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The photo that required 7 months and the breaking of a 40-year-old mindset to take



In the "olden days" of film-based rock photography, I generated enough experience and skill to fill a shoebox with photos. I thought that transitioning to digital rock photography would simply be a matter of finding a camera in my price range -- but it's been more like being a piano player who's been handed a synthesizer. Suddenly, I was a clueless amateur again, which I resented. Fortunately, I faced the fact that I was NOT going to be able figure it all out within a few days, weeks, or even months.

For instance, it turned out that I'd bought the wrong kind of camera for digital rock photography. Just as "serious" rock guitarists are supposed to restrict themselves to playing only Gibsons and Fenders, pro photography employs a similar "brand snobbery" about Nikons and Canons. I've used Canons exclusively, but I had to face another fact: the Canons and Nikons that I could afford just didn't supply enough of the features needed for rock photography.

It looked like I was sunk, and I nearly took my Canon to a pawn shop to invest the proceeds in a self-pitying boozefest honoring my latest failure. But I just couldn't believe that the camera I needed at the price I needed didn't exist: instead, I did some additional homework outside of the Nikon/Canon "aristocracy," took the camera to a pro shop, asked the right questions, and worked a trade-in deal for a Panasonic. From there, it was simply a matter of investing in the "Five P's" -- preparation, patience, and what the bands I photograph are expected to do: practice practice practice.

Which brings us to the sixth P: the payoff. After seven months, I think I've reached the tipping point where I'm less occupied with the mechanical aspects of the camera and getting back into the business of "capturing moments." Pics of the bands I've photographed are starting to turn up on their Web pages, and most recently in a local band Facebook "10-photo artist challenge." And just in time for the holidays, LOL!




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You were absolutely right to conclude that your band had mortgaged its potential

If I had been you, I would have quit, too. But if I had been the bassist, you wouldn't have had to.

I would have considered the non-musical nature of the "new" comments to be a serious problem -- and I would have tried to solve it by turning down the dial on my "stage presence" AND turning up the dial on my musical skills.

As talented as she may have been, she clearly wasn't talented enough to either offset her looks OR help contribute to the continuation of compliments on how good the entire band was -- which your other bandmates should have noticed.


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Mystery Solved: Smollett is NOT a first offender

ThisIsInsider.com: A...2007...California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his...brother...Jake Smollett...when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. (Jussie) also signed (Jake's) name on the promise to appear in court...

Court records show (that) he pleaded no contest...to driving under the influence...driving without a valid license...(and) the reduced charge of giving false information...The records show he later completed an alcohol education and treatment program and completed the terms of his sentence in May 2008.

So he isn't a stranger to being arrested, taking a plea deal, OR being accused of lying to the police? If State Attorney Kim Foxx didn't have that information, she most certainly should have. Well, now we have the missing piece of the puzzle: while Foxx should have dismissed, rather than dropped, the charges and returned Jussie's bond money if she thought the cops had screwed up that badly, it now makes sense why Jussie "voluntarily agreed" to do some community service and forfeit his bond.

But as I said upthread, Jussie forfeited his presumption of innocence when he forfeited his bond, and now he can also wave buh-bye to his moral high ground. Game over, Jussie: coffin lid, meet nails -- check, please!




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Gassing up an electric car?

Some of you may remember this from a 2012 DU Lounge thread:




Here's the electric car version:




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21 Savage most recently created his completely false story with the help of DJ Akademiks,




who launched his career as a YouTube hiphop personality by getting a completely false story of out Tekashi SixNine, who is now looking at a minimum 47-year federal sentence for racketeering:




Akademiks just posted this, stating that he's still "exclusively" tight with Savage's "team" -- have they been lying to him, or did Savage lie to them? Ak is going to get a reputation as an easy mark!




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