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Blue Angel and Major Men

Jul 27, 2019

A dream sequence – Blue Angel – in Rogue Swan't Vaudeville at the Oper House in May. It worked well as far as the audience was concerned – not so much the camera. I killed the better part of an afternoon on this, not knowing whether I was going to bring out what I was seeing. But voila – I can't wait to work on the print version. That's L.H. James, bottle by his side, dreaming. With April Monique as Blue Angel. In the background a video was playing on a curtain – Katie, Nate and Jeremy can be recognized here. This one's growing on me.

For the second image of the day, something a little less artsy – The Major Men barbershop group. The result, if not the exposure, more or less a straight looking shot. In a B&W series, some images stand on their own while others work to help tell the story. But they can all require an awful lot of work. On this one I selected out the guys (torture) and did a slight motion blur of the background, just enough to help the separation of tones.

NEXT TWO POSTINGS

I hate to but I'll have to hold the presses a little on the rest of my Rogue Swan Vaudeville backlog – Wednesday, and probably Friday, will be used for some work I did at the Moonshine Hafla "Melt Your Face Off Edition" Saturday evening. One posting will be devoted to the little girl who practically did melt my face off – the other to the rest of the very worthy dancers. Then back to Rogue Swan catch up.

Note: BLOG VERSIONS VS FINAL IMAGES

I often find myself these days, having to take an image about 95% of the way to print-ready and then going straight to web JPG – a sort of an estimation of where it will endd up. A print file isn't final until after at least one test print, but if I waited the timing for the blog would be way off. The difference can best be explained by pointing out that, similarly, proof reading an important piece of writing on a computer screen rarely, if ever, works. Print it out and catch the mistakes, and spot room for improvement. Same thing with working up a B&W image. This makes for a final image that is anywhere from slightly to considerably different than (improved over) the blog posted image. Obviously a web JPG converted from the final print file would be an upgrade – but then that wouldn't be the blog posting, would it. And then again, a web JPG is pretty much a flawed representation anyway – mattering little where it started out. You can't win.