SXSW Portrait Session w/Doa

Per my previous post…I thought about it after a few comments and decided to keep Places 2 Explore as is!  I have now started the Talke Photography Blog. Here you will find posts on Portraits – Events – Sports.  These type of photos will be found there!  Bookmark it now!  I still have to update the look and feel on the new blog.   Places 2 Explore will now be for landscape shots and professional sporting events after today!   Enjoy!!

Recently during SXSW I met up with my good friends Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez for a mini photowalk model shoot with the amazing Doa!  Doa was awesome!!!  We had a great time at lunch this day and walked around to various locations and grabbed many shots while fighting the crowds.  I was shooting standard pics and also some in Infrared.  I’ll post those IR portraits one day soon….very cool!!

In my desire to become a portrait photographer…shoots like this are such a great experience.  I just need more experience working with the subjects.   That will come in time.  So I think about my future plans and over the last few years I have added a few shooting styles to my abilities..HDR, IR, Texturing, etc…   To really excel in portraiture you need to stand out.  Most everyone can take a portrait shot that is decent.  But you need that extra kick to have people want you to photograph them.  So I am working on incorporating all my past skills into such pics.

The above shot is just basic Photoshop and layers.  Took about 10 minutes!  A cool and different look!   To use the old saying  …why be ordinary? …be extraordinary!!   Have fun!  The original shot is below…

Austin, Texas – SXSW – Juke Kartel

On Saturday afternoon, we took a drive downtown to attend SXSW.  That stands for South By Southwest.  An Annual Music, Film and interactive conference held in Austin, Texas. This year it was held March 11-20th.  It just ended yesterday.  If you are a fan of live music…you can head downtown and see many bands.  From possible big names to unsigned bands…and all in between!  I always keep my ear open for any of my favorite bands coming to town.  This past Friday and Saturday…one of my favs is a band called Juke Kartel.  They were playing at BD Riley’s Pub on 6th street.  My wife and I decided to head down and see them play!

They were doing an acoustic set and only 3 of the 5 members made the trip.  Toby Rand – lead singer / Dale Winters – Guitarist / Tommy Kende – Bassist came to play a 30-45 minute set.  For those that may not know JK…I’d consider them a rock band.  Comparisons are always tough to make…so you just have to listen and make your own opinion.  They have some excellent tunes…   Some of my top choices…

1. Save Me   2. Throw It Away   3. If Only   4. My Baby   5.  Firesign     Levolution is their most recent album…you can find it on ITunes.  They also have 2 videos available on ITunes…If Only & Brightest Star

We hit it early and Toby, Dale and Tommy were just hanging out at the bar.  It was wonderful to chat with them all…they were so nice to us and I think they will go far in this business.  They are focused on making it big and work hard at reaching their goals.  The key to success!!  I asked Toby if it was ok for me to grab some pics.  He said no problem.  Armed with my 50mm f/1.4 and and mounted SB-600 with a Flash Bounce Diffuser….I took a bunch of shots and tried not to get in anyones way!

JK put on a great show and was gracious to all that attended.  They even mixed in a Doors tune with their hit “Throw It Away”…a highlight for me.  The pub was packed and lots were listening outside on 6th street.  Hope they make it back next year!  Kudos JK!!  Hope to come see you guys at a show in LA one time (this is where they are currently residing) and often play at the Whiskey.   If only we live for the moment!

You can check out some extra pics on my Facebook site….Talke Photography In the meantime…here is one more shot…I gave it that “Rock Album” look: