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The Rest of the Rogue Cast/Band Portraits

Saturday, June 15, 2024
The Rest of the Rogue Cast/Band Portraits

This will make seventeen out of the nineteen or twenty this time around. I know of at least two who want to use last year’s for the program. Oh well. All vertical so I can crowd them a little here – they’ll be able to be accessed, and downloaded, full size...

"Hey, there's a shot…" (from Nan) – and the rest of First Friday

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Hey, there's a shot… (from Nan) – and the rest of First Friday

That’s how the intro shot here, and the one following, came about. The young lady stood out First Friday – and was gracious enough to respond to the camera with a smile. Turns out her and her husband, in the second shot here, operate Bay Breeze on Franklin...

Playing Catch-up – More fun with rehearsal faces…

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Playing Catch-up – More fun with rehearsal faces…

All but one of these were selected for b&w by Lilli. The first two I had already started – Bre being Bre at her best, belting one out while standing on a chair! These are followed by James (thinking/contemplating/confused?) and Jess at a point in a series...

More Cast/Band Portriaits…

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
More Cast/Band Portriaits…

OK, I know these will be reduced to low resolution cropped circles for the program, but the troupe has them if they ever need or want to use them. The intro shot is Nate, Katie’s husband. He plays base and guitar in the band and is also part of the cast....

Two Fine Ladies and a Tophatted Gentleman

Monday, June 10, 2024
Two Fine Ladies and a Tophatted Gentleman

Three more cast/band portraits. The intro portrait here is Katie – “leater of the pack. vroom, vroom, vroom”. I’m counting on her to muscle the rest to sit for their pictures. The lady has pipes! The second shot below is Bre, another young lady with a phenomenal...

Three of the Very Fine Ladies of Rogue Swan – More cast portraits…

Monday, June 10, 2024
Three of the Very Fine Ladies of Rogue Swan – More cast portraits…

Nan laughs at me for this and says to not get the big head. Most of the cast sits, I fire off a test shot, look at it and throw up my hands – got it, no real need to try more. Often they will strike another pose on their own, telling me to choose one – at...

Some Fun with Rogue Rehearsal Faces

Sunday, June 9, 2024
Some Fun with Rogue Rehearsal Faces

Stage rehearsals make for some interesting facial expressions up close up – add to that reaction to slip-ups, I sometimes catch some good ones – most of which I could never post for frar of one of the ladies setting out to hurt me. I’m probably tking a little...

First Friday in June – #1, Rogue Swan cast hand out show flyers, in full dress…

Saturday, June 8, 2024
First Friday in June – #1, Rogue Swan cast hand out show flyers, in full dress…

I did get a couple of interesting shots from June’s first Friday, but only time to do one up today. Check out Rogue Swan cast members taking a break from handing out mini-flyers announcing their 10th Anniversary Vaudeville show at the Star Center June 28...

Moxie, Katie and Emily – and a rehearsal moment

Thursday, June 6, 2024
Moxie, Katie and Emily – and a rehearsal moment

With Moxie being front and center in Mein Herr, she has to be constantly workin the hat and chair – lots of moments there. It’s difficult to catch Katie other than either very seriously concentrating or during an extreme, lighthearted moment – rarely in...

Wild Roses at Ladew Gardens

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Wild Roses at Ladew Gardens

We went up to Ladew Gardens for the first time Tuesday. We’ve been, over the years, to Longwood a few times and noted a number of differences. Can’t wait to get therde closer to Fall flowers time. Lots of places to simply park oneself and read, or enjoy...

Rogue Cast & Band Portraits #2 – The Guitar Player and the Sirens

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Rogue Cast & Band Portraits #2 – The Guitar Player and the Sirens

I have just three more for today, leaving a heavy load for next week. Intro shot is Jess Langley – she sat down / I fired off one shot / I looked at it and threw up my hands – I wasn’t going to beat that. Both Jess and April Monique, below, have something...

Rogue's 10th Anniversary Cast and Band – 1

Monday, June 3, 2024
Rogue's 10th Anniversary Cast and Band – 1

This will have to come in parts – due both to the workload on my part and procrastination on the part of dome members of the troupe. Here’s the first three cast portraits: the intro shot above is Will Conway – violinist with a mischievist nature who can...

Two Sides of James – One of each Moxie and Dane

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Two Sides of James – One of each Moxie and Dane

Finishing up the last Rogue Rehearsal with three singles that Lilli picked out – and a second one of LH James that I used for the intro pricture here. A completely different side of him. In the second one, below, he manages to look good even when caught...

How is dance like football?

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
How is dance like football?

Check out the blackboard on the right/back of this image. Katie, choriographer and coach, makes diagrams that only the team can comprehend. Then, below, a moment when the cast on the floor were breaking up over something in the script.

Below, Katie...

The Usual Suspects – "Deny Everything"

Monday, May 27, 2024
The Usual Suspects – Deny Everything

Just one image this posting – but one I enjoyed. The instant I took the exposure, I knew just what I wanted to do with it. Unfortunately it was taken in the old music room at the Star Center, an extreme amount of clean-up work to do on the file. Please,...

Just Three Guitars…

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Just Three Guitars…

I braved the “Garage” again, this time just three guitars were playing. Almost the first thing I noticed through the camera viewer was the lady haunting Josh’s instrument, so I zoomed in on it. Turned out better than I expected. I guess this earns Josh first...

It's Darker on the Inside – The "Garage"

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
It's Darker on the Inside – The Garage

Entry shot is the door to the Rogue garage band rehearsal haven – makes you wonder which level of hades you are daring to enter. In spite of the judiciously placed lighting, it can be even “darker” on the inside. This shoot I concentrated on the guitarists...

More from Hanging Around Rogue Rehearsals

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
More from Hanging Around Rogue Rehearsals

At this point big dance numbers like this are not only rough, they are usually missing one of two cast members. But it’s still fun to watch. Next a closeup of Jess Langley taking one of the hesitation-pose moments in Mein Herr, definitely a big number, wow....

Rehearsal Faces – Not Always Show Faces

Sunday, May 19, 2024
Rehearsal Faces – Not Always Show Faces

Lots of rehearsing at this point – these are the first five from Thursday night. A lot of early stage instrucgtion going on – so I concentrated on faces. The opening shot is my image of “How a Violinist Reads a Musical Score”. Will worked his virtual wand...

Venue Nightmare and Tara's Back…

Monday, May 13, 2024
Venue Nightmare and Tara's Back…

The music room at the old High School, now the Star Center, has been turned into a construction workshop. This last rehearsal was held there – with walls, floor and chalkboard reflecting very much that it is now a workshop – paint splatters, smudges, etc....

Choriographing Organized Chaos…

Friday, May 10, 2024
Choriographing Organized Chaos…

Sond and dance scenes where each participant moves completely differently, coming together for synced moves at some points, seems like organized chaos until they all start getting their various roles down. The intro shot is the first run-through’s synced...

Quick Grabs of Rogue Band at the Garage…

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Quick Grabs of Rogue Band at the Garage…

I poked my lens in the doorway a few times – rejoicing that my camera was back in operation. As far as me, almost there. I see the doc on the 13th when he’ll probably give me a heart monitor for a week or so to make sure I’m back to abnormal. Hopefully off...

Fun shots from May 4 Rogue rehearsal…

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Fun shots from May 4 Rogue rehearsal…

Early rehearsals are a lot of hard work for the troupe – as well as for me trying to get used to the flow of the numbers while shooting for something interesting. Things move so fast that, shooting a show, I have to be able to anticipate almost every move....

A couple of First Friday shots – and a weird camera issue solved…

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
A couple of First Friday shots – and a weird camera issue solved…

First the camera issue. About a week ago Fuji put out a Firmware update – I like these because they always add something (sometimes including a menu alteration, arrrrgh). This time around it was a step up in focus tracking, cool. But then my focusing went...

