Immovable Objects at Eleven, 10/26/12

Immovable Objects doesn’t like stage lights, so I just went for getting one good shot of each member floating in space.

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The music is great, heavy, and chunky. I would have liked to stick around for the whole set, but the show was running later and I had one more band to catch this evening.

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Immovable Objects Group Shot, 10/26/12

Immovable Objects Group Shoot 102612 © Michael Klayman-001

The band may be called Immovable Objects, but I found them to be quite willing to shift a few inches as I was positioning them for this shot. This is the same spot I shot Tactical Ffever recently, but I wanted to use the wall as a fill light this time. It doesn’t really function as much of one past a couple feet though. I placed the camera very low and close to the wall to emphasize the diagonals, but five guys across was going to be way too wide.

I realized I could kill two kiwis with one boomerang by compressing them- filling some wall space with Matt, the visiting Australian expatriate, “down under” the local guys. I let people pose themselves in hopes that they’ll be able to hold as still as possible if they’re comfortable. I really like how the two photographers in the band naturally stood with their feet pointed at an angle to the camera and in the right directions. It made it easy to give them some extra edge lighting.

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La Jolla Cove, 10/11/12

La Jolla Cove 101112 © Michael Klayman-004

I had a couple hours free before an event, so more playing with ND Grads! This time with my 10 stop filter too.

La Jolla Cove 101112 © Michael Klayman-003

These ND grads are cheap Chinese filters that have a noticeable magenta cast to them. It works for sunsets, but daylight clouds might need more correction than usual.

La Jolla Cove 101112 © Michael Klayman-002

La Jolla Cove 101112 © Michael Klayman-005
 
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Ocean Beach at Sunset, 10/10/12

Ocean Beach Sunset 101012 © Michael Klayman-005

I just got some ND grad filters in the mail, so let’s have some fun with color!

Ocean Beach Sunset 101012 © Michael Klayman-004

Ocean Beach Sunset 101012 © Michael Klayman-003

Part of learning how to use a new filter type is seeing how far it can go. Soon I’ll get a handle on the effect and integrate it into my other techniques. But for now, I’m just playing with the look and enjoying the dramatic effects. 

Ocean Beach Sunset 101012 © Michael Klayman-007

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Bridgejumper at Shakedown, 10/5/12

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-005

Bridgejumper played a short set at Shakedown last weekend. Perfect band for this bar. Dark, gritty, and potentially treacherous.

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-010

Actually, they’re all nice folks. I met Daisy in the tiny parking lot out back before the show and she offered me a bite of her burrito. She’s not the singer I’d expect to see, but I love it when bands defy my expectations.

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-001

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Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-008

It seemed like they only played 5 songs or so. Next time I’d like to hear a bit more.

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-011

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-012

Lighting from beneath can make anyone look evil.

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-006

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-007

When he’s not playing his Les Paul, Nick runs Cop Grave Records. Check it out.

Bridgejumper at Shakedown 100512 © Michael Klayman-004

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Passengers at Tin Can Ale House, 10/3/12

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-001

Nathan Hubbard crammed his vibes and a double trio onto the tiny Tin Can stage to go through a new-ish Passengers tune for the entire set. He performed it with a 17-person ensemble in Arizona not too long ago and this is his lean version of the band.
 
Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-009

Artists are always pushing forward, not letting their past successes provide too comfortable a resting place before pushing on. The crowd would not be treated to the precise lilt of PF2, the simple yet confounding restraint of PF7, or the haunting cascade of notes of PF3.

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-002 

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-003

I had planned on shooting flash for this set, but it might have been to distracting for the musicians who had to keep track of the cells.

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-007

A few hours before shooting this show, I had been reading an article about M.C. Escher’s tiling patterns as applied to Henri-Cartier Bresson’s surrealistic tendencies. This music is tiled in a similar way- pushing the same sets of notes back and forth in complex ways. The tesselations have the effect of confusing the listener’s ability to detect individual lines and focus attention on the higher level arrangements of notes. Who is exactly was playing what?

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-005

Besides compression on a depth axis, another pattern is constructing an entire line out of the separate voices individual patterns. Kind of like HCB’s deconstruction of the human form by reassembling it out of multiple people in the image. It adds up to a whole person, but it’s constructed by this person’s right hand and that person’s left hand. Careful cropping would strengthen the effect, But HCB wouldn’t do that.

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-012

Passengers at Tin Can Ale House 100312 © Michael Klayman-011

It’s not about the notes. There’s only 12 of them, after all. It’s what you do with them.

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Passengers Group Shoot, 10/3/12

Passengers Group Shoot 100412 © Michael Klayman-001

Nathan Hubbard is back in San Diego. Of all the Passengers, he’s main driver.

I had a more formal composition planned out, but there were challenges to setting it up. There was a car just off to the right which blocked a straight on look at the tall building across the street. We couldn’t move further into the street to give me some distance to zoom in with and increase the size of the building, so I was stuck making this scene work from this one perspective where I had the least amount of streetlamp light shining on their faces. Five more minutes and I could have worked out the lighting a bit more evenly, but the headlight streaks make up for that a little bit. I just might have to come back to this spot the next time I shoot a seven member band around the corner from the Tin Can Ale House.

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Bird Rock and Windansea at Moonset, 93012

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-001

There’s one night out of the month where the full moon sets just after sunrise. I was hoping to catch that magic moment where the morning twilight would balance with the moonset.

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-004

It doesn’t take much twilight at all.

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-003

Bird Rock is falling apart a little more each time I visit. The birds don’t seem to mind, though.

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-002

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-005

Windansea Beach had really active waves that frothed over the rocks.

Bird Rock and Windansea at Sunrise 93012 © Michael Klayman-006

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