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Katie Belts one Out – images featuring Katie Gordon

Jun 7, 2019

Katie Gordon, the driving force behind Rogue Swan and spellbinding singer, belts one out here at the Vaudeville performance at the Opera House. If anyone missed seeing the event, and wants to see the 400+ color images of the performance, they are on Flickr HERE. If that doesn't get you to their return to the Opera House in October, nothing will.

Below are a few more images from the show as B&W. They have all been added to my Havre de Grace Street page in the Rogue Swan Vaudeville album (be sure and check out the Rehearsals album too – some great shots in there).

I have no idea at this point whether I'll be gleaning more B&Ws out of my images from this performance. Almost two weeks of being sick, way behind on printing and First Friday images looming –  I'm a little strapped for time. One complication is that a new large external hard drive that I just got, needing to clear up some storage issues, arrived and proceded to crash any computer I plugged it into. Duh, they offered a refund and it's on its way back. As soon as I get my money, I can order one that actually works. "When it rains it pours."


FUJI 55-200 Zoom Lens Note

I was recently asked on line about my experience with the Fuji 55-200 zoom lens – the wonderful lens I shoot performances with. This led me to, after explaining how it is my go-to, favorite lens and why, address my one complaint. The placement of the aperture ring (the back ring on the lens) is very handy when you are making use of it – however, if you are shooting in low light and wish to simply leave the lens wide open for an entire shoot, it can be a problem. Without the battery grip on – no real issue for me. But with the grip mounted, I can't seem to keep the baby finger of my left hand from occasionally grazing the aperture setting.Sure, you can see the exposure info in the viewer, but when working quick, zooming, etc., in low light (I sometimes set the aperture and shutter speed, leaving ISO on auto), you can find yourself shooting stopped down a stop or two, raising the ISO considerably. A little outside the box thinking and I came up with a solution – a short piece of scotch tape locking the aperture ring in place, and I can zoom in and out all day without risk of shifting the aperture. Older lenses had stronger click stops for aperture settings than most of these newer lenses (especially like these that change widest aperture as you zoom).

At first I thought it a pretty dumb idea, until I tried it – it works, the tape holds. And it comes off leaving no trace.