Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Where the Hell's My Beer?

A little late (Okay, nearly TWO months late!), but late better than never. The Wobbly Toms got the new year (and new decade) off to a musically wobbly start. The performed on January 2 at the Nest. This was their second time performing at The Nest's new location, and my first time seeing them perform there. For those who have been around St. Augustine awhile, and for those who haven't, The Nest used to be located downtown, and was once Backstreets Coffee (back when I was in college). They have moved to the other side of King Street now, and though the artful ceiling tiles are gone, the Nest retains a bit of what has made them a popular place for the locals to hang out and bands to play.

The crowd of fans was on the small side, but full of the energy that one cannot help but feel at a Wobbly Toms concert. With such small space, the smaller crowd meant that there was more room for dancing, and for me to capture pictures without having to run people over.

So, I hope you enjoy the photos, and come out to check out the Wobbly Toms at their next show! March 17th at the British Pub (the one on the island!). Beer will be plentiful. ^_~

(More photos beneath the cut)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Beginnings

Happy New Year!

With a new year comes changes and new beginnings. For the handful of you who currently watch my blog, you may have noticed some changes already. I have decided on a new format and theme for this blog. Maybe this way I will actually update, haha. Instead of just mixing photos and writing, I have decided to dedicate this blog solely to my photography of local bands here in St. Augustine. So far, it's mostly just the Wobbly Toms, but I am hoping to branch out and see other bands, especially now that things are slowing down around here.

My old, unrelated posts will stay up, though.

Anyway, happy new year! Updates to come! (I promise!)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a very happy and exceptionally creepy Halloween! This year, I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Wobbly Toms Halloween show at the British Pub (actually, Friday). Below is just a sample of all the shots I managed to capture as the night progressed.

To begin with, though, I would like to note the wonderful makeup work done on the Wobbly Toms this year.

My friend Lizi, who is also the wife of Zach (in the red sports coat), did the makeup. As you can see, she did an extremely good job. Not that any could doubt her talent!

But now let us get to the music! As I mentioned in a previous post, quite a few months ago (I really am slow about updating, aren't I?), the Wobbly Toms are a local, St. Augustine band. They have a pretty eclectic, and very unique sound, sort of a mix between Indie, bluegrass, folk, with just a taste of Irish. They don't do a lot of covers or anything, and when they do, they make it their own.

For samples of their music (I believe they now have the 4 songs of their recorded demo up now), check out their myspace page! www.myspace.com/wobblytoms You can also friend them on Facebook! Better yet, come to their shows! ^_^

*ahem* Okay, now on to some photos! If I can get this site to do what I want it to...



















Pictures were taken on my Nikon D60, mostly with telephoto lens. I played with the settings on my camera for a lot, and relied on the light settings in the British Pub. They had orange and red spotlights at their feet shining up at them, which helped add the spooky effect, plus the spotlights on the ceiling. I did a lot of shots without flash (the ones that look orange are all without flash). Then I did a combination with the flash of using normal aperture, and the "night portrait" setting on the camera. In the end, it gave a nice variety to the shots.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Abandon Not Nature

Deep in the heart of Indianapolis, beyond the looming towers of industrialization and the urban highways, is nestled a small piece of paradise.

A place full of peace, of winding trails and lakes for fishing. A place where deer and raccoons and other wildlife roam.

But even in places such as this, there are signs of man's impact upon nature. Places where man has abandoned his care of peace and tranquility, forgetting that this place was left to him to take care of, to protect.

Man seems to have forgotten that this is our home.

But maybe, with luck...nay, hope...one day, man shall remember the beauty and peace, and will remember to care.

All photos taken with a Nikon D60. Location: Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

music photojournalism? haha, not really!

So, Saturday I journeyed to The Nest, formerly known as Backstreets, a small...well, I guess now it's a bar, used to be a coffee house...in downtown St. Augustine. Why, you may ask? Well, does anyone really need a reason to go to a bar? ^_~ Okay, in this case, yes! The Wobbly Toms, a local band with Irish and Blue Grass influences, performed there last night! So I decided to take some pictures and try my hand at this music photojournalism stuff.

Hey, at the very least, it's good research for my current novel in progress! ^__^

They have beautiful instruments. Drools.

Michael McCormick (I think I have his name right) opened for the Toms. I love his guitar, an electric accoustic. Very beautiful instrument. Opening act was pretty good. But, as usual, I always am eager for the main show: the Toms!

Hey, there's dancing, too! Even I got up and danced some. It's hard not to! The music is awesome, very upbeat and exhilirating! This is just the start of the dancing... For some songs, there were so many people up there dancing I couldn't have gotten a good shot in unless I stood on the table... And that table was NOT sturdy enough to hold me!

For more information on The Wobbly Toms, or even to hear some of their stuff, please visit http://www.myspace.com/wobblytoms I highly recommend listening to "City by the Sea"...because it's my favorite song. ^__^ It's about St. Augustine, by the way.

All photos shot on my new Nikon D60, no filters, and with minimum editing.

On a humorous side note (because I mentioned that I did this as research for my novel in progress, Matanzas), I had a rather odd moment. One of the fans there, a surfer looking dude, was there last night. He reminds me a lot of my character, Nick. Well, as I was about to leave the Nest last night, this guy came up to talk to me, and said things that were 100% something character Nick would have said. I was so floored I almost asked him if his name was Nick. hehe That would have been scary...sort of a "Stranger than Fiction" scenario I didn't want to face! O__O

That digression over, I close out for now and hope that you enjoy the photos!

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