Do I have to hold my arms like this? – Rogue Rehearsal

Friday, May 3, 2024
Do I have to hold my arms like this? – Rogue Rehearsal

This was a very crowded rehearsal, on a floor a little too small. Hard to fire off a shot. Very early run-throughs are fun to watch, as timing starts far enough off to be hilarious as everyone tries to catch on to the moves. The opening shot is of James...

Rehearsals are hard work – and FUN

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Rehearsals are hard work – and FUN

I did up half of these, a more appropriate number for this one, before Lilli sent me a request for the other half, arrrrrgh. Anyway, this is way more than the one or two that I originally intended. But it was a fun early session, and it showed it. Here’s...

"Reefer Madness"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Reefer Madness

The opening shot here is my favorite from the State theater’s production of Reefer Madness – the focus was a little soft, but I still love the shot. When I get to shoot something other than Rogue Swan, I’m not familiar enough with the show to know what’s...

It Begins – Rehearsals for Rogue Swan 10th Anniversary Fundraiser and Vaudeville

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
It Begins – Rehearsals for Rogue Swan 10th Anniversary Fundraiser and Vaudeville

It Begins – Rehearsals for Rogue Swan 10th Anniversary Fundraiser at the end of May and Vaudeville in June – more on those later. Band, and some singing, at the “Garage” – NOT bigger on the inside. Dark, crowded and difficult. I always come away from these...

Back to Shooting but first an important re-do –'23 Rogue Swan "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Sunday, April 28, 2024
Back to Shooting but first an important re-do –'23 Rogue Swan While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I recently reworked this version, feeling that it is better than that posted. One of those exposures in need of more work than available at the time – half a day. Now that “I’m baaaack” and working up some “Reefer Image” images, and due to begin with Rogue...

Again, Missed Work – The Addams Family

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Again, Missed Work – The Addams Family

2023’s season at the Opera House included The Addams Family musical. I was fortunate enough, and temporarily stable enough, to shoot the dress rehearsal – we thought it was to die for. While I managed to get the color images to the Director, off and on electrical...

This is Havre de Grace…

Monday, March 4, 2024
This is Havre de Grace…

Nan, my editor and chief, has decided on the image. Here’s a quick screen shot of the cover for the book i’m working on for the fall. Of the approximately 120 pages, I probably have the easier thirty done, arrrrgh. Tentative plans are to put it on Kickstarter...

I Get a Nice Shout-out on YouTube…

Thursday, February 8, 2024
I Get a Nice Shout-out on YouTube…

Now that I have my heart beat back, I can report on wwhat was happening during my down time. Strong heart / crap electrical system. It seems that in January my book The Moon has been Eaten got a shout-out from a big-time YouTube photography channel (along...

Upon Discovering a folder of left-out images from last September…

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Upon Discovering a folder of left-out images from last September…

It has been a rough year with a lot of distraction – that’s my only excuse. In September I shot the local Autumn Moonshine Bellydance Hafla at the Opera House. But half the images, for the most part finished then, were never included in the Folio for that...

Gentlemen Prefer Sax

Sunday, January 21, 2024
Gentlemen Prefer Sax

As I finished up with the New Years Eve images from the Vandiver, I realized I missed two – so I thought I’d post them alone, finishing up 2023 – I can trim the site archives down some, putting the year’s postings into a pdf. The intro shot is Matt Casarino...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – On the Dance Floor

Saturday, January 20, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – On the Dance Floor

OK, the dance floor is not lit at all. Lights would make tancing to a Speakeasy band something other than a private affair. So these were taken with a hope and a prayer – thinking Maybe shooting at iso 12,800, and underexposing by two stops at that, might...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Bangtails on the Dance Floor

Friday, January 19, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Bangtails on the Dance Floor

Thd eopening image is Rosie (Katie) and Nate. The floor was quite dark, so I just that jas a dark, grainy effect. Below is Jesse dancing with Arianna and L.H. James dancing with his wife. Again, a lot gets lost in the dark, but it’s real. Both of these appear...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – at the Mic

