Best Shots of 2010: 11-15

11. Kaia Wilson, The Butchies, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, 07/21/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 800iso, f/1,7, 1/15
I love that Kaia was still enough in the spot light that I could overexpose at 1/15 and still get really sharp detail and shadows.

Sunrise, Isle of Palms, SC, 11/27/10
12. Shaft of Sunlight, Sunrise, Isle of Palms, SC, 11/27/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 200iso, f/5.0, 1/200
It’s so rare that I capture such perfect sunlight. To really understand why I love this photo you have to know the quote, “Sudden in a shaft of sunlight, Even while the dust moves, There rises the hidden laughter” from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets. In this case it isn’t about he technical details just lucky timing and a good eye.

Hammer No More The Fingers, TRKfest,  06/26/10
13. Hammer No More the Fingers, TRKfest, Pittsboro, NC, 06/26/10
Sony a350, 18-125mm lens at 35mm, 800 iso, f4.5, 1/25
TRKfest took place outside at Piedmont Biofuels so virtually all the lighting was from the superbright LED stage lights. I love how quickly the light falls off here leave them in almost silhouette. (and Duncan’s hat)

Magic Mike, Papa Mojo's, Durham NC, 05/21/10
14. Magician Michael Casey, Papa Mojo’s, Durham NC, 05/21/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 3200iso, f/1.4, 1/15
Sometimes you need every bit of light you can get in. Not a stage show (obviously) but Michael working the crowd with magic. This is my camera pushed:3200iso, f/1.4. and handheld at 1/15. It’s grainy as heck (the a350 only looks great to 1600) but it gets the moment exactly right.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 05/06/10
15. Charlie Humphrey, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC, 05/06/10
Sony a350, 50mm fixed, 1600 iso, f/2.2, 1/20
506 has gotten better about being something other than aggressively red in camera. But the red occasionally pays off, like here – hitting off the brass just right. I love all the lines in this photo, from the “X” on his hand to the lines of the trumpet, to, even, the hard crease in his pants.


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