2011: My Year in Concert Photos

Steve Kimock & Friends @ Sullivan Hall, NYC, 3.30.11

I was lucky to see a lot of great live shows this year, and even luckier to be able to shoot most of them with my Nikon D5000. Although I am decidedly an amateur, I think I ended up with some pretty decent shots, so I decided to create a “best of” style compilation to wrap up a great 2011. Continue Reading…

Recent Live Music Coverage: Pitchfork Music Festival, White Denim, Phish, the New Deal, American Babies

Fleet Foxes @ Pitchfork Music Festival, 7.16.11

I’ve been seeing a ton of music this spring and summer and making great use of my two new camera lenses, so I decided to put together a round-up of my favorite shows and Live Music Blog posts. Check it out… Continue Reading…

Fun with GIMP: Concert Photo Collage

I’ve been toying around with a few image-editing programs. I just downloaded/installed GIMP (aka GNU Image Manipulation Program), which seems to be the closest open-source program you can get to Photoshop. It’s very cool and quite robust. I’m a total novice with this stuff, but I think I managed to put together a decent photo collage of some favorite (mainly) concert photos:

Photo Collage for Twitter

It’s just a draft so it’s a bit rough around the edges. But I think I kinda like it that way. In fact, I decided that this should be my new twitter background.

Food Fun: Mas Salsa Por Favor

I couldn’t get enough of the fresh salsa we made a few weeks back, so I went for round two. It’s such a simple recipe, but is worlds beyond anything you can buy in a store:

mas salsa por favor

Ingredients:
Ripe tomatoes (I like plum tomatoes the best; they’re usually pretty cheap and don’t have tons of seeds/pulp)
Onion (I prefer vidalia; sweet and not too over-powering)
Fresh Cilantro (absolutely key; dried doesn’t even come close)
Jalanpeños (2 or 3 sliced/diced/de-seeded)
Fresh Lime juice (limes are cheap and c’mon, it’s not that hard to squeeze your own)
Salt to taste
Optional ingredients: fresh ground black pepper, cumin, and granulated garlic
(I like to add a few pinches of each of these)

I don’t think I’ve ever measured out anything for this recipe. I’d say you want about 2-1 ratio of tomatoes to onions. The cilantro and other ingredients really depend on your tastes. Do you want it hotter? Add more Jalanpeños or kick it up a notch with habañeros instead (you can also use cayenne pepper if you don’t have fresh peppers). Add salt and lime to taste, but keep in mind that it needs to sit a nice 15-20 minutes to let the flavors combine. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

This is great for Spring/Summer pot luck parties, and it goes perfectly with a light beer w/ a lime wedge. The time this takes to make is far outweighed by the impression it can make on your friends. Enjoy.

Photo Fun: Food Photo Porn

I am a bit of a foodie, so it’s natural that I’ve recently started taking a lot more photos of good grub. After uploading a few recent food photos from my digital camera, I realized I had a pretty decent archive of food pics already up on my flickr page. So, I compiled all my food photos into one flickr set and grabbed a few samples to post here. It feels a tad odd, as it’s kind of a way of fetishizing what one eats, but it’s also just kinda fun to capture good grub on camera. Check it out:

Buffalo Burger #1 banana pancakesgrilled salmonMmmmmmm.IMG_0738IMG_0688IMG_0798Picture 018

Okay, now I am officially hungry!

Photo Fun: Remembering My Alaskan Sea Kayaking Trek

An old friend recently posted some photos on Facebook from our Camp Echo days that reminded me of all the photos I had but never took the time to scan in as digital prints. Although I “wasted” away a solid Saturday afternoon with the scanner and my flickr page, it was really fun to re-live some of those great summer moments. I especially liked digging back through the photos from my Sea Kayaking Trip in Alaska. It may not have cost as much as a KNOLs or Outward Bound trip, but it sure was just as a amazing.

Here are a few of my favs:
Morning on the Prince William SoundSunset on the Prince William Soundkayaking whitpersonFull Group Pose

At one campsite, we found this enormous rock jutting out of the ground. My friend Andy and I took turns just settin’ on this thing and embracing the Alaskan summer. I think I may have even tried to write an essay about being on that rock because it was such a powerful natural setting…

therock

Here’s the entire photo set.