Scott Walton Groups at USD, 1/17/13

Scott Walton Trio at USD 11713 © Michael Klayman-002

Bassist-extraordinaire Scott Walton performed with two groups last week, this first one with his old Cosmologic bandmate, Nathan Hubbard.

Scott Walton Trio at USD 11713 © Michael Klayman-005

I can finally say I’ve shot ever member of Cosmologic, just not at the same time.

Scott Walton Trio at USD 11713 © Michael Klayman-008

This was an all improvised set, and Robert Bush’s review has a much better description. Go ahead and read it. We’ll wait.

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With the Michael Vlatkovich Group, Scott’s beefy tone anchored the knotty compositions quite nicely. This was some really original music that I hope to hear more of soon. 

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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 11/11/13

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My new ND Grad came in last week and I took it out that evening to try it out. This one is color neutral, so no more magenta skies! I’m getting closer to making images the way I see them in my head. The sun itself isn’t the interesting part, it’s what the sun lights up. 

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In Motion Collective, Montalban Quintet at Casbah, 1/10/13

A 2 band post? Haven’t done that in a while….

Montalban Quintet at Casbah 11013 © Michael Klayman-001

Montalban Quintet released one of my favorite albums of last year.

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I stuck to one lens this night, my 50mm prime. It’s a pretty tight lens for this stage, but it forces me into new ways to think about framing.

Montalban Quintet at Casbah 11013 © Michael Klayman-003

Montalban Quintet at Casbah 11013 © Michael Klayman-004

They’re recording again soon, and I’m really looking forward to what they have in store.

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I caught the first couple Mattson 2 songs, but ended up closing down the back bar, talking photos and martinis with the great Ted Washington. In Motion Collective brought a dancing crowd out on Thursday night.

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In Motion Collective at Casbah 11013 © Michael Klayman-001

They get a great, driving horn sound. Very Tower of Power.

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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 1/6/13

So what’s up with all the sunsets lately?

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For the past couple months, I’ve been spending a lot of time scoping out the good sunset opportunities and trying to make the most of them. The rocky coast between the OB Pier and Sunset Cliffs has been a spot I keep returning to- it shows me different things with every change in tide and lighting.

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No, the clouds weren’t actually red, my cheap ND Grad filters have a strong magenta color cast to them. Thanks to today’s B&H delivery, that color problem should be solved now, although it is a nice way to add something to the right sunset.

Sunset photos in general are fairly standard shots. These cliffs allow me to add in a foreground element that can strengthen the composition, especially if I can balance the two parts of the image- what’s above the horizon line against what’s below.

Handheld shutter speeds are too fast for these images. Freezing the water in place in an image is visually distracting. It creates all kinds of details that can draw the eye away. Shutter speeds just under a second lets the water smooth out just a bit, while keeping some shape to the water. If you press the shutter at the right time, of course. There’s a balance between rocks and water, how permanence and impermanence occupy the same space and influence each other. Longer shutter speeds allow the transitory nature of the water to show through.

It’s also worth noting how changing the tripod location a mere 3 feet can drastically change the foreground elements visible in the frame. The clouds change every 3 minutes too.

Sunset Cliffs at Sunset 10613 © Michael Klayman-003

Every day is unique. There will never be another view like this one, with the clouds right there and the water breaking over the rocks just so. This sunset was dramatic and angry, so I tried to highlight that.

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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 12/28/12

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I’m working on capturing these momentary seascapes better. Each wave creates its own temporary micro-coast and stopping it at just the right moment for the just the right amount of time is a fun challenge.

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