28 Sep '13
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Dublin Docklands

Tomorrow I'll have to take some promo shots for a local band, and as the band thought it was a great idea to take some photos on the Dublin Docklands, even if I already know that area quite well, I decided to go for a walk and to scout for some interesting places for tomorrow, as it's always a good idea to decide in advance where to shoot rather than wonder around until you find something. The place is quite interesting, and thankfully one of my favourite buildings, with related graffiti, is still there, and I'm talking about this one:

I love that wall. I know, it's a very simple graffiti, but the I love the mix of colours with the red of the wall, and hopefully I'll use it tomorrow as well!
Here some of the pictures I took today, for the long exposure ones I spent some time, while for the other ones not that much, it was just for me to photograph the places I'm going to use tomorrow, but at the end they are not bad shots.

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28 Sep '13

How to upgrade your old MacBook Pro

I'm always been a Nerd, I've been working with computers since the 90s, and as probably some of you already know, not very surprisingly I work in IT, and to be more accurate my 9-to-5 job is to build websites. But in my first job in Italy I used to work in a small company where, apart the web & software stuff, we also were a computer shop, and it wasn't unusual for me to help my collegue to fix computers, and since then I'm not afraid to take apart computers (apart my old and  now dead iMac, as I've no idea how to feckin remove the front glass), and to fix a laptop is not a big deal for me, or at least for the very basic stuff like the RAM, Hard Drive, etc.. But what for me it's pretty easy, it could be quite scary for someone else to even to think to open their very expensive MacBook Pro. But as the good Gary Martin from FStoppers is going to show us in the video above, replace the ram or the hard drive is way simpler tha you can think, it just takes a few minutes a few screwdrivers.
The only think Gary forgot to mention for me, is that you need to create a bootable USB key with the Mac OS X installer first, before open any chassis or screw anything, as the hard drive you just bought it  doesn't come with Mac OS X, actually it doesn't come with anything, as it's completely empty. So the very first step is to get an USB key with at least 8GB of capacity, and then download this software from Apple's website, and create the bootable USB key, and you are ready to go.
Obviously if this still sound scary to you, there's nothing wrong to pay a professional to do it for you.

(via FStoppers)

25 Sep '13
21 Sep '13
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Soundgarden @ The O2

I have a list, not written, but which is pretty clear in my mind, of band that I HAVE TO see or photograph, at any conditions. There aren't many names in that list, but one of these is Soundgarden. It's one of the symbols of grunge generation, my generation, alongside with bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. Older generation thinks that they (Soundgarden) were a simple rip off of Black Sabbath, and to be fair it's quite true, but you could say the same of Smashing Pumpkins, and these bands never hide the fact they were inspired by that band, but to say that they are just a rip off it's a bit silly, they took inspiration from the hard rock from the 70s, but they created something new from that base. You can say the same to any bands, as anyone gets their inspiration from the past, if you listen any modern band they sound like a rip off of bands from the 80s, and bands in the 80s were inspired from the music of previous generation, and you can keep going until you reach a guy in Egypt, back in 5000 BC, who played some silly instrument made out of some dead animal skin, and you see how pretty useless is to compare a band to previous generations.

As well for younger generation, they probably don't know any other songs than Black Hole Sun, the same people who complained because they didn't play at their gig in the O2, last monday. But, if you are from my generation, and you had the chance to listen Spoonman, My Wave, and other songs that are way better than Black Hole Sun, you probably were pretty happy, as you don't really give a shit of this song, because we loved that band since Badmotorfinger. And they are not a Karaoke band, who plays only their "hits", but they play whatever they want.
That's a pretty long introduction from this band, way longer than usual, but I hope you get the idea of what this meant for me. I love this band, and their live performance was simply superb for me.

Now, these are all good words for them, but I have to be objective, and while as a live band they are just amazing, and while the teenager in me was pretty happy with it, the old grumpy photographer which is also part of me wasn't that happy.
Let me say two words: photo release. It wasn't the worst I've seen, as they technically don't claim any ownership on my photos, and I can use my photos for my portfolio, or for my blog at least, but apart from the reason I was there, I cannot sell or even give for free my photos to anyone else. I would generally walk away when I see these contracts, but as you can probably imagine, I couldn't just say no to Soundgarden, they might split tomorrow or worst, and I could miss my only chance to see this band.
So for once I closed an eye to my moral principles, and I signed that bloody contract.

Then, lights. They were "meh", not a very dark stage in general, but pretty dark for the O2, and nothing spectacular, or at least not for the first three songs, as we left the pit, the lights exploded on stage, obviously. Thankfully I was able to stay for a while, and I was really tempted to take my camera out of the bag and take some shots from the crowd, but I have a pretty strong ethics, and the three songs rule is really something that I don't want to break, even if nobody will ever notice, I just couldn't do it.
Anyway, the photos turned out OK, nothing amazing, but decent shots.

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19 Sep '13

Photo Release: The National

Here we go with The National's photo release, which it essentially says that apart from the specific article you are shooting for, you cannot use your photos, they don't take your copyrights on them, but they say you cannot use them in any other istances, not even for your portfolio, unless  you contact them and ask for the permission, which is something that will never happen, has they will ignore any email you will send to them.

 

(via Music Photographers)