Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 12/27/12

Sunset Cliffs at Sunset 122712 © Michael Klayman-001

We’ve had some beautiful sunsets this week. Last night’s wasn’t really one of them, so I added some color with some ND grads. This is good practice in getting to know this area, since I plan on shooting here again tonight. It’s also a reminder for me to keep my filters clean so I don’t get a huge light streak through the middle of the shot.

Sunset Cliffs at Sunset 122712 © Michael Klayman-002

My partner on this evening was Sean Selfridge. It’s always nice meeting up with another photographer. I took the opportunity to snap a Self(Ridge)-Portrait.

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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 12/23 and 12/24

Sunset Cliffs 122312 © Michael Klayman-001

Sunsets can be hit or miss in SoCal. I always take a guess whether the clouds, sun, water, and atmosphere will collaborate just right. If so, I can play warm vs. cool, hard vs. soft, large vs. small. If not, I have to make up for what’s missing. I have more tools for that now.

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I’ve been going out with the goal of getting just one shot instead of a series of similar images. Working the scene becomes much more important. For some reason, I am enjoying the vertical landscapes more these days.

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I wanted to make this a 3 night in a row post, but I got lazy today and of course that meant a glorious sunset that would have been perfect. That’s what I get for not being there to show you.

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Hanging From The Rafters at Soda Bar, 12/18/12

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-011

I was really excited to hear Hanging From the Rafters’ new stuff. They’ve been regrouping for a couple years since kicking out their ridiculously talented and good looking (but crazy) bass player.

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-006

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-001

Lolly doesn’t even need a microphone to project.

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-003

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-004

This is probably the sweetest guitar tone I’ve heard on this stage. The songs are based on loops and guitar riffs with a beat, and Dave knows how to twist sounds into interesting shapes.

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-007

Soda Bar 121812 © Michael Klayman-012

I hope to see them again very soon!

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Gilbert Castellanos Quartet at 7 Grand, 12/12/12

7 Grand 121212 © Michael Klayman-001

It’s always a pleasure to hear Gilbert- and with a new band alternating weeks with the Latin Jazz Quintet at 7 Grand on Wednesdays!

7 Grand 121212 © Michael Klayman-004

It’s nice to get out and hear some jazz again. I’ve been traveling so
much for work lately that it’s been tough to get out of the house when
I’m home. But this is the music that shakes all that dust off.

7 Grand 121212 © Michael Klayman-003

The rhythm section of doom right here.

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7 Grand 121212 © Michael Klayman-005

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Sleep Lady at Soda Bar, 12/8/12

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-001

While I was at my parents’ house in Cleveland a couple weeks ago, my dad said that he wasn’t seeing anything new in my band photography. OK dad, here’s something you haven’t seen me do before.

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-002

I don’t usually get Dragged By The Shutter, but I know that Sleep Lady appreciates my experiments.

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-006

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-003

Mixing flash and ambient under stage lights and a bright projector is tough, so I did some ambient things as well.

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-004

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-012

I’m not a fan of projectors, myself. I’m interested in seeing the act of musical creation, not a light show. I can MAKE my own light show.

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-007

Sleep Lady at Soda Bar 120812 © Michael Klayman-015

With some more practice, I think I could get the technique down, but the shutter drag look is not really my favorite aesthetic. It is a good tool to have in the bag, though.

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