr where you can view the exif data. I recently purchased the VSCO Film pack 2 for Lightroom to help speed up processing time. So far I’m really digging it. So much so that when they announced the Film Pack 3 last week for 50% off if you have the other packs I couldn’t resist and got it too. It’s supposed to look like a lot of the Polaroid film emulsions and as one who shoots Polaroid from time to time I’d say it does a pretty good job. They have different strengths and color temps etc so you can get a nice “normal” look up to an extreme almost cross processed or even expired film look. So far it has my approval.
Becca and Mike, who are getting married in May, flew in from Phoenix, Arizona, for their engagement portraits. We were blessed with a gorgeous Saturday and thus headed to ever-photogenic Golden Gate Park. Everything was so wonderful—the warmth, the scampering squirrels, the friendly ducks—that we were completely caught off guard when a brain-hungry zombie tried to photobomb our session. Luckily, the gory encounter only served to strengthen Becca and Mike's commitment to each other.