With the release of the 94/7 App for iPhone one of the features is my photo's as the background of the app. Here is series 1 of the backgrounds, more to come every couple weeks. If you have an iPhone go download it now in the app store.
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I love the Gorillaz so much I have the complete toy set. I know they are visually a fake band but Damon the lead singer is the only really face of the band and his cartoon is fake...but Â the guitarist in this video might be the real Murdoc "Captain Hat". But it's great, have a view of the Gorillaz behind the cartoon!
I'm as big as a blink 182 fan as you can be, way more of a fan then Greg is with Oasis or Gustav with Depeche Mode. I have met Mark and Tom a few times and seen them a lot in concert. I've also interviewed them in person and on the phone. I'm also a Vampire Weekend fan, at first I really didn't like them the video for A Punk just didn't set well with me but after hearing and playing many singles from them and having a good chat in their dressing room before 2008's December to Remember show things changed. You might be asking, GET TO THE POINT, well Tom Delonge from Blink 182 had a chat with the boys from Vampire weekend and I totally understand where he was coming and how they reacted. They are mellow and he is full of energy and crazy punk rock juice. I'm sure it was like Kelly Kapur talking to Toby from The Office about Glee. Crazy x10 Enjoy this article it's funny: A Blink-182 Guy’s Sad Pitch to Vampire Weekend
With the year coming to an end something about the second half of December that makes people reflect on the past year. Today in one of Flickr specialized groups, Concert Photography. The forum post/question was asked:
Favorite photo of 2009:
Favorite gig of 2009:
Greatest achievement of 2009:
What you like to achieve in 2010:
"I added one, biggest pisser of 2009:"
I had a very fun year in the world of concert photography I shot 22 concerts and 42 bands. It was a huge improvement compared to 2009 when I only shot 14 bands. I didn't even shoot a band until mid April in 2009 so pretty much I had a busy busy summer of concert photography. I love it, it's a major time pressure because you usually only get to shoot 3 songs unless the venue guy can't count like what happened last week. He flagged me over and said "that's 3" i responded with "are you sure?" Of course he was sure, little did he know I know how to count and respect the bands. The show was part of our concert series and we were recording all the shows so after I was kicked out, he also didn't give me a chance to show my VIP wrist band, the same color the bands were wearing. I get a little diva when things like this happen when it's our radio stations concerts. After a little texting I was back in VIP standing next to the guy who only can count to two. I'm sure he noticed me because the next 3 nights I was also standing by him watching all the shows and taking photo's. I don't know if he felt dumb or a little weird but I could careless. It also could be my karma for my answer for my biggest pisser of 2009. So here we go my answers:
Favorite photo of 2009:
This was a very tough one to answer but it didn't take me long to figure it out, it was between two different photo's at this show and between two different photo's at another show. Which ended up being my favorite show of 2009.
Coldplay - Clark County Amphitheater July 10, 2009
Favorite gig of 2009:
This was my favorite concert to shoot because after the 3 songs that I had to take photo's I sat 3 feet back in the front row watching a very good show. Dave Matthews Band - Gorge Amphitheater September 4, 2009
Greatest achievement of 2009:
being able to work in radio and getting tons of photo passes. Most of the time it's a cheap little wristband but with the big bands you get a pass that is a giant sticker.
What you like to achieve in 2010:
shoot MUSE in 2010, get a photo published. Muse is the only big band that I know of so far coming through Portland but they are super fun from what I've heard a great live band."I added one, biggest pisser of 2009:"
Getting my pass pulled 15 minutes before the blink 182/weezer show in Seattle. I had my great little point-and-shoot and was still able to get some decent shots. Blink 182 is my favorite band in the world and this would of been a dream to be able to shoot them with a good camera and have that experience. It gives me something to look forward too, unless they break up again.
With all this that happened in 2009 I can't wait to see how it goes in 2010. I have a ton of fun shooting concerts. Some of my favorite things, music and photography.
Every year The Killers put out a holiday song. The first couple years were just instrumental but the last 4 ish have been real songs.... and they ain't half bad.
Happy Birthday Guadalupe
year before "my favorite" don't shoot me santa
and even older
When asked the question "What super power would you want?" Most people choose, flight. The others are split between reading mind reading and being invisible. I recently took a flying lesson.
