Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny Green of Johnny Green and the Green Men. Now, you might be asking yourself, “who the heck are they and why do you have your panties in a bunch over this guy?” This is why…
Me circa 197-something
I am a huge Batman fan. I have been one my whole life. My life long passion for all things Batman started with the 60’s television show starring Adam West.
Johnny Green was in a beach band when he and his band his were given the roles of the Joker’s henchman and asked to help create the song beds for the television series including the theme song. The reason that much of the music on the show has that distinct vibe is because of the Green Men.
Johnny was one of those guys where you can hang out with an chat to all day. He has spent his life touring the world, and he had a ton of wild stories that he loved to share. I’m sure I only scratched the surface.
You can watch him do his fire eating and talk about his time and the Batman show on this video that I produced here:
Here are some photos that I shot of him eating fire:
Johnny Green eats fire
Johnny Green eats fire
Johnny Green eats fire
I think I have shot and posted this silo in Balllantine before, but I am almost certain this is a better shot. This was shot just as the rising sun was coming up to illuminate the ‘Love life.’
I shot these while out at the Yellowstone Wildlife Preservation area near Pompeys Pillar, Montana. I had been here earlier in the year and thought that the light might be perfect on the rocks in the fall, so I decided to see how it looked now while the leaves are changing. I was not disappointed.
I am conflicted about the use of HDR. I think that it serves a purpose but I believe that a lot of people these days overuse it and way over do it when they are creating their HDR images. I’m not saying not to go overboard with your HDR’s, I am just saying that the over the top look of most of them does not appeal to me. I feel that the greatest benefit of HDR has to offer is to bring out the extra details that our eyes normally are able discern but are lost when trying to capture the image with a low. I like both of the shots below but I really like how the HDR brings out the details in the cliffs and river rocks, providing a slightly more visual punch. However, I like the idea that the standard shot was achieved with one frame and edited using basic burning and dodging techniques. Some of the photographers at the newsroom feel that by the combing multiple exposures the image itself no longer can be considered a photograph. I am not sure how I feel about that. However, I certainly do not think that multiple exposure HDRs should be used in news gathering situations.
Which do you like? Do you think there HDR constitutes photography or is it too far into the realm of digital imaging?
If you click on the images you view a large detail of the image.
I am editing some of my Honor Flight photos so far this is one of my favorites. This was taken at the FDR memorial. Technically it is not great, and the lighting was awful hence the black and white, but the image really pulls at me. I saw this WWII vet reading the quote and grabbed it a split second before he left I waited around for another vet to come along to read the quote when I was better ready. but it was tucked away and none did.
Here is the video from the shoot last week. Don’t forget to watch it in glorious HD.
Here is one of a couple of the group shots that I took of the Big Sky Honor Flight at the World War II memorial. This one was taken with a wide angle lens. I also took a couple that will be a series of images that are digitally stitched.
The logistics of this shot, combined with the short amount of time allowed to create it, made it an incredibly difficult shot. Not only was I having to make sure I nailed a group shot of around 100 World War II Vets, but I had to do so under the watchful eyes of two Senators, a congressman, Montana and national Media, over 100 Honor Flight volunteers, and who knows how many tourists.
I toned this one in my fake HDR style. I plan on giving the client a number of stlyes and looks so that they can choose the one that they best like. None of the shots will look great on the net. These are shot so that they can be blown up huge. I left a bunch of space at the bottom of the photo for copy.
Although the group shot was stressful, the entire trip was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Getting to meet so many of these amazing men and seeing their reaction to the overwhelming reception of gratitude that they are given was priceless.