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10 on 10 (actually 11 on 10, sorry) - March 2014

Hey, look!  Somebody let me into the Cool Kids Club (aka the 10 on 10 Photo Group), yep that's right!

So as my first contribution to 10 on 10, both my photos and this blogpost are going to be a bit of an insight for those of you that don't know me.  And a look into the brand spankin' new Fujifilm X-E2 that I shot them with.

Over the last 2-3 years while living in Los Angeles, I've developed a bit of a passion for live music and the local music scene.  I love music and I love shows, it's probably my favorite thing to do for fun and one of the few things in the city that can truly clear my mind of everything else and allow me to just live for the moment.  I went to 66 shows/festivals last year which allowed me to see over 200 bands.  It was a great year to say the least and in 2014 I've already been to 26 shows.  In case you haven't figured it out yet, music is a pretty huge part of my life here in the city.  Any given night of the week in Los Angeles there is at least one band that I would have an interest in seeing live so the two things pretty much go hand in hand.

With that said, my March 10 on 10 features photos from a show I went to on Saturday the 8th at the Troubadour to see NO, a local offspring of the Echo Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.  I have been hearing a lot of hype surrounding their live show for quite sometime so it was nice to finally see it for myself.  They lived up to the hype and more.  If you're a fan of the Local Natives, you could probably get down with these guys.  They just recently released their debut full length called "El Prado".  Check it out!  There's also a couple shots from one of the openers called The Darcy's.

Another thing I want to focus on here is the camera I shot these photos with, the just recently launched X-E2 mirror-less from Fujifilm coupled with their XF 35mm f/1.4 R prime lens.  I literally pulled it out of the box only hours before I walked into the show.  This thing is a beautiful camera both physically and mechanically, a real treat of photographic engineering.  After Fujifilm launched their mirror-less line and plans for the future of their digital cameras with the X-Pro1 about 2-3 years ago, I have been following closely ever since.  I primarily shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III but I've been on the hunt for something that can compete on image quality and performance but in a much smaller package.  When the X-E2 was released in November, I pretty much knew I had found the camera.  I had read all the raving reviews with a single most commonly called out downfall which was auto-focus speed but it was time to try it for myself.  The last 5 months has allowed Fujifilm to work out a lot of the firmware kinks that come with new products and I finally felt comfortable taking the plunge.

All the manual settings and physical dials on the camera are super simple and straight forward and to all you old film camera lovers you would love this camera as well!  It's like this thing was uncovered inside a long lost time capsule.  Overall just a very pleasing camera to handle and shoot with.  It's about 1/3rd the weight of my Mark III and the frame is also much smaller.  Image quality is totally on par with my Mark III, with super sharp photos and exceptional low-light/high ISO performance.  Although the auto-focus isn't even comparable to the Mark III (name a camera that is, pretty much none) but with that said it was still quite snappy and did more the well focusing up on the band moving around all over the place.  It also has a high-speed burst which was great for this concert shoot capturing RAW+Jpeg dups.  I normally don't even bother with JPEG at all but in this case it is a must to enable the amazing wi-fi device transfer from the X-E2.  You download the Fujifilm app to your phone and you can send images on the fly.  Literally took me 1 minute in the crowd at the show to have this up and working without having ever touched it before.  Select "Wireless Communication" from the menu on the camera, open the app on the phone and click connect and you have several options of transferring the images one at a time or in batch and controlling those transfers from either the phone or camera.

To cut an even longer story short, I have already fallen in love with this camera.  If you're looking for a great traveler/street cam, this is it!  You can even use your Canon glass on it with a $70 adapter.  Alrighty, enough about all this geeky camera shit and onto the photos!  Most of these were shot between 2000-3200 ISO, it should all be in the Metadata.  As you can see, super clean and sharp.  These edits were done in LR 5.3, about half of them straight of the camera with a crop and that's it.  Quickly did them all this morning in about 20-30 minutes.  Ahhhhh, everything I wanted in an everyday camera!

Thanks for checking out my 10 on 10 and thanks to the other artists who welcomed me in!  Check out all of their posts from this month at these links!  Word up ya'll!

Courtney Z Photography

CLB Creative

Anya Elise Photography

Jamilah Photography

New site yooooooooooooo!

So, It was due time for a new branding/site design and it's actually something I've been working on for quite some time trying to figure out the best way to present my work and this is what I've decided is just that.

This new layout and CMS is managed through Squarespace and is amazingly easy to edit both layout and content which is just what I needed as an alternative to my old (much less update friendly) CSS based design I wrote/designed around 4 years ago and have been using as the basis ever since.  Squarespace is the shit, period!

This will equal out to more frequent updates to my photography and whatever else I feel like throwing up on this shit.  Hopefully more appealing to the viewer and a deeper insight so my OH SO EXCITING life outside of the OH SO NOT AS EXCITING world of VFX!

All my social media will be linked up here including links to my Tumblr blog which has lots of music/art related stuffs going on and my Twitter which is a lot of music stuff too.  Maybe even include a link to my Bandcamp page as well where most of my listening/purchasing habits are logged.  Music becomes a more and more influential part of my life on about a daily basis so I think it's time to start including that somewhere tied to my professional life too as I hope to meld the two as one eventually.  So that's that!  Enjoy this shit!