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The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – eBook PDF, Finally

Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Strange Case of Rogue Swan –  eBook PDF, Finally

Becasue of a combination of the holidays, catching up on things around home and reading Moby Dick, I just finished up my Halloween project – the PDF eBook record of Rogue Swan's The Strange Case of Rogue Swan. Covering the process from first rehearsal...

One from the Ice Festival – and some catch-up

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
One from the Ice Festival – and some catch-up

Along with far more people than I expected, I braved the biting cold, rain and wind the first day of this year's Ice Festival in town. Needless to say, there wasn't much to point the camera at. The second day was clear, and much more crowded – I arrived...

UPGRADING MY STUDIO WORK TABLE…

Monday, December 23, 2019
UPGRADING MY STUDIO WORK TABLE…

UPGRADING MY STUDIO WORK TABLE… improves everything from cutting mats to dismantling a laptop or iMac and putting it back together. A while back I made a posting about constructing a relatively inexpensive, super-sturdy work table. I didn't believe...

Last of First Friday in December – A tad on the dark side…

Monday, December 16, 2019
Last of First Friday in December – A tad on the dark side…

Is that you Rebecca? As the parade was going by, with a particularly dark float approaching, I saw Gay Lyn frantically waving. So I quickly took a shot, completely in the dark as to who that was perched atop what must have been the darkest fload (it...

Santa Came to Town – First Friday in December

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Santa Came to Town – First Friday in December

Above, and first image below. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their "driver"' in another Havre de Grace night time parade. I'm getting used to them, partly because while daylight parades can provide a plethora of straight shots, darkened streets make for maybe...

Be Still My Heart – a b&w Christmas tree

Monday, December 9, 2019
Be Still My Heart – a b&w Christmas tree

I was probably the only one out there shooting for B&W at Havre de Grace's First Friday Christmas parade, tree lighting and street celebration. And what to I espy – a Black and White Christmas tree in the window of Amanda's Florist on Washington Street. 

Howl, Creep(?) and Ladies of the Nightmare

Monday, December 2, 2019
Howl, Creep(?) and Ladies of the Nightmare

I still say these three would make great Three Witches of Eastwick. The second image, below is Katie, after being sewed back together, singing a delaying number. Still a mystery to me is the title of the number listed on the playbill – Creep. Prior...

April and Mya Dance Macabre Routine – fun and games at ISO 12800

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
April and Mya Dance Macabre Routine – fun and games at ISO 12800

I'm trying to get these out in pairs. There are a number left in the to-do folder to work up – then I'll review the exposures again to make sure nothing was missed. Wow, Nan is busy getting out all the Christmas stuff and I'm still working out Halloween....

Two of my Favorite Frozen Moments

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Two of my Favorite Frozen Moments

Pretty difficult to decide which one of these to use as the intro. James, below, is pretty convincing in his attempts to be administered the antidote. The dance sequence with Katie, Marion and April made me think that this would be perfect in a Withces...

Nan's Painting Record – Volume 3. How many points do I get for this?

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Nan's Painting Record – Volume 3. How many points do I get for this?

AN OTHER PEOPLES ART POSTING. At the end of 2006 I put together a book record of Nan's paintings to date – this plus the printable database I set up for her on her iPad eliminated the awful collection of prints, slides, notes, etc. that had accumulated...

A Different Take on Red Riding Hood

Thursday, November 21, 2019
A Different Take on Red Riding Hood

This posting is for Katie. I knew this would be an important shot for her, so I leaned on the shutter a little. Later I narrowed the results down to eight, getting Nan to help get it down to three. Even shot very close together, the lighting was flashing...

There's Possessed, and Then There's Possessed

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
There's Possessed, and Then There's Possessed

I noticed during rehearsals for the Halloween show that Katie seemed to want everyone to express their own kind of demons. This made it interesting to watch the characters emerge. Above, Jesse sings "I am Pure Evil" – and looks it. Below, Alex, part...

The Possessed – no, not the book by Dostoyevsky

Sunday, November 17, 2019
The Possessed – no, not the book by Dostoyevsky

The intro shot is Jesse Langley – one of the otherwise charming young ladies of Rogue Swan during her evening of being posessed. This was great Halloween entertainment. This exposure in color didn't look tempting to work up in B&W at all. But when checking...

my Wilde iPhone Window Portrait Series folio eBook album is ready

Friday, November 15, 2019
my Wilde iPhone Window Portrait Series folio eBook album is ready

- especially for anyone who was photographed getting their portrait painted between august 2018 and january 2019 -  Finally… with the new Affinity Publisher comfortably out of beta, and my approaching the finish of the Rogue Swan Halloween show mini-project,...

– so hard to choose…

Friday, November 8, 2019
 – so hard to choose…

Near the finale Jesse Hutchinson doffs his ghoulish makeup, rolls up his shirt and graces the stage with his presence, cow bell and all. Of course there's a half hearted attempt to get him off stage, including chasing him through the audience, but he...

This is Halloween

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
This is Halloween

I don't know what Katie's Red Riding Hood robe was made out of, and it just looks red in color, but it sure was a nightmare converting it to B&W when in some of the stage lighting. This image, featuring Katie, April, Marion and Jessy – has a little...

Come to me my ghoulish f(r)iend…

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Come to me my ghoulish f(r)iend…

I fully realize that this show is over (I've been reminded) and that I will need to move on as far as camera work. But this was a big job and it's not done yet, so there. Here April beckons to Scott as Marion, horns and all, plays the violin. With the...

A Couple of Halloween in Town Shots

Friday, November 1, 2019
A Couple of Halloween in Town Shots

Who'd a thunk it. Since we moved into town, maybe seven Halloweens ago, we've tried staying home on trick-or-treat night, lighting our pumpkins and porch light and waiting for the kids. None ever came. So this year we closed up and went down to the...

Being Whammied by a Delightful Pair

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Being Whammied by a Delightful Pair

Here Marion, later to grow horns and do her own whamming by biting, is given a dose of evil elixir by Jessy Gordon and Jess Langley, two femme fatales who seem to be enjoying the process a little too much. Once the whamming begins, there is a lot of...

Doing These Up as They Strike My Fancy

Monday, October 28, 2019
Doing These Up as They Strike My Fancy

Tis the season for few new opportunities with the camera, so I can continue to mine the Halloween show image from the local Opera House. The image above shows the Barbershop Quartet – at this point two of them, pretty obvious which, have been “whammied”...

Two Favorite Moments – One featured, the other fleeting…

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Two Favorite Moments – One featured, the other fleeting…

My favorite line in the show was when Mary Cate tells Lilli that Katie was torn to pieces in the crypt and Lilli answers that “We can fix that.” When asked how, she answers “I don’t know yet”. Later, we see a coffin wheeled in, two ghouls in nurses...

In the Dark Recesses – A few things you might not have noticed…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
In the Dark Recesses – A few things you might not have noticed…

Before I get into the main body of images from the Rogue Swan’s Halloween event at the Opera House (and if you didn’t attend you missed something real, and a little unreal) in brighter light and usually a heck of a lot easier to coax a B&W image from,...

The Beginning of the End – Cast and a Magic Moment

Monday, October 21, 2019
The Beginning of the End – Cast and a Magic Moment

I’m calling this post The Beginning of the End because this is where my real work begins on my Rogue Swan Halloween shoW mini-project – although I realize I’m using the word “mini” very loosely here. Above is the cast photo, at least the one I like...

Trick or Treat – Halloween Comes Early to Havre de Grace

Friday, October 18, 2019
Trick or Treat – Halloween Comes Early to Havre de Grace

Busy isn’t the word for anyone having anything to do with Rogue Swan’s Halloween show opening performance tonight. I’m running late with it, but I managed to grab the first two dress rehearsal images I liked and did my own magic on them, getting rid...

Father-Daughter Scene

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Father-Daughter Scene

I have time for but one image for today’s posting. What with preparing some framed images for the Opera House the nights of the show, getting the rehearsal images to the cast and solving some very frustrating technical difficulties in preparation for...

The Halloween Band – Rogue Swan

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The Halloween Band – Rogue Swan

OK, this do look a little spooky. The two girls on the right are ghosted up a bit with white-face, adding a eerie touch. Names, back row first: Nate, JimmyO, Jeremy, Willow, Izzy,   ,Alex, Jason and Josh. They will be playing for this weekend’s performance...

Halloween Hafla – Azyra

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Halloween Hafla – Azyra

Azyra danced in the July Melt Your Face Off Hafla so I was sure she wouldn't be able to make this one. But at the last minute she joined in – my camera was happy about that. July's images of Azyra are HERE. This was a Halloween hafla, so Azyra came...

Halloween Hafla – April Monique

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Halloween Hafla – April Monique

April is a regular at the Moonshine Haflas, so there are a number of good, even great shots of her dancing posted on previous occasions – see Blog albums. This time she danced something of a Halloween theme, with a matching masks, front and back. The...

No Short Title Can Do This Image Justice

Friday, October 11, 2019
No Short Title Can Do This Image Justice

The intro picture is probably my favorite Rogue Swan rehearsal image to date. The expressions, sans stage makeup even, are priceless. One week to go and opening night will be upon them – the intensity of rehearsal is palpable. In the second image below,...

Watching and Thinking – Katie Gordon with her eye on everything

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Watching and Thinking – Katie Gordon with her eye on everything

Almost everyone in the Rogue Swan Halloween show cast was at the last weekend's rehearsal – leaving me pretty much confined to a corner of a room that barely accomodated everything. The set-up was interesting, mics were set up facing the band – they'll...

Moonshine Hafla Halloween Edition – Amartia

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Moonshine Hafla Halloween Edition – Amartia

Saturday's Halloween Belly Dance Hafla at the Opera House was the best yet. Yes I have pictures, perhaps too many of them. I'm starting the postings with Amartia. This lady is a brainiac, belly dancer and instructor of Turkish dance at the local Community...

Everyone Make a Surprise Face – and I use a sign as a prop

Friday, October 4, 2019
Everyone Make a Surprise Face – and I use a  sign as a prop

This should be the last Rogue Swan posting from the rough rehearsal stage of the process. Today is First Friday, with the cast performing a couple of numbers from the show on Washington Street, tomorrow of course is the Halloween Moonshine Hafla with...

Makeup Session Faces – and a little band practice

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Makeup Session Faces – and a little band practice

I ventured into the very cramped space used for band practice to try and get a shot, turned around and pointed my camrea at JimmyO on the drums, eliciting the response shown – no comment needed. I managed a quick shot of the torture chamber and immediately...

Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

In the image above Katie and April are wearing wearing very appropriate shirts to rehearse in. That's Marion on the right. Nan and I ordered our own skeletal Rogue Swan shirts – waiting for them to come in. Below, Katie, projecting a scary face (sorry...

April and Marion – A shutter-hold sequence

Friday, September 27, 2019
April and Marion – A shutter-hold sequence

One of the more fascinating things about this show is going to be the stuff going on in the background while everyone is concentrating on the action center stage – the type of stuff you catch in movies the second or third time around. This is an example,...

Faces of Bre – a featured singer rehearses

Monday, September 23, 2019
Faces of Bre – a featured singer rehearses

Some people have expressive faces. And if that same person can sing, and Bre really can, it can make for some interesting shots. I fired away at her at the last rehearsal – really looking forward to this in the show.
This time with Rogue Swan's...

Mya and April, Featured Dancers – and I have some fun with a shot

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Mya and April, Featured Dancers – and I have some fun with a shot

A recent Rogue Swan rehearsal was concentrated on Mya and April, featured dancers, working on their routine. What with the coffee-shop background, stacked chairs, etc. it could be pretty tricky. The shot above is by far my favorite of Mya, caught mid-spin....

Honestly, it was NOT the Coffee and Hanging our Ezra Berger Painting – a Tale

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Honestly, it was NOT the Coffee and Hanging our Ezra Berger Painting – a Tale

Rogue Swan rehearses for their upcoming Halloween show at the Opera House after hours at Concord Point Coffee in town. Out of context, without costumes – I couldn't resist making a connection to too much coffee.
Rehearsals are hitting one after...

I Take it That's NOT Love Potion Number 9

Sunday, September 15, 2019
I Take it That's NOT Love Potion Number 9

Both images today feature L.H James – obviously enjoying his gruesome role in Rogue Swan's upcoming Halloween show/musical at the Opera House. At this point in rehearsals they're working sans props, costumes and stage lighting. So I thought I'd add...

Playing Chess in Front of Concord Point Coffee on First Friday – HCC Fighting Owls Mascot – Not Just a Pretty Face

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Playing Chess in Front of Concord Point Coffee on First Friday – HCC Fighting Owls Mascot – Not Just a Pretty Face

Granted, we've had a bit of bad luck with First Fridays this season – hey, it's the weather. This one was no exception, although there were a couple of fun bands, along with the always good food. We tried the hamburger "sliders" from the not quite ready...

Introducing More Halloween Cast Members – Mya, Jesse, Mary Kate, Lilli

Friday, September 6, 2019
Introducing More Halloween Cast Members – Mya, Jesse, Mary Kate, Lilli

It's still early in the rehearsal cycle – a good opportunity to introduce cast members as they are called in. A couple of names missing this time around – Tara, for one, is in New York and will be missed. But there are new faces. Above, the newest and...

The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – A pre-Halloween look at some of the cast… Katie, April, Marion, Bre and Jason

Monday, September 2, 2019
The Strange Case of Rogue Swan – A pre-Halloween look at some of the cast… Katie, April, Marion, Bre and Jason

Once again I'm shooting some of the rehearsals for Rogue Swan's upcoming show – this time two Halloween themed performances in October. I'm sending the color exposures on to Lilli, so some of them will probably appear on Facebook from that end. Me,...

Other People's Art and Ezra Berger Painting #2

Friday, August 30, 2019
Other People's Art and Ezra Berger Painting #2

I use my Other People's Art section for postings about art we add to our collection. Occasionally we've managed to acquire a considerably older piece by a local artist – anywhere from mining it in a yard sale (man, that can feel good) to finding it...

Finale of Finales

Monday, August 26, 2019
Finale of Finales

I saved four finale images to use to finish off – at long last – the Rogue Swan Vaudeville series. The image above is unique in that I did two quick exposures, left and right stage, and then found a convenient place near the center to crop them both,...

A Half Dozen More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

Friday, August 23, 2019
A Half Dozen More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

This bit finally brings me close to the end of B&Ws from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville show in May. Only thing left to do is post four full-stage skit finale images – which I'll probably have to hold back for a couple of postings. I'm anxious to get out again...

Oh Heck Yeah – More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Oh Heck Yeah – More from Rogue Swan Vaudeville

This is what happens when, instead of shooting an event, one covers rehearsals, the dress rehearsal and then two performances. The first way, as fast as things are happening, and with any degree of unfamiliarity with what is coming, I'm lucky to come...

Yay, We Purchase a Painting – an Other People's Art posting

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Yay, We Purchase a Painting – an Other People's Art posting

First, a confession: we almost didn't attend Ezra Berger's opening reception at the Artists Emporium Friday evening. It had been a long day and we were thinking that we could simply go see the show over the weekend. But since we were still dressed,...

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

Sunday, August 11, 2019
Faces & Moments – and a link to Rogue Swan's upcoming show

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

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

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
July Moonshine Hafla 2 – Regina Snow and Lorelei

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

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
Blue Angel and Major Men

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
Two Great Duos: Tara and Jesse / Tara and Bre

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
Playing Catch-up on Rogue Swan Vaudeville Images

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
Papa's Got a Brand New (used) Lens

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

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
Getting into the Groove – First Friday in July

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
Surprising Blog STATS – and B&W Fireworks?

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...

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