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Faces & Moments – and a link to Rogue Swan's upcoming show

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Rogue Swan vaudeville performance in May provided me with such a gold mine of fun stills to play with in B&W – probably more than I should bother with, but then I do stress the word "fun".  Above is the final punch-line moment in the "When I'm 64"...

Girls, Girls, Girls! – What would Vaudeville be without the girls?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Back to the Rogue Swan Vaudeville backlog – and on missing First Friday in August. With B&W one begins with a nice color exposure – or, in this case, exposures saturated with downright horrible coloring that can even have a rainbow effect. Then one...

July Moonshine Hafla 3 – Havre de Grace's own April Monique

Friday, August 2, 2019

Going into shooting April Monique dancing again, I knew that I had to work to get something a little different – in a way these are portraits taken at the same place but at a new time and, hopefully, from a little of a new perspective. In the end I'll...

July Moonshine Hafla 2 – Regina Snow and Lorelei

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This is the second posting in two days of work from July's Melt Your Face Off Edition of the quarterly Moonshine Hafla. We've seen crowds for these that just barely fill the seats to standing room only. And, though they are all interesting, there always...

Did They Melt My Face Off – This girl came close…

Monday, July 29, 2019

The image above is Azyra Izel, which seems to fit. In fact, all of the images in this posting are of her performance in July's Moonshine Hafla, Melt Your Face Off Edition. She made it look easy, while commanding one's full attention – which is always...

Blue Angel and Major Men

Saturday, July 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...

Two Great Duos: Tara and Jesse / Tara and Bre

Saturday, July 27, 2019

I was going to do "Don't Tell Mama" for today but there's still some work to do on those. But not a problem – plenty of others awaiting me, destroyer of all that is color. The image above features Tara Vinson singing "I Found a New Baby" to Jesse Hutchinson....

Playing Catch-up on Rogue Swan Vaudeville Images

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

It took a little bit of effort to figure out what happened – here it is almost two months after and I realized I didn't finish my images from the Rogue Swan Vaudeville show at the Opera House at the end of May – by a huge margin. Then it hit me – we...

Papa's Got a Brand New (used) Lens

Thursday, July 18, 2019

OK, I expect this twist on an old song title to be lost on a lot of people – James Brown's Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, 1965. That sort of dates me – oh well. Anyway, I generally don't like to spend a lot of money on equipment, especially lenses. This...

One More first Friday in July Image – and on Seeing in B&W

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Another image from First Friday in July. This is the drum-circle, facing up Washing ton Street. This time April Monique, a local belly dancer, did her bit to liven things up. I would have loved to have Cliff Giles, the leader of the circle, in the scene,...

Getting into the Groove – First Friday in July

Monday, July 8, 2019

This had to be the hottest, most humid, windless First Friday ever. At the same time it was the evening before all the Saturday fourth of July parade, concerts and fireworks. So there were maybe half the number of people in the streets. But everyone...

Surprising Blog STATS – and B&W Fireworks?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

In this Blog entry I take the opportunity to celebrate, 4th of July style, a couple of milestones with the site: in June it hit over 1100 "unique visitors" and the 2,000th digital book version of Se Comio La Luna (the Spanish version of my The Moon...

Pride Day – Posting 3, more images from the stage area

Saturday, June 29, 2019

It took a little time to get all the images together from thie event – lighting was harsh and tricky, making for a little extra work on each image. Just a few images to finish things off here – mostly to let people know what they might have missed as...

Pride Day – Posting 2

Thursday, June 27, 2019

I thought I'd do a posting of a few images of people being people at the Pride Day celebration before I return to some performance images next posting. There was a lot going on, and no way could anyone capture it all. It was either concentrate on what...

Pride Day – "Sarabesque" entertains as Pride Day in Havre de Grace becomes a family event

Monday, June 24, 2019

This is the first of maybe three postings on this. Pride Day in Havre de Grace was just that for us – we're damn proud of our town. Why just have a parade?, Havre de Grace made it a festival, a family oriented celebration of those among us who might...

Annegarn "Diving Bowl" – Resistance is Futile, another Other People's Art

Monday, June 24, 2019

What have we done now? I just recently posted adding one of Maria Annegarn's seated figures to our collection – pretty much completing a display of them. Then Tam from RiverView called and told us that she had gotten in some more Annegarn work – she...

Reggie Wayne Morris – and more First Friday in June

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Every First Friday, barring enough rain to prevent running electricity to speakers, etc., there are a half dozen or more bands playing around town. And despite the fact that music appreciation is subjective, there is always one that stands out – attracting...

The Drum Circle – A First Friday Thing

Thursday, June 20, 2019

While I enjoy roaming the streets First Fridays, often until after dark, sometimes I'm tempted to simply grab a chair and spend the evening shooting Cliff Giles' drum circle. Located on the triangle smack dab in the middle of the closed off streets,...

I AM Smiling – Mister Pete Celebrates his 88th.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Our next door neighbor and seemingly forever Havre de Grace resident, affectionately known as Mister Pete, poses here with his sister. There was a big family gathering, and far too much food – of which I ate more than my share. "Sis" said, when she...

Three Faces from the Street – First Friday in June

Friday, June 14, 2019

One of the things I like to do on First Fridays is look for interesting faces. I hit a couple of other themes this time, but I thought I's start off with my three favorite faces from the evening. Above, the local bridal boutique often posts one or two...

"See What I Can Do"

Thursday, June 13, 2019

How many of us guys can get away with waring a floozie dress? Maybe it's the legs, I don't know. I do know that Jesse carries off wearing a dress in Rogue Swan's Vaudeville performance at the Opera House. If anyone wants to see this in glorious color,...

Katie Belts one Out – images featuring Katie Gordon

Friday, June 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...

April Monique's Sword Dance

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

April Monique's sword dance in the Rogue Swan Vaudeville at the Opera House. I was fortunate enough to watch the rehearsal process from first attempts to final performances. At the same time, April was perfecting her sword dance – evidently as tricky...

Back to Your Seat Young Lady

Monday, June 3, 2019

Here's Jesse Hutchinson – who's got to be the king of stage facial expressions – attempting to pose his doll-like model, Mary Cate, for a painting. One of the funnier skits from the Vaudeville show at the Opera House on the 24th and 25th. I realize...

One More to our Maria Annegarn Collection – an Other Peoples Art posting

Monday, June 3, 2019

OK, we have a weak spot for bringing art into the house – and there are a few artists who's work we, quite without realizing it, have wound up collecting. Since Annegarn's pieces (except for one) do not hang on the wall, it's not at first glance as...

Spotlight on a Dynamic Duo – Color is noise!?

Saturday, June 1, 2019

I wasn't going to work on this one right away because I knew it would be so tricky. But Rogue Swan zeroed right in on the color exposure and posted it. The first stage in converting a RAW file to B&W includes an array of color channel sliders. Just...

First Image from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Last Call – Along with a link to all of the color shots…

Friday, May 31, 2019

It's good to be back among the living – more on the reason for a week that should have had a number of blog entries, having none. Friday and Saturday were Rogue Swan's Vaudeville performances at the Opera House, and I shot both. Heck, we enjoyed the...

James of Rogue Swan Says… Come See our Show!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Through bleary allergy irritated eyes, runny nose and foggy brain, I'm just about able to post this one image. It should be well under control by this evening when I'll be shooting from the back. Can't wait. The image is of James – your host and announcer...

The Rogue Swan Band

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Caleb, Nate, Jeremy, Josh, Jason, Izzy, JimmyO and Bre – gathered together on a porch in town for a quick shot pre-rehearsal (Bre plays the keyboard). I was so used to rainy days that I got up that day and packed a fill-flash. Then the sun came out,...

Brother and Sister Act

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Perchance you’ve already seen the image above of Jessy and Caleb Gordon, who happen to be brother and sister, doing a lift, swing and on to the next person in a celebratory scene where most of the cast is on stage. While I had this set aside to work...

Rogue Swan, Down to the Wire – Fun Watching it all Come Together

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Man, when I signed on for this, I had no idea how much work it would be. Exhausting but rewarding. One particularly long rehearsal day, I shot for just shy of seven hours. People are beginning to show up in costume, as well as getting their timing down,...

Rogue Swan (again) – a couple "portraits" and fun shots

Thursday, May 16, 2019

While covering Rehearsals for Rogue Swan's upcoming Vaudeville at the Opera House, I'm gradually amassing something in the way of portraits of the cast members – sneaking them in. For this posting, two of the guys and a couple of fun, early dance moments.

