Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Music

I couldn’t resist Cee’s challenge this week. I have been involved in music longer than anything outside of my family.

From a recital at my sister’s house. The performer is Larry Green, a professor of music at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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Next, a black and white version of my piano student at her high school concerto night.

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This one is of a very good friend, Kelly DeHaan, who is the resident music director for Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, Utah. He was conducting a master class about picking the right audition song. In this picture, he is accompanying one of the singers he invited to perform for the class.

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And finally, my nephew and his new wife (now my niece!) dancing the Macarena at their wedding reception with many of their family and friends joining in.

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For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Music.

Selected as a Featured Post on Cee’s next challenge, Bathrooms and Outhouses. Thanks, Cee!

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After Before Week 40 Challenge

This week is a standard After Before photo challenge from Stacy at Visual Venturing. I reached back into my bag of old photos to find one that I really wanted to do some crazy fun things to this week. Here’s the final result:

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So, are you wondering what the original looked like? Here it is:

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I love this image, and I’ve posted a black and white version of it here. When I opened the image in PhotoShop, I used these settings on the RAW converter:

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These resulted in an image with heightened sharpness, colors, and contrast.

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Next, I created a duplicate layer and selected the Polar Coordinates filter at 100%.

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I love how the Steinway & Sons wrapped. Finally, I added a softening gradient fill layer using using the following settings:

  • Gradient: transparent to white
  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: 170.54
  • Scale: 100%
  • Reverse and Align with layer selected

And voila!

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To see more examples from this challenge, visit After Before Week 40 Challenge.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Live Performance

K Harmer playing Grieg

In mid February, one of my piano students had the opportunity to play the Grieg Piano Concert in A minor with her high school orchestra on Concerto Night. She played beautifully. After nine months of hard work and dedication, she saved her best for the night of the performance. Photographing a live performance can present some tricky issues to deal with: lighting, angle, lighting, knowing which moment to capture, lighting. But it can also be a lot of fun. I’ve participated in many community theater productions, and I enjoy the pictures people sneak during an actual performance more than the staged production stills, there is so much more energy.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Music

Jed Moss playing the piano

In most countries, culture is infused with music. It is part of history as well as current events. Like other art forms, music not only tells the story of an era, but also helps to shape it. During times of war and conflict, popular music becomes more nationalistic and patriotic. During the Great Depression, popular music not only lifted people up, but also spoke of the struggles of many. When a place is experiencing peace and prosperity, popular music is usually more bubbly and lively. One thing that popular music has always done is shock the older generations. My parents didn’t like our music. Their parents didn’t like their music. And on back throughout the centuries. Johann Sebastian Bach (ah, Bach) was an underpaid, little-recognized chapel meister in Lipzig, Germany for the majority of his professional career. His music wasn’t “discovered” until Felix Mendelssohn conducted a performance of it in 1829 (it was the first performance since Bach’s death in 1750).

I was raised on classical, jazz, and big band, though we all loved the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel (much to the dismay of my parents).  This picture is of local musician Jed Moss, who is an amazing pianist, all-around artist, and just the nicest guy you could possibly hope to meet. I took this picture of a performance he gave of an incredibly difficult piece (look at all of those notes on that music — shesh!) at my nephew’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

So what’s your favorite music?

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT INCLUDES MUSIC IN SOME FORM OR OTHER.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Sunday Stills: Lookin’ Through Windows

Temple Square through the windows of Abravenel HallThis amazing view of Temple Square is from the second level balcony inside Abravanel Hall (aka Symphony Hall) in Salt Lake City. The Dale Chihuly orange glass sculpture was commissioned for 2002 Winter Olympic.

This great challenge is brought to us by Sunday Still Adventures.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Motion

MotionMotion can be tricky to capture. If your shutter is set too high, the image looks stopped. If the shutter is too low, too much can be blurred. I was lucky enough to grab this shot at a high school production of A Christmas Carol. With no flash allowed, the action blurred beautifully with my 50mm lens and an F-stop of f/1.8.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SHOWS WHAT WINTER IS FOR YOU.

Experiment with motion in your photos and see what works best for what you want to capture. Then post it to your blog and share the link here. If you have pointers and suggestions for other photographers, please share them as well.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Photo bomb

I took my new camera to the piano recital last week so I could play around with it a bit and hopefully get some fun and great pictures. This is one of my favorites. The cutie in the back (and in focus) is the owner of the hands in my Steinway post. Just as I snapped this picture, her younger sister (also one of my students) decided she wanted in on the action. It’s one of the best photo bombs I’ve had the privilege to take.

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