Live concert shot on film!

Why would I shoot a live band with film? Why not?!?! I decided to go back to my roots and bring just a film camera and 35mm f/2 to see a friend's band. I loaded up the camera with a roll of Kodak Portra 400 mainly because it was what I had at the time, it's not super-grainy and knowing I'd be pushing the film, I would be adding some grain, but the Porta I figured would handle it well. I've got a number of film cameras, however I brought out the Nikon F100 and 35mm f/2. The F100 is pretty remarkable in that it handles very much like a modern DSLR. In fact, it's almost identical in dimension to a Nikon D700 and the layout is pretty much the same. It's got matrix metering and AF and I can mount just about any Nikon lens I own on there from my older AF-D lenses to my current AF-S G lenses.

The light in the venue was pretty poor. Like most smaller venues, they never seem to take the time to focus the lights on any of the individual bands. In fact, it often seems they set the lights the day they open and then forget them. However, despite that, I found that incorporating some of the stage lights into the frames really added some nice punch to the images.

I knew that my ISO 400 film wouldn't cut it being fast enough. I knew that shooting at f/2 would soften my images - especially those where the lighting was very harsh. I knew I had to shoot a fast enough shutter speed to try to stop motion, but too fast and my images would be too dark. I decided to push the film to ISO 1000 and shoot 1/160 sec at f/2. I'm pretty happy with the results. I didn't do much in the way of post - these negs were processed and scanned and I did some minor sharpening and that's about it.

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Special Olympics Swimmers

I had a lot of fun attending a practice session with some local Special Olympics swimmers.  These men and women were stoked to pose for portraits - and some of them really hammed it up.  I look forward to working with them again! Some more background from their coach and my good friend, Carey Bertolet:

Michael is a really accomplished swimmer--he's Brooklyn's best competitor.  He went to the State Games this past year--he goes a lot actually as he has been active in the organization a long time.  Everybody in the organization knows Michael.  He competes in the 50 m free and 100 m freestyle and has tons of medals from the regional and state special olympics meets.  Michael and I race across the pool once during every practice and he's tough to beat!  He's also a really good bowler.

Oluu is sort of the baby of the group--he's still a teenager (he's 18 or 19) which makes him younger than the other regulars.  He keeps his mom super busy taking him to swim practice and the million other activities he's always involved in around town.  Oluu is probably one of my 'most improved' over the past 1 1/2 year.

Michael and Oluu both live at home.  The other guys you met--for the most part--live in group homes throughout Brooklyn.  Frantz and James are both musicians--they play in a band Melodic Soul.  Frantz is a total ladies man and James is hands down the hardest worker on the team.  They both compete in events at the Special Olympics Aquatics meets and both have won a bunch of medals.  It probably is worth noting that Frantz always knows the name of every girl that's in the room.

Jill lives by herself and works 5 days a week for the Board of Ed.











charity auction - offering a print on flickr for Japan

Not So Calm Before The Storm © 2010 Adam Lerner -

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:

US Red Cross Donate

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Japanese Red Cross: Donate

Save the Children: Donate

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Oxfam: Donate

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:

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