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – at the Mic

Oops, I’m adding text later. Still a little off since getting out of the hospital. The intro image shows the guys lined up around Rosie (Katie Gordon). After that a couple shots of duets and trio numbers. Not thinking clear enough for anything else right...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Nate on Base

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Nate on Base

These are running quite a ways behind – after a couple of rough weeks, and a stay in the hospital,, my mojo is compromised for a while. I’m being “conditioned” for an operation February 7 to fix the electrical system in my heart, again. In the meantime,...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Rosie

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – Rosie

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver –Rosie,aka Katie Gordon. This was our first ever New Years Eve night out – we pretty much like to just stay home. Not only was the show great – it was our kind of New Years, over at 10:45 and onoy...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – the Crooners

Monday, January 8, 2024
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years Eve at the Vandiver – the Crooners

I know this a bit late – a lot of issues holding thins up right now. This is the first posting of images from Rosie Jack and the Bangtails New Years celebration at the Vandiver – great entertainment, good food, good time. Crooners Jesse Hutchinson and L.H....

Santa and His "Rain Gear"

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Santa and His Rain Gear

The Christmas parade in Havre de Grace bing another of their night phenomena, means few shots that really work, while making for a couple of really nice ones. This posting finishes my images for this time around – all evoking commentary. The intro shot is,...

"I'm the Grinch – and I Have Legs"

Monday, December 4, 2023
I'm the Grinch – and I Have Legs

Again with one of Havre de Grace’s night parades – I’m getting used to it. Here JimmyO Burril is the Grinch while April Burril drives the town cart alongside. The second image shows off the legs…

I have a couple of more shots that I will get to soon....

Very Cold but Worth it…

Thursday, November 30, 2023
Very Cold but Worth it…

I took my camera out at night, at 27 degrees and windy, to take a few shots of Liz Miller’s dance and recital at the Hays House on the HCC campus. The performance very effectively brought to the fore the holding and mistreatment of slaves at the site. While...

Halloween in havre de Grace 2

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Halloween in havre de Grace 2

I came out from Halloween thinking I hadn’t gotten much. After waiting a week, I find I’m a little surprised. I really like some of these. The intro shot struck me as a Halloween version of the Burger King – and I don’t have a name. Then, below, a couple...

Halloween in Havre de Grace – this shot stands alone…

Monday, November 13, 2023
Halloween in Havre de Grace – this shot stands alone…

We did get out for a few shots of Halloween in Havre de Grace, where part of Washington Street is shut to traffic and the whole town stays open to kids of all ages. I took a few shots – more should come later. I found these two charming young ladies behind...

The Hushdown at the Harmer's Town Art Center Opening

Thursday, October 26, 2023
The Hushdown at the Harmer's Town Art Center Opening

After all the hoopla and ceremonies opening the new Farmer’s Town Art Center, there were a few crafts and a series of bands providing music. The final group, as the sun, up and bright, gradually went over opposing buildings and a chill wind set in. I took...

Just a few shots from the Pride Festival Drag Show

Thursday, October 12, 2023
Just a few shots from the Pride Festival Drag Show

Just a couple of shots from the Pride Festival Drag Show. The intro shot, and first below, shows Sarabesque – I think it was about four years back that I got a great shot of her in the first local Pride Festival. The second shot shows an attendee of the...

Dancing in the Street & Street Chess – First Friday Style

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Dancing in the Street & Street Chess – First Friday Style

Even though things got a late start – I came out with a couple of additions to my First Friday collection. The intro shot another dancing-in-the-street scene and, below, an addition to the growing body of Street Chess images. My first exposure, this one,...

A couple of shots from the First Friday Drum Circle

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
A couple of shots from the First Friday Drum Circle

Thankfully, Cliff Giles’ First Friday Drum Circle is surviving without him – not quite back to full force yet, but still providing some interesting shots. I was waling away from taking the second shot here – she’s a very dedicated regular – when I caught...

