Atop the Lighthouse

I’ve been in Pensacola for 2.5 years and have driven past the Lighthouse on base just about every day on my way to work.  Last week was the first time I’ve actually climbed the 177 stairs to the top to do … Continue reading

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Grant + Erica | Doctor’s Lake Wedding

I have been blessed to be a part of 2 major life events for my friend and colleague, Erica.  Erica and Grant are both in the Navy, and she is a fellow optometrist.  I trained her while she was stationed … Continue reading

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, and Famous Last Words at Vinyl Music Hall

A couple Wednesdays ago, I head out to Vinyl Music Hall to see Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.  I had first heard their hit “Face Down” when I was stationed in Okinawa and really was into that whole album.  Even though more pop-punk/emo, they still maintained an intense sound with great guitar work.  The vocals were just catchy and the album “Don’t You Fake It” became my “sing along” album.  Unfortunately, their next album was not my cup of tea and I moved on until recently where they have reconnected with their roots and original sound.

RJA was co-headlining with Hawthorne Heights, who I was never in to, but they are a pretty big act, so I felt like I should at least check them out live and get them on camera as well.  The show started at 7pm and had 5 bands on the bill so I assumed Hawthorne would go on around 8:30/9:00 and RJA at 9:30/10:00.  When I showed up at 8:30, I was told the second band was just finished up and RJA wasn’t going on until 11:30!!!  I texted my wife to tell her that I would be home late and she texted back “Enjoy!  You might find a new favorite band!”  Boy was she right…

Enter Famous Last Words…  I had NEVER heard of them.  I didn’t know what to expect so I was standing in the back not really expecting much honestly with the ambient opening music came on (synthesizers and such).  Literally, the first notes hit and I was intrigued, then vocals came in… Their frontman showed off a clean high falsetto followed buy some incredible growls and screams… wow.  I was up front by mid set.  So I bought their recent album “Council of the Dead” which is a concept album telling a story of 7 souls who have passed and it’s been on repeat for 2 weeks in my car…  Incredible.

Hawthorne Heights had a great set and the place was rockin.’  Again, more emo for my liking, but they definitely have a great stage presence.  And their guitar player was fun to watch.

Red Jumpsuit delivered and although they had cancelled a few shows recently for the singer being sick, his vocals were incredible.  Just as good as on their records.  They basically played until his voice gave out and most of the songs were from my favorite album.  The duet with his girlfriend on “Your Guardian Angel” was very well done and of course they closed with “Face Down.”

This was an awesome show.  The only problem I had was with the lighting.  Other than FLW, the other bands were poorly lit and I was at 6400 ISO the whole night.  Luckily the X100S sees in the dark basically and had minimal problems in post.  Hope you enjoy a few shots from the night!  All shots processed with #VSCOFilm.

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RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-1 RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-2

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RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-21

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Your Guardian Angel"

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Your Guardian Angel”

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Your Guardian Angel”

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Face Down"

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

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Blood Moon over the Palms

On Wednesday night, I realized there was going to be a lunar eclipse and “blood moon” but didn’t have plans of actually going out and shooting it.  After a few tweets from my buddies Zack Frailey and fellow “optographer” Scott Ackerman recommending I go out and at least experience the phenomenon, I decided to pack my gear to grab some shots.  I ended up waking up my son a little before 5am and headed to the beach on Perdido Key.  I was a little off on my azimuth for the moon setting, and placed it right behind the Palms Luxury Condominium complex.  The eclipse was already at 50% or more, and we had already unpacked all our stuff, so I decided to make the scene work for me.

Since the moon was a lot less intense in the eclipse I was able to expose for the moon and still have a decent exposure in the foreground.  The first shot is a single exposure, shot at 200mm and the second is also 200mm, but with a decent crop in post…

We both had a fun bonding experience watching the skies and I’m glad that I made it out!

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Blood Moon-2 Blood Moon
 

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Docked at Sunset

Another shot from my time in Lejeune.  I had driven over the Swansboro Bridge on my way to shoot the Emerald Isle pier and decided to head back to shoot the next night.  There are a few docks and fishing boats that are docked there, as well as a couple real fun dive bars!  This little boat came in and docked as I was shooting selfies at sunset and I liked how it looked against the pier and sky – the reflection wasn’t half bad against the still water either!

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Docked at Sunset

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