Nan's Latest – Other Peoples Art

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

I don't usually post in my Other Peoples Art for a new painting by Nan, but this is something of a special occasion. Over the years she occasionally skips a year of more – other than a miniature here and there – doing her larger paintings. Only to emerge...

More First Friday in May Moments

Saturday, May 11, 2019

I have a new favorite Havre de Grace Street image – above. Maybe it's the compositional lines, maybe because it tells a story – the singer turning to look at her drummer husband. Then there's the arrangement of "round things" in the center. All I know...

First Friday in May Part II

Thursday, May 9, 2019

More images from First Friday in May – that had everyone having a great time while wondering where the heck all that predicted rain was and if it would ever hit. It never did – in fact, the sky remained clear. Hmmmmm. The image above is by far my favorite...

First Friday in May – Rogue Swan, – wow, no rain!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Finally, in spite of the dire predictions, it didn'r rain on a First Friday. I'll have to split my street shots between two postings – first a couple of shots from Rogue Swan, in the street promoting their Vaudeville show coming up May 24 and 25. In...

Rembrandt, Lloyd Kline, Myself and Nan – Other Peoples Art

Sunday, May 5, 2019

We recently watched a three part BBC documentary entitled Looking for Rembrandt. One of the points they made that we've never seen noted before is the extent of his collection of art, especially seascapes, by other artists, irregardless of whether they...

Another Peek into Rehearsals for Rogue Swan's Upcoming Vaudeville at the Opera House

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Preview performance in the street First Friday at 7 in front of Josephs and the Art Room… It’s all coming together at the rehearsals. The shot above was taken after hours at Concord Point Coffee where this rehearsal was held. Almost a month to go before...

Some Rehearsal Faces – Rogue Swan Continued

Friday, April 19, 2019

I’m noticing that further along in rehearsals there is a lot of concentration on making facial expressions match the action on stage. And since real action shots, other than those of assistance to the cast, are pretty slim until at least the dress rehearsal,...

A Smile from the Steps

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

I was climbing into the drivers seat of the car, saw this, and stepped up to peer over the roof with the iPhone. Darn, it should have been a full camera shot. Anyway, the iPhone did a passable job, even with all the cropping. It won't print much larger...

Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsal 3 – Part Two

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A couple of shots from one of the scenes being rehearsed. The shot above is, of course, the final image in this sequence –heck, why be orderly here. Anyway, the young lady below is helped out of a box – I imagine that the cardboard box is a fill-in...

Rogue Swan Vaudeville Rehearsals Update

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Just a couple more images from Rogue Swan's rehearsal sessions for their upcoming Vaudeville performances at the Opera House. I've been sworn to secrecy on penalty of bodily harm, so some things are off limits. I'll have more in a couple of days, but...

Sometimes You Just Gotta Have Fun – Dave DeRan and Jack Radcliffe at Liriodendron

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A very animated Dave DeRan is having fun here playing the base whth a little Bluegrass group at the reception Sunday. I had a little fun trying out a little fisheye camera app on the iPhone. Dave was moving a bit, so there is some blur, but that makes...

Rogue Swan's all-new Vaudeville in Rehearsal 2

Saturday, March 30, 2019

If any of you were at Rogue Swan’s sold-out one-night Vaudeville last year at the Opera House, you are sure to be looking forward to this. It’s two nights and all-new, Friday and Saturday May 24 and 25th. We’ll be there, already having our tickets....

Hard Bound Painting Record Book – Now Easier than Ever, Fun and Rewarding – An Updated How-To

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Nan paints, sometimes a lot. And over the years she has accumulated quite a record of her works. I realized that there was no longer any need for the awkward collection of prints, color slides, digital images and paperwork. I knew it would be simple...

Hi There Bob – On the Wilde Portrait Series Exhibit

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

As most people in town know, artist Pam Wilde spent a year painting a hundred or so portraits in the window of Artists Emporium on Washington Street. Beginning about half way through I bacame aware of this and began my – somewhat experimental – series...

At the Opera House's "Phenomenal Women" Event – We renew our acquaintance with a phenomenal woman…

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The two images above – on the left is a picture I took of a very serious (reflected in her eyes) young student at Lincoln University in 1989 or 1990. On the right is the same "phenomenal woman" this past Saturday (a quick iPhone grab-shot) when she...

Rogue Swan Prepping for Vaudeville at the Opera House in May

Thursday, March 14, 2019

OK, it's only this one shot at this point. After all, this was the first rehearsal of the year. This is the Director, Katy Gordon (on the right) and one of the many cast members showing their exhaustion and the bottoms of their feet after over two hours...

Just a Couple Mardi Gras Shots – and the Passing of Jim Duvall

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Not that I'm getting tired of working on my Havre de Grace Street and related images project, but it's been a while and I'm looking forward to some more "scenic" work as soon as the weather improves a little. Perhaps even something of a mini-project....

The Latest on Ordering My Fine Art Books – Availability, Price Changes and Some Tips Thrown In

Friday, March 1, 2019

I have some experience with this in that I've now had eight different books printed by six different companies, using at least nine different preparation systems. I'm posting this because I have just ordered the next two copies of my The Moon has been...

An Appeal for People to Pick Up Their Havre de Grace Street Freebies – and I'm UN-BANNED from Artists Emporium

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My Havre de Grace Street freebies-box, very graciously displayed by RiverView Gallery in town, is getting full, beyond full. Last time I looked there were four dozen waiting to be claimed. In the past year maybe a dozen people have come in, seen themselves...

What I Got Nan for Valentines Day – an Other People's Art Posting

Thursday, February 14, 2019

When Carolyn Blazeck brought her unique work into Riverview Gallery last Fall, Tamara immediately put them in the front window. They are kind of magnificent. Not only are the "pots" exquisitely executed, the woven pine-needle work that tops them is...

"Still Waiting" – A New Annegarn Piece

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

One of our favorite collections of other people's art is our grouping of area artist Maria Annegarn's seated ceramic figures. They often come with their own bench or chair. One lady even has a purse. We display them in a neat wicker shelf rack – guests...

January Hafla 2 – Luvlee

Friday, February 1, 2019

Jessica Lee Fenwick – aka “Luvlee” – does her solo dance in the January Moonshine Hafla at the Opera House. Even from my vantage point in the back corner, standing on a stool, it was almost impossible to get a full-body shot with all the heads in the...

January Hafla I – April

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This is the second Hafla I’ve shot at the Opera House – it’s getting to the point where there’s not enough room in the Black Box. Here’s hoping they can move upstairs in the future. I've gotten shots of April Monique (her dance name) in the past that...

Last of the iPhone Window Series Portraits

Monday, January 28, 2019

Artist Pam Wilde's series of portraits painted in the window of Artists Emporium has come to an end. Sometime in the Spring there will be an exhibit of the more than 100 paintings done done. The last two of the more than forty that I managed to capture...

More from the Ice Festival

Friday, January 25, 2019

Not a lot more – just a couple of moments I managed to catch. The image at the top is the second one in a row where I used a trick that I grab on rare occasions for street shots. I create a copy layer over the image and apply a selected degree of motion-blur...

The Usual Suspects – an Ice Festival Lineup

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Changed my plans and decided to post a fun shot from the Ice Festival next. I was already thinking of this group as looking like some sort of police street line-up when Nan, seeing what I was working on, remarked: "The Usual Suspects". Now I can’t get...

Ice Sculpture from the Ice Festival – from La Banque

Monday, January 21, 2019

Really busy this weekend, but I managed to do up my favorite Ice Sculpure from the Ice Festival. It was set up “walking by” La Banque de Fleuve – our local wedding chappel located in a historic old bank building.This thing was life size, quite impressive....

A Little Clear Sky Do Make a Difference

Monday, January 14, 2019

Yes, definitely a little clear sky “do" make a difference. I’ve been playing with this iPhone series since early August, and in that time it seems that it has always been raining, just got through raining or was building up to rain again. Looking back...

A Contagious Smile + Notes and a Rogue Swan Appeal

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The series that Pam Wilde is painting in the window of Artists Emporium draws to an end this month. I began my iPhone series, catching these sessions, almost as an accident about half way through by taking out my iPhone and snapping off a shot as I...

An Unscheduled Year Ender

Saturday, January 5, 2019

This Window Portrait was not on the schedule, still isn’t listed. But we happened to be in town Sunday December 30 and walked by the window. Raining much? Duh, it seems like it hasn’t stopped raining this year. Check out the dingy sky and water on the...

Year-End Entries into the Series – Includes the Mayor

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Above – our town's Mayor, Bill Martin. I guess he decided to go for the relaxed look for his portrait. I'll admit that that would be my preference too – but I say that with the knowledge that Nan wouldn't allow that at all. Neat how a series of portraits...

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