Houston has been more than welcoming

  For years, if anyone asked my opinions on Texas, I'd roll my eyes and say "Don't even get me started." But that has changed after coming to Houston these past couple of months. Now, If I had to sum it up in one word it would be.. "diversity". 

  I've had the pleasure of shooting two shows here so far and the bands, the venues, the show goers, all from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different ages, every race imaginable are all part of what makes it all unique. 

  So despite dealing with a ton of people who have no reason to be behind the wheel of a car, the music scene in Houston makes it all worth while. 

  Looking forward to shooting more shows and learning more about the history of Houston, from those who live here and are a part of it.

 

~Cheers Houston!

 

W.V.

Finding old photos

Came across some old RAW files of a show I shot back in 2013 of Kitty in a Casket at the LVCS. I brought them over into lightroom and edited a few. Super stoked on this show, and some of the shots are way radder than i remember them!!! 

 

See the full gallery at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/126114178@N07/albums/72157681173833195

 

Been a busy couple of weeks

From shooting the Reverend Horton Heat, I had a family photo shoot, newborn shoot, and another live music show to shoot. Time for some RNR, then off to Boulder, Colorado for some live art and music!

 

Check out the bands at:

Eloisa Rain Bustos- https://soundcloud.com/mahomiebustos

Wait and Shackle- https://soundcloud.com/waitandshackle

Wheelchair Getaway Drivers- https://www.facebook.com/wheelchairgetawaydrivers/

 

and see the full gallery at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126114178@N07/albums/72157680952749676

The Reverend Horton Heat with Jello Biafra

This was the second show of the weekend. The Reverend Horton heat with special guest appearance by the Legendary Jello Biafra! (Dead Kennedys). Captured this performance at The Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado.

Great time, the bands were amazing, and the staff at Larimer Lounge were very welcoming. I hope I get the chance to shoot there again soon!

 

Here are some samples of this show:

Well it's been an interesting week...

 I've been the busiest I think I've ever been. (Which is a great thing!). Went on a couple photo excursions with my family to Colorado, and then shot two shows this weekend, followed by newborn photos on Sunday afternoon.

 

  The first was a local show at a record store in Cheyenne, Wyoming called Ernie November. So much fun, and the photos turned out great. 

The bands were PlagueHammer from Cheyenne, Wyoming and a touring band from Kentucky called Barren. Here's a couple shots from that show.

 

 

Where has all the art gone?

Photography, for ages, has been an art form in and of its self. From composition, to proper exposure, etc. It seems now, more than ever, that it [photography] is evolving. Perhaps in a good way, perhaps for the bad. It seems everyone with a smart phone is now a "photographer" and yes, I know 'one who shoots a photo is technically a photographer'. But you go through instagram and see all these overly processed photos, photos that have undergone drastic alterations, with apps and filters over filters, etc. And as it seems, this is the "go to" style for many companies looking for "stylish" ad photos.

I guess in a sense, this makes it easy for the companies to find IG'ers that "create" the kind of photos they are looking for, kick them a couple bucks, or maybe even just the opportunity to create an ad for a company is enough for them, since they would probably get more followers and "likes".

But is this still "photography"? Is it still "art"? Yes, art is "subjective". Not all art is for everyone. But if all you're doing is snapping a pic, layering it with filters, and add appropriate hashtags, is it still art?

If you look at most of these photos with the mindset of an "old school" photo mentality, the photos are so "wrong" that they would have been thrown in the trash in the days of film. The exposures are through the roof, out of focus, and lets not talk about color correction.

Another problem with this is the fact that now you have millions of IG "photographers" out there potentially taking work from hard working photographers. Photographers that work hard, put in the time it takes to create a great image, and know the rules of photography. Photographers that work as photographers for a living, and don't live in a world full of "likes" and "followers".

Now I know I'm not 100% honest with my photos, as I use Adobe Lightroom to "Process" my images. Key word here is "process". In the day's of film, you didn't just shoot a photo and be done with it. You had to properly develop the film, then go into a dark room, for hours at a time, and properly create an image from the tiny little 35mm negative. Using LR is much like the latter. I take an image I shot in RAW format and then adjust it as needed. And YES LR does have filters and presets that are included, but aside from converting to black and white, I never use them. I use LR to bring out highlights or shadows that I could see with my eye but maybe the camera didn't pick up. Adjust the color to make it look more natural, not blown out as many filters do.

But I guess it all comes down to person style, what YOU like, not what I like. How can "art" be judged if its subjective? In a world of participation ribbons, I guess we all win, right?

New year, New President

Well it's official...We have a new President. What's going to happen during these next four years? Only time will tell.

 

On a more positive note, We have been out shooting, despite the cold and ramping fears of the new CEO of America. And Uncle Sam was nice enough to refund us some money so we can get new gear to help take even better photos of you! What's on your refund wish list?

How about spring time family photos? We are offering a super great deal, just tell us you saw our blog and get 20% off prints! Shoot now, beat the groundhog, and have your prints in time for march...or the march on Washington..whichever happens first! 

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