The Gazette’s Enjoy section and the Billings Symphony teamed up to put on a Country Idol contest. The contestants performed with the symphony on Sunday, and now people can vote on the videos to see who will get to perform an entire show with the Symphony next season. I shot the portraits and videos. If you’d like to vote you can do so HERE.
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to get assigned to shoot the re-dedication of the Indian Memorial at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. They installed the etched granite panels at the monument and it looks fantastic. There was a giant celebration to commemorate the event that also coincided with the 138th anniversary of the battle. You can read Sue Olp’s story about the ceremony here:Ceremony marks completion of Indian Memorial on anniversary of Little Bighorn Battle.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bozeman to shoot a video and photos of Electro Thunder Funk band Cure for the Common. These guys are very talented and extremely tight. I used two takes of the song in order to produce the video and I could nearly lay down the video track with the unused audio over the used audio track and they nearly matched perfectly which speaks volumes to the talent of their rhythm section. They’ll be touring the Northwest this summer so definitly check them out if they are in your area. They put on a great show: http://curetheband.com/.
I went on another Big Sky Honor Flight this weekend. This time for the Gazette. It was a ton of work but worth it to see the World War II veterans having a great time. Here are a few of the photos. You can see the rest at the following galleries:
Day 2: http://bit.ly/1m4HWy3
Day 1: http://bit.ly/1rHvQ1j
Keeper and maker of the Cheyenne courtship flute Jay Old Mouse tells us how the flute was used to find young men’s soul mates. Jay was a great interview. He had a ton of great stories, and was an incredibly warm and friendly person. You can read Jaci Webb’s story here and also see the rest of my photos: http://bit.ly/1lbUzJ3
I just bought a bunch of Pocket Wizards and was stoked to try them out yesterday on a shoot with Northern Cheyenne courtship flute maker, Jay Old Mouse. They were working great, unfortunately the batteries on my primary strobe were dying, and thy were taking forever to recycle. I ended up taking the batteries out of my pocket wizards, in order to keep my flash alive. Since the strobe was recycling slow I ended up with a bunch of shots were the it didn’t pop. Instead of just tossing the images, I thought it had been awhile since I had tried some HDR-style portraits. I only used one frame, rather than bracketing, so that is why I say HDR-ish portraits. Here is one of the images that I messed around with to see what I could get. The first is the original unedited photo. The other two are edited in both Lightroom and PhotoMatrix Pro.
In the end I prefer, the images where my strobe fired.