Saturday, September 20, 2008

Adobe Lightroom 2

If you are like me, you have already seen too many black and white photos with just one element, usually red, left in the original colour, so you'll have to excuse me while I try to unearth the different tools made available in Lightroom.

Monday, September 08, 2008

North Sea Jazz Festival - Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Arkestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival - Saturday 17 July 1982.

A Sun Ra concert is something you will remember for the rest of your life: it is a mix between a big-band free-jazz concert, a religious ceremony and a trip to outer space. Long before UFO abduction stories had been heard of, Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount) had become convinced that his roots lay on the planet Saturn which he visited by spaceship and he developed "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry as he preached "awareness" and peace above all in his music.
No need to point out that the concert of Sun Ra and his Arkestra that I visited on the Roof Garden scene at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1982 was quite the spectacle with the space music, poem recitals and space costumes. Click on this youtube link to get an impression what the concert was like.

Camera: Pentax ME, lens: Sigma 70-150mm F3.5, ISO 1600

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Scanned photos - Johnny Griffin Quartet

jazz Johnny Griffin Quartet

I lost some of my most precious negatives and I decided to scan some of the A5 sized photos that I printed at the time. The scanned photos needed quite a lot of restoring and I'm not 100% happy with the results. Have a look for yourself.

Camera: Pentax ME, lens: 150mm F3.9, Film: Kodak 1600 ISO