My wife and I had a fun time this evening as we attended an outdoor concert of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  A highlight for me was listening to the very talented John McEuen play his many instruments include the guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and my favorite, the banjo.

Here is a shot taken with my Canon S90 camera of the musicians.  I wish I would have had my DSLR with me, but they probably would not have let me into the concert.

Young female jazz guitarist

One of the aspects my photography business is shooting portraits.  My wife owns a music studio and a lot of students and parents coming through on a weekly basis.  This gives me an opportunity to show some of my work to potential customers.  As soon as I get this one printed, it will be up on the wall not only as advertising for me, but for this particular shot, as an inspiration to the music students.

The image was captured by placing the model on a white seamless paper background and a white, somewhat shiny floor.  After the image was copied to the computer, it was edited to take out any slight shading on the white background and to add a light brown gradient.  This was all done in Photoshop in about 10 minutes.

Now it is off to the printer for a nice 16×20 print!

MarimbasMy wife is a very talented musician, and I also have an interest in musical things. One day we were watching a performance of a group of kids playing their marimbas for a crowd of people. When they were finished with their performance they took their instruments off the stage and set them randomly together in preparation of loading them in their cars.

I took the opportunity of shooting the instruments since, of course, I had my camera with me. Whenever we are at special events or out of the ordinary locations I try to have a camera handy just for cases like this.

There is really nothing spectacular about the shot, but I grabbed the image because it was something that I don’t see very often.

Canon 20D, Canon 24-105 f4 L IS at 102mm, 1/160 at f5.6, ISO 100