I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know if I was going to have a 1 hour long class going over slides or if I would just fly the plane after the instructor did the take off and got us in a safe area. www.LetsGoFlying.com contacted me and asked if I wanted to take a flying lesson. I jumped on the chance, you mean I get to fly a plane?!? The weather was going to be perfect it was a very sunny and 90 degree day. I had no idea what to expect. I showed up to www.gorgewindsinc.com out in Troutdale and walked inside and found my instructor, Matt. He said let me grab my bag and we'll get you a headset and we'll go flying. I was still thinking we were going to have a little class or something. We went outside and found the plane we would be flying. A four seater Cessna Skyhawk
Matt and I walked around the plane doing our preflight check,Â checking the gas in each wing to making sure everything that was supposed to move, moved. After about 30 minutes of talking and checking everything that was on the preflight checklist we climbed inside. Since I was taking a flying lesson I was going to sit in the Pilot seat on the left hand side.Â
Â A few more checks of things and Matt asked if I wanted to taxi the plane down to the runway. I had issues, i kept playing with the yoke "steering wheel" but when not in the air you drive with pedals. We were about to get on the runway and Matt was telling me about take off and when to pull back a little and TAKE OFF.
It was amazing, flying a plane. I did the take off with Matt taking care of everything that didn't involve pulling back and flying. He called the tower, ran thru more of the check list and he asked, Are you ready to fly? He told me to give it full power and when we hit so and so speed pull back a little and when we hit a faster speed pull back and ....take off. The feeling of flight was a feeling that you can only experience if you were a super hero or flying a plane. We flew to the desired altitude and Matt the flight instrutor told me to fly toward that canyon looking area. I'm from here so I have a keen sense of where the heck we were. We flew over the area I grew up in and did some turning. I wan't nervous, I expected it to be crazy like the video game flight simulators that you might find at a fun center. Being a smaller plane you feel everything, the wind and the wind. But I felt very safe. I felt more safe flying a plane then when I first jumped on a Harley and punched it. The first wind gust was odd because it moved and I didn't do anything. Matt was giving me instruction from the 2 min turn gauge to using the trim. It was pretty easy and I had more fun then I would of guessed. Matt asked if we wanted to fly over my house or any other place around and I said it would be cool if we could fly over downtown since that is where I work, live and play. So, I flew to the Sellwood Bridge and Matt took over so I could take pictures. Which I was having so much fun flying I kind of wasn't thinking about taking the photos.
The cool thing is www.letsgoflying.com isn't just a program to set up flight lessons. Once you find a participating flight school you can do many things, maybe you want to take pictures or charter a flight.
www.letsgoflying.com doesn't just help you find a place for flying lessons. The plane that I flew can be rented for just $99 an hour and just $40 for the instructor per hour. I was expecting the price to be thru the roof. I mean it's flying a plane. But the $99 covers everything, no hidden gas charge like that or anything. The rules for getting your license depend on the state and what kind of flying you want to do but it can be done. I know a few people in my life that will be getting a lesson for their Birthday or Christmas. Oh did I tell you I landed the plane?? YES, I did the take off, flew for almost an hour and....landed the plane. It was amazing and I can't wait to do it again. If you want to fly a plane it is possible, I suggest doing it once and seeing what the feeling of flight is like. If you have any questions check out these links or send me an email or email my flight instructor Matt. He has a true passion for flying and it rubs off on ya and you feel very safe and it was an amazing time.
This was my 4th year of showing up to the event known as the Adult Soapbox Derby that takes place at Mt. Tabor. This year it was run by a different group of people and it was obvious. It seemed a little bit more put together BUT they were so slow at getting things together. It was slowed by sweeping of hay on the course from hay bales. But after that it was just a little bit slower between races which is understandable because they are new and it takes time to figure everything out. With all the safety things going on this was oddly damaging for spectators. Check out the post from PDXPIPELINEÂ it has some videos of the crash's. But other then that, amazing cars this year or soapboxes if you will. Easily one of the best ever besides last years Optimus Prime. This was a first.
I received an email from one of the builders and this was his note on construction.
"The wine casks are from French oak covered in mountain bike/road bike tires and sit on a cast iron '57 Ford truck dropped axle. The brakes are off a racing Suzuki GSX-R that were warped, but straight enough to stop an out-of-round barrel. The siren is from an old police car with the .50 cal ammo box hiding tools and battery. Handlebars are vintage Triumph with leather wrap donated by Langlitz."
Wow, I am blown away at the soapbox, bike, winebike, my friends who had two cars in the show didn't even let me chill for a couple minutes before they were asking me if I had seen the wine barrel soapbox.
The lead singer of INTERPOL "Paul Banks" has a side project called Julian Plenti with a song ive played a couple times as my new music pick that is pretty cool. Today I found the video via Stereogum.com and it really needs to be made into a movie. It is a better tease then what G.I. Joe is putting out. BOO JOE. But the video includes Emily Haines lead singer of Metric..