Last week my buddy Nick asked me to take some photos of him to pitch a modeling agency. The agency asked for natural, clean images, so I wanted the photos to have an organic look, meaning, I didn't want to use flash or go into the studio. Fall is fantastic because of the sweet afternoon light. Golden, diffused and low, long shadows. Perfect for a nice natural look. I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f/1.4 and we walked a few blocks from my loft in Brooklyn. I found a couple really clean backdrops along the way that worked really well. And the Fuji was perfect for this. It was so nice traveling light and having unlimited flexibility.
Last year, I spent a couple hours photographing the emerging Atlanta band, Mood Rings. Their record label sent them up to Brooklyn for a recording project and my buddy set up a photo shoot.
I brought the Hasselblad and a couple bare speedlites on stands and took them to one of my favorite locations in Greenpoint. We tried a bunch of different spot and scenarios - all of which the guys were up for. I wouldn't call the Mood Rings the most dynamic band I've ever shot. In fact, it would seem they make a practice of emphasizing the blasé and melancholy.
Now that's in no way a dis, but shooting a group of guys that you have little personal connection with and who are pretty much unfazed by anything you say to them is not without it's challenges. I don't know if the band ever used these images, but I had fun making these images and think they're pretty cool.
I spent the afternoon with my friend Robert at his test kitchen for Kings County Jerky. They run the operation from their sun-soaked, immaculate, high-tech commercial kitchen located in an industrual loft building in East Williamsburg. Brooklyn. And when I say immaculate, this kitchen is literally spotless. Robert was preparing the beef and I grabbed a few pics of the process. They use the best quality pasture-raised, grass-fed beef from local farms. They toast and grind their own spices and only use all-natural ingredients. Having sampled all varieties of the jerky, I can say it was exceptional. Savory, nice chew and delicious flavor. Please post your comments below and take a moment to visit at Kings County Jerky.
Not So Calm Before The Storm Â© 2010 Adam Lerner - adamlerner.net
I'm auctioning this print to help the people of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
I would like you to start the bidding at $50 USD
If you would rather have another shot from my photostream just copy and paste the image into the comments and make your bid!!... The person with the overall highest bid wins...
Size and Print. 12"x18" print on Fuji Crystal Archival Paper. if you'd prefer different print or size options let me know and I will try to accommodate.
Please leave a comment with your offer.
Alternatively you could Favorite the shot in the hope that it may appear in 'Explore' (not much chance) and help publicize the Charity Print auction Group....
The highest bidder at the time the auction ends will donate that amount direct to a trusted charity helping with the relief effort in Japan, such as:
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Save the Children: Donate
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WANT TO BID - BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A FLICKR ACCOUNT? Please just email me with a bid and I will place the bid in the comments on your behalf: firstname.lastname@example.org
The bidding will end on 7th April 2011 at 8:00pm US Eastern time. At this time, the person who wrote/commented or emailed the highest amount will have to give this amount to a legitimate charity involved in the effort for aid for the people of Japan. On proof of donation (please take a screen grab of your donation confirmation page!), I will arrange for the print to be made and shipped to you.
I will pay for the print to be produced and pay for shipping, so all of your donation goes straight to the cause
For more information on this: CPA - CHARITY PRINT AUCTIONS - JAPAN www.flickr.com/groups/charityprintauctions/
The NY Marathon route is practically in my front yard and every year I head over to Bedford Ave to cheer folks on pull off a few frames.Â I only had about 10 minutes this year, but managed to get a few shots of runners floating along the route.
This summer marked the 10th annual Thrills and Kills Custom Car Show from the Rumblers Car Club.Â They resumed their activities under the BQE (elevated highway) and filled the 10 block space with vintage hot rods, rat rods, bands, and vendors of every kind.Â A week later was the Works Engineering block party and despite heavy rain, the festivities carried on.
My good friend, Bethany opened Graceland Brooklyn, a kick-ass hair salon and tattoo shop in a former Rumblers garage.Â The decor is very welcoming with lots of vintage fixtures and special personal details. While the shop isn't spinning vintage vinyl, they encourage spontaneous jam sessions.Â I dropped by and took a few pics.