Halloween in Havre de Grace – it's coming…

Monday, October 9, 2023
Halloween in Havre de Grace – it's coming…

This was taken on First Friday in October in Havre de Grace. The newest of JimmyO Burril’s painted street decorations sits behind the bench on the central corner downtown (ok, the walkway there does have a little slant to it). As usual, the steets were full,...

Waterfront Festival

Friday, October 6, 2023
Waterfront Festival

We had an opportunity for only a quick walk through the Waterfront Festival early in September – and then I managed to misplace the couple of shots I fired off. Found them at the front of a card used later. I did think this view of a sidewalk painter doing...

Other People's Art – Pottery by Carrie

Sunday, October 1, 2023
Other People's Art – Pottery by Carrie

Whenever we grab up a work by another artist, small or large, I like to post it here. Roaming through the Havre de Grace Art Show I saw this bowl and just thought it would look cool in Nan’s studio. I took a phone shot of it sitting on her easel, in fromt...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – Duets

Thursday, September 28, 2023
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – Duets

Finishing up with the Rosie Jack and the Bangtails performance with a few shots of duets, both in the stage area and on the dance floor. The intro shot shows KT (Rosie Jack) and L.H. James. Then below KT and Jesse followed by James and Jesse…

The...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – the Band

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – the Band

I tried to get a good individual shot, through the pulled back curtains, of each of the band members. But first I shot got of Matt and Nate (Sax and Base) playing together – and then couldn’t decide between two exposures, maybe they can…

Caleb on...

Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – the Songbird and the Crooners

Monday, September 25, 2023
Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – the Songbird and the Crooners

We saw the first performance of Rosie Jack and the Bangtails – all also members of the Vaudeville troupe Rogue Swan – at the Vandiver. They will be the main attraction New Years Eve at the Vandiver – we are already checking the site almost daily because,...

More from Rogue's 80s Music Show at Vandiver

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
More from Rogue's 80s Music Show at Vandiver

I enjoy performance shooting – it’s a challenge. One restricting factor is that most of the final pieces are more important for the subjects than they are to myself, as a photographer. And sometimes, the shots that I wind up liking aren’t anywhere near their...

Rogue's 80s Show at the Vandiver

Sunday, September 17, 2023
Rogue's 80s Show at the Vandiver

It had to be postponed, so it was pretty close to this week’s upcoming “Rosie Jack and the Bangtails Speakeasy”. This is the one we have been waiting for – though it should feature a somewhat different set of Rogue performers. As far as the 80s music fest,...

September First Frriday – Drum Circle

Saturday, September 16, 2023
September First Frriday – Drum Circle

I’ve been covering goings on at the Drum Circle on First Friday since before it was acctually a drum circle, just Cliff Giles and a drum or two. My collection of images depicting kids of all ages is getting pretty large – and the circle pictures constitute...

Doing it in the Street – First Friday in September

Friday, September 15, 2023
Doing it in the Street – First Friday in September

Yeah, I’m still playing catch-up. Nothing gets me behind like the twice a year Haflas. First Friday was on the 1st, but at least I’m ahead of the next First Friday. This first of two postings features All but the five images to be added next time of kids...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – april Monique

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – april Monique

Finally I’ve worked this shoot to our own local April Monique. Since she also manages thse Haflas, I figured she would want me to concentrate on others among the ladies first. Vry difficult to choose an intro shot from these – I like all four. The first...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Lorelei

Monday, September 11, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Lorelei

Lorelei, and for some reason I can never spell that one right, is another somewhat familiar face in these. There are always new faces, as well as some regulars. This young lady can really get into spins, hair going everywhere. Her lighting was mostly blue,...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Kalayla

Sunday, September 10, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Kalayla

Slings and arrows of outrageous lighting – and all that jazz. These are coming along slower than usual, but, with a lot of help from Nan, the pit bull is on it. Kalayla is always a treat to watch – always different, and often with a surprise moment.


