Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Navy Fleet Band Concert


Blogger micki said...

A Navy Band came into town a couple of weeks ago to put on a free Sunday concert. I took my older son, and my oldest daughter came along to watch him while I shot a third of a roll. Everyone looked quite nice in the white uniforms and it was a perfect afternoon. Some of the members sang, and I was sure to get a shot of the drummer and the percussionists. (My favorite members of the band.)

Speaking of drumming. Two years ago I tried playing a song on my drums (one of my first I tried learning after a year of practicing just rudiments on the snare and the whole kit), and I couldn’t do it. I had bit off more than I could chew and had to back off and start with something easy. I picked up the song a couple of weeks ago, but only had a third of it transcribed (I do better with music than drum tabs). I finished transcribing it this weekend and tried a run at it yesterday. I made it all the through and did pretty well. What do you know, three years of playing is paying off and I’m actually getting pretty good! Practice does work and I’m hoping I’m setting a good example for my kids. 1) Work hard and you will reap the rewards and 2) Never give up on your dreams.

I noticed in picture 5 that you can see a part of my daughter all the way in the back on the left grabbing a hold of my son, whose behind the pillar and trying to make a run past the sound guy again.

All of these shot with:

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer
My scanner has a hard time with these black and white photos, must be why the lab won’t scan the negatives for me.

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Almost always buying me a piece of sterling silver and turquoise jewelry on our way out from the middle-of-the-night breakfasts.

9:45 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Prevail through perseverance! That's my primary school (guess in the States it's called elementary school) motto and i still stick to it today. :)

Perhaps colour film might actually work to your advantage in this case, since their white uniforms would stand out among other colours. But it's just my hypothesis.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Great series. I spotted the bassoon in the top shot. :)

I think the black and white is great for this.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

lovely series, b&w is the right choice here, well done!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

I always enjoy seeing these black and white shots. Timeless!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

That's some big drums =)

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely series!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Beautifully done...really timeless feel to them

2:44 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

That's a nice series. I especially like #3...maybe it's just the composition of it, but I like it.

I think it would be fun to play drums, but I really have no sense of rhythm. =)

7:15 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

Ah, that's a sound guy in the fifth pic? I thought someone in the band was playing kitchen equipment. I'm quite relieved.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

That's a pretty significant band Micki. What did they sound like? Love all the pictures, particularly the drum shot. Great drums! Congratulations on realising how much you have achieved with your own drumming! They are excellent aims to set for yourself and your kids. Chris

8:29 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

A great series to put you right in that place! A nice way to spend some time.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

Great Americana here. The b&w treatment with the white borders reminds me of kodak prints from the 60's. Wonderful work!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

great bw series...my favorite is last shot...nice perspective of the audience:-))

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron: Threeflavours.ca said...

Micki, the one thing that I have found in learning instruments is that when I overpractice, I stall.. I need to put the guitar down for a week or 2, and when I come back, I'm better than ever!!

11:45 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Good B/W pictures. You seem to be mastering photography as well as music. Great going, Micki.

12:13 AM  
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1:11 AM  
Anonymous Yanik said...

Nice series again micki...Some of the pics could do with cropping though...

2:03 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

It must have been a great day. I like the uniforms and the sort of old classic style of parade photographs.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Lovely atmosphere in these shots. The b&w adds to that, of course, but there is something timeless about the military and those open-air events.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Great shots! The black and white makes them look timeless.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Aahhhhhh toooo many pictures soo little time,

Cool shots :)

6:34 AM  
Anonymous david said...

i like this kind of series of life in small towns. excellent.

8:34 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Oh my, and to think I've missed this wonderful during my absence... *shakes head in disbelief*

Very well captured. I find that b/w really complements those uniforms.

1:47 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great series and a fine example of the joys of Tri-X :-)

Congrats on your percussive progress as well! It truly is never too late to raise your sails to the breeze.

7:00 AM  

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