5.26.2019 Street Portraits

On May 26th I had another opportunity to shoot some more street portraits. These were shot at the same location (Blip Roasters - West Bottoms KCMO), and with the same setup as last time. Just like last time, the focus was on both bikers, and their bikes (With a nice young family from NW Arkansas mixed in for good measure). I hope to step out in new directions with this setup in the near future (If you would like one of your own, please feel free to hit me up!). I am truly appreciative to (and humbled by) all the people who went out of their way to let me snap a portrait of them. Without all of these good people humoring me, this doesn’t happen

Here is the setup, pretty simple, just a piece of white formica, a light stand, some clamps and gaffers tape, and sand bags to hold it all down

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Now, onto the Portraits….

24 at 5280 - A test of Endurance - AKA It might get weird

It was somewhere west of the Colorado border. I remember it well. We had been driving all day after loading all of our gear into Todd’s E46 wagon and stashing my shitbox in his garage for safe keeping, storms had been called for after all. The restaurant had a buy one get one drink special. I do have a fondness for IPA’s, and being a cheap ass. I had drank my third beer, and was asked if I was ready for my fourth. I hesitated. The waitress sensed my weakness and pounced upon me. Started calling me a little girl, Todd and Dave chimed in in chorus with her. I try not to make it a habit of conforming to social norm’s or peer pressure, but I wasn’t driving, and she was right, it was more or less a free beer, and I may or may not, in fact, be... a little girl. So I drank it. Well most of if it anyways. more or less in a few gulps. We paid the toll, and proceeded upon our way. Before we left, thinking wise of it, I relieved some pressure that had formed in my bladder. Now you have to keep in mind, we are in the middle of nowhere eastern Colorado. Sitting in the back seat of the wagon it soon dawned on me, that I had not in fact relived a sufficient amount of pressure from my lower abdomen. Being where we were, rest stops, and more importantly bathrooms were not so easy to come by. It was a miracle we made it to a gas station without me leaking converted beer all over the back seat of the wagon. A dubious thought, no doubt. After returning to a chorus of laughter, we continued on our journey to the High Plains Raceway, where, in a few days a feat of automotive and physical endurance would commence.  1 car, 6 men, and 24Hrs of automotive racing. I was merely a tag along. “Crew” as some call. Mostly a shiftless layabout with a camera and a strong penchant for using it without regard. I made it until dawn before I rested on race day. I managed, with the help of friends, to wake before the finale. The drivers, they had a longer, harder slog then I. Rain, lightning, red flag stoppages, darkness, parts failures, blinding sun, blinding lights from other cars, fatigue, the unrelenting pressure of competition. There was much brought to bare, but in the end, they finished. which, if you have ever competed in any kind of endurance exercise, is in, and of itself, a significant accomplishment. 

Faces of Distinguished Gentleman - 2018 Ride

For some time, I have had this idea of doing a portrait series of owners with their motorcycles. Mostly as a spin off of my “faces of Blip” Concept. Which in and of itself, is a starting point, for a larger concept that is still gestating. I have struggled with exactly how I wanted it to look, and the best way to execute on the concept. Friends have provided valuable feedback on options, and ideas. This last sunday it all sort of clicked together serendipitously. I am not sure if this is the end of it, or just the beginning, but I am at least satisfied with the execution. . . this time. But like my other projects, I think this one is still a work in progress. I have some other images, of people on foot, or riding by passing in front of the white board, that has been the connecting component through all of these images. I will post those at another time. These shots, I want to stand alone for consideration as a single piece of work.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is charity event to support mens mental health and prostate cancer awareness - in support of The Movember Foundation

More information can be found here.

https://www.gentlemansride.com/

https://us.movember.com/

76' 2002

A couple weeks back I went and spent a few sweat drenched hours documenting my friend Doug work on his 1976 BMW 2002 in the mothballed GM Leeds assembly plant. The old GM plant leases out space for storage and what not, it is not big on air conditioning though.  

The car was more or less a basket case in the most literal sense of the phrase when he picked it. Here is a brief write up from Doug on the history of the car.

"We bought our 1976 BMW 2002 in July 2017 as a rolling chassis with carton upon carton of parts. It took three trips to Tulsa to get everything home to Kansas City. Now, a year later, the car is nearly complete, awaiting the final touches to the interior and final stage of conversion to electronic fuel injection.

The suspension has been upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Ireland Engineering springs, along with IE adjustable swaybars. Stopping power comes from ventilated front discs and four-piston calipers, complemented by oversized rear drums.

Prior to our purchase, the car had been sent to body work. All rust was cut out of the chassis and replaced, and it was repainted its original “Malaga” color. The engine was rebuilt to high-compression specs, as well as being desmogged. Some exterior trim has been shaved, and the U.S.-spec “diving board” bumpers have been replaced with smaller, lighter “euro” chrome bumpers."

I love these old square body cars, I can't wait to see this one out on the road.

And a big thanks to Doug for letting me come out and snap a few pics of him doing his thing. 

Rex Hobart and the Honkey Tonk Standards at the Ship

a fellow photographer and friend of mine also moon lights as a drummer with Rex Hobart. I believe he may be a Stanard Honky Tonk. They play at a bar where the entrance is in an alley. There is an interesting back story to this particular joint, but that is for another time.  Either way, I stopped by and checked out a set and snapped a few pics while I was there. If you enjoy either kind of music (that’s country or western for the ill informed) then you should definitely check them out. Normally you can find them Playing on the first Tuesday of the month, but not always. 

Anyways. Onto the photos.  

 

 

Smoke On The Prairie

Some years ago, I remember driving back from Wichita to Kansas City through the Flint Hills north of Wichita just as the sun slipped quietly below the horizon. They were burning the prairie, and for as far as you could see there was a thin ribbon of fire scorching the earth. Golden yellow grass laid in front, burnt black fields were left behind. This burning helps control invasive species plants, and helps native grass grow back stronger. Ever since I witnessed the beauty of this, I have wanted to capture this for myself.  A few weeks back I was able to to join a burn of some pasture land, near where I witnessed that iconic scene that was seared into my mind so many years ago. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did getting to follow along and document the day. I can still smell the smoke in my nose. 

A huge thank you to Carey Andy Scott for making this possible. 

Street Portraits After Dark

A little ambiant, a little flash, a lot of differences. More street portraits. 

I know there is a lot of incongruities between these shots, but I think that is what I like about them. I try to keep everyone inside the white, but sometimes they bust out. When asking strangers to stand in front of a white board so you can take their portrait, you don't have a lot time to make everything perfect.  With that all said, I think they work, but I'm probably biased. If you would like your own street portrait, hit me up!

And I can't say thank you enough for the people; some I know, some that are random strangers, who are willing to let me take their portrait. Without them, this doesn't happen.

10.1.17 Faces II

Round II of my new Faces Series. These were also shot down at Blip Roasters this last Sunday Morning.  I plan on moving this around some, so keep  look out for me and my whteboard.

I hope you enjoy viewing them, as much as I did shooting them! And if you find yourself at Blip one Sunday morning, or where ever I have my setup, feel free to jump in front of the whiteboard, and add yourself to the collection. 

Cheers!

Don

9.24.17 Faces Of Blip

As Monty Python Flying Circus once said. . . "And now, time for something completely different". This weeks installment I'm tentatively calling "Faces of Blip". Thanks to the encouragement of a few people (Thank you Ian and Travis), I took a step forward and out of my comfort zone, and started taking street portraits today. (Don't worry, I have some bike pics coming soon too).  I am not sure if I will keep the raw edges or not, this is something new I am exploring, and I hope you enjoy it. Hopefully there will be more of these to come.  

9_10_17 Blip Sunday Meet Up

Its been a few weeks since I have had a chance to make it down to Blip Roasters in the West Bottoms to shoot all the cool bikes & people. This morning, I had a chance to fix that. 

I hope you enjoy the images from today.

 

Cody Canada & the Departed at Knuckleheads Saloon

A few nights ago I was lucky enough to get all access to the Cody Canada & the Departed at Knuckleheads Saloon. Anyone who has ever been to a show at Knuckleheads knows what a truly one of a kind and great place to see live music. If you haven't seen a show at Knuckleheads, what are you waiting for? If you are a fan of Red Dirt Rock, then you are probably already familiar with Cody Canada & the Departed, but if you're not, you should check them out http://www.thedepartedmusic.com/#home

Anyways, here are a few shots from the night, hope you enjoy!

 

Sleek Lens

A few weeks ago I received an email from SleekLens.com to do a review of some of their lightroom presets, in exchange for the presets for free. So being a bit of a tart for free things I agreed. I was sent the "Through the Woods" (https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/) preset pack containing 50 presets and 30 brushes. I haven't had a chance to play with the brushes a lot yet, but they apply different effects using the brush tool in  light room similar to the teeth whiting and iris enhancing brushes.

Since they sent me a landscape focused pack I decided to go with a recent image that was a commissioned project for a client of mine. It is a shot of Downtown Kansas City looking south from the Charles B Wheeler Downtown Airport just a bit after sunrise one chilly morning this past winter. The starting image is actually my final image I had printed for my customer. So my basic edits and some minor photoshop work had already been applied to the image.

 

The Following link you take you to their free starter package
https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/

The Sleek Lens blog:
 https://sleeklens.com/photography-blog/ 

SleekLens Lightroom Presets
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Tutorials
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The Old Crows

I stopped by last night and visited with an old friend, and snapped a few photos of his band. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/216104985251246/

Enjoy!

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Dinner and a Camera

One of the risks you run when having dinner with someone who has a penchant for photography is you never know when they will take your picture. Mix in cute kids, and its almost a sure thing the camera comes out. I appreciate the fact my friends put up with my chinangines. If you're interested in having a day in the life of your family captured, please feel free to reach out to me. 

A new direction

I've been wanting to move to a new direction in my portraiture work. More of a lifestyle / documentary style. I believe capturing people in real moments has a stronger and longer lasting impact then staging people in front of a camera and pressing the shutter. Luckily a few friends recently had the same idea and allowed me to capture their family over the course of a few hours one cold winter afternoon.  I'm really pleased with what we were able to capture and hope these images bring them joy for years to come. 

Gotta feed the fur baby's before we get started.  

Gotta feed the fur baby's before we get started.  

Whether it's a human baby, or a fur baby, a mothers work is never done.  

Whether it's a human baby, or a fur baby, a mothers work is never done.  

Getting ready.  

Getting ready.  

Hey Dad, can you help me out here? 

Hey Dad, can you help me out here? 

Thanks Dad.  

Thanks Dad.  

Hey buddy, what's that Thing your looking at me through? 

Hey buddy, what's that Thing your looking at me through? 

OMG!!!!!! I'm so HANGRY!!!!!!!!  

OMG!!!!!! I'm so HANGRY!!!!!!!!  

Break time.  

Break time.  

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Can't forget Eddy.  

Can't forget Eddy.  

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Kisses and snuggles until next time! 

Kisses and snuggles until next time!