Included...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Jo Wall

Saturday, September 9, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Jo Wall

From a mixture of blue and purple light – with two colors I do have something to work with. Jo Wall also acted as host througn most of the show – evidently she’s something of a card. I selected two shots that “worked”. If I get one that I’m happy with, I...

Tick Tick……Boom

Friday, September 8, 2023
Tick Tick……Boom

I hate to do two postings in one day, but this one is time sensitive. I got in to see the final rehearsal-run of Tick Tick…Boom at the State Theater here in town – today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. I converted a few of the shots into b&w – the show is...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Taschen

Friday, September 8, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Taschen

Taschen provided me with a nice horizontal – which I’ll almost always use as the intro image. It fits better on the blog. She was pretty much in all blue light, but that seems to work well with her. She, as well as Naimah, teaches bellydance. One of the...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Naimah 2

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Naimah 2

It’s one thing to have complete control over lighting, etc. – it’s quite another to work with action, in extremely low, color lights. It is so satisfying to emerge with a few images, however flawed, that manage to say something. In the end, it’s my favorite...

Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Naimah

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Moonshine Autumn Bellydance Gala – Naimah

Bellydance Hafla results are somthing of a coin toss – the ladies are moving fast while lighting is changing color semingly at whim. Naimah is a regular – tall enough that I’ve mentioned to her that she’s the only dancer who I’ve spotted extending a hand...

Rogue's "That 80s Show" – upcoming

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Rogue's That 80s Show – upcoming

I managed to get a couple of shots in while Rogue Swa was setting up for last Friday’s show – we won’t actually be there until Thursday’s performance this week. Last time I checked, there were only a half dozen or so tickets left. I just hope we recognize...

Maria Annegarn – My Happy Place No.2

Saturday, August 26, 2023
Maria Annegarn – My Happy Place No.2

An Other People’s Art posting. We can’t help it – we just acquired another work from a local artist. This work is by Maria Annegarn, who shows in RiverView Gallery in town (where we both show). She just recently brought in a few major piecesm to go along...

PDF eBook of Rogue Swans First Two Vaudeville Performances

Thursday, August 24, 2023
PDF eBook of Rogue Swans First Two Vaudeville Performances

Here is the PDF eBook of “Vaudeville Cabaret” and “The Last Call” – Rogue Swan’s first tow Vaudeville performances at the Opera House here in town. These performances were back in 2018 and 2019 – I’m finally caught up creating eBooks of all of Rogue’s major...

First Fridy August – Remains of Radio, wow…

Sunday, August 13, 2023
First Fridy August – Remains of Radio, wow…

I confess, we don’t always get to all the side streets on First Fridays. This time we exited up the other end than usual. Creole de Gras was hosting a band we weren’t familiar with – Remains of Radio. I couldn’t find a name for the singer, but wow. That’s...

First Friday in August – Drum Circle & Street Chess

Friday, August 11, 2023
First Friday in August – Drum Circle & Street Chess

Cliffs Giles' legacy – the First Friday Drum Circle, continues to be a big attraction for kids – and the kid in the rest of us… And, as usual, August's proved a big attraction to the kids (and the kid in us)…


AND this month provided me with another...

New PDF eBook – Rogue Swan Invades the UK

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
New PDF eBook – Rogue Swan Invades the UK

Free download – this one took a little longer – so many numbers and so little time. It’s an iPad and Reader optimized PDF eBook – joining a growing number on the site. Many of the images were posted, many not. For anyone involved in Rogue Swan’s production...

Library Talk – Saturday August 5

Friday, July 28, 2023
Library Talk – Saturday August 5

Wow, they did a nice poster up for this. 2:00 pm Saturday August 5 I will give a color slide show (with Rapanui music) and talk about our 2006 to 2016 Easter Island project. Three years total on the Island. At the end, anyone who endures the drive to Jarrettsville,...

DRUM CIRCLE – first Friday in June

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
DRUM CIRCLE – first Friday in June

I was worried when there was no Drum-Circle the First Friday in May. It appeared in June, but sadly Cliff Jiles was obviously sorely missed. I remember taking his picture the first time he sat with his one drum outside his wife’s little shop on First Friday...

Oops – back to First Friday in June

Monday, July 24, 2023
Oops – back to First Friday in June

Well, I will beat the onset of First Friday in August with these. A couple more to come – these two celebrate a pair of openings. The first heralds rhe opening of a new “Paranormal and Oddities” shop in town. OK, it was bright and contrasty – but it seems...

Finally – laying out the pdf ebook of Rogue Swan Invades the UK

Monday, July 24, 2023
Finally – laying out the pdf ebook of Rogue Swan Invades the UK

Admittedly, I’m nowhere finished with doing-up the images from this show – so many numbers!. But enough is covered to take a break and spend the last two days laying out the interractive pdf ebook of Rogue Swan Invades the UK – and get most of the titles,...

"Shes not There" - "Shadows in the Rain" Intense

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Shes not There - Shadows in the Rain Intense

Intense – Caleb sang an old favorite “She’s not There” with Alex and April. then “Shadows in the Rain” solo. I’m making progress here – actually beginning to set up the PDF and move images in. If Rogue ever contemplates this many numbers in a performance...

"The Song that Goes Like this…" – Amy and Jesse

Wednesday, July 19, 2023
The Song that Goes Like this… – Amy and Jesse

With the number of really great performances in this show, it would impossible to pick a favorite. But on the list would be “The Song That Goes……”, with Amy and Jesse. They played it up to the hilt. And once again, I couldn’t bring myself to eliminate as...

"Life on Mars" – Katie and Arianna

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Life on Mars – Katie and Arianna

“Life on Mars” – I repeat, photographing for Rogue is something of an education when it comes to music. I keep getting introduced to stuff I didn’t know existed. It seems there IS life on Mars. And once again it was impossible, after combining Lilli’s and...

"Paint it Black" – James and Nate

Monday, July 17, 2023
Paint it Black – James and Nate

“Paint it Black” – another number I had no familiarity with. For some reason, it does help a little if I do. The final shot proved impossible to get during the performance – they were down among the tables. But I did get it in a horizontal in dress rehearsal,...

"Gimmie Gimmie" (a man after midnight)…

Sunday, July 16, 2023
Gimmie Gimmie (a man after midnight)…

Starts off slow with Arianna, Jessy and Jess in the spotlight off to the side of the stage – then it becomes as rousesome as it can get. The second shot shows the three ladies exiting on the right as the song continues. “Gimmie Jimmie (a man after midnight)”...

"Immigrant Song" 2

Saturday, July 15, 2023
Immigrant Song 2

Again, this segment should probably have one image, or even two. But since I would need all four for the pdf anyway, here they are. The final image is a wider view, showing one member of the audience saluting the singers.



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"Immigrant Song" 1 – Moxie

Friday, July 14, 2023
Immigrant Song 1 – Moxie

I tried to trim this down to one closeup of Moxie (Marion Jackson) and one of the group singing the "Immigrant Song". But, being as I simply could not bring myself to eliminate any of these, let along two, I decided on a separate posting – Moxie’s mother...

Battle of the Saxes and "Goodbye Blue Sky"

Thursday, July 13, 2023
Battle of the Saxes and Goodbye Blue Sky

Figuring out a title for the opening image was a hoot. I considered Size Matters, My Sax is Bigger than Yours and a few others. This little bit with Amy and Matt opened Act II. Off the stage, they were moving and not well lit – but I thought it kind of a...

"Bring on the Men" – and the Red Menace

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Bring on the Men – and the Red Menace

Finally, out from under the bane of every Rogue Swan show, what I see as the red menace.“Bring on the Men” was performed (very effectively) with red stage lighting – effectively that is for the number itself and the audience. Not so much for the camera....

"Bring on the Men"

Monday, July 10, 2023
Bring on the Men

It took watching a documentary about music and performance photography (mostly from the film days) to put my performance work with Rogue Swan and the Haflas into perspective. I’m never quite satisfied with most of my results – well, duh. I have no control...

"Moonage Daydream" – Alex

Friday, July 7, 2023
Moonage Daydream – Alex

Alex’s tribute to David Bowie – very low-light performance of “Moonage Daydream". The intro shot was taken from the side in dress rehearsal. It’s a pretty good look for Alex. The second shot, during the performance, is a drastic cropping of a full-stage...

"Layla" and "Tattoos" – Nate and Caleb

Friday, July 7, 2023
Layla and Tattoos – Nate and Caleb

If nothing else, this posting demonstrates beautifully some of the differences between shooting performance vs dress rehearsal. Performance lighting is harsh, leaving deep shadows in unexpected and awkward places, not to mention bleached out highlights....

"FLASH"

Thursday, July 6, 2023
FLASH

“Flash”, the Queen Flash Gordon theme song. I thought the visuals, and the song were actually better done here than in the movie. It seemed like freaking everyone was on stage – which didn’t help with taking shots. It was choreographed for fast action with...

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

L.H James not only made this sound great, he made it look good. I liked these four shots the best – yet there were others I could have used. I tried to select one or two, really I did. In some ways the last shot here is a favorite, but it is a drastic crop...

From "I'm Into Something Good" to Shakespeare

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
From I'm Into Something Good to Shakespeare

Jesse, backed up by Ron and Caleb joyfully struts and sings “I’m Into Something Good”. Then, leading into the next number, he leaves the stage and teams up with Arianna to add some comic relief by attempting a scene from Romeo and Juliet – soon thwarted....

"Heart of Stone"

Monday, July 3, 2023
Heart of Stone

The intro shot, made while KT, April and Moxie performed “Heart of Stone” catches a moment in the plot that Rogue used to join the various numbers into a show unit. Really a neat effect. In some ways the lighting was easier to wrestle with than that on stage....

"Because" and "The Chain"

Sunday, July 2, 2023
Because and The Chain

Will still be tackling Rogue Swan Invades the UK for a while. As I mentioned some of these were shorter numbers with less going on than others. First here – the Beatles’s “Because” sung by the Barbershop trio, The Three Quarters (Ron, Ed and Matt). They...

Pinball Wizard

Friday, June 30, 2023
Pinball Wizard

Rogue’s latest show is proving a little different to process images from. Sure the venue was a little tricky, but been-there before. The big difference is the sheer number of segments to the show – three to four times as many numbers. Many can be covered...

Body Talks and Be My Number 2 – Spotlight on Bre

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Body Talks and Be My Number 2 – Spotlight on Bre

It was a difficult decision, but both of these are from dress rehearsal – I just like them so much bettrer than those taken performance night. Lens, angle and all that… Bre not only has one heck of a voice, she can command a stage. The intro shot is from...

You Really Got Me

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
You Really Got Me

Yes, Rogue did the Kinks. Caleb backed up by L.H.James and April made “You Really Got Me” sound and look good. The first two images here are from the performance with a long lens fromt he back, note Caleb’s arms. Loved the sound of this one…

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Wannabe

Monday, June 26, 2023
Wannabe

Rogue Swan Invades the UK sported about twice as many numbers as most shows – a lot of the music was pop in origin, and therefore shorter in length. That makes for somewhere around thirty five separate performances to deal with. No way am I going to try...

Sympathy for the Devil

Saturday, June 24, 2023
Sympathy for the Devil

Sometimes one image says it all. This was one different and impressive belly-dance. The mere force, spins, matching movements to such an intense piece. And here the stance and expression more than hint at what is to follow.
Working these up one number...

"Beck's Bolero"

Friday, June 23, 2023
Beck's Bolero

Jeremy Hicks-Kachik and the Rogue band play “Beck’s Bolero”. Lighting was shifting and insanely harsh – effective to the eye, but…. And lots of action on Jeremy’s part – I managed to get two shots off